Nordson Corporation in Westlake is the latest manufacturer in Northeast Ohio to go green. ideastream’s Michelle Kanu reports the company joins a short list of companies statewide trying to shrink their environmental footprint.
Nordson Corporation’s new facility in Westlake includes a long list of technologies that make it especially environmentally friendly. Large windows let in ample natural light to reduce electricity costs, permeable pavement in the parking lot lets storm water drain into local groundwater, and low flow fixtures reduce water use.
Scott Wilburn, a spokesperson for Nordson, says the company built the new facility with sustainability in mind. Nordson will receive a 15 year tax abatement of 50 percent, but Wilburn says that wasn’t the company’s primary incentive.
Wilburn: The main perks are the efficiency of the building, which obviously will help pay itself back over the course of time. Then, there’s also the feel good quality of doing something good for the environment, for the local community.”
Only 62 buildings in Northeast Ohio and 154 around the state are designated LEED certified, which is a nationally recognized benchmark that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Nordson hasn’t been LEED certified yet, but Wilburn hopes that’ll happen during its evaluation process later this year. Of the four ratings possible, Nordson is aiming for silver, one step above basic certification. Gold is the next highest, and platinum is the top.
The company—which makes dispensers for adhesives and other sealants—started constructing the new facility a year ago after deciding its old building was too big for 50 employees and too energy inefficient.