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INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR


2020 INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR VESTSHELL, INC. T


he 2020 Innovator of the Year award was presented to Vestshell, Inc. of Canada


for their work in the field of environmental


sustainability at the


Investment Casting Institute’s Virtual Technical Conference and 3D Exposition. In 2014, Vestshell decided to adopt a Sustainable Development program. Looking at this program, they understood it would help Vestshell to become more environmentally friendly and be a better and greener investment casting foundry. Vestshell is a certified ECO-responsible level 1 company, awarded the honor by the Council of Sustainable Industries in Montreal, Quebec. Vestshell described that they found a second life for over 2 million pounds of their waste material and has helped reduce the amount of materials that they send to the landfill.


It has also helped in reducing their


operating costs for the benefit of their customers. It also has a large impact on the environment by reducing CO2 emissions, reducing vehicles on the road and saving trees.


34 ❘ October 2020 ® With some research and help from


recycling companies, most foundries can do the same as Vestshell. Many


of their customers have


Sustainable Development programs in place. Since 2014, the efforts we have taken have helped Vestshell gain higher visibility with them as we contribute in helping them reach their corporate goals and to create a more sustainable supply chain.


From Vestshell:


Since 1969, it became accepted for the prefix “eco” to be used to mean all things environmental. But, “eco” finds its roots from the Greek word oikos, meaning house or household. The pillars of our house, where the Vestshell family lives, is built on four important pillars: • Governance • Economy • Social • Environment


And, being eco-responsible means, not only to take care of your house, but also those who live in it, those who visit it, the houses around it, etc… That is


to say, we work and live by principles that allow us to think and act in the best interest of ourselves but not at the expense of our customers, our suppliers and all the other stakeholders that we need or need us. It is the work on the four pillars of the house that we are most proud of. Many of our projects actually touch several if not all pillars. The projects that we work on may,


at first glance, appear one dimensional: recycling ceramic waste has an environmental impact. But, by looking a little further, we can always find impacts on more than one pillar. Indeed, in addition to the obvious environmental impact of reducing landfill waste, we save in landfill costs (ECONOMY), we found new partners and stakeholders to learn from (SOCIAL) and help us make


decisions (GOVERNANCE).


An Environmental Committee was created to identify such opportunities (GOVERNANCE) and teaches other employees (SOCIAL).


In another example, a new powerful and automated waterblast cabinet that we are currently installing will not only


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