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Advanced Extrusion, Rogers, Tiger Rost

Goal: Reduce energy and waste in plastic extrusion operations.

Aqseptence, New Brighton, Ryan Pauly

Goal: Reduce water use in sheet metal fabrication processes.

Bailey Nurseries, Cottage Grove, Christine Pelto

Goal: Reduce amount of groundwater used for irrigation by utilizing pond water.

Center for Energy & the Environment, Twin Cities, Leah Kunkel

Goal: Increase energy efficiency at small industrial facilities.

CertainTeed Roofing, Shakopee, Alex Witte

Goal: Increase production rates, reduce water use and optimize evaporative cooling process in shingle manufacturing.

City of Minneapolis Water, Minneapolis, Gina Sternberg

Goal: Optimize chemical treatment process to reduce chemical use aimprove discharge water quality

City of New Prague, New Prague, Emily Wen

Goal: Optimize wastewater treatment processes.

Diasorin, Stillwater, Yohanes Agustinus

Goal: Optimize water use in medical diagnostic devices manufacturing.

Electric Machinery, Minneapolis, Brady Halvorson

Goal:  Water reduction at a large motor manufacturer.

Fulton Beer, Minneapolis, Karl Wuolo-Journey

Goal: Reduce waste and wastewater at a craft brewery.

Kerry Ingredients, Rochester, Denzel Bibbs,

Goal: Improve energy and chemical use efficiency.

Phillips Distilling, Princeton, Nathaniel Scherer

Goal:  Energy and water conservation in a distillery.

Phillips Small Businesses, Minneapolis, Maddie Norgaard

Goal: Improving air quality at small businesses by encouraging the adoption of products and processes that eliminate hazardous air pollutants and reduce emissions of volatile organ compounds.

Plastech, Rush City, Emily Daniel

Goal: Waste and energy reduction in a plastic injection molding operation.

Seneca Foods, Rochester, Daniel Chang

Goal: Reduce product loss and improve water and chemical use efficiency.

SkyWater Technology Foundry, Bloomington, Brandon Noel

Goal: Optimize energy efficiency of air handling systems

Smith Foundry, Minneapolis, Al Muntasar Al Busaidy

Goal: Improve air quality through process optimization.


Anoka-Hennepin School District, Fridley, Tanner Glaza

Goal: Water conservation opportunities for irrigation systems and improved soil conditions and turf grass health.

Cemstone, Mendota Heights, Brent Vizanko

Goal: Reduce fresh water from product production and truck washout and identify improvements to water reuse systems.

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), Minneapolis, Tiger Rost

Goal: Conduct energy audits at small industrial facilities to identify energy savings opportunities in compressed air systems, process energy, lighting, and HVAC.

City of St. Peter Wastewater Treatment Facility, St. Peter, Merry Tesfu

Goal: Energy savings through improved blower-generated dissolved oxygen and control in the treatment stage.

City of Woodbury, Woodbury, Nathan Landwehr

Goal: Water reduction in residential landscape and turf irrigation.

Ecolibrium3, Duluth, Hanne Guthrie

Goal: Benchmark data and conduct energy, water, and waste audits at small businesses in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

G&K Services, Minnetonka, Katherine Venne

Goal: Solid waste reduction and reducing VOC concentrations in wastewater.

HCMC, Minneapolis, Rachel Kosse

Goal: Water reduction opportunities in system distribution, washing and sterilizing processes, and building process uses.

IBM, Rochester, Danny Sales

Goal: Energy efficiency for on-site cooling coils and air handling units and optimal steam and chilled water conditions.

Lorentz Meats, Cannon Falls, Nicholas Drews

Goal: Reduce energy use in the refrigeration system and other process energy uses, as well as water and chemicals used for multiple cleaning and sanitation operations.

Nordic Ware, St. Louis Park, Roopesh Pushpala

Goal: Improve paint transfer efficiency, conserve energy, increase production throughput, and improve automation.

R&D Systems, Minneapolis, Omar Hammami

Goal: Reduce water use in the DI water system and single-pass water cooled freeze dryers and reduce on-site energy consumption.

TEL FSI, INC., Chaska, Alex Mantos

Goal: Identify water conservation and reuse opportunities and ways to increase materials recycling.

Xcel Energy Riverside and Black Dog Plants, Twin Cities, Christine Lucky

Goal: Evaluate the potential for water use reduction or reuse in multiple processes at each plant.


Antea Group, Shoreview, Ross Wise

Goal: Conduct benchmarking study of Minnesota craft breweries and complete road-mapping assessments and reports at select sites.

Caterpillar Paving Products, Brooklyn Park, William Bowman

Goal: Compressed air opportunities to improve energy efficiency.

City of Woodbury, Woodbury, Benjamin Heinle

Goal: Water conservation for commercial irrigation systems.

Davisco Foods, Le Sueur, Stephen Raab

Goal: reduce water usage, wastewater loading, and energy in the cheese production process.

ECO Finishing, Fridley, Jerico Sanchez Hulstrand

Goal: Waste process optimization in the electroplating process

Firmenich, New Ulm, Sushruth Venkatesh

Goal: Increase efficiency and conserve energy in the spray drying process

Kemps Ice Cream, Rochester, Anne Hunter

Goal: Reduce product and raw material loading in the receiving and mixing areas of the ice cream production process.

Lloyd’s BBQ, Mendota Heights, Ayotunde Olatunbosun

Goal: Water conservation, waste reduction, and energy efficiency opportunities in the meat packaging process.

Lou-Rich, Albert Lea, Carter Tollefson

Goal: Improve process efficiency and reduce energy consumption in the freezer line production process.

Park Nicollet Health Services, Twin Cities, Hannah Brady

Goal: Source reduction, waste diversion, and staff education opportunities at clinics.

Sanimax, South Saint Paul, Joseph Carlson

Goal: Reduce water usage, wastewater loading, and energy for four process streams of the by-product reclamation process.

Southwest Regional Solid Waste Commission, Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles Counties, Nathan Landwehr

Goal: Source reduction and waste diversion opportunities for businesses in Southwest Minnesota.

Xcel Energy Riverside Plant, Minneapolis, Mitchell Cleveland

Goal: Opportunities to conserve and reuse water


ECO Finishing, Fridley, Erik Anderson

Goal: Researching water conservation opportunities in the electroplating process.

GE Water & Process Technologies, Minnetonka, Nikola Trukov

Goal: Researching water reduction opportunities in the production and testing of filter products as well as the use of non-contact cooling water and electrical energy.

Gerdau, St. Paul, Daniel Sundberg

Goal: Investigating heating and reheating processes to find energy efficiencies in steel production.

Kerry Ingredients, Rochester, Simone Richardson

Goal: Investigating methods to reduce wastewater loading and well water usage in food processing.

Kraft Foods, Albany, Boyang Li

Goal: Developing techniques to conserve energy in the cheese drying process.

MGK, Chaska, Neil Peterson

Goal: Researching opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce chemical waste.

MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), St. Paul, Li Guan

Goal: Reducing solid and organic waste at state agencies.

City of St. Cloud, Emily Campion

Goal: Reducing electric energy consumption of aeration blowers.

TEL FSI, INC, Chaska, David Binstock

Goal: Researching multiple water conservation and reuse opportunities and electric energy efficiency improvements.

Uponor, Apple Valley, Christopher Lanari

Goal: Researching material and energy efficiency for a new extrusion process.

Uponor, Apple Valley, Calen Papke

Goal: Researching and developing new methods to improve yield and reduce process waste.


City of Hutchinson Wastewater Treatment Facility, Hutchinson (Spring intern), Yulin Yee

Goal: Researching and evaluating process modification options for denitrification and energy conservation.

Consolidated Precision Products, Bloomington, Anshul Gupta

Goal: Researching energy efficiency and water conservation improvement opportunities in the aluminum casting processes.

CSM Bakery Products, Eagan, Zachary Metz

Goal: Researching opportunities to reduce energy use, conserve water, and improve process efficiencies.

Federal Cartridge, Anoka, Kaylea Brase

Goal: Researching multiple water conservation and recycling oppotunities including single pass cooling applications and other metal-forming manufacturing steps that incoporate washing and rinsing.

Gedney Foods, Chaska, Ryan Venteicher

Goal: Reducing water use and wastewater created during product processing as well as improving efficiencies, reducing salt use, and reducing chloride content in the wastewater.

Northern Star/Michael Foods, Chaska, Alex Hoppes

Goal: Researching possible well water reduction and reuse opportunities in the potato scrubbing process and other plant operations.

Schwing America, White Bear Lake, Paul Senne

Goal: Researching opportunities to reduce energy use and increase efficiency through the lean manufacturing process.

St. Croix Forge, Forest Lake, Amanda Spencer

Goal: Evaluate hydrolic cooling, air compressor, and press lubrication systems identifying ways to cost effectively reduce process energy and material use.

St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, Ben Wagener

Goal: Researching opportunities to reduce the hospital’s electric energy consumption and costs.

ST Specialty Foods, Brooklyn Park, Rahul Dhuria

Goal: Continuous improvement in a growing pasta packaging company

Tennant Company, Minneapolis, Jaclyn Thomes

Goal: Developing an inventory of all waste streams targeting source reduction and diversion initiatives as well as analyzing water consumption in the reverse osmosis system.


3M, Hutchinson, Olivia Zigler

Goal: Identifying solution for reducing electrical consumption related to the operation of industrial motors.

Ceramic Industrial Coatings, Osseo, Ian Huxford

Goal: Identify solutions to reduce solvent use and waste created during the manufacturing and clean-up processes.

G & K Services, St. Cloud, Leigh Severson

Goal: Determine solutions to reduce water consumption through improved wastewater treatment and reuse.

GE Water and Process Technologies, Minnetonka, Brandon Vogt

Goal: Reduce water consumption related to the production and testing of filter products as well as the use of non-contact cooling water.

Graco, Minneapolis, Brian Joe

Goal: Research the current paint line wash chemistry and making recommendations to implement changes to reduce gas, electric, and water use.

Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Jessica Primozich & Matt Domski

Goal: Research and evaluate options for managing organic waste and then develop a model that other facilities can use. Sponsored by Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Board

Northern Iron and Machine, St. Paul, Eric Sterna

Goal: Validate energy and environmental savings of a three-furnace cooling system and investigate heat recovery modifications on heat treat ovens.

Seneca Foods, Rochester, Emily Hutson

Goal: Reduce energy use by identifying opportunities to improve steam system efficiencies.

Various Restaurants, Ramsey & Washington Counties, Jessica Primozich & Matt Domski

Goal: Evaluate restaurants in three geographic locations to identify opportunities for managing organic waste and to create a model for other restaurants. Sponsored by Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Board


August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm

Goal: Recover waste heat from the brewing and pasteurizing processes and reduce wastewater strength charges.

City of Rogers Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rogers

Goal: Identify energy efficiency opportunities in the wastewater treatment plant.

Ecolab Inc., Eagan

Goal: Reduce energy use in the steam and compressed air systems.

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, St. Paul

Goal: Determine energy efficiency opportunities within a variety of processes at the wastewater treatment facility.

Radisson Hotel, Bloomington

Goal: Evaluate hotel and water park energy use and develop an environmental reduction plan.

Salo Manufacturing, Menahga

Goal: Validate the performance of a low-styrene, soy-based, or no-styrene resin and gel-coats.

Truck Bodies Equipment International, Lake Crystal

Goal: Reduce energy use in painting, curing, ventilation, and dust collecting processes, as well as in compressed air systems.

Uponor Inc., Apple Valley

Goal: Reduce energy use in manufacturing processes and facility.


3M, Saint Paul

Goal: Evaluate fume hoods for energy efficiency and recommend changes/upgrades to increase efficiency.

ConAgra Foods, Hastings

Goal: Evaluate and recommend solutions for energy efficiency in process equipment.

Consolidated Precision Products, Bloomington

Goal: Evaluate energy efficiency on exhaust fans, lighting, and electric and natural gas melters and heat treat ovens.

General Mills, Golden Valley

Goal: Determine feasibility and specification criteria for solvent recovery and reuse.

Malt-O-Meal, Northfield

Goal: Address compressed air, steam, cooling water, and other areas for energy efficiency.

ME Elecmetal, Duluth

Goal: Evaluate heat loss and energy efficiency of heat treat ovens, ladles and other natural gas uses, investigate air vacuum and compressor systems.

Melrose Dairy Proteins, Melrose

Goal: Address product recovery opportunities as well as water reuse potential.

Valley Craft, Lake City

Goal: Investigate phosphate-free, low-temperature conversion coatings for paint line.


Johnson Screens, New Brighton

Goal: Evaluate options to improve water recycling and the compressed air system.

Lou-Rich, Albert Lea

Goal: Examine ways to eliminate zinc from the wastewater stream.

Oak Hills Living Center, New Ulm

Goal: Identify ways to reduce pharmaceutical waste through the use of an automated distribution system.

Roberts Automatic, Chanhassen

Goal: Reduce electrical and gas consumption in production areas and oil mist generation in work spaces.

Siemens Water Technologies, Roseville

Goal: Investigate industrial wastewater reuse.

UMMC-Fairview, Minneapolis

Goal: Work with the green team and evaluate the potential of implementing reusable gowns.


Atritech Inc., Plymouth

Goal: Develop new packaging concept to reduce medical device packaging waste.

Granite Falls Energy, LLC, Granite Falls

Goal: Conduct energy efficiency analysis of various parts of the ethanol plant.

Hitchcock Industries, Bloomington

Project 1 Goal: Determine feasibility of using a fluidized bed system.

Hitchcock Industries, Bloomington

Project 2 Goal: Investigate the opportunity to replace sulfur hexafluoride.

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, Saint Paul

Goal: Determine the efficiency of the current blower operation and how that operation could be improved with different controls or strategies.

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Minnesota Energy, Buffalo Lake

Goal: Evaluate water saving opportunities for ethanol production.

Twin City Die Casting, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce electrical and thermal energy use in facility.

St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth

Goal: Minimize hazardous materials by incorporating environmentally preferable purchasing protocols and reduce blue wrap use.


Advanced Web, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce scrap rate and the volume of waste paper produced.

Arctic Cat, Thief River Falls

Goal: Reduce energy use from the paint line, reduce phosphorus discharges in the wastewater, and improve compressed air efficiency.

Boise Cascade, International Falls

Goal: Improve energy efficiency and conserve water by improving the compressed air system efficiency, improving steam system insulation, and reducing water use.

Cook Area Health Services, Bigfork

Goal: Reduce pharmaceutical waste at its hospitals, medical clinics and nursing home.

The Dotson Company, Mankato

Goal: Reduce energy use by reusing process heat from casting iron.

Greatbatch – Globe Tool, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce trichloroethylene (TCE) emissions from vapor degreasers.

Kraft Foods Global, New Ulm

Goal: Reduce water use by reclaiming water for reuse and reduce energy use by installing a condensing boiler-stack economizer and installing a heat recovery system on the ammonia gas compressor system to capture waste heat.

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McLean Thermal – Hoffman Enclosures, Inc., Champlin

Goal: Improve operating efficiencies in the pre-paint/ washer/conversion coating process lines by reducing cleaning chemical use, energy consumption of heated stages, and wastewater discharge.

Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester

Goal: Reduce hazards associated with chemicals and reduce number of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfecting.


Alexandria Finishing, Alexandria

Goal: Reduce wastewater and wastewater treatment chemicals in the facility.

Federal Cartridge, Anoka

Goal: Reduce wastewater.

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce pharmaceutical waste.

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, Saint Paul

Goal: Improve the energy efficiency of its secondary treatment aeration system.

QX, Inc., Hamel

Goal: Reduce energy use in the melt furnace operation and recover heat from the evaporator system.

Tennant Company, Golden Valley

Goal: Reduce water and chemical use in painting pretreatment and improve energy efficiency.

Tri-County Hospital, Wadena

Goal: Reduce pharmaceutical waste.


Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis

Goal: Minimize toxic product use in maintenance and environmental services.

Nordic Ware, Saint Louis Park

Goal: Reduce energy used for makeup air units in the painting areas and improve heating efficiency during non-manufacturing hours.

Stone Products of St. Cloud, Inc., Saint Cloud

Goal: Automate the gel-coat spray operation to reduce waste, toxic air emissions, and worker exposure, while improving quality.

Stylmark, Inc., Fridley

Goal: Reduce an anodizing line’s nitric acid use and nitrate discharge.

Thomas Engineering Company, Brooklyn Park

Goal: Replace trichloroethylene (TCE) degreasing with a combination of n-Propyl Bromide and aqueous degreasing.

U.S. Distilled Products, Princeton

Goal: Reduce packaging and product losses, and wastewater generation from the production lines.


Aveda Corporation, Blaine

Goal: Evaluate ways to reduce water use and evaluate efficiency of the reverse osmosis system.

Blandin Paper, Grand Rapids

Goal: Increase the efficiency of the clay preparation area by recovering material for reuse and removing material from the wastewater.

Endocardial Solutions, Saint Paul

Goal: Reduce costs associated with the use of non-value added materials in the manufacture of medical devices.

Hutchinson Technology, Hutchinson

Goal: Test ways to reduce water use and improve rinse water cleanliness.

Pro-Corn LLC, Preston

Goal: Evaluate energy conservation opportunities for motors and uninsulated piping at an ethanol production facility.

Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls

Goal: Research how to reduce volume of solid waste and waste that results in the emission of persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs).

Rock-Tenn Company, Saint Paul

Goal: Improve facility insulation to reduce energy costs.

Ultra Image Powder Coating, Big Lake

Goal: Evaluate how to reduce raw material use in the powder coating application process.


Crenlo LLC, Rochester

Goal: Reduce paint arrestor waste and evaluate opportunities to conserve water and chemicals.

Greif, Rosemount

Goal: Reduce scrap by reviewing scrap-generating processes in the tubing department, including density of plain paper rolls, setup procedures and cutting operations.

Intermet, Minneapolis

Goal: Examine water use and wastewater, focusing on water use at the tumblers and evaluate electricity use, mainly on the compressors, motors and natural gas to the evaporator.

Lou-Rich, Albert Lea

Goal: Reduce water used in cleaning and cooling operations by 8.9 million gallons per year, saving $42,100 annually.

Malt-O-Meal, Northfield

Goal: Evaluate options to decrease the volume of off-specification product produces.

Tiro Industries, Fridley

Goal: Reduce water and wastewater to reduce a Service Availability Charge (SAC).


Associated Finishing, Mankato

Goal: Work with molten salt paint stripping materials and methods to reduce phosphorus in wastewater.

Cortec Corporation, Saint Paul

Goal: Improve efficiency of raw material use.

Fairview Health Services, Bloomington

Goal: Reduce infectious waste.

HealthEast, Saint Paul

Goal: Recommend equipment modifications and reusable sharp containers.

K-Bar Industries, Faribault

Goal: Improve inspection of reject parts before stripping, increase operator awareness, and suggest process changes.

Lifecore Biomedical, Chaska

Goal: Remove unnecessary equipment and repair water valves to reduce water use.

Technical Plating, Brooklyn Park

Goal: Improve flow control on one plating line and recommend effluent reuse.


Amidon Graphics, Saint Paul

Goal: Reduce paper waste from web printing processes.

Columbia Gear, Avon

Goal: Reduce filtration waste.

Fiberglas Fabricators, Le Center

Goal: Evaluate trim scrap and overspray.

Hibbing Taconite, Hibbing

Goal: Reduce ore spills by making equipment and maintenance changes.

Oakwood Homes, Redwood Falls

Goal: Reduce construction scrap waste.

Pillsbury Foods, Chanhassen

Goal: Reduce water use at food processing facility.

Quest International, Rochester

Goal: Reduce wastewater loading.

Wis-Pak of Mankato, Mankato

Goal: Reduce water use and wastewater loading.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


Dairyland Equipment Services / Wabasha County, Plainview

Goal: Evaluate the use of mercury manometers in the dairy industry.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Grand Rapids

Goal: Research waste reduction in a vehicle maintenance facility.

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Minnesota Waste Wise, Saint Paul

Goal: General technical support for the program.


Advance Circuits, Roseville

Goal: Evaluate water conservation at a printed circuit board manufacturer.

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Astoria Industries, Jackson

Goal: Research source reduction and recycling opportunities for a fiberglass reinforced plastics shop.

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EMD Associates, Winona

Goal: Recommend options to reduce lead solder paste and solder flux in a printed circuits manufacturing facility.

Fisher-Rosemount, Eden Prairie

Goal: Identify and segregate contaminated materials to reduce hazardous waste.

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University Technology Center, Minneapolis

Goal: Develop methods for reducing waste in a multi-tenant commercial building.

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US Steel – Minntac, Mountain Iron

Goal: Identify solid waste source reduction options and develop a plant-wide waste recycling program.


Crenlo, Rochester

Goal: Reduce solvent emissions in painting operations.

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Rosemount Aerospace, Burnsville

Goal: Investigate aqueous alternatives for cleaning measurement instrumentation.

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SCS Co-Sines, Maplewood

Goal: Recommend solutions for zinc alloy die cast scrap reuse.

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Tandem Products, Blooming Prairie

Goal: Reduce waste in polyurethane manufacturing operations.

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Wernke Ink, Plymouth

Goal: Develop options for recycling ink-contaminated HDPE containers.

Zytec Corporation, Redwood Falls

Goal: Identify source recovery options for isopropyl alcohol at an electronic equipment manufacturer.

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Avecor Cardiovascular, Plymouth

Goal: Evaluate alternatives to freon used in manufacturing medical equipment and supplies.

ME International, Duluth

Goal: Investigate alternatives to 1,1,1-trichloroethane used in a foundry process.

Medallion Kitchens, Waconia

Goal: Increase transfer efficiency through part placement, spray adjustment and overspray reuse.

Minnesota Valley Engineering, New Prague

Goal: Identify, assess, and minimize Industrial coatings waste.

Nico Plating, Minneapolis

Goal: Investigate the use of aqueous cleaners as substitutes for tricholorethylene.

Sci-Med Life, Maple Grove

Goal: Evaluate cold cleaning with isopropyl alchol to reduce CFC-113 use in medical device manufacturing.

Vision-Ease Polycarbonate, Brooklyn Center

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


Aaron Carlson Company, Minneapolis

Goal: Assemble a list of waterbased lacquer suppliers and establish criteria for judging the quality of finish to compare lacquers.

Continental Machines, Inc., Savage

ICI Fiberite, Winona

ThermoKing, Bloomington


Alliant Techsystems, New Brighton

CertainTeed Corporation, Shakopee

Larson Boats, Little Falls

Metronic, Inc., Fridley


Aero Precision, Saint Paul Park

Graco, Inc., Minneapolis

Hutchinson Technology, Inc., Hutchinson

Johnson Filtration Systems, New Brighton


LeMettry’s Collision and Paint, Richfield

Midwest Electric Products, North Mankato

Operations for Reducing Green Sand Waste from Foundry Operations, Lisa Monsour

Professional Plating, Anoka

Saint Paul Brass Foundry, Saint Paul


Bloomington School District, Bloomington

Bridge Wheel Co., Inc., Bloomington

New Dimension Plating, Hutchinson

Saint Paul Technical Institute, Saint Paul

Washington Scientific Industries, Inc., Long Lake


Electronic Industries, New Hope

Micom Corporation, New Brighton

Perkin Elmer, Minneapolis

RayGo, Inc., Brooklyn Park

Telex Communications, Inc., Le Sueur

Thin Film Technology, North Mankato


Gage Tool Co., Coon Rapids

Joyner’s Inc., Brooklyn Park

Micro Parks, Inc., Saint Paul

Midwest Finishing, Coon Rapids

Nordic Ware, Saint Louis Park

Sperry Corporation, Roseville