The McGregor Company - Oakesdale, WA
If you work at any facility with the name “McGregor” on it, there is a lot of pressure to step up when it comes to stewardship, says Tom Zornes, office manager for the company’s Oakesdale, WA, outlet. Indeed, McGregor locations have captured numerous Environmental Respect Awards at the state, regional, and national levels in the past decade. In fact, the past two national award winners have both been McGregor facilities.
But until recently, says Zornes, McGregor Oakesdale wasn’t among the honorees.
“This location dates back to the mid-1960s, so there were a lot of upgrades I thought we needed to make before we were ready to try for an Environmental Respect Award,” he says.
So, with the help of the facility’s employees, McGregor Oakesdale began changing the way it conducts business to reflect a more environmentally conscious stance. The outlet discontinued the practice of rinsing off equipment in a wastewater lagoon on-site and started rinsing them before they left grower-customer fields. The company switched from carrying smaller crop protection containers and moved to bulk chemical ones, cutting down on the amount of waste the outlet generated per year. Finally, McGregor Oakesdale enhanced its security measures by installing surveillance cameras and valve locks across its grounds.
Moving forward, McGregor Oakesdale plans to continue making environmental upgrades to its location. Next up, says Black, the outlet will probably rebuild its main containment area, which is beginning to show some signs of concrete wear. “We can probably accomplish this during our slow season and be in a much better position to maintain our company’s legacy of stewardship.”