MDEQ recognizes enHance member Plymouth Tube

From Press Reports

Plymouth Tube Co. of Eupora was proud to receive its “enHance Associate” award from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality on April 16.

The company was one of two new members accepted into MDEQ’s enHance program for the 2015 class. The recognition was part of the annual workshop and awards luncheon held in Jackson.

The enHance program is described as a voluntary initiative begun in 2009 that recognizes environmental leaders in Mississippi. Participating organizations make a commitment to address and achieve ongoing environmental improvements.

“It is an honor to recognize these companies that are actively striving to reduce their wastes, reduce their environmental impacts and improve the quality of life in their communities,“ said Gary Rikard, MDEQ executive director. “Their vision and leadership is to be commended, as their efforts will result in both immediate and long-term benefits for the residents of our state.”

Plymouth Tube Co. was able to demonstrate its leadership by continually going above and beyond compliance requirements. Last year, for example, it worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority to implement a new lighting system that will save 800,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

Last summer, the company gave away 1,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs to the citizens of Eupora to help lessen the community’s electrical demand and environmental impact. In prior years, the company was able eliminate the need to haul away 300,000 gallons per year of hazardous and non-hazardous wastewater.

Plymouth was able to leverage its Manufacturing Excellence philosophy and one of its value pillars, Community and Environment, to reach its goals. The Community and Environment pillar includes a statement that reads, “We have a responsibility to protect the environment, to use natural resources efficiently, and to provide health and safety of our members and others in the community.” Plymouth Tube Co. takes this to heart.

The 35 members in the enHance program include private companies, federal government facilities and local governments. Applicants can choose from three tiers: Associate, Steward or Leader. The Mississippi Lignite Mining Co. of Choctaw County was also accepted a new member (Leader) of the 2015 class.

More information about the program is available at www.enhance.ms.

Plymouth Tube’s Bob Zelinka, Eupora Mill operations manager, and Billy Holland, wastewater lead, accept MDEQ’s “enHance Associate” award in Jackson.

Plymouth Tube’s Bob Zelinka, Eupora Mill operations manager, and Billy Holland, wastewater lead, accept MDEQ’s “enHance Associate” award in Jackson.