• Corporate Responsibility

    We’re focused on improving energy use, tracking and safety

    Yale Eco LogoYale Materials Handling Corporation is a division of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., which recognizes environmental sustainability and the highest standards of health and safety in our products, workplace and community as fundamental to our worldwide business operations.

    We believe Yale contributes positively to environmental sustainability. Within the materials handling industry, we see numerous opportunities to positively impact the environment. The industry provides equipment enabling the optimum flow of goods essential to a vibrant economy. To the extent this can be achieved while improving air quality, reducing energy consumption, reducing waste, increasing recycling, and increasing safety.  Yale is all for it.

    Yale Materials Handling Corporation, along with Hyster-Yale, works to improve its own facilities in terms of energy use, energy tracking and safety:

    • Our commitment to all environmental initiatives is reinforced through our participation in developing industry standards to adopt these greener technologies safely and reliably
    • We have used low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints for over 10 years
    • We introduced powder coating as an alternative to traditional painting, with the intention of further reducing VOCs 
    • Ignitable wastes that still remain from the painting process are sent to a disposal company, which includes them in a fuel blend used to heat cement kilns
    • Our electrical and natural gas usage is monitored as part of an energy consumption management program 
    • We use energy-efficient LED task and overhead lighting, with sensors to activate lighting only when required
    • At our Berea, Kentucky plant, we have begun the process of eliminating electric boilers, air conditioners and natural gas heaters by re-using the heat produced in our internal painting processes
    • At our Berea plant we also installed a solar energy system that supplies energy for the water heating process
    • All of our sites have focused programs for extensive recycling of wood, cardboard, plastic, office paper, metals, and electronics
    • We have programs to recycle lift truck batteries, tires and oil, both for our operations and for our customers
    • Many of our sites use storm water retention ponds to control run-off, utilizing pollution-filtering plants
    • Many of our manufacturing facilities operate on a modified work week structure in order to reduce the impact of employee commuting, and we coordinate carpooling at our urban locations
    • Our manufacturing facilities are ISO 14001 certified, denoting proper management of environmental goals

    For further information on Hyster-Yale's environmental programs, see the full 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report 

     Read about our Corporate Responsibility and our response to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act here.