Soave Enterprises’ team members create innovative solution for disposing of un-deployed air bags in a safe, responsible, and cost-effective manner.
Soave Enterprises prides itself on responding to customers’ needs swiftly and effectively. This is especially essential for a successful service company like Soave Enterprises affiliate, MPS Group. MPS Group’s Don Wiltse ardently adheres to this business philosophy to the delight, and cost savings of MPS’ customers.
From Hazardous to Harmless
Wiltse, EHS/Program Manager for the Environmental Services Group designed and built an airbag deployment unit – twice – at the request of a major customer, the General Motors Corporation. Wiltse tweaked the unit most recently for the General Motors Wentzville Assembly Plant to handle an on-site deployment project. According to Missouri state law and some other states, un-deployed air bags must be shipped as hazardous waste.
The Wentzville Plant Management approached the MPS onsite management team, Tim Arnold and Stefannie Jackson, who then enlisted Don to help them solve the problem of scrap airbags that accumulated during the normal production process.
Serving Substantial Cost-Savings
With the high cost of hazardous waste shipping, an on-site method of handling the bags would result in a substantial cost savings. Don began what he describes as his “side job” in 2009, devoting 40 hours of manpower to developing, building and testing his first airbag deployment unit. Then he did it again three years later for his recently unveiled, second generation unit.
“The unit deploys four airbag modules at a time, with an attached self-powered exhaust fan to help ensure operators are not exposed to the fumes associated with setting off the modules,” explains Wiltse.
Additionally, the unit is towable to any site and stores all of the tools and equipment needed to conduct the project. “After the airbags are deployed, they become 100% recyclable and our clients’ costs are reduced by up to 75%.”
New Applications for the Automotive Industry
While each state has its own disposal regulations regarding airbags, MPS Group’s new value-added technology addresses an up-and-coming hazard.
“Other potential applications include automotive scrap yards handling end-of-life vehicles and their un-deployed airbags,” notes Wiltse. “We look forward to assisting current and future customers handle this growing issue cost effectively.”
Soave Enterprises has established itself as a progressive industry leader in responsible waste management and has completed many unique and innovative projects for clients looking for more sustainable or economically responsible waste management processes. From metals recycling, to manufacturing and commercial waste management services, to innovative automotive life cycle processes, Soave Enterprises continually seeks out new ways to intensively manage each project to provide clients with the lowest possible life-cycle cost while helping them meet their environmental sustainability goals.
About Soave Enterprises
Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony Soave that provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures in the real estate, automotive retailing, beer distribution, scrap metal, industrial services and transportation industries, among others. Waste management and commercial services include industrial services from MPS Group and metals recycling services from Ferrous Processing & Trading. For more information on Tony Soave and Soave Enterprises, please visit http://www.soave.com.
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