Thresher Industries claims fully recycled manufacturing process
Thresher Industries Inc., a manufacturer of recycled aluminum and advanced metal matrix composite parts, claims that it has successfully closed the loop in creating a fully recycled manufacturing process.
Thresher Industries says an order from customer Plant Sciences Nurseries demonstrates how it has achieved a fully recycled manufacturing process. According to Thresher, Plant Sciences placed an order for planter wheels to be produced using worn out wheels from previous orders shipped to Thresher in Plant Science's returnable containers. Materials will be re-melted, the alloys checked and the parts processed, packed and shipped back to Plant Sciences using the returnable containers.
"With the Plant Sciences order, we can clearly demonstrate how green manufacturing has come full circle,” said Tom Flessner, CEO and president of Thresher Industries. “Everything used in manufacturing at our Hanford plant is obtained either domestically or fully rebuilt from used equipment. Our team uses returnable containers whenever possible and high-strength, composite alloys that reduce the total weight of parts, decrease shipping costs and lower total energy requirements for end products.”
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