Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful presents the award quarterly to a local company or organization that has done its part to keep the community clean.
Joanne Maskew, KAB executive director, said what cemented the group’s choice for this quarter’s award was how the “new” Whirlpool facility was built and the environmentally friendly practices that have been implemented there.
“You have done wonderful things here,” Maskew said to a group of staff gathered outside to accept the award. “We love this new facility.”
Dicky Walters, plant leader, said the plant’s focus on environmental issues played a part in being chosen for the award.
Before the White Glove Award had been accepted, the plant’s staff was also recently told it had been given the designation of being LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, said Walters.
He also pointed out this is the first time Whirlpool has received the White Glove Award.
“We’re excited to have received it,” Walters said.
Tim Edwards, manager of environment, health and safety, said the way the plant was designed makes the new plant more energy efficient than the previous one.
A white-vinyl roof reflects heat to keep the plant cooler, he said. More windows means less light has to be used during the day, and having a parking lot made of concrete instead of another material also reflects light and stores less heat, he added.
In addition to changes in the facility itself, Edwards said he believed employees’ mindsets on reducing environmental waste have changed as well.
“With the new building comes a new culture,” Edwards said. “We are recycling more materials.”
Edwards added that one of the facility’s future goals is to get to the point where none of the waste produced there makes it to landfills.
Whirlpool will keep the traveling White Glove Award, which includes a real white glove underneath the glass of a picture frame, until it is time for KAB to prepare it to be awarded to a new company or organization.
The two most recent White Glove Awards before this one have gone to Procter and Gamble’s local Duracell plant and the Long-Term Recovery Organization.