Michelin North America of Midland City was recently awarded the Air Conservationist of the Year Award at the 2017 Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet. The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) held the banquet, co-sponsored by Alabama Power Company and PowerSouth Energy on Friday, August 4, 2017 at The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville. Governor Kay Ivey provided opening remarks and assisted with presentation of the awards.
The AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards (GCAA) are the most respected conservation honors in the state of Alabama. Over the past 40 years, AWF has presented these awards to individuals and organizations that make great contributions to the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources.
Michelin North America produces high-performance light truck and SUV passenger tires. The plant is extremely conscious of the potential for air pollution from its operations and is committed to meeting all standards for air pollution control.
In 2015, Michelin announced a $22 million project to upgrade and install its existing extrusion, curing equipment, and tire verification capacity. By year-end, the technological upgrades resulted in a 45% reduction in the emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds used in the tire fabrication process, equating to 30 tons per year.
The upgrade also reduced employee exposure, improved working conditions, and reduced fire hazards associated with these substances. Michelin North America in Midland City has proven to be a leader in eco-friendly programs that reduce air emissions and improves the health and welfare of the citizens of Alabama, and continues to strive to be a leader in sustainable mobility by focusing on two core values: Respect for the Environment and Respect for People.
Additional sponsors included Ralph and Catherine Martin, Stifel, Lee Thuston, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, Talladega Superspeedway, Josh & Mary Virginia Mandell, First South Farm Credit, CDG Engineers & Associates, Manufacture Alabama, Lake Martin Resource Association, Russell Lands, Consolidated Construction Co., Canfor Southern Pine, and David & Kelly Thomas. The Westervelt Company and Hammer Construction sponsored the social event prior to the banquet. Alabama Gulf Seafood was sponsored by the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission.
The GCAA was created to promote leadership by example and in turn increase conservation of the natural resources in the state of Alabama including its wildlife, forests, soils, water and air. The program is designed to bring about a greater knowledge and awareness of conservation practices and projects and to give proper recognition to those persons and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare of their community and state.
The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about AWF, including membership details, programs and projects, contact Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-WILD or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.
By Marla Ruskin, Alabama Wildlife Federation