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Successes in Operations

PPG Industries

Situation

Production processes at PPG’s Mt. Zion plant require the facility to maintain a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan. The SWPPP helps minimize erosion and runoff of pollutants and sediment that could be damaging to the environment, and the SPCC works to prevent oil spills that could damage water resources. Following a corporate audit in early 2013, both plans at the Mt. Zion facility needed an update.

IMEC Solution

Facility leaders reached out IMEC to locate the necessary environmental expertise, and IMEC connected them with a trusted vendor that specializes in environmental projects. A team of IMEC and vendor representatives visited the Mt. Zion facility to perform a thorough evaluation, then worked to combine, update and rewrite the SWPPP and SPCC into one manual, maintaining consistency with EPA requirements. IMEC served as the liaison between the facility and vendor, providing and sharing direction and ensuring the project was completed on time.

Results

  • SWPPP & SPCC updated successfully
  • Plans certified by a professional engineer
  • Project completed 2+ months ahead of corporate deadline

Glass Manufacturer Turns To IMEC For Environmental Updates & Much More

When leaders at PPG Industries’ Mt. Zion facility need help with quality management, employee training and leadership development, they often turn to IMEC for advice and support-and in 2013, the glass manufacturer added environmental initiatives to that growing list of projects.

“I think many manufacturers would be surprised by all IMEC can do,” said Judy Lewkowski, who serves as HR manager in Mt. Zion. “We’ve discovered they offer a lot of resources-including technical and environmental expertise-that really support the initiatives we’ve decided are a priority here.”

PPG’s Mt. Zion facility is part of a diversified company that produces glass, fiberglass, coatings and resins, special chemicals and a variety of other products at multiple locations worldwide. In Mt. Zion, a team of about 190 employees make glass for the residential and construction markets. The production processes used to manufacture that glass require the facility to maintain both a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan.

The SWPPP’s goal is to minimize erosion and runoff of pollutants and sediment that could be damaging to the environment, and the SPCC works to prevent oil spills that could damage water resources. After a PPG corporate Environmental, Health and Safety audit in early 2013, both plans at the Mt. Zion facility needed an update.

“We were charged with combining, updating and rewriting the SWPPP and SPCC information into one manual to maintain consistency with EPA requirements,” said Jim Heimrich, an environmental engineer at the Mt. Zion facility. “We decided we wanted to have a different set of eyes come in and make sure we were addressing all the issues.”

So Heimrich and Lewkowski reached out IMEC in an effort to locate the necessary environmental expertise, and IMEC connected them with a trusted vendor that specializes in environmental projects. A team of IMEC and vendor representatives visited the Mt. Zion facility, performed a thorough evaluation, worked with Heimrich to update the SWPPP and SPCC, and made sure the plans were certified by a professional engineer-one of the key EPA requirements.

“IMEC served as the liaison between our two organizations, working with us to get direction on where we wanted the project to go, then making sure the vendor understood and followed that direction,” Lewkowski said. “It was an urgent project because we had to report back to our corporate headquarters. With IMEC’s help, we were finished by the end of July, well ahead of our October deadline.”

That success wasn’t a surprise to Lewkowski, who has come to expect fast results and quality work from IMEC. Two other projects currently underway include new training courses for Mt. Zion’s production employees and a series of leadership development sessions for the plant’s managers.

“IMEC is helping us develop our mission, strategy and goals for the next two years. They’re keeping us moving in the right direction,” she said. “I’d definitely recommend IMEC to any company that has plans for growth. Their people are very highly qualified, and they know what they’re doing.”

PPG Industries Illinois

PPG Industries

190 Employees

Mt. Zion, Illinois

“I think many manufacturers would be surprised by all IMEC can do. We’ve discovered they offer a lot of resources-including technical and environmental expertise-that really support the initiatives we’ve decided are a priority here.”

 

– Judy Lewkowski, HR Manager

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