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Health Systems Minnesota, Saint Louis Park

Goal: Eliminate mercury-containing devices in its one hospital and 25 clinics.

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Lake Superior Paper, Duluth

Goal: Reduce wastewater solids

Marigold Foods, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce phosphorus discharge and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD).

Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Saint Paul

Goal: Reduce use of methylene chloride in environmental analysis work at an analytical lab.

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Sellner Manufacturing, Faribault

Goal: Evaluate reducing laminate and gel coat overspray in fiber reinforced plastics process.

Smith System Manufacturing, Princeton

Goal: Research reducing wastewater and chemical use.

Wenger Corporation, Owatonna

Goal: Decrease the use of powder coating paint in manufacturing music equipment.

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Crown Cork and Seal, Owatonna

Goal: Reduce defects from coating operation.

A Minnesota Dairy, Le Sueur

Goal: Decrease water used by clean-in-place (CIP) systems which sanitize equipment.

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Federal-Mogul, Lake City

Goal: Reduce phosphorus use to minimize wastewater loading and evaluate closed loop cooling of aluminum mold dies.

Halcon, Stewartville

Goal: Investigate options for switching to water-borne coatings.

Jennie O' Foods, Melrose

Goal: Reduce water use and wastewater loading.

Red Wing Shoes, Red Wing

Goal: Reduce raw material scrap.

Schmidt Printing, Byron

Goal: Evaluate opportunities for reducing paper waste at lithographic printer.

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Thermo King, Bloomington

Goal: Minimize facility's wastewater.


Bemidji State University, Bemidji

Goal: Decrease lab waste and reduce reagent use.

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Endocardial Solutions, Saint Paul

Goal: Reduce solid waste by optimizing packaging for medical devices.

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Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Saint Paul Park

Goal: Make cleaning changes to eliminate chlorinated aerosol spray use.

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McGlynn's Bakery, Minneapolis

Goal: Research bulk raw material options.

Merit Enterprises, Isle

Goal: Reduce sludge generation and water use.

Potlatch Corporation, Brainerd

Goal: Investigate options for conserving water.

University of Minnesota Veterinary Clinic, Saint Paul

Goal: Reduce the use of disinfectants while maintaining strict disease control.

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American Converters, Fridley

Goal: Eliminate air emissions and hazardous waste for methylene chloride using alternatives to adhesive joining in a plastics job shop.

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Bouquet Enterprises, Kellogg

Goal: Investigate substitutes for selenium-based acid in decorative product manufacture.

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Foldcraft, Kenyon

Goal: Evaluate how to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from painting operations.

Hood Flexible Packaging, Saint Paul

Goal: Reduce waste from flexographic printing at a polyethylene bag manufacturer.

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Kurt Manufacturing, Minneapolis

Goal: Improve water conservation at a metal fabricator.

Nico Products, Minneapolis

Goal: Develop options for water conservation in electroplating.

North Star Finishing, Minneapolis

Goal: Recommend solutions for water conservation in electroplating.

Southern Minnesota Sugarbeet Coop, Renville

Goal: Reduce the use of lime in processing beets into sugar.

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Tennant Company, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce solid waste from packaging at a floor maintenance equipment manufacturer

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Anagram International, Eden Prairie

Goal: Reduce solvent and ink purchases and waste in the flexographic printing industry.

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Diamond Brands, Cloquet

Goal: Reduce wood waste and energy use used for heating wood blocks when manufacturing wood products.

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Hoffman Engineering, Anoka

Goal: Reduce water use in painting pretreatment.

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Jostens, Owatonna

Goal: Evaluate the efficiency of acid use and identify options for reclaiming process acid.

Sparta Foods, Saint Paul

Goal: Evaluate options for water conservation and wastewater loading in the food processing industry.

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Viking Industries, Saint Joseph

Goal: Reduce VOCs and improve transfer efficiency in the wood finishing furniture process.

Vision Ease, Saint Cloud

Goal: Research eliminating trichloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent, from multifocal lens production.

X-Cel Optical, Sauk Rapids

Goal: Eliminate trichloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent, from multifocal lens production.

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