Riordan Manufacturing

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Riordan Manufacturing

J.Enriquez, R.Graves, and G.Sweatt



Vicki Bauer


This paper will summarize objectives, targets, and programs identified as important for Riordan Manufacturing to improve its sustainability practices. Relevant technologies, strategies, products, and practices will be identified. Then, a cost benefit analysis will be performed on the proposed solutions. Finally, the three best practices that Riordan Manufacturing should implement will be identified.

Riordan Manufacturing

Riordan Manufacturing would like to employ sustainability initiatives. Because finances are important to the success of not just the company, but the durability of each initiative, it is important to consider the cost of the implementation against the potential rewards. There are several strategies that will allow Riordan to reduce energy dependency, more properly dispose of waste, and lessen their overall detrimental impact on the environment while saving money in the process.

Objectives and Programs

Riordan Manufacturing would benefit heavily from implementing sustainability initiatives.

A program to reduce wasted energy and also reduce energy consumption would save the company money in addition to improving its public image. Improving the manufacturing process itself can also help Riordan's sustainability. Upgrading the quality of the materials used so that the products last longer and/or can be recycled would add sustainable value to their operations. Additionally, more efficient manufacturing processes reduce pollution to air and water. Finally, the firm could find innovative ways to reduce and reuse the waste it produces.

Sustainability Initiatives - air pollution caused by adhesive materials

After the environmental audit of Riordan Manufacturing was complete, one of the primary causes of concern was the amount of air pollution caused by adhesive materials. Adhesives have diverse uses in all of Riordan facilities. Current adhesive materials are chemical based and lessen air quality through their fumes. According to Savitz and...