Monaco Coach Corp.’s Holiday Rambler Division in Wakarusa, Ind., lowered its styrene emissions 47% from 2000 to 2001, contributing to Elkhart County, Ind.’s 28% drop in toxic emissions during the period, according to an Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) report cited by the South Bend Tribune.
The reduction in toxic emissions by companies in Elkhart County, where numerous RV manufacturers are located, contributed to Indiana’s 9% drop in toxic releases into the atmosphere, the IDEM reported.
Monaco was praised for its pollution-control efforts by an engineer from Purdue University’s Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute, according to the newspaper.
All fiberglass manufacturers are now required by law to give extra training to their sprayers, but Monaco “really took it to heart and pushed it,” said Tim Bock, the Purdue process engineer.
The training helps spray operators apply gelcoat to fiberglass in a more efficient manner, allowing for the use of less of the material, Bock said.
Purdue, the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce and 44 fiber-reinforced plastics manufacturers formed a consortium that got an Indiana Department of Commerce grant to train more than 400 workers, Bock added.
The improvements continued last year and Bock believes Elkhart County’s toxic emissions were cut in half during 2002, the newspaper reported.