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Weastec Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

Local leaders gathered at Weastec May 25 to present the Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence award to Weastec President Ohito Takahashi.

In the spring of 2021, the Ohio EPA accepted applications from organizations with exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. The goal of environmental stewardship is to reduce the impact of business or organizational activities on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits. 

Weastec, a global leader in electrical components has been recognized on many levels for environmental excellence. Their goal setting, planning, and implementation of environmental projects is strongly encouraged in the industry. Through Weastec’s website they promote their mission, core values and rooted sustainability initiatives which allows the community and customers to see their success.

Lauren Walker, City of Hillsboro Economic Development Coordinator, worked closely with Robert Moots, Senior Manager at Weastec to learn about their “GHG-2020” project, which included investments to the facility with improvements and upgrades to existing systems. These improvements and upgrades have led to major reductions by not only CO2 emissions, but major landfill reductions as well.  

Walker started the filing process with the Ohio EPA in February of 2021, and on Sept. 23, 2021, during the virtual sustainability conference, the EPA announced Weastec Inc., from the city of Hillsboro, as one of the winners of the Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program. 

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Robert and learning about the environmental projects Weastec is committed to,” Walker said. “Weastec is an excellent example of environmental stewardship, and I am excited to learn more about their ‘GHG-2030’ project to further reduce CO2 levels.”

Those from Weastec accepting the award Wednesday included Takahashi, Vice President Craig Miley and Moots. Attending the presentation were City of Hillsboro representatives, Mayor Justin Harsha, Safety & Service Director Brianne Abbott and Walker; Highland County representatives, including commissioners Jeff Duncan, Terry Britton and David Daniels and Economic Development Director Julie Bolender; and Highland County Chamber of Commerce representatives, Executive Director Jamie Wheeler and Chairman of the Board Lindsay Cloud.

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Walker, Lauren. “Weastec Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Stewardship.” The Highland County Press, 26 May 2022. Accessed 27 May 2022