Manufacturing & Products
At Vollrath, sustainability is a fundamental consideration in how the business is run, day to day and long term, as it strives to use resources wisely. Economic and environmental sustainability efforts are focused on two pillars: manufacturing and products.
In the manufacturing – and administrative – facilities, Vollrath is committed to energy-efficient and environmentally friendly practices that reduce waste through recycling and reusing whenever possible. The business has achieved significant improvements over the last decade including reducing intercompany transport waste by 50% with reusable totes and plastic pallets, and zero-particulate emissions at the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, headquarters by installing high-efficiency heaters. Recycling is top of mind with cardboard, stretch plastic and scrap programs, as well as personal recycling bins for employees.
When it comes to products, Vollrath’s primary goal is to design and engineer energy-efficient, long-lasting products that will last many years, and not prematurely end up in a landfill. Recyclable materials are incorporated whenever possible and each manufacturing plant employs a closed-loop system that continuously recycles metal scraps. In fact, 50% of Vollrath’s products are made from recycled stainless steel.
From implementing improvements at manufacturing plants that utilize lean manufacturing principles and continuous improvement initiatives, to establishing robust recycling programs and producing energy-efficient products, Vollrath is proud of its long list of sustainability advancements and is always looking for new and innovative ways to do more.
People & Community
At Vollrath, business revolves around a lot more than simply manufacturing industry-leading foodservice products in an environmentally responsible way. Running a successful operation includes an intentional focus on social sustainability, which means serving people, be it customers, employees and ownership, or the entire community.
Vollrath is an award-winning employer who prides itself on being one of the healthiest companies in the United States. It offers its associates a variety of programs and incentives to live a healthy lifestyle and a happy life. A wholesome work-life balance with a focus on finding passion and joy outside of work is not just encouraged but reflected in the culture values that the entire organization lives by.
Treating all people with respect is another core value that permeates the company and promotes inclusion and diversity at all levels inside and outside the company. While at work, everyone is encouraged to take action and accountability for the overall good of all stakeholders and the company itself.