Carrier Transicold’s Athens, Ga., facility, a leading producer of transport refrigeration equipment for trucks, trailers and rail cars, has been named a 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plant, making it the first transport refrigeration equipment facility ever recognized by the publication.
Winners of the 2015 IW Best Plants competition were selected based on rigorous performance metrics as well as dedication to continuous improvement. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
“It is an honor to be named to the prestigious list of IndustryWeek Best Plant award winners. Our world-class Athens facility is staffed by customer-focused, empowered employees who produce reliable, innovative products,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems.
In operation since 1988, the Athens plant serves as Carrier Transicold’s home for its Americas’ truck, trailer and rail refrigeration business. Equipment assembled in Athens, which is sold around the world, includes Vector and X4 trailer refrigeration units and Supra truck refrigeration units, all of which provide protection for temperature-sensitive products such as food and pharmaceuticals. The facility also produces PowerLINE generator sets, which are used to power refrigerated shipping containers when hauled over land.
Through its comprehensive review process, IndustryWeek noted Carrier Transicold’s commitment to operational excellence and ongoing strategic investments in new manufacturing technologies with a particular focus on ergonomics, safety, sustainability, quality, lean manufacturing and lead-time reduction.
“This recognition is a powerful example of how a dedicated, diverse team can continually transform its plant operations in a positive manner,” said Matt Walker, director of operations, Carrier Transicold Athens.
Some of the many accomplishments that factored into the recognition include:
- 5 million hours worked without a lost work incident since 2006
- Certified Star status in the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) since 2010
- Noise reduced in over 90 percent of the working areas to less than 85 decibels
- Reduced non-recycled waste by 85 percent since 2006
- Industrial process waste reduced 70 percent, greenhouse gas generation lowered 32 percent and water usage reduced 38 percent since 2006.
“Our team’s commitment extends beyond the factory,” said Walker. The Athens facility consistently supports the local community through donations to more than 10 nonprofit agencies financially and ongoing employee volunteerism.