Demonstrating its commitment to sustainable manufacturing
and environmental stewardship, TheGrasshopper Company, manufacturer of commercial zero-turn mowing equipment,
received a 2012 Pollution Prevention (P2) Award from the Kansas Department of
Health and Environment (KDHE) during a ceremony at the 2012 Kansas
Environmental Conference in Wichita.
KDHE selected Grasshopper for the company’s implementation
of high precision laser technology, the nesting software that runs it, and
inspection tools that eliminate variance.
“We recognize our responsibility to provide products that
are not only environmentally friendly, but are produced in an environmentally
sustainable way,” says Stan Guyer, president of Grasshopper. “We continually
evaluate and improve processes to reduce our impact on the environment, both at
our manufacturing facilities and with our products in the field.”
These new processes helped the company reduce consumption of
raw steel in manufacturing last year by more than 142 tons while increasing
precision and product durability. In addition, Grasshopper’s reuse of scrap
metal in other production processes reduced raw material consumption by an
additional 168 tons. The P2 Award also acknowledges Grasshopper’s MaxTorque™
Clean Diesel education campaign, which helps landscape professionals reduce
emissions and carbon footprints by promoting sustainable lawn care and use of
clean-operating, long-life equipment.
To learn more about Grasshopper’s commitment to sustainable
lawn care practices, an in-depth website, white paper study and a Fuel &
Emissions Calculator for commercial mowing equipment can be found at
http://www.grasshopperfuelsavings.com. Landscape professionals can learn how to
reduce fuel consumption, limit emissions and decrease long-term demand on
natural resources while increasing revenues and profitability.
The Kansas Pollution Prevention Program promotes pollution
prevention as an environmental ethic to achieve improvements in public health
and environmental quality. The awards are presented to entities that have
reduced or eliminated waste at the source, reduced air emissions or practiced
energy and/or water conservation. Companies, communities, schools and
organizations each year are able to apply for the Kansas P2 awards.
The Grasshopper Company is a privately held
corporation dedicated solely to the design and production of commercial and
large-acreage mowing and grounds maintenance equipment. Grasshopper introduced
the first commercially viable zero-turn radius mower in 1969 and is the
originator of the dual, swing-out control lever concept. Other industry firsts
include the first diesel-powered zero-turn radius mower in 1983 and the first
electric-actuated fold-up mower deck in 2004. Based in Moundridge, Kan.,
the company distributes its products worldwide and is committed to lean and
clean manufacturing practices reducing impact to the environment. For more
information, visit grasshoppermower.com.
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