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Gallagher Asphalt engages with community, employees on way to 10 percent GHG reduction

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE: ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

Going above and beyond for the environment? That’s what NAPA’s Environmental Leadership Award celebrates, recognizing the best among NAPA members who have notched a new or full renewal Diamond Achievement Sustainable Commendation in the past three years. Judges evaluate entries based on environmental responsibility, site appearance, and social responsibility. Gallagher Asphalt Corp.’s Thornton, Illinois facility won the designation for 2022.

The plant averages 470,000 tons of asphalt produced annually and has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by improving natural gas efficiency. Converting baghouse fans from gas to electric, paving under aggregate stockpiles, and upgrading burner servo controls are some of the ways Gallagher reduced its carbon footprint. Implementing logistics software from XBE has allowed Gallagher to streamline the scheduling for plants, trucking, and construction, which can all be managed through one application.

Repaving, restriping, and repainting across the facility gave the plant a refreshed look, including new siding on the equipment shop. Computer interfaces have replaced the manual controls in the tower, and Gallagher implemented a system in its dust silos that uses water to control airborne dust.

Gallagher has also established a fundraiser role within its community, taking part in local charity drives and sponsoring school-affiliated functions in and around Thornton. The company also recognizes employees through an awards program—the Bright Idea Award encourages innovations, while the DRIVE Award goes to the employee who annually best represents Gallagher’s values: Dedication, Relationships, Integrity, Vision, and Excellence.

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