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2012 KPPC Environmental Sustainability Awards

Two Kentucky Companies Recognized for Environmental Sustainability Efforts

2012 KPPC Environmental Sustainability Awards

KPPC's Environmental Sustainability Awards are presented each year in conjuction with national Pollution Prevention Week.

September 2012

KPPC is proud to announce that Hausner Hard-Chrome of Owensboro and The United States Playing Card Company of Erlanger are winners of the Center's 2012 Environmental Sustainability Award.  The Center has presented the awards in conjunction with national Pollution Prevention (P2) Week since 2009 to recognize Kentucky companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability. 

In selecting companies to honor with this award, KPPC considers a broad spectrum of criteria: taking responsibility for the social well-being of their employees and the community around them; practicing environmental stewardship at their facility; and achieving economic benefits through those environmental improvements.

Both companies receiving the award this year have well-developed programs and teams, and their recent activities have spanned the social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability. In addition, they each signed the Kentucky Save Energy Now pledge in 2010, committing to reducing energy use at their facilities by 2.5 percent per year for 10 years. They also are actively engaged in KPPC’s Kentucky Energy Alliance and act as mentors to help support other Kentucky facilities in achieving their energy savings goals.

See photos from the September award presentations.

Hausner Hard Chrome – Owensboro, Kentucky

Hausner Hard-Chrome (HHC) began working with KPPC in 2010 to baseline and benchmark facility energy consumption and assess operations for energy efficiency improvement. Since the initial environmental sustainability assessment, the facility has created a cross-functional energy conservation team, developed and implemented energy action plans, and is currently developing an internal recognition program to reinforce and drive continual energy performance improvement.

As a result of the diligent work of the energy conservation team, HHC has experienced a 23.5 percent reduction in energy intensity and a 25 percent reduction in electric demand since 2010, equating to over $110,000 in annual savings. Successfully implemented conservation projects include a facility lighting retrofit, compressed air system optimization, power factor correction, plating efficiency improvements and cooling tower improvements. In addition to energy efficiency improvements, the facility is also making strides in reducing water consumption.

HHC is one of the largest hard chrome plating facilities in the United States, and currently operates in Owensboro, Kentucky, and Elk Grove, Illinois, employing 150 personnel.

See a video of the award ceremony at Hausner Hard-Chrome:


The United States Playing Card Company – Erlanger, Kentucky

Sustainability efforts at The United States Playing Card Company (USPC) have been steadily gaining momentum since 2010, when the facility partnered with KPPC with the goal of achieving cost savings through energy efficiency and waste minimization. With the development of an energy management program and an energy team, USPC has successfully implemented plant-wide equipment shutdown procedures. By conducting weekend audits to identify shut-down opportunities and communicating those results to department managers, USPC employees are now actively engaged in conserving energy. USPC also makes every effort to recycle as much as possible. Currently all process scrap and office paper is collected and recycled instead of being sent a landfill.

Other sustainability projects include re-using paper roll cores (resulting in a significant reduction in solid waste), tariff rate changes, facility lighting upgrades and compressed air system optimization.

The United States Playing Card Company is the leader in the production and distribution of premier brands of playing cards, including BEE®, BICYCLE®, AVIATOR®, HOYLE®, KEM® and CONGRESS® playing cards. Founded in 1867, the company manufactures, markets and distributes traditional playing cards, card games, children's card games, and card accessories. BEE®, BICYCLE®, AVIATOR® and HOYLE® are registered trademarks of The United States Playing Card Company. For more information, visit For in-depth information about Jarden Corporation, please visit

See a video of the award ceremony at The United States Playing Card Company:


KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf lauded both companies for their significant achievements in environmental sustainability, saying, “The Center is proud to have worked so closely with these companies over the past few years. With strong support of top management and active involvement from their teams, both Hausner Hard-Chrome and The United States Playing Card Company have successfully positioned themselves to make systematic environmental and energy management improvement in their facilities. By shifting their organizational behavior to address these issues as part of their standard business practices, they are ensuring that the energy and waste reductions, as well as cost savings, continue well into the future. They exemplify the high level of corporate environmental sustainability that we hope to help other Kentucky industries achieve.”

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