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Tuesday, 09 March 2021 23:35

Baker’s Collision Recognized by Ohio EPA for Staying on Cutting Edge of Environmental Progress

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Baker’s Collision held a ribbon-cutting in 2019 to celebrate its new paint booth, paid for in part by a grant from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority. Baker’s Collision held a ribbon-cutting in 2019 to celebrate its new paint booth, paid for in part by a grant from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority. Provided courtesy of Baker’s Collision

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Baker’s Collision Repair Specialists in Mansfield, OH, was recently recognized by the Ohio EPA for achieving its E3 (Encouraging Environmental Excellence) Achievement Level, obtained by “completing pollution preventing activities that decreased emissions from painting operations, initiating activities in management commitment, employee involvement, energy efficiency, continuous improvement and recycling.”

DeLee Powell, president of Baker’s Collision, is proud of the accomplishment, which she views as “acknowledgement that they recognize the efforts that we have put forth."

 

"We are honored to be recognized for doing something that is good for our business and, in turn, good for our community and the environment," Powell said. "At Baker’s, we’ve always benefitted from being early adopters---we want to always be on the cutting edge, not the bleeding edge. Continuous improvement is in our DNA; we are open and embrace change.”

 

Although the recognition is new, the environmental conscientiousness is not. Baker’s began this journey in 2008 when it went paperless.

 

“One year’s worth of RO’s occupied 15 file cabinet drawers, and each year, these had to be stored for seven years before they could be recycled. Now, they’re scanned,” Powell said. “We have more space since the file cabinets are no longer needed, and the process has improved efficiency since everyone can access the files simultaneously online. Additionally, we save thousands of dollars each year that were previously spent on labor and supplies related to storing files.”

 

In 2010, Powell attended a Leadership Unlimited class where Grant Milliron of Milliron Industries was speaking.

 

“Grant has been a great role model and mentor in our environmental efforts. His message that day was ‘Recycling is just the right thing to do,’ and since our family business has always believed in doing the right things for the right reasons, we’ve recycled everything we can since that day,” she recalled. “First, we try to reduce, then reuse, and lastly, we recycle.”

 

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