YKK Wins Environmental Award

Greg Pass with Pacesetter AwardNature Trail at YKKGreg Pass with Turner Elementary StudentsGreg Pass at Turner ElementaryFrom Left: Sean Meadows, Josh Riggins, Greg Pass

Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection honored six recipients for their 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards, and YKK in Lawrenceburg was one of them, winning the environmental pacesetter award.  Originally known as Universal Fasteners and located just off of Industrial Road, we sat down with Greg Pass, HR & Safety Director, and Todd Baldwin, Environmental Engineer, at YKK to see what they did to win the award.

According to Todd and Greg, Universal Fasteners built their plant here in Lawrenceburg back in 1955.  When YKK bought them out in 1987, they found a number of environmental issues at the plant, that were originally legal but later were outlawed with tougher environmental laws.  Following on YKK’s philosophy that no one prospers without rendering benefit to others, they voluntarily remediated the plant without having the EPA or state mandating it.

But, they didn’t stop there.  They created an amazing nature walk in the wooded parts of their property for their employees to enjoy, planted trees, and installed birdhouses.  They then branched out into the community by helping Robert B Turner Elementary School by installing and maintaining another nature walk there and continuing planting trees and flowers on the property.  Greg and other YKK employees were at the school this past Friday adding more flowers and plants to the school and even inviting some of the students to help plant them all.

Besides environmental concerns, YKK continually wants to lend a helping hand to the community.  This past July, YKK sponsored a food and supply drive for the Johnson County flood victims at Walmart.  They received so much support that they had to send multiple trucks to Johnson County to deliver all the food and supplies.

YKK will continue to help the community, and we look forward to see what else they have in store for the environment and community.

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