GREENVILLE, S.C. - Fiber Services Inc. and its Evergreen Molding division of Greenville received the South Carolina Governor's Pollution Prevention Award for small companies. The firm, which has 40 employees, makes custom polyurethane reaction injection molded and cast parts for the health-care, recreation, government and heavy industry markets. It received the award Oct. 3.
``We're real excited about it,'' Vice President Fred Wickis Jr. said in a recent telephone interview. ``Last year, there was no winner in the [small business] category; no one qualified.''
The company set a goal to reduce waste, and asked the state Department of Health and Environmental Consultants to evaluate its progress. The firm received two suggestions and has implemented them.
One involved replacing a solvent in a cleaning process to clean textile components with a nonhazardous solvent. The move eliminated 360 gallons of hazardous waste generated annually. The other change, involving replacement of a chlorinated solvent used in the molding process, reduced consumption by 51 percent.
The company has saved more than $2,000 and expects complete elimination of the solvent's use by the end of the year.
The chlorinated solvent is used to remove oils and contaminants from metal parts, which helps them bond with PU. That method was replaced by a multistage, computer-controlled hydrosonic process.
Fiber Services Inc. and Evergreen Molding expect to save $13,500 per year from the projects.