Vol. 1 No. 5
publishing affiliate of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International®
Your guide to adopting green manufacturing practices
20 Cover Story
Chassis builder achieves zero waste to landfill using
reusable packaging: Landfill’s best customer becomes
Used to be, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC), Gaffney, S.C., was
the local landfill’s best customer. Used to be. Today the chassis builder no
longer dumps any waste in the landfill. That’s zero. Zip. Nothing. Find out
how the company did it.
On the cover: Ryan Pennington is the environmental/facilities support tech for Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., Gaffney S.C. Cover photo by Rick Haithcox for Green
32 USGBC and LEED
Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 72 percent of U.S. electricity
consumption. Discover why 35,000 building projects are seeking LEED®
certification, and how the U.S. Green Building Council is helping companies
rebuild the facilities landscape.
34 Sage Supplier Special Section
Lowering costs of lithium-ion batteries for EV power trains
The fundamental challenge to the commercial success of electric vehicles
is energy storage. Consensus in the automotive industry is that lithium-ion battery technology is the best way to overcome this challenge. But its
current high cost must be conquered before electric power trains can be
commercially successful. Cathode materials and manufacturing yields are
keys to cost-downs.
42 A new look to lift trucks
California is on the leading edge of environmental protectionism, and because it is such a large industrial market, the state’s environmental regulations are influencing what manufacturers might be driving in their facilities.
“Empire State Building gets a greenover.” If King Kong were to revisit
New York City’s tallest skyscraper today, he might find it to be a bit more
ecofriendly. The icon is undergoing a new-age retrofit, making it a towering
symbol of what can be done to green a building retroactively.