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Downers Grove names Males Mold Service as first 'Green Business' honoree

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Sara Bales Mortensen receives a plaque from Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully at the village council meeting Monday.

DOWNERS GROVE – The village of Downers Grove named Bales Mold Service, 2824 Hitchcock Ave., as its first "Green Business" honoree.

Bales supplies engineered coatings and finishes for industrial applications like injection molds for plastic.

The Green Business Recognition Program was formed to recognize businesses in the village that support goals towards environmental sustainability. The program is designed to encourage businesses to adopt environmentally sustainable practices, such as waste reduction, conservation of water and energy conservation.

In order to earn the status of being a Green Business, Bales had to practice recycling and demonstrate strong green practices in at least four of the six categories set by the village.

Bales met all six categories, in particular:

• Installation of solar tracking skylights and standard skylights on the shop floor that reflect light into the building and regulate when the lights turn on. Bales also practices shutdown procedures, installed motion sensor lights, and replaced all incandescent bulbs and uses light timers to reduce unnecessary energy usage throughout the plant.

• Establishment of a program to collect shredded office paper to use a packing material. Reuse of boxes and packaging material for outgoing shipments, collection of scrap material for recycling, repurposing of machinery, recycle old computer equipment and supplies whenever possible. All brochures and newsletters are now electronic.

•Bales is a "zero-discharge" facility and uses an environmentally friendly citric passivization solution, plus the Company is actively involved with industrial trade organizations where resources are provided that helps Bales implement new standards for chemical treatment and housekeeping practices.

For more information on Downers Grove’s Green Business Recognition Program, visit: www.downers.us

For information on Bales Mold Service, visit: www.balesmold.com

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