Smith & Associates Forms Internal Environmental Sustainability Group, SSG
HOUSTON, TX – (June 30, 2011) – Smith & Associates, a market leader in the electronics distribution field, recently announced the formation of an employee directed environmental conservation and sustainability group, SSG (Smith Sustainability Group).
SSG takes a grassroots approach to increasing employee awareness and involvement regarding environmental issues. The group includes a representative from each Smith department and meets weekly to generate new ideas and goals that improve Smith's environmental footprint through increased sustainability.
The formation of SSG coincides with the completion and planning of several sustainability projects at Smith's headquarters in Houston, TX. Smith recently completed the removal of its compressed gas HVAC system and replaced it with air cooled chiller towers, exterior water pumps, and chill water air handling units. A 140 KW solar project is currently underway, and construction of solar parking structure modules will begin next month. A roof replacement that will provide improved insulation and deliver high solar reflectance is also on track for completion in late July. Art Figueroa, Smith's Environmental Director, leads SSG.
"With several sustainability projects already completed and in progress, I look forward to working with SSG to implement programs that encourage employees to take a proactive approach towards sustainability. Through the help of SSG, Smith hopes to increase employee engagement by 50 percent, reduce energy use by 10 percent and increase waste diversion by 30 percent," said Figueroa.
In addition to engraining sustainability into its internal culture, Smith also plans to grow new partnerships with customers and suppliers that support Smith's environmental goals.
"As a pioneer in independent electronic component distribution, we have maintained our leadership position in the market by aligning ourselves with partners who support our commitment to quality and superior service. The formation of SSG reflects sustainability as another of our core beliefs, and we will pursue strategic partnerships that encourage environmental responsibility, " said Matthew Hartzell, Chief Operating Officer.
About Smith & Associates - Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates (www.smithweb.com) is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.
A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 300 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US$400 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore and Taipei. For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.