Businesses awarded for excellence

Nine businesses from throughout the county received the Business Excellence Award on Sept. 26 from the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. – Photo by Jessica Harper

Rosemount and Apple Valley businesses were among nine companies to receive the 2012 Business Excellence Awards Sept. 27  from the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Apple Valley-based CNH Architects and AAA Auto Salvage and SKB Environmental, both of Rosemount,  received the award for implementing environmentally friendly initiatives.

SKB Environmental, a demolition and construction waste disposal company, was the first industrial business in Dakota County to implement a triple line collection system. This large-scale waste processing system enabled SKB to recycle 116,000 tons of construction and demolition waste last year.

“We are committed to environmental protection while thriving in a competitive industry,” said Don Chapdelaine, spokesperson for SKB Environmental.

Its Rosemount recycling site was the first among the company’s facilities to develop an organic waste compost system, which is now at all SKB sites.

AAA Salvage, which salvages used vehicles, was recognized for its efforts to recycle and reuse auto parts.

CNH Architects in Apple Valley provides architectural services for public and private businesses and is the first architect in Minnesota to be certified as a Green Globe Professional. CNH earned the certification for its energy-efficient designs and green buildings. The company has also donated its services to local schools and communities to create wind and solar projects.

The other Business Excellence award winners are Eagan-based companies Coca-Cola Refreshments, International Office Technologies and Superior Service Center; Burnsville-based Sprint by ASW; West St. Paul-based Rapid Refill Ink; and Mendota Heights-based Materials Processing Corp.

“It’s nice to be recognized for our efforts,” said Dan Sjolseth, owner of Superior Service Center. “We were looking to save money and ended up preserving the environmental, too.”

The auto maintenance and repair center switched last year to water-based paint to minimize environmental hazards and began recycling sheet metal and plastic car parts. The business also installed green features such as LED lights to save on energy costs and be more green.

Coca-Cola Refreshments recently install LEED features such as efficient heat fans and recycling bins. The company also uses motion sensor lights in its facility and has worked to reduce its water usage by partnering with Ecolab and other Eagan businesses.

International Office Technologies, which repairs and sells refurbished printers, desktop computers and laptops, has taken several steps to eliminate waste when providing its services.

“We process 6 million pounds of material and none of it goes to landfills,” said Bob Brennan, CEO of International Office Technologies.

Sprint by ASW in Burnsville is the largest provider of Sprint services and was recognized by the chamber for its efforts to recycle wireless devices. The company also created a program in which it buys used wireless devices to refurbish and distribute to charities.

Rapid Refill Ink remanufactures computer printer ink and toners, and was recognized for its efforts to recycle ink and toner cartridges.

Materials Processing Corp. provides IT management and risk mitigation services and was recognized for its development of innovative tools to recycle used electronics.