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Garlock Sealing Technologies has won a 2008 Business Achievement Award from the Environmental Business Journal.

The award was for eliminating a volatile organic compound (VOC) and listed hazardous air pollutant (HAP) under the Clean Air Act with a more environmentally-friendly solvent in its production of sheet gasketing.

The award will be presented at a special ceremony on 20 February at the publication’s Environmental Industry Summit VII in Coronado.

Garlock recently completed a five-year project that eliminated an average of 119 tonnes of emissions per year at its Palmyra plant.

This also resulted in gaskets that seal 20 per cent better, are easier to remove and reduce VOC/HAP emissions and steam energy leaks.

Produced by compressing mixtures of fibres and solvated rubber, sheet gaskets are used to seal and control fugitive emissions from flanged joints in the refining, petrochemical, power generation, and pulp and paper industries.

Garlock was also recently honoured by the Rochester Business Journal for ‘making great strides to become environmentally sound and making our community a healthier place to live’.

The company won the publication’s environmental leadership award due to the environmental and resource conservation measures undertaken in its larger five-year plant modernisation programme.

These measures include use of water from a nearby lake for comfort and process cooling; closed-loop process equipment that saves up to 20,000 gallons of water per day; use of non-treated water for production processes; separation of the storm water system; and creation of green spaces to reduce run-off.

New production facilities at Garlock’s Palmyra complex also feature high-efficiency water-cooled chillers with ultrasonic humidification, reflective roofs to reduce heat loading, and highly insulative exterior panels.

On-demand water heaters serve isolated areas, and waste heat is recovered from exhaust ventilation systems and air compressors.

Where possible, even the materials resulting from the demolition of old structures have been recycled or reused on site to minimise waste.

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