Company reduces environmental impact, increases business opportunities
It was a trip to Mars that put Herkimer County company CTM on the map. Now the high precision engineering machine shop says it's protecting planet Earth that can help it reach the next level of success. Sarah Blazonis reports.
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FRANKFORT, N.Y. -- It's been four years since CTM landed on Mars. Or rather, since the scoop the Frankfort company manufactured for the Phoenix Mars Lander began collecting soil from the surface of the red planet. Now the company said it's paving the way for more big projects with its new Environmental Management System.
"Recycling the materials, we've divided that into smaller bins so we know exactly what the material was going. So, yeah, it has had a great impact on us," said John Piseck, a sales engineer with CTM.
The ISO 14001 system monitors the company's effect on the environment and works to reduce it. New equipment, like an evaporator that recycles oil, was purchased as part of the process. CTM's 25 employees also went through months of training.
"It broadens their manufacturing base, it gives them much more competition status with other companies," said John Caneen, a member of the training team with Mohawk Valley Applied Technology Corporation.
Officials say that means it's going to be easier for the company to go after contracts with major manufacturers like Toyota and Boeing.
"To date, they've more or less worked with companies that do have that status, and that'll allow us to go around them and go directly to the manufacturer," said Piseck.
And opening the door to do business with larger companies could mean more opportunities for local workers.
The Workforce Development Institute says it awarded CTM a grant for training because programs like this will play a big part in the future of the state's economy.
"To help develop and maintain manufacturing jobs in New York State, and also to create a more sustainable environment," said WDI Regional Director Mary Jo Ferrare.
CTM will next work with an accredited agency to officially certify it's system.