Our founders, Robert (RT) and Dorothy Tracy, taught frugality to their children and made it an essential part of the business as well.
In the Tracy's home, aluminum foil was cleaned and used again. At our headquarters, RT constantly walked around the office to turn off lights and copy machines. If you left an empty room with the lights still on, you would hear about it from RT later.
Their legacy of sustainability lives on in our company today. We track everything from utilities and water usage to truck and rail miles to ensure we are doing our part to reduce our impact on the planet.
In 2018, we took 61 million pounds off the road and shipped via the railroad instead.
Since 2008, we have reduced our companywide paper usage by 65 percent.
Since 2014, we've donated 43 million pounds of food to keep it out of the landfill.
In 2019, we recycled 2.97 million pounds of materials, such as plastic and cardboard.
We donate food that is near expiration to farmers instead of disposing of it in the landfill. Each year, around 400,000 pounds of non-protein-based food is converted into hog feed.
We work to eliminate waste from our processes. This translates to less material, energy, and waste in our systems. In 2019 alone, we removed $10 million of waste using Lean methods.