Nashville Compressor March 2019

MARCH 2019

WHY GREEN SHOULD NEVER BE A BAD WORD THE COMPRESSED AIR CHALLENGE

Manufacturing is a decidedly old-school industry. For the most part, that’s a good thing. We work with people who live by their word, are always respectful, and do their darndest to treat people the right way. That’s a rare find in 2019, and it makes my job a joy. I get to work with team members and for clients who I would happily invite into my home. I don’t think most business owners get to say that. Unfortunately, bucking the trends of the modern world isn’t always advantageous. The greatest challenge facing manufacturing today is our impact on the planet. I’m guessing many people reading this do a great job living green at home but aren’t as scrupulous when it comes to their professional lives. Frankly, we can all do a whole lot better. I don’t exclude myself or my company from that statement. We are constantly looking for ways to become more sustainable and environmentally conscious. It’s a battle, and an urgent and important one at that. I don’t want to veer into hyperbole, but I feel that the impact we have on this sphere we call Earth is the most pressing matter of our time. That’s why we’ve partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the Compressed Air Challenge. Here’s what the organization has to say about its purpose. The Compressed Air Challenge is a voluntary collaboration of industrial end-users; manufacturers, distributors and their associations; consultants; state research and development agencies; energy efficiency organizations; and utilities. This group has one purpose in mind — helping you enjoy the benefits of improved performance for your compressed air system. In our world, becoming greener is a no-brainer. Running more energy efficient systems isn’t just good for the earth; it’s also good for the bottom line. Lower energy bills mean higher margins. Eliminating waste properly means the EPA won’t levy fines that cripple your company.

responsibility to treat it correctly. This crisis also provides an opportunity for America to lead the way in manufacturing once again. Right now, producing goods at the lowest price point isn’t possible. The reason is because other nations don’t care about paying their workers fairly or manufacturing with ethical processes. But if we can lead the way in the green manufacturing industry, we will create more reasons to choose domestic products instead of cut-rate alternatives. Join us in Atlanta on March 25–27 for the Compressed Air Challenge. It just may be the most important event you attend all year. For more information, visit AtlantaCompressor.com and CompressedAirChallenge.org. –Morty Hodge

More significant than any monetary benefit, the call to be energy efficient is a moral one. We all profit from the planet, so we have a

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