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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Case Study: Shane Steel Processing, Inc.

Case Study: Shane Steel Processing, Inc.

Shane Steel Processing, Inc. a privately owned company, has been straightening, shearing and precision grinding steel bar stock for industrial applications since 1949. Over these years they have realized the importance of quality and continuous improvement and have grown to the point that they now process about 100,000 tons/year with about 75 employees operating 2 shifts. The bar stock ranges from 3/8 to 4 inches in diameter, up to 24 feet long. While working toward QS 9000 certification, Shane management invited a team from the Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) to make a waste reduction assessment at their 80,000 square foot facility consisting of 3 buildings on 11 acres in Fraser, Michigan. The RETAP team made 13 recommendations for Shane's consideration. The recommendations ranged from ways to greatly reduce energy costs to ideas for improving recycling and reclaiming trash. Some of the recommendations were already being addressed by efforts to reach QS 9000 certification and some were entirely new to Shane.


Michgan Department of Environmental Quality

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Case study/success story

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