Mukwonago, WI – AptarGroup, Inc. has achieved certification to the ISO 50001 International Standard for Energy Management Systems at its Mukwonago, Wisconsin facility following an intensive two-year effort to quantify, control and improve the energy performance of its manufacturing and operations.
As of December 1, Aptar has certified 16 sites in Europe, but the Mukwonago facility is Aptar’s first in North America to earn the ISO 50001 standard. “This is an impressive achievement as the Wisconsin facility is setting the pace in energy management for our North American locations,” said Beth Holland, Vice President, Operational Excellence – EHS & Sustainability.
An important step along the way was Aptar Mukwonago joining Focus on Energy’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Leaders initiative in 2016. Focus on Energy, in partnership with We Energies, provided participants in that initiative with technical, managerial and financial support for applying continuous improvement principles and practices to energy management. Aptar met the criteria for the SEM Leaders program due to its positive history with Focus on Energy and continuous improvement efforts towards quality, environment and safety.
Mukwonago Plant Engineering Manager, Gary Schleicher, spearheaded the drive for ISO certification and believes the key to Aptar’s success was strong backing from plant management and a dedicated energy team. “We couldn’t have done this without our team members and backing from management. The guidance we received as an SEM Leader kept us focused and on track.”
Since becoming an SEM Leader, energy performance at the Mukwonago has improved by nearly 5 percent. “The entire Aptar energy team has done a really nice job identifying and implementing both capital and operational energy improvement opportunities,” said Don Gall, Focus on Energy’s advisor to Aptar.
About Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus on Energy information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control Wisconsin's growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit focusonenergy.com.
Aptar is a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative dispensing, sealing and active packaging solutions for the beauty, personal care, home care, prescription drug, consumer health care, injectables, food and beverage markets. Aptar uses insights, design, engineering and science to create innovative packaging technologies that build brand value for its customers and, in turn, make a meaningful difference in the lives, looks, health and homes of people around the world. Aptar is headquartered in Crystal Lake, Illinois and has more than 13,000 dedicated employees in 18 different countries. For more information, visit aptar.com.