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Business garners clean air award

Tue., Feb. 9, 2010

Emissions fell by more than half

Spokane Valley’s Fiber-Tech Industries has earned the 2010 Clean Air Award for reducing emissions at its production plant in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

The company makes fiberglass-reinforced plywood that’s used as a building material for walls, doors, truck panels, pallets and containers.

Fiber-Tech received the award for reducing emissions of chemical pollutants by more than 55 percent, according to a press release.

Presenting the award was the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, which monitors local companies’ compliance with clean air laws.

Beginning in 2000, Fiber-Tech started using new pollution-reduction equipment to cut the volume of its volatile organic compound emissions.

The 55 percent VOC reduction is equal to about 98 tons of emissions each year, according to a press release issued by the region’s clean air agency. Making the difference was the company’s switch to a larger-droplet applicator that reduces the amount of fiberglass gel applied to plywood.

In some cases, Fiber-Tech also worked with customers to replace gel-coat surfaces with emissions-free surfaces on key products.

Last year’s clean air winner was Fairchild Air Force Base.

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