Engler Cites Howell Firm for Environmental Ethic Unified Industries earns Clean Corporate Citizen honor

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

October 31, 2001


Governor John Engler today announced that Unified Industries Inc. of Howell has become Michigan’s 40th Clean Corporate Citizen, an honor reserved for businesses and municipalities demonstrating outstanding environmental stewardship.


The Clean Corporate Citizen program was proposed by Engler in his 1996 State of the State address. The purpose is to encourage and reward environmentally conscious behavior within Michigan’s regulated community.


"This is a difficult designation to earn," Governor Engler said. "Participants must go beyond meeting standard environmental requirements. They must set themselves apart by incorporating sound environmental management concepts into their daily operations. Today’s designation illustrates the environmental ethic that is spreading throughout Michigan’s business community. I congratulate the staff and management of United Industries for demonstrating that business can be successfully accomplished with environmental protection as an overriding principle."


The Howell plant manufactures overhead material handling systems for primary use in the automotive industry. It has operated at the same location for nearly 50 years.


Unified Industries earned the International Standards Organization 14001 certification earlier this year, meeting the voluntary international standard for environmental management systems.

"Our employees wanted this designation, our community deserved it and our environment needs it," said Russell Polgar, Unified Industries general manager.


The policy of Unified Industries is to keep its properties and workplace free from environmental hazards, and to continually improve its progress toward the goals of waste elimination, recycling and pollution prevention. Employees at the Howell facility recognize the need to consider environmental matters early in the planning process and meet all applicable environmental standards. Communication with the community, customers and stakeholders is an ongoing activity.


"The company’s commitment to environmental protection is evident in its operations, as well as in the attitude of its management and employees," said Department of Environmental Quality Director Russell Harding. "The entire Unified Industries team can take great satisfaction in a job well done."