Two Caterpillar Plants Earn EHS Awards

Oct. 24, 2005
Illinois honors engine plant, casting operation

Caterpillar Inc.’s Mossville, IL, Engine Center and its Cast Metals Organization in Mapleton, IL, have been presented pollution-prevention awards by the State of Illinois in recognition of the company's on-going commitment "to sustain the environment and improve the health and safety of employees." Both sites have been recognized in the 19th annual Governor's Pollution Prevention Awards in the continuous-improvement category for large industry.

"These two awards represent actions taking place across Caterpillar's business units as we seek to provide world-class products for our customers while also focusing on environmentally sustainable practices in our facilities," said Ali Bahaj, Caterpillar vice president in charge of sustainable development initiatives and environmental, health, and safety performance.

The Mossville Engine Center was recognized for significantly improving first test acceptance (FTA) rates for the on-highway diesel engines manufactured there. By improving the number of engines that successfully pass on the first test, Caterpillar has decreased annual diesel fuel usage for testing by more than 93,000 gallons. The improved testing process also has decreased estimated annual emissions of nitrous oxide by 12 tons, and emissions of carbon monoxide by five tons.

The Mapleton iron foundry casts engine blocks, engine heads, and cylinder liners, which are finished with a process that includes steel shot-blasting. In a recent change, the spent shot is no longer remelted or landfilled, but instead is gathered and sent to a recycler for cleaning and sorting. More than 250 tons of shot are recycled per year.

"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," stated Governor Rod Blagojevich.