News from Strongwell Corporation04/30/2010
The company has long been at the forefront of composites industry leadership in environmental matters. The focus on “green” and “sustainability” issues have grown exponentially in business and in general public awareness in recent years. As a result, Strongwell has decided to post its Green Initiatives on the company’s website: www.strongwell.com/green. Strongwell is dedicated to assessing and reducing the environmental impact of its fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. As a responsible corporate citizen, Strongwell continually seeks to improve its manufacturing practices to further protect the environment, while providing essential, environmentally friendly products to its customers. The new Green Commitment page on Strongwell’s website lists Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) of composites, recycling facts, manufacturing impact reduction initiatives, legal compliance and the future of Strongwell’s green initiative. Most of Strongwell’s FRP composites are structural alternatives to traditional building materials like steel, aluminum and concrete. Compared to these materials, the manufacture of Strongwell’s pultruded FRP products produces fewer air and water emissions, consumes less energy and emits less greenhouse gas, leading to both a reduced environmental impact and a lower carbon footprint. Since FRP does not corrode or deteriorate, it can be recycled. More importantly, however, virgin production of FRP usually has less environmental impact than even recycling alternate materials, such as steel and aluminum. FRP composite products have high resistance to rot and corrosion, a longer and more economical service life and require less frequent energy-intensive maintenance and replacement. These inherent advantages lead to superior overall sustainability for FRP products. Headquartered in Bristol, Virginia, Strongwell is the world’s leading and largest pultruder of fiber reinforced polymer composites. The company has pultrusion manufacturing facilities in Bristol, VA, Washington County, VA and Chatfield, MN. Strongwell is a financially strong, privately-held company, producing products including structural shapes, grating, handrail, structural building panels, decking systems, composite armor, ladder rail, and many OEM products for its diverse customer base.
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