Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Governor Gives Local Company Environmental Award

Governor Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke have announced the winners of the 2010 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards. The 14 winners include Tri State Distribution of White County. Established in 1992 as a prescription container manufacturer, Tri State Distribution, Inc. has nearly 350,000 square feet on 23 acres in Sparta. Officials say that by eliminating a hazardous acetone mix from their waste material, Tri State Distribution dropped from a Large Quantity Generator to a Small Quantity Generator – going from 1,348 pounds to 230 pounds per month. This reduction in acetone mix was achieved while growing their operations by 24 percent in 2009. Tri State Distribution also sends its non-hazardous waste off-site for laundering and reuse. And they recently installed an oil / water separator – a $30,000 investment to minimize their oily water solid waste stream. They will be recognized for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources in an awards ceremony to be held in Nashville on June 24.