Crain's Recognizes Eaton with Sustainability Award

Date: October 5, 2009

CLEVELAND … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation was the winner of the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2009 Emerald Award for sustainability in the Large For-Profit category. The publication called Eaton “a champion of sustainable business strategies” based on its “commitment to, and focus on, the triple bottom line: Profits, Planet and People.”

Joseph L. Wolfsberger, senior vice president − Environment, Health and Safety, accepted the award for Eaton at the first-ever awards event Sept. 22 in Westlake. Eaton’s winning submission included examples from many of its Cleveland-area facilities.

“Protecting and improving the environment are among Eaton’s highest priorities,” Wolfsberger said. “Not only are we reducing our own emissions, energy and water consumption, and waste production, but we are also helping our customers and suppliers reduce theirs.”

Crain’s Cleveland Business said Eaton “not only has implemented practices in its own facilities, but its products help customers improve sustainability efforts. Its mantra of ‘doing business right’ includes improving the environmental footprint (reducing emissions and energy and water consumption) and sustainable power management (allowing customers to use power more efficiently, effectively and safely).”

Crain’s cited a broad range of Eaton’s sustainability efforts:
  • Being a leading hybrid power systems provider,
  • Emphasizing “robust healthy communities,”
  • Participating in United Way as the third-largest Cuyahoga County contributors
  • Purchasing more than $175 million in goods and services from Northeast Ohio suppliers,
  • Developing a Green Products and Solutions program that provide environmental and efficiency benefits.
Sponsors of the event included MAGNET (the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network), COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises) and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. An independent panel of judges reviewed the nominations in various categories.

For more information on the award, please visit or

To access Eaton’s sustainability Web page, go to

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2008 sales of $15.4 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.

Kelly Jasko
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