Yorktowne Inc., an Elkay Company, is a kitchen cabinet manufacturer
employing 875 people with corporate headquarters and one facility
located in Red Lion, York County, other manufacturing plants in
Mifflinburg and distribution and warehouse facilities in Emigsville
In late 1996, the company conducted trial runs of high volume low
pressure (HVLP) spray guns to determine if finishing material and
air emissions could be reduced. The new guns balanced high fluid
high pressure and lowered air pressure to breakup material with
less overspray. The resulting reduction in overspray means that
more material is being sprayed and less finishing material is wasted.
Paint filters don't clog up as fast, and there is less build-up
on finish line components, requiring less cleaning solvent and time.
The success of the trials led the company to change all spray
guns. As a result, the company produced 9,411 more cabinets, but
used 7,809 gallons less finishing material over the previous year.
For an initial investment of $28,035 for the 52 new HVLP spray guns,
the company was able to save $113,700. Yorktowne expects on-going
savings from its investment. These will total $490,500 by the year
2000, not including additional intangible benefits in the form of
reduced costs for labor and residual waste. Working conditions have
improved because of cleaner work areas.
Yorktowne is now working with several Pennsylvania Environmental
Assistance Network organizations - The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance
Program, MANTEC and The Southwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource
Center - to identify further cost-cutting pollution prevention initiatives
including a low pressure steam dry kiln and energy saving opportunities.
PO Box 231
100 Redco Ave.
Red Lion, PA 17356
Charles W. Taylor
64,938 lbs annual
$113,700 savings on
a $28,035 investment
= 3-month payback
Healthier, more comfortable
"In today's world improving efficiency means reducing waste…good
for the bottom line and the environment."
-Charles W. Taylor