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Morbern Applauded for Environmental Agreement

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The Vinyl Institute of Canada in conjunction with Environment and Climate Change Canada recently recognized Morbern for its continued work to protect the environment.

Morbern, a leading manufacturer of vinyl upholstery with corporate headquarters in Cornwall, Ontario, and U.S. offices in High Point, received a Letter of Achievement for fully implementing the 2008 – 2013 Environmental Performance Agreement with respect to the use of tin stabilizers in the vinyl industry.

The agreement is unprecedented in the plastics industry in Canada. Never before has a regulatory body issued a joint letter with an industry association. The agreement sets standards for the use of tin stabilizers to ensure they don’t leech into the aquatic environment and the wildlife which it feeds.

The agreement is one of many environmentally-focused initiatives implemented by Morbern. This accomplishment comes alongside their new multi-million-dollar facility started in 2015 which reduces energy, solvent and water usage. This facility is planned to be operational in September 2017.

New Facility Lessens Environmental Impact

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Environmental responsibility is front and center during the building of Morbern’s 20,000-square-foot expansion in Cornwall, Ontario.

The $9 million project adds manufacturing space and introduces new technology that allows the company to improve efficiencies and reduce waste.

“The advancements in our manufacturing process and facilities are exciting,” said Morbern Vice President of Sales Doug McClendon. “We’re thrilled about the impact these changes will have.”

Key initiatives include:

  • Water conservation: Installing close loop cooling circuits will reduce water consumption by 75 percent to 80 percent, taking their water usage from 335,000 cubic meters per year to below 88,000 cubic meters.
  • Emissions reduction: A new coater in the ink room will reduce fume emissions by 50 percent.
  • Waste reduction: The ink room’s new coater operates more efficiently than previous equipment, reducing waste disposal by 20 percent.

Morbern expects the expanded facility to be operational by January 2017.