The Value of our Values
The true test of values is living them in difficult times. Since 1947, Swagelok Company has been dedicated to doing the right thing with courage and character in good times and bad. As a global organization, we embrace Corporate Social Responsibility in dealings with our customers, our associates, our suppliers, our neighborhoods, and society as a whole.
The culture at Swagelok is deeply rooted in the values of integrity, respect for the individual, and commitment to quality. We are also dedicated to becoming ever more focused on the needs of our customers, on challenging conventional wisdom to innovate, and improving by systematically doing things better. Visitors to Swagelok facilities anywhere in the world first experience these values when they step into our clean, well-lit plants. Laser focus on industrial hygiene and safety provide the right environment for the manufacture of our world class products.
Helping Customers With Leak-Tight Products and Effective Solutions
In the fluid systems industry, our highly reliable valves, tube fittings and related products help customers reduce or eliminate leaks, significantly reducing waste while protecting people and the environment. Swagelok manufactures to the highest standards and holds many certifications, such as ISO-9001, METI/KHK, Lloyd’s Register, CRN, PED, and Chinese Compulsory Certificates (CCC). We also encourage our engineers and scientists to be active on key standard-setting industry boards.
Whether customers are wrestling with fugitive emissions, climate change, nuclear safety, or energy conservation, Swagelok is finding ways to help. Swagelok Company is a leader in fugitive emissions compliance worldwide, with inherently leak-tight products, stringent validation testing, and focus on customer compliance needs. Concerns over climate change are triggering the search for alternatives to gasoline, diesel, and other petroleum-based vehicle fuels. Swagelok provides products and services to support the design and production of natural gas vehicles, filling stations, and hydrogen fuel cell technology.
We continue to invest in our nuclear capabilities and offering. Involved in the nuclear industry since the beginning, Swagelok has maintained a continuous ASME certification since 1981 and are adding new engineering talent to support the anticipated growth in this industry. Swagelok Energy Advisors (SEA) is a new service offered by Swagelok to help customers use less energy. Specializing in the evaluation of steam, condensate, and compressed air systems, SEA provides engineering, audits, project management, and training programs focused on strengthening in-plant fluid system assessments.
Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship at Home
Respect for the environment has always been part of the Swagelok Company culture and operating principles. And today, sustainability discussions are becoming an increasing part of our strategic thinking and continuous improvement approach. Swagelok is committed to protecting and preserving the environment for our associates, our customers and the communities around us. In keeping with this commitment, we continually strive to reduce our carbon foot-print. We regularly seek opportunities to reduce energy usage and improve resource efficiency including recent HVAC upgrades, lighting replacements, and water recycling system implementations in our plants.
The Environmental Management System at Swagelok’s largest facility is certified to ISO-14001:2004. We recycle over a million pounds of oil, paper, cardboard and wood products each year. Monthly, we recycle about 1.5 million pounds of scrap metal. We reprocess and reuse our machine cutting oil and have an aggressive preventive maintenance program for machines to keep utilization rates up while reducing leaks, scrap materials, and waste products. Associates are encouraged to propose conservation and recycling ideas, many of which are implemented.
Good Corporate Citizenship
We continue to carry on the work of our founder, Fred A. Lennon, who was one of the most generous philanthropists in the history of the industrial era. As an example, members of our senior management team participate on the boards of more than 70 non-profit agencies around the world. We regularly schedule team-building events, including volunteer services, for local charities and many associates volunteer personal time for neighborhood causes or to help with community projects. Combined, the Swagelok Foundation and the F.A. Lennon Foundation donate nearly $3.5 million each year.