o One of the First in Plastics and One of the Largest in North Carolina...
MEBANE, North Carolina; February 4, 2011 - Nypro Inc. said here today that it is installing a network of renewable energy sources at its world class Packaging and Healthcare precision plastics injection molding and assembly facility in Mebane, North Carolina. Ted Lapres, President and CEO, Nypro Inc., made the announcement. With more than 15,000 employees, $1.25 billion revenues and 45 locations in 16 countries, Nypro is the leading global precision plastics contract manufacturer. Nypro also is one of the ten largest employee owned companies.
According to Paul Kayser, Group President, Nypro Packaging, the Nypro renewable energy installation will be the one of the first major renewable energy investments in the plastics industry and will be one of the largest such commercial projects in North Carolina. "There are two key elements to our renewable energy project," he said. "First, we will install a solar farm covering the roof of our facility in Mebane, N.C. which will generate a significant portion of the energy required to power the operation. Additionally, we will install wind turbines adjacent to our plant, providing additional energy to power the facility". He added that the total investment will exceed seven figures and emphasized that the initial project is a pilot program to determine the most feasible method of adapting renewable energy to plastics manufacturing. "Our long term goal is for all of our Nypro Packaging operations to be powered by renewable energy", Mr. Kayser added. Nypro employs about 300 people at Mebane.
Mr. Kayser said that Nypro's investment is a commitment to the future and is in line with the commitment to sustainability of many of Nypro's global customers. And Mr. Kayser added, "Our customers are very important to us, they are leading the way with renewable energy, and sustainability is a big part of how we are going to do business."
Nypro's sustainability program has a long history. In 1988, Nypro's headquarters in Clinton MA became one of the very first plastic companies to adopt a firm policy of sending no waste to a landfill - everything had to be recycled. Says Barry Charbonneau, Nypro's Manager of Environment & Sustainability, "We're very excited to be making these initial investments in solar and wind energy. These projects align with Nypro's long-term commitment to decrease greenhouse gas emissions through improved operational efficiency and the use of clean, renewable energy sources. These investments are good for Nypro as they are good for our communities, our environment and our customers."