Manufacturing: Boeing, Markey Machinery, MicroGreen Polymers

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Boeing

Boeing

Green winner logoAs an airplane manufacturer, Boeing can’t help but have a large carbon footprint. Yet, it has moved aggressively to minimize its impact both by promoting the development of biofuels for jets and by producing the 787 Dreamliner, the first of a new generation of lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.

Most airplanes are made from aluminum, and as much as 90 percent of the raw aluminum used to create airplane parts is turned into scrap during manufacturing. The lightweight carbon fiber construction of the 787 eliminates this waste, and also makes the 787 more fuel efficient, using 20 percent less fuel than other planes its size. The 787 even cuts down on noise pollution, producing 60 percent less noise than similarly sized planes.

Location: Seattle

Employees: 160,000

Website: boeing.com

Because of its fuel efficiency, the 787 is capable of making longer direct flights than other passenger planes. Although it will be 30 or 40 years before the first 787s are retired, Boeing is already working with other companies to ensure the planes are recycled.

Runners-up:

Markey Machinery Co.

Location: Seattle

Employees: 45

Website: markeymachinery.com

This year, Markey Machinery found an environmentally friendly way to deal with the huge amounts of stormwater that routinely flooded the unpaved street in front of its Georgetown facility. Instead of paving the area, the infrastructure of which dated to 1940 and had no drainage, the company constructed a bio-swale system. Stormwater now flows into retention ponds and is absorbed into the soil below.

MicroGreen Polymers

Location: Arlington

Employees: 21

Website: microgreeninc.com

Arlington-based plastics manufacturer MicroGreen Polymers uses its patented Ad-air technology to inject air bubbles into plastic. The process allows it to create products that use less plastic as well as being stronger, lighter and more insulating. Later this year, MicroGreen will employ this technology to make a low-density, thermally insulated beverage cup that is recyclable and is itself made from recycled material.

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The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn › belshaw-adamatic.com
When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.