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Kannapolis distribution center to get important N.C. environmental award

Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016
by Ken Elkins (Charlotte Business Journal)

A huge distribution center in Kannapolis is getting an N.C. environmental award this week.

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.’s 925,000-square-foot distribution center will receive the Environmental Steward Award from Donald van der Vaart, secretary of N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

“We want the best of both worlds in North Carolina,” van der Vaart says. “We want to generate jobs and economic opportunities while also protecting the quality of life that continues to make the Tar Heel State so attractive to so many people.”

The award, an initiative spearheaded by Gov. Pat McCrory, honors companies and others in the state that have shown their commitment to protecting the environment.

Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK) has a goal to send nothing to landfills and to cut its water usage at the Kannapolis facility. So far, employees there have reduced waste disposal by 90% using such initiatives as shredding cardboard boxes the company receives to be used to protect Stanley tools and other products that are shipped out of the facility.

Christy Pryga, a manager at the facility, says the center is cutting water use by reducing irrigation there and has plans to renovate bathrooms with low-flow toilets and other devices.

“Stanley Black & Decker has a very aggressive approach to environmental protection and is committed to making sure we do everything we can do reduce our environmental footprint,” Pryga says.

Van der Vaart is scheduled to present the award to Stanley Black & Decker on Wednesday morning. So far, 21 other N.C. facilities have received the Environmental Steward Award.

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