Thu, Nov 01 | SVSU MI Manufacturing Tech Center

Reducing Costs by Reducing Waste

Attend to learn how industry leaders GM, Duro-Last and Haworth have reached zero-waste goals, their challenges and successes and how it affected their bottom line. This event is open to all businesses and manufacturers, membership not required. Pre-registration required. Pay online or at event.
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About the Event

Nov 01, 2018, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
SVSU MI Manufacturing Tech Center, Curtiss Hall, University Center, MI 48710, USA

About the Event


7:00-7:30 am - Registration Open

7:30-7:45 am - Welcome

7:45-9:45 am - Speaker and Panel Discussion

9:45-10:00 am - Closing Remarks and Announcements

About the Speakers:

Ken Fryer is an Environmental Engineer at General Motors Saginaw Metal Casting Operations. In his 5 year career with General Motors, he has held positions at four facilities throughout southeast Michigan where he has been responsible for waste reduction and water quality programs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University and is currently pursuing a MBA.

Ken will be discussing both global and local initiatives practiced by General Motors to achieve the goal of zero waste. This will include challenges as well as best practices applicable to any zero waste journey.

Katie Chapman started as a Sustainability Specialist at Duro-Last Inc. in the summer of 2014. Here she leads the development and implementation of corporate sustainability priorities and strategies for the companies under JRB Enterprises. Previously, Katie worked at Haworth, Inc. a commercial office furniture manufacturer on the Global Sustainability team where she supported product certifications, ISO 14001, and LEED projects.

Katie graduated from Aquinas College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainable Business.

Bill Gurn, has been Manager of Facilities & Operations Maintenance for Haworth Inc. based in Holland, MI for over 38 yrs. Haworth is a 2 billion dollar furniture manufacturer with 11 manufacturing facilities in North America plus additional plants around the world. Haworth has been zero waste to landfill in North America, China & India since 2009 and globally since 2012.

Haworth has operated a 19,000 sq ft recycle center in Holland, MI since 1993 that for over a decade recycles 50 million pounds of material annually.

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