Woodinville, WA — October 30, 2013 — Precor®, a leading commercial and home fitness equipment manufacturer, today announced Seattle Business magazine named the company to the Washington Green 50 list. The company won the top honor in the manufacturing category for its track record of progressive environmental stewardship, including waste reduction and efficiency, recycling, “upcycling” and manufacturing best practices.
“Precor is setting an example for other manufacturing businesses in the area by continually re-inventing what it means to be green,” said Michael Romoser, Associate Publisher, Seattle Business magazine. “They are a company that wants to top what they’ve been able to achieve before with something new and more impactful. We’re happy to recognize their hard work and constant innovation in sustainability.”
Precor was recognized for a combination of environmental practices, including:
Waste Reduction/Recycling Education: Employees participate in recycling training programs, leading to a direct reduction in the company’s landfill waste.
Compactor Waste: The company redirects its predominantly dry compactor waste to a local recycling facility so that all recyclable material can be sorted out before going to the landfill.
Recyclable Items: Precor recycles a large number of materials, including Styrofoam, LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene - such as bubble wrap, plastic bags, foam packaging sheets, etc.), plastic (nylon) strapping and ABS plastic.
Treadmill Belt Upcycling: The company provides belt waste to Upcycle Goods, a company that turns this material into iPad protection sleeves.
“Smart” Welding Ventilation: An automated system modulates motor output based on demand and ensures ventilation gates are only open when a robot is welding and closed when it is not, resulting in energy savings.
“Precor carefully weighs the social and environmental impact of its business and takes great pride in the sustainability programs it has created,” said Rob Barker, president of Precor. “We are always looking for new opportunities to eliminate hazardous substance use and hazardous waste, while increasing recycling and acceptable treatment methods. It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”
Precor pollution prevention objectives have allowed the company to attain a Zero Hazardous Waste Generator status as well as a “No Exposure Certification.” The company’s powder coating process has received King County’s Industrial Waste Program “Gold Award” four years in a row. This designation is given to industrial waste permit holders that have no enforcement actions or violations.
Precor has also received the King County “Distinguished Business in the Green” Award, King County “Model Metal Working Fluid Management Program” designation and the Washington State Department of Ecology Metal Machining Sector “Best Practice” recognition.
Precor designs and builds premium fitness equipment for effective workouts that feel smooth and natural. With a passionate focus on ergonomic motion, proven science and superior engineering, the company continually advances the home and commercial fitness industry with breakthrough new product categories, including, EFX® Elliptical, Adaptive Motion Trainer® “AMT®” and Preva® Networked Fitness. Precor is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, the world’s largest sports equipment company, with internationally recognized brands Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Salomon, Arc’Teryx and Mavic.