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TOTO USA recognized as clean economy leader

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

The Americas division of a plumbing manufacturer has been identified as the leader in clean jobs in the water efficient product sector for the metro Atlanta area, said a spokeswoman.

TOTO USA, headquartered in Morrow, was recently recognized the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit, private public policy organization based in Washington, DC, according to Lenora Campos of TOTO USA.

She said the company was recognized in a report the Brookings Institution titled "Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment." The report defines a green, clean or low-carbon economy as a sector of the economy that creates goods and services with an environmental perk, she said.

"We are honored that our work to optimize green manufacturing protocols and provide jobs for the clean economy has been recognized the esteemed Brookings Institution," added Daijirio Nogata, president of TOTO.

Nogata said protecting the earth's environment saving its finite natural resources has been a continuing mission since the founding of the Japanese company in 1917.

Campos said clean economy will define the nation's green future and develop job opportunities at all levels of income and skill for people. This will make it an important ingredient in the America's rising economy, she said.

One of TOTO USA's many green efforts is its recent partnership with Crossville Inc., a manufacturer of premium porcelain stone, said Campos. Due to the partnership, TOTO developed proprietary systems for processing pre-consumer sanitary ware, fired tile and filtrate waste to powder. The powder will be used Crossville to create new tile, she said.

"At TOTO, we are eliminating the term ‘waste' from our corporate vocabulary through a series of strategic initiatives that reduce, recycle, reuse, repurpose, and re-buy the environmental resources that we utilize in the manufacture of our water and energy-saving premium plumbing products," said Bill Strang, senior vice president of operations for TOTO USA .

This is not the first time the plumbing manufacturing giant has gained accolades for its focus on benefiting the environment, said Campos. "TOTO is pleased to add the Brookings Institution's recognition as a clean economy leader to the numerous [distinctions] it has received for its leadership in environmental sustainability, green business practices and clean... jobs creation, she said."

The honors include 2010's Conserve Georgia Water Conservation Award from former state Gov. Sonny Perdue, and the Water Efficiency Leader Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2006.

For more information visit TOTO USA's web site at www.totousa.com.