November 20, 2002
Governor John Engler today announced that Dapco Industries of Dexter in Washtenaw County was recently named Michigan’s 53rd Clean Corporate Citizen. This designation is approved by the Governor and Department of Environmental Quality director Russell Harding.
To earn Clean Corporate Citizen status, a company must demonstrate consistent environmental compliance, adopt pollution prevention programs, and use an effective environmental management system. Through this voluntary program, Dapco Industries management and employees demonstrate their concern for the environment, and are setting an example for all Michigan companies on how to effectively integrate environmental efforts in daily business operations.
"I congratulate Dapco Industries for this accomplishment," Engler said. "Michigan’s economic future relies on environmentally responsible companies like Dapco to manage their business for environmental protection benefits to their community. Dapco Industries and the Village of Dexter should be very proud of this achievement."
"We are very excited to become part of an elite group of Michigan companies that have achieved the Clean Corporate Citizen status," said Ron Tupper, president of Dapco. "The C3 program is a perfect fit for our organization’s commitment to our employees, customers and our community."
Dapco Industries began its operations in Dexter in 1943 designing and manufacturing gears for tail gunners in World War II military aircraft to prevent them from inadvertently shooting their plane’s tail rudder. Over the years their product lines have expanded. Currently they are a medium- volume machine shop that designs and supplies fuel shut-off valves and small engine parts to over 300 customers. Dapco employs approximately 160 people at its 90,000 square foot plant located on Bishop Circle. Its slogan, "Small Town Company, Worldwide Quality" has caused them to keep up with the ever-changing markets and constantly assess their impact on the environment. Through many innovative methods, Dapco Industries strives for continual improvement in pollution prevention.
As a Clean Corporate Citizen, Dapco Industries is eligible for certain benefits under the state air, water and storage tank permitting programs. Facilities that obtain Clean Corporate Citizen status can be relied upon to carry out their environmental protection responsibilities without rigorous oversight.