Signmasters Achieves FSC INX Unveils Green Neenah Invests in Energy
For Passaic Plant Initiatives Conservation Practices
Signmasters Inc.’s Passaic Park, N.J. INX International Ink Co. introduced six key ini- Neenah Paper renewed its commitment to
facility received chain-of-custody standards tiatives and make them mandatory goals as part investing in best-in-class energy conserva-
certification from the Forest Stewardship of the company’s sustainability agenda. The six tion practices to reduce greenhouse gas
Council (FSC). initiatives include: energy and utility conserva- emissions.
tion; waste reduction and landfill elimination;
This certification signifies that the Signmasters water conservation; product design for the envi- Working with Wisconsin Focus on Energy
plant has in place a tracking system to con- ronment; materials sourcing and supply chain Neenah Paper is exploring ways to engineer
trol and verify certain levels of FSC-certified management; and social responsibility. and install energy efficiency projects. This
fiber from FSC chain-of-custody sources. By year-over-year initiative creates savings in
achieving certification to this standard, the “Long before ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ became energy consumption that translate into real
Signmasters plant, which produces specialized popular terms, we were putting those words economic and environmental benefits.
retail signage, printing and POP, POS printing into action,” said Rick Clendenning, INX
and packaging, is able to supply FSC-labeled, International president and CEO. “In fact, to us, As part of its ChangeWithin philosophy
eco-friendly products to its customers. green means more than low or no-VOC inks. It Neenah Paper believes that real change
means additional initiatives and activities that begins at home, at its facilities as well as in
Al Raimondi, administrative plant manager also include important activities that reduce the community.
formerly of Raimond Graphic, said, “I’ve spent waste, recycle water, and conserve energy.”
countless hours setting up the purchase order Some of the changes that Neenah Paper
and order entry systems along with the neces- NX is reducing consumption by improving pro- has made in its Wisconsin facilities include
sary tracking and inventory auditing systems cess efficiency. The plan calls for the reduction energy efficient improvements to process-
which enable the firm to pass the very high of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per unit ing equipment, innovative upgrades to the
standards and qualifications which SmartWood of production, and cutting additional emissions wastewater treatment plant, and energy effi-
holds its members to. This FSC chain-of-cus- through more efficient product transportation. cient lighting at the Neenah, Appleton, and
tody certification affirms to our customers that Whiting mills.
they can be confident that, from harvesting to The company has set a goal to eliminate all
manufacturing to delivery to their door, the land-filling of manufacturing waste and will At each mill a team of employees is tasked
printing and graphics arts projects we supply use more environmentally friendly, end-of-life with identifying and researching opportu-
to them are the product of our rigorous regard cycle options such as energy recovery, where nities to increase system efficiencies and
for sustainable practices.” feasible. By reducing total fresh water con- reduce energy consumption, then imple-
sumption, INX is using the newest technology menting solutions.
Chain-of-custody is the traceable path logs take to maintain treated wastewater and monitor
from the forest, through the pulp manufactur- irrigation systems. “This is a unique way for us to actively
ing process to the paper mill, all the involve our employees in conserving
way through to the certified product sold to an