CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.–AptarGroup, Inc. announced that its facility in Mukwonago, Wisconsin has achieved certification to the ISO 50001 International Standard for Energy Management Systems. This milestone follows an intensive two-year effort to quantify, control and improve the energy performance of its manufacturing facility and operations.
As of December 1, Aptar has certified sixteen sites in Europe and the Mukwonago facility is Aptar’s first in North America certified to the ISO 50001 standard. “This is an impressive achievement as the Wisconsin facility is setting the pace in energy management for our North American locations,” said Beth Holland, Vice President, Operational Excellence – EHS & Sustainability.
Aptar Mukwonago joined Focus on Energy’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Leaders initiative in 2016. Focus on Energy, in partnership with We Energies, provided participants with technical, management and financial support for applying continuous improvement principles and practices to energy management. Aptar met the criteria for the SEM Leaders program due to its positive history with Focus on Energy and existing continuous improvement efforts towards quality, environment and safety.
Mukwonago Plant Engineering Manager, Gary Schleicher, spearheaded the drive for ISO certification and believes the key to Aptar’s success was strong backing from plant management and a dedicated energy team. “We couldn’t have done this without our team members and backing from management. The guidance we received as an SEM Leader kept us focused and on track.”
Since becoming an SEM Leader, the Aptar facility’s energy performance improved by nearly 5 percent. “The entire Aptar energy team has done a really nice job identifying and implementing both capital and operational energy improvement opportunities,” said Don Gall, Focus on Energy’s Advisor to Aptar.
Pictured above (from left to right):
Beth Holland, VP Operational Excellence, EHS&S; Trevor Reinhard, Industrial Engineer; Tanner Faulkner, Director of Manufacturing; David Lehman, Director of Strategic Projects; Mark Kitzis, President of Food + Beverage North America; Gary Schleicher, Plant Engineering Manager; Don Gall, Focus on Energy