Indiana Department of Environmental Management's Southwest Regional Deputy Director Dave Holder visited Jasper-based Versteel on Oct. 26 to officially inaugurate the company into IDEM's Voluntary Idling Program (VIP). Deputy Director Holder presented a certificate to Brent Kress, Versteel staff Eco-Strategist.
IDEM's VIP initiative assists Indiana freight carriers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers reduce or eliminate unnecessary heavy-duty diesel truck idling. Increasing a company's fuel efficiency reduces petroleum consumption, fuel costs, engine wear, and maintenance costs, diesel emissions, and noise.
Located at 2332 Cathy Lane in Jasper, Versteel supplies high quality components to furniture manufacturers and has been in business for 60 years. The company has 248 employees.
"The VIP challenge is a commitment to informing not only internal employees, but also external employees how to become more effective and efficient in the trucking industry while at the same time being more economically, socially, and environmentally responsible," said Kress.
As part of its VIP commitment, Versteel has pledged to implement a "no idling" program for its trucks, and among its specific objectives, Versteel will: post "No-Idling Zone" signs; educate employees, drivers, distribution center staff and company partners about the company's commitment to reducing unnecessary and excessive engine idling; incorporate vehicle engine idling reduction planning in the development of new products, processes, and/or services; establish a mechanism to monitor unnecessary and excessive vehicle engine idling; and, invest in emission-reduction technologies, whenever feasible.
"The VIP program offers companies a way to cut costs while improving air quality," said Thomas Easterly, IDEM commissioner. "By encouraging the reduction of diesel emissions, Versteel is addressing a problem and doing its part to help. They are to be commended for their efforts."
Signing up to become a VIP partner is free. VIP partners are encouraged to invest in employee training and support materials to better educate their staff about techniques to reduce or eliminate unnecessary idling.
For more information about Indiana's Voluntary Idling Program, visit www.idem.IN.gov/4128.htm. For more information about Versteel, visit www.versteel.com.
IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.
For the past 60 years, Versteel has supplied high quality components to furniture manufacturers.
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