Adcom Wire Case Study

Adcome Wire – Jacksonville, FL

Adcom Wire in Jacksonville, Florida, obtained Eco Initiative registration in January 2014. Adcom Wire is a member of Leggett & Platt’s Drawn Wire Division and its manufacturing processes include:

  • Cleaning rods in heated sulfuric acid to remove rust and scale.
  • Quenching rods in a heated lime or borax solution.
  • Sizing rods by passing them through a series of dies to achieve the appropriate wire diameter.
  • Passing rods through a galvanizing process if desired by the customer.

Products manufactured at the facility include high- and low-carbon bright wire and high- and low-carbon galvanized wire.

The facility first began its environmental journey by implementing a recycling program that included paper, plastic, cardboard, and even cigarette butt waste. Recycling of these waste streams complemented its already well-established recycling practices for zinc, lead, and scrap wire.

Other environmental sustainability projects completed at Adcom Wire include:

  • Sulfuric acid used in the cleaning process is sent for beneficial reuse by wastewater treatment facilities.
  • All warehouse lighting was replaced with high-efficiency fluorescent bulbs.
  • A lube recovery system has been put in place to allow in-house recovery and reuse of wire drawing lube.
  • Reduced Styrofoam cup usage by offering reusable alternatives.
  • Reduced office paper usage 20% by eliminating redundant paperwork.

The facility set the following goals for 2014 – 2015:

  • Reduce Styrofoam cup usage 50% by offering alternatives.
  • Reduce office paper usage 20% by eliminating redundant paperwork.
  • Reduce paper towel usage 20% by installing hand dryers.
  • Declassify hydrochloric acid waste as “hazardous” by eliminating lead contamination.

In 2016, Adcom Wire continued an already strong Eco Initiative program and set the following goals for 2015-2016:

  • Eliminate 100% of Styrofoam cups.
    • Goal complete.
  • Reduce powerful UV rays and preserve valuable assets longer.
  • Apply Prestige Series Tint to office windows. The clear-to-lightly-tinted film is designed to not change the appearance of the building and allows up to 70% of visible light through the windows while rejecting up to 60% of the heat.
    • Goal complete.
  • Eliminate paper time cards.
  • Implement a badge system to reduce paper time card usage by 93%.
    • Goal complete.

Adcom Wire is also very active in their community, consistently working with The Bridge. In August 2015, Adcom Wire donated their time to help pull weeds in the gardens at The Bridge Community Garden in Jacksonville, FL. The community garden is a place where children and teens can learn how to plant and harvest produce while learning about teamwork, responsibility, and entrepreneurship. The Eco Initiative Team also collected and donated school supplies to help local families in need. In December 2015, the Eco Initiative Team volunteered their time, wrapping paper, tape, and bows to help wrap over 500 presents for the underprivileged kids at The Bridge of Northeast Jacksonville.