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Florim USA becomes completes Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program

 

Montgomery CountyMontgomery County, TN – The latest industry to become Green Certified through the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program is Florim USA, located at 300 International Boulevard.

A Green Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Monday, April 16th to celebrate their successful initiatives and completion of the program.

Pictured from left to right are Jarrod Duncan, CMCGCP Steering Committee Member and Vice-President of Planters Bank; Greg Haupt, Florim USA; Michelle Newell, CMCGCP Manager; Tim Swaw, Florim USA; Claudio Lucchese, Florim; Mike Evans, Industrial Development Board Executive Director; Giovanni Grossi, Florim USA; Phil Harpel, Montgomery County Government; Kenny Daugherty, Bridgestone Metalpha USA; Melinda Shephard, Chamber Vice-President and John Hooper, CMCGCP Steering Committee Member and General Manager of Page & Tuttle Rivers End South.

Pictured from left to right are Jarrod Duncan, CMCGCP Steering Committee Member and Vice-President of Planters Bank; Greg Haupt, Florim USA; Michelle Newell, CMCGCP Manager; Tim Swaw, Florim USA; Claudio Lucchese, Florim; Mike Evans, Industrial Development Board Executive Director; Giovanni Grossi, Florim USA; Phil Harpel, Montgomery County Government; Kenny Daugherty, Bridgestone Metalpha USA; Melinda Shephard, Chamber Vice-President and John Hooper, CMCGCP Steering Committee Member and General Manager of Page & Tuttle Rivers End South.

A few examples of their initiatives include providing all employees with reusable cups, cutting the use of plastic bottles from an average of 21,670 bottles over the last three years to zero for 2012, along with setting up a huge tank in the back of the plant to capture rainwater which is used in to process the tile, filtered and continuously sent back through to reduce the use of water.

Florim Group President and majority owner Claudio Lucchese and Florim USA  President Giovanni Grossi were on hand for the green ribbon cutting during their visit to Clarksville from Italy. “It was a pleasure to be here to celebrate this accomplishment at our Florim USA operation. Florim is proud of our practices in sustainability and embraces opportunities like this community program to show our commitment to sustainability and seek opportunities for continued improvement,” stated Florim USA President Giovanni Grossi.

“We were approached about the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program at a time when Florim USA made the decision to prepare for ISO 14001 certification. CMCGCP has greatly helped us in laying the foundation for that process. We knew we had strong sustainability practices in place but through this process we continued to find additional opportunities for saving money and conserving resources,” said Florim USA Human Resources Director Tim Swaw.

Florim USA has actively practiced green sustainability practices by using a closed-loop system, meaning all waste generated in their operations is recycled back through the process.

Montgomery County Director of Administration Phil Harpel congratulated Florim USA’s leadership for their commitment to sustainability. “We are honored to celebrate this achievement with you and thank you for setting such high standards in our community.” he said. “This is a testament to the Florim USA team’s commitment to finding new and creative ways to reduce waste and encourage all of us to do more,” said Michelle Newell, CMCGCP Manager.

Florim USA, owned by Florim Group in Italy, is an internationally renowned manufacturer of Italian style porcelain tile products. The company has been manufacturing tile in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Corporate Business Park for 10 years. To read more about Florim USA and its commitment to sustainability visit www.florimusa.com.

For information on how your business could participate in the Green Certification Program, contact Michelle Newell at manewell@mcgtn.net


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