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Yunker Industries Achieves SGP Certification

Retail printing facility looks to environmental sustainability to cut costs and grow business in Wisconsin

 

Certified Sustainable Printer in Wisconsin

 

Elkhorn, WI – The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is pleased to welcome Wisconsin-based Yunker Industries as its newest certified printing facility. Yunker completed SGP’s rigorous certification requirements on February 15, 2017 in order to become the 69th certified facility in the United States.

 

SGP’s multi-attribute certification is unlike any other in the industry. SGP certified printers are among an elite class of facilities that have made a commitment to corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability. These printers are seen as valuable resources for brands that want to elevate their own sustainability initiatives by working exclusively with certified printers.

 

In order to become SGP certified, Yunker and other sustainable printing facilities are required to meet the following objectives:

 

  • Pass environmental, health and safety, and energy audits
  • Complete successful indoor air quality tests
  • Maintain documentation strategy for Best Management Practices
  • Develop an employee team to coordinate sustainability efforts

 

A recent SGP survey revealed that certified facilities enjoy an average cost savings of $43,000, and 52% of facilities report a reduction in energy consumption, operating costs, and waste.

 

Yunker Marketing Manager, Nadine Seitz and Mark Huckstorf, VP Facilities & Environmental Compliance say that the company decided to pursue SGP certification for many reasons. “Reducing our company’s impact on the environment was a big driver. That includes several elements from reducing our solid waste by recycling more, to the sourcing of recycled and recyclable materials and looking for other greener alternatives to save energy in general.”

 

Ms. Seitz is quick to point out the economic advantages of SGP certification as well. She says, “Our current and future customers often inquire about our sustainability initiatives and what type of eco-friendly options we offer. Our answers can influence everything from initial material choices, packaging, transportation decisions, and community efforts.”

 

With a 69-year history in the retail printing industry, Yunker takes pride in its ability to keep up with customer demands and plan ahead to meet the needs of both their customers and the environment.

 

SGP certification is one step toward participation in the Wisconsin Green Tier Program, another sustainability initiative Yunker is striving to achieve. Yunker President and CEO Kari Yunker says, “It was not an easy task, but well worth the benefits of establishing and implementing a formal program for sustainability that delivers value and results for our company, our customers, and our community.”

 

Print facilities that are interested in eliminating waste, reducing energy consumption, and joining the elite ranks of their SGP certified competitors can visit www.sgppartnership.org/certification to learn more about the process. Executive Director Brittany Sutphin can be reached at brittany@sgppartnership.org with any questions.

 

 

About SGP: The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership is a non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities’ sustainability best practices. SGP advocates best practices and innovation among print community stakeholders, aligning the printing industry and its customers in the pursuit of a more accountable sustainable supply chain. SGP works with patrons such as 3M, International Paper, Hewlett-Packard, Ricoh, DuPont, and Fujifilm and numerous other leading brands. To learn more, visit SGP online at www.sgppartnership.org.

 

About Yunker Industries: Yunker is a WBE family owned established print service provider located in Elkhorn, WI. We design, engineer, manufacture and implement custom signage and décor programs for retailers and brands. We have been servicing national accounts since 1948, creating innovative and compelling retail imaging solutions. Our primary business segments include: Creative and Industrial Design, Prototyping, Large Format Printing and Fabrication, Program Management and Nationwide Installation, Warehousing and Fulfillment, Online Reporting and Customer Support. To learn more, visit www.yunker.com.

 

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