SGIA created the Sustainability Recognition Awards to recognize member companies that develop a sustainable business ethic, requiring a strong commitment from the company’s management and workforce. Awards are based on submission of required program information and the facility’s sustainability policy.
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. has a long-term sustainability vision, which includes investments in capital projects that will allow the company to modernize its 100-year old building. ASTG plans to reduce gas and electrical consumption in boilers and ranges as well as reduce steam trap and airline leaks. The result will be less energy required and lower emissions. According to Mike Richardson, director of Sales/Marketing-Print Media, “We have not only recognized higher than expected operational savings by updating assets, but also improved our operational working conditions, such as air quality. It is a win, not only for Aurora, but also for our surrounding environment.”
ASTG’s environmental policy and its ISO 14001 environmental certificate have been added to the company website. Internally, ASTG has posted environmental banners throughout their facilities and conducted employee communication meetings for project updates.
Headquartered in Aurora, Ill. and in continuous operation for more than 130 years, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a full-service textile finisher specializing in fabric sourcing, preparation, dyeing, coating and technical finishing for the woven and non-woven fabrics industries. With its second manufacturing facility, located in Travelers Rest, S.C., ASTG has the capacity, processing capabilities and finishing technologies to produce wider-width textile products. ASTG’s fabric solutions are used throughout the world in print media, pressure sensitive tape, home furnishing, napery, apparel, medical and industrial applications.