We're Passionate About Our Planet

A Legacy of Leadership in Sustainability

ONGOING INITIATIVES

Recycling

Materials sourcing, utilization, disposition

Onsite electricity cogeneration for efficiency, cost savings, and to relieve the local grid

Emissions management & reduction

Waste reduction and disposal

Advocacy for manufacturing and plastics

BY THE NUMBERS

<1.5% of waste goes to a landfill

50% reduction in water usage using inline filtration 

350,000 pounds of material diverted from landfills annually

1,744,627kWh of energy saved using high-efficiency lighting

161,518kWh of energy saved using variable frequency drive motors

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC MYTHS

“Zero waste” efforts that eliminate single-use plastics minimize the environmental impacts of an event. In reality, the benefits of diverting waste from the landfill are small. Waste reduction and mindful consumption, including a careful consideration of the types and quantities of products consumed, are far larger factors dictating the environmental impact of an event.

A History of Sustainability

Beginning in 2007 Hoffer Plastics implemented a facility wide recycling program. The focus of this program was to eliminate all manufacturing waste from going to the landfill. Hoffer’s Executive Management Team supported this initiative which involved employees from all departments.

In 2021, less than 1.5% of the 25,000,000 lbs of manufacturing resin ended up in the landfill. The company wide initiative institutionalized a culture of enhanced corporate sustainability. This corporate culture has helped spur on many innovative and cost saving ideas from employees. Capital saved from these projects has allowed the organization to reinvest in other areas allowing it to be one of the leaders in our industry.

Scrap Separation and Recycling

All plastic is segregated by type including any floor sweepings or contaminated materials.  In 2021, we used 25,000,000 lbs of material and sent less than 1.5% to the landfill.

The engineering team identified the most voluminous polymer used in our manufacturing process and created a separate collection system for the machines running that material. Now that this scrap is acceptable for recycling, we no longer need to have the trash compactor picked up each week. Instead we have worked with the garbage company to have the compactor picked up on an on-call basis.

We estimate the annual impact of this system change to be 350,000 pounds of material diverted from landfill.

FROM THE BLOG

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Celebrating Three Generations of Manufacturing Innovation & Leadership at Hoffer Plastics

How Thinking Ahead Continues to Propel Hoffer Plastics into the Future Back in 1953, Robert Hoffer started out with a powerful idea: Putting the needs of customers, employees and the community first would drive a successful business. It’s a seemingly simple concept that has led Hoffer Plastics through 70 years of business. Today, into our…
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Five Essential Strategies for Risk Mitigation in Medical Molding Outsourcing

Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI) recently shared an article authored by Millie Nuno, Hoffer Plastics Vice President of Sales. Read more below about the five essential strategies for risk mitigation in medical molding outsourcing. Selecting the right custom injection molder is more than a business decision; it signifies a commitment to upholding the integrity…
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Hoffer Plastics Empowers Long-Term Career Growth

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Molding the Future

Hoffer Plastics Puts People First to Drive Career and Business Success Market trends evolve. Product demand ebbs and flows. Technologies advance. Yet, at the core of any successful manufacturing operation, there’s a crucial constant: the people. We live this truth every day at Hoffer Plastics. For 70 years, our business has always succeeded – and…
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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rethink.

How Hoffer Plastics Is Setting New Standards of Sustainability in Plastics How can we use less material? How can we use it more effectively? How can we give plastics a new life? As a plastics processor, we must keep these questions front and center. It’s about the future of our company, our community and our…
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Hoffer Plastics Meets Growing Demand with a Focus on Sustainability

Custom molder to showcase full range of injection molded caps, closures and fitments for flexible and rigid solutions at Pack Expo booth N11308 Sustainability is in Hoffer Plastics’ DNA. So is meeting customer needs for safety, product functionality and aesthetics. Through its Lok™ family of closures, which will be on display at booth N11308 at…
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5 Ways to Tell if a Custom Manufacturer is Truly Customer-Centric

Medical Product Outsourcing shared an article authored by Millie Nuno, Hoffer Plastics Vice President of Sales. Read more below about the five fundamental characteristics to look for when choosing a truly customer-centric custom manufacturer. In today’s consistently fluctuating medical market, one thing is certain: There continues to be a growing need for reliable custom manufacturing…
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Lightweighting Takes the Spotlight

Design News recently shared an article co-authored by Millie Nuno, Hoffer Plastics Vice President of Sales and Brian Beringer, Hoffer Plastics Director of Engineering. Read more below about the growing spotlight on lightweighting. Facing unprecedented pressure to create a smaller environmental footprint, companies are in a race to reduce the amount of plastic used in products…
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Hoffer Plastics Welcomes Jeff Klabunde as VP of Operations

Hoffer Plastics, a leading provider of custom injection molding solutions, announced the hire of Jeff Klabunde as Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. Klabunde will hold responsibility for the oversight of all Operations-related functions including the integration of automation technologies and ongoing maintenance of the organization’s focused manufacturing plants to maximize productivity and operational excellence.…
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Secrets of a Sustainable Business: Five Lessons from a Third-Generation Family Company

Explore 5 lessons learned over 70 years from the third generation of Hoffer Plastics family leadership. Discover key insights into laying the foundation for sustained business growth.
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