MELROSE PARK, Ill., November 14, 2007 -- International Truck and Engine Corporation’s Melrose Park engine plant has received the prestigious Illinois Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award for the 13th time. The award recognizes the plant’s efforts to develop a new water-based spray coating that significantly reduces hazardous emissions and also saves the company thousands of dollars.
The project decreased the use of paint by 82 percent, reduced air emissions from the paint process operation by 83 percent, and reduced paint sludge waste by 13 percent. In addition, by using less solvent-based cleaners, the plant has cut air emissions by two tons, or 56 percent from previous years.
Each year, the governor of Illinois and the state’s Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) honor Illinois companies and organizations for their significant achievements in protecting the environment and boosting the economy. Recently, the award was presented to International and 21 other companies.
“These organizations are leading the way in finding and using new ways to reduce waste and protect the environment. They have made an ongoing commitment to prevent pollution that, in the long run, will make their employees and our communities healthier,” said Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Ron Poland, plant manager, Melrose Park engine plant. “It underscores our commitment to the environment. Reducing emissions is the right thing to do from a health standpoint, and it also makes good business sense.”
“Melrose Park’s long-standing environmental accomplishments are helping our company lead the way to a cleaner world. We should all be proud of these efforts,” said Kristin Pelizza, environmental manager at Melrose Park.
Since 1990, the Melrose Park engine plant has been a leader in exceeding environmental compliance, implementing pollution prevention projects and encouraging continuous improvement.
About International Truck and Engine
A wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar International Corporation (Other OTC: NAVZ), International Truck and Engine Corporation is a leading producer of medium trucks, heavy trucks, severe service vehicles, mid-range diesel engines, parts and service. International and its affiliates sell their products, parts and services through a network of nearly 1,000 dealer outlets in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Mexico and from more than 60 dealers in 90 countries throughout the world. Additional information is available at: www.navistar.com.