2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Winner: Hoffer Plastics, Inc.

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

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Hoffer Plastics, located in South Elgin, Illinois, specializes in making custom plastic injection molded items. Their products are used in retail packaging and in the automotive, medical, and appliance industries. Hoffer Plastics used a number of strategies to increase efficiency and reduce their environmental impact. They initiated a 100% facility-wide recycling program that diverted 58,000 pounds of materials from the landfill. Their energy conservation measures reduced their electricity consumption by nearly 4 million kWh. Conservation strategies included: installing high efficiency lighting; replaced chilled water pump motors with variable-frequency drive motors; installed thermal blankets on machine barrels; and implementing a compressed air efficiency initiative. Installing a cooling water filtration system that captures back-flushed water to reuse in the cooling towers has reduced the company's water use by 1.3 million gallons.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL
PublisherIllinois Sustainable Technology Center
StatePublished - Nov 2016

Publication series

NameTN Series (Illinois Sustainable Technology Center)


  • Pollution prevention -- Illinois -- Case studies
  • Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards
  • Plastics -- Manufacturing -- Environmental aspects -- Case studies
  • Environmental protection -- Awards -- Illinois -- Case studies

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