Tag Archive: sustainability

  1. The Annual Paint & Automotive Outlook 2018

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    2018 looks to be a promising year for the chemical products industry. In spite of seismic changes to the economic and political environment, scientists and researchers continue to forge new paths forward, creating innovative new products and finding ways to be active in new fields and markets. Green science and sustainability continues to be a major theme of the industry; major companies continue to dedicate efforts to finding sustainable solutions and reduce their environmental impact.

    Meanwhile, the automotive industry continues to prosper in the United States. Interest in electric cars continues to trend upward as costs decrease and new innovations improve battery technology. Sales of electric cars such as the Tesla and the GM Bolt rise as driving ranges approach 300 miles and price tags continue to drop.

    The excellent presence and interest in National Manufacturing Day each October is a testament to the continued resilience of American manufacturing. More than 18.5 million Americans are employed in the industry, with each dollar spent on American manufacturing creating an additional 40 cents for the United States economy. Events connected to National Manufacturing Day were aimed at creating awareness of the breadth and depth of American industry and how it ranges from the shop floor and scientist lab to a number of residential, commercial, and military applications.

    In that vein, support for science and manufacturing education continues to increase on campuses across the country. Since the 2008 recession in particular, enrollment in STEM programs and support by government administrations at all levels has been on a steady rise. As a result, the total number workers in these fields have grown at a 3% clip through 2013 compared to 2% for the general workforce.

    Gage Products Company continues to stand at the forefront of these changes, offering efficient, sustainable solutions in these and a number of other industries. We’d like to thank all of our customers, partners, and employees for a successful and exciting 2017 and look forward to an even better 2018!

    For the latest updates from Gage make sure to continue following our blogLinkedIn, and Twitter pages.

    Or, for any further questions we welcome you to contact us today.

  2. Gage Offers New Company Videos on YouTube

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    Here at Gage Products, we’ve been the world’s preferred supplier of chemical related products and processes for over 80 years. We do this by staying focused on our customer’s needs and providing the highest quality products and solutions for a wide range of processes. We also believe in sustainability while reducing costs and increasing effective resource management.

    We now offer videos for customers to see the latest processes and solutions available. In our latest video, we take a look at solvents and recycling and how Gage Products uses environmentally friendly processes. We are able to create custom solutions for any company that will lead to reduced solvent usage, which can give OEMs a reduced cost while leaving a smaller environmental footprint.

    You can view a video on our solutions overview, an explanation on cleaning solutions. One highlight is our paint cleaning solutions which focus on reducing cost and waste while improving efficiency and reducing the overall environmental impact.

    Here at Gage Products, we’re also leaders in fuel blending for reference fuels. We are able to take custom specification and turn them into the right product solutions for our customers. We have done this for automotive, engine manufacturers, and suppliers around the world. We are also able to offer over 25 different calibration fluids.

    We offer a company overview video which showcases our value driven, high-quality products, our superior customer service, and our commitment to creating sustainable and green initiatives, all while promoting safety. We continually strive to create better products through research.

    Gage Products serves customers in the automotive, aerospace, industrial, marine, gas & oil industries, and more. We are up to date with the latest technologies and information your company needs to succeed in your chemical, paint, and sustainability missions. We invite you to find out more by reading our blog, following us on Twitter, connecting with us on LinkedIn, and liking us on Facebook. We invite you to contact us to find out how we can help your company get the answers you need while becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

  3. Earth Day 2016 Reminds Us to Be Good Stewards for the Environment

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    This year’s Earth Day celebration marks the 46th anniversary of the event and continues to focus attention on the importance of today’s environmental issues. Although Earth Day is celebrated annually, the mission for a sustainable future is something that needs to be contributed to daily. At Gage, we incorporate sustainability into our brand through values, philosophy, and commitment to environmental responsibility and continuous improvement. Conducting business in a socially responsible manner is extremely important to us as we lead the way through progressive environmental stewardship.

    Because we are a chemical company we make environmental management a priority. Over the past 30 years we have committed to reducing our carbon footprint through sustainable business practices. This includes promoting sustainable product alternatives and reducing the environmental impact of our manufacturing operations and distribution channels. Areas we have focused on include reducing energy and greenhouse gas emission, addressing water use and waste water treatment, and improving solid waste and recycling systems.

    Our aim is to take the industry by storm and work towards becoming the world’s preferred supplier of chemical related products. Today, we are well on our way to achieving that goal. Our chemical researchers and engineers guide the design, formulation, and manufacturing of all of our products, while minding the care of our natural resources and planet. As a reliable partner in sustainability, our solvents maximize efficiency and minimize waste, our fuels meet stringent emissions requirements, and our paint system products reduce both waste and environmental impact.

    Gage’s proprietary technologies also helps our customers improve their sustainability practices. Through our recycling programs, we manage waste streams for major OEM’s protecting the environment from potential pollutants. We pride ourselves on tailoring each project to our customer’s specifications.

    Chemicals are a part of every industrial operation, but choosing the chemicals that have the least environmental impact is choosing to be a good environmental steward. Contact us to learn more about our environmentally friendly products and services today!

  4. Not Done With Winter Yet: This Year’s SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Winners

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    This year the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge took place on March 7th, 2016 through the 12th, and it was no surprise to us that the challengers went hard again this year. The event that annually takes place in Houghton, Michigan, brings together contestants of all different kinds. At Gage Products, we are personally involved with the gas and diesel sleds specifically, and we’re no rookies to the cause. This was our 15th year sponsoring the event while donating alternative fuels to the challenge. Electric snowmobiles were also included in the competition.

    At Gage, we take a special interest in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge because it allows students to challenge themselves with engineering and design – to ultimately test capabilities. The common goal of the challenge? To redesign an existing snowmobile in an attempt to reduce both emissions and noise.

    The other events that the snowmobiles competed in this year included: fuel economy/endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start and design.

    The breakdown of the winners this year went as follows…

    The overall winners of the gas competition:
    1. University of Wisconsin – Madison
    2. École De Technologie Supérieure & Clarkson University tied for second

    The best fuel economy on the endurance run, in the order they placed:
    1. University of Idaho – 19.3mpg
    2. Clarkston University – 18.9mpg
    3. École De Technologie Supérieure – 18.5mpg

    And last, but not least, the overall order for the diesel mobiles:
    1. North Dakota State University
    2. State University of New York at Buffalo

    If you know Gage, you know that we are happy to be at and/or sponsor any events that speak to the importance of sustainability for a better environment. The SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge is one way for the younger generations to start getting involved with improving our surroundings, and it won’t stop there. For further information on our sustainability practices and how to become part of the cause, visit our website today. On behalf of the Gage Products team, we would like to congratulate the University of Wisconsin – Madison, the University of Idaho, and North Dakota State University on their first place victories! We look forward to seeing everyone there next year!

  5. Gage Products Company Announces New Lab

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    Gage Products Company is excited to announce our new, state-of-the-art laboratory, which is set to open in August. This new lab will be our dedicated in-house product development facility and will allow us to improve our quality control and analytical capabilities for our customers. We built this new lab to increase our internal capabilities and streamline our current processes to enhance new product development to better service our customers. It will also help grow new opportunities by developing an innovations center and help Gage Products Company meet the needs of chemical and automotive industries for today and the future.

    We are thoroughly committed to reducing our environmental footprint through sustainable practices that support the needs of today and for future generations. Our products are all designed, formulated, and manufactured with the care of our natural resources in mind.

    Our solutions are known for providing customers with unique and innovative custom technology. We are a prominent supplier of high performance solvent blends, test fuels, calibration fluids, paint line cleaning programs and specialty product solutions for various applications. We firmly believe, as we continue our mission to be the world’s preferred supplier of chemical related products and processes, that we can also build a better world. Our purge solvents are developed with recovery in mind and our closed loop remanufacturing process allows us to recycle solvents and chemical waste resulting in millions of gallons being remanufactured. Additionally, our chemical recycling, fractional distillation, and toll remanufacturing help us to build a more sustainable future.

    Since our business opened in Ferndale in 1936, we have dedicated ourselves to earning the trust and respect of our customers, partners and neighbors, which has helped our company grow locally and globally. Gage Products Company now spans three continents and we will continue to grow through careful planning, forward thinking, product integrity and solid customer and community partnerships.

    To learn more about Gage Products Company and our new lab, visit our website. We also post more company updates and industry news on our Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

  6. Solvent and Sustainability Optimization

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    At Gage Products we specialize in solvents. We have worked hard to design high performance solvent and water borne purge solutions and all of this is done with our customers in mind. To further our dedication we also offer our customers solvent optimization services. This involves working closely with our clients and providing in-plant technical expertise to monitor performance. We offer on-site support as well as perform a solvent process parameter audit. By inspecting the product and performance systems we are able to help our customers reduce costs and help build a sustainable system for reducing environmental impact.

    Solvent sustainability is incredibly important to us and as an industry leader and provider of closed-loop processes for solvent recycling for a variety of applications we are able to help our customers minimize their waste and therefore reduce costs. We have safely recycled over 100 million gallons of solvents and our process allows for the products to be re-used in the same industry. Most importantly, our solvent and sustainability optimization services allow our clients to perform better without sacrificing quality.

    To learn more about our solvent optimization services or our closed loop solvent recovery process, visit our website. We are also active on Twitter and LinkedIn where we post more company updates and industry news.

  7. Launching Our Services in Portuguese, Spanish

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    Green GlobeWhat’s the indicator of expanding business? For Gage, it’s on our homepage.

    In the top right corner of our website, you’ll notice a drop down, where you can choose to view our information in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Having a multi-language website is important to us for a number of reasons.

    The ability to connect with potential business across oceans is made easier into the digital age, but we want to be able to connect our full span capabilities and technical language with them with ease. We believe in the ability to fully explain what we offer in a person’s own native language—instead of just basic words that are easy to translate.

    Our headquarters are in Ferndale, Michigan, but our business isn’t limited to city lines, state borders, or country limits—in fact, we’re continuing to expand in the global market. We’re also in the process of expanding the website to include Mandarin and German to expand our reach and offer various countries our products and services, enabling us to develop Gage’s vision, quality, and sustainability initiatives on a global stage.

    There are endless benefits to growing your company, but in this case, it’s much more than that—we want to spread our ideals—we’ve previously blogged about why recycling is good for you company, but we also believe it’s good for the world. We have even bigger and better initiatives in the works to get Gage’s name and products on a global scale, so stay tuned. For more information on our company (in English, Spanish, or Portuguese), head over to our website.

  8. We’re a Suppliers Partnership for the Environment Award Recipient

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    Sharon Stahl, Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Gage, accepts the Creativity in Implementing Sustainable Practices Award. (Image courtesy of Suppliers Partnership for the Environment.)

    Sharon Stahl, Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Gage, accepts the Creativity in Implementing Sustainable Practices Award.

    The relationship between original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers is a delicate and important one—but when the Environmental Protection Agency gets involved, an entirely new level of collaboration is reached. The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment encompasses all three of these entities to form a space for small, mid-sized and large suppliers to come together.

    The purpose of this partnership is for these groups to share ideas and brainstorm on the best business practices for the environment. As you know, Gage considers recycling to be one of the company’s core elements, and we’ve blogged about our initiatives and ways we support going “green.” We’re happy to announce the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment has chosen to recognize us with the Creativity in Implementing Sustainable Practices Award for our closed-loop solvent recycling program.

    This remanufacturing program aims to cut costs and reduce the environmental impact. From the moment a project starts to anywhere in between project completion, recovery and repurposing are possible. We’ve seen plenty of positive results, and we will continue to push for sustainability in all aspects of our business as a part of our rethink_refine_resolve initiative.

    Read more about this award or head over to our website for more information on our recycling initiatives.

    (Image courtesy of Suppliers Partnership for the Environment.)

  9. We’re Proud Supporters of Innovations and the Next Generation of Automotive Engineers

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    EcoCar Students

    Want to plug into the future? That’s exactly what 15 universities across North America are doing as part of the EcoCar competition. The program, established by the Department of Energy and General Motors, offers a chance for the next generation of automotive engineers to gain hands-on, real-world experience.

    Each team was awarded a 2013 Chevy Malibu to work on, with the goal of designing an American-made automobile with less dependence on oil and more environmental benefits. In May, competitors spent six days in Yuma, Arizona, testing out the drive quality and environmental impact of their vehicle, which were evaluated on safety, performance, utility, safety, and reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Pennsylvania State University’s ethanol (E85) plug-in hybrid electric vehicle impressed the judges and inspectors enough to win the competition for the second year in a row.


    Tony Jang, business manager for Gage’s fuel segment, alongside a few EcoCar competition entries.

    At Gage, we love innovation, and we believe in supporting educational endeavors and the  outreach of a younger generation. Because of the exceptional results and dedication to this program, we are proud to provide the specially formulated fuels to the university teams participating in the annual competition. As leading supplier of test fuels, custom fuels blends, and reference fuels, Gage has also been a proud sponsor of the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge for the past 11 years.

    We can’t stress the importance of being involved with new ideas—especially when clean energy and reduced environmental impact is the basis of these projects. For more information on Gage’s sustainability efforts and initiatives, head over to our website.

  10. We’re a ‘Green Leaders Automotive Innovation’ Honoree!

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    Our recent “Why Recycling Is Good For Your Company” blog discussed the cost-effective and eco-friendly bonuses of reusing existing materials instead of making new products out of raw materials. For the past few decades, we’ve aimed to set “green” standards within our industry while pioneering sustainable closed-loop recycling systems, which reduces costs and increases resource management.

    We’re proud that more than 100 million gallons of liquid organic materials has been recycled and remanufactured—especially when considering this material could have gone into a landfill or another form of disposal. We have also developed customized fuel blends made from Michigan-made sustainable resources such as ethanol-based fuels and biofuels.

    Many organizations across the globe make reducing greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing negative environmental impact a priority—and we consider ourselves one of those companies. Our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint through sustainable business practices that meet today’s needs and support the needs of future generations is important to us.

    By having sustainability ingrained in our corporate culture, we are fully committed to advancing our environmental programs and policies. For us, conducting business in a socially responsible manner is the only way to conduct business.

    Our hard work has been previously highlighted in Automotive Design & Production and Waste News, and we are excited to announce that the Detroit Free Press named us a Green Leaders Automotive Innovations honoree. Each year, the Free Press recognizes organizations working toward making Michigan a greener, more environmentally sustainable state, and for the past 25 years, that’s exactly what we’ve aspired to achieve­.