This case study documents solid waste reduction by Steelcase Inc. at its Grand Rapids and Kentwood complexes. Waste reduction activities analyzed include the Machine Improvement Program, remanufacturing, packaging source reduction, and recycling. A group of four Machine Improvement projects were selected for study. Equipment and process changes implemented through the Machine Improvement Program have reduced material waste, machine downtime, energy consumption, and operating costs.
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Keoleian, Gregory A., J.W. Bulkley, R. DeYoung, A. Duncan, E. McLaughlin, D. Menerey, M. Monroe and T. Swenson. (1991) "Waste Reduction in Furniture Manufacture: Case Study Report of Steelcase Inc." Office of Waste Reduction Services, State of Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and Commerce. Lansing, MI: 32.