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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