SCOTT SIBELLA, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, MGM GRAND ANNOUNCED AS WELCOME KEYNOTE FOR SPLICE LICENSORS SUMMIT™
The Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence® (SPLiCE®)
Announces Keynote Speaker for the 2013 SPLiCE Licensors Summit™
Buffalo, NY–June 6, 2013
The Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE) is proud to announce Scott Sibella, President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand in Las Vegas will deliver the keynote welcome at the 2013 SPLiCE Licensors Summit, Monday, June 17, 2013.
Mr. Sibella has been acknowledged for his work in the Las Vegas business community and was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by InBusiness Las Vegas (now Vegas Inc.) He is also known for his appearance on “Undercover Boss” in 2011, where he joined the team of MGM Grand workers to implement practices and maximize efficiency and morale in the resort.
On Monday, June 17, 2013, SPLiCE will host its second Licensors Summit™ ‘Spotlight on Best Practice Collaborations’ at MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The purpose for this event is to showcase expert licensing Service Providers. Selected Service Providers will present their developed technologies, processes and/or consultation practices to support the licensing industry. The audience will be our SPLiCE Members along with other Licensors participating as attendees. Service Provider companies will be in attendance as well to collaborate, answer questions, and to network.
The goal for SPLiCE Licensors Summit™ is two-fold. First, presenters will distinguish how they streamline processes to influence more productive and efficient licensing business models. Secondly, SPLiCE Licensors Summit™ will provide our SPLiCE Members an incredible value proposition to gain state-of-the-art knowledge from key presenters within a controlled environment. This event will be a time-savings for all involved, an efficient way to share best practices, and a solid way to highlight tools and techniques to improve licensing models.
SPLiCE member companies are composed of business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Our over 50-member companies represent eighteen percent (18%) of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW), thirty-three percent (33%) of Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands and 15% of the World’s 100 Most Reputable Companies in a 2013 survey by the Reputation Institute. As Licensors, our Members currently have license agreements with over 2,000 licensees with sales of these licensed goods exceeding USD$30 billion. The brand name licensed consumer goods industry aligns enhanced brand equity with licensees that produce goods and services for consumers.
The Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence® (SPLiCE®) Announces New Board of Directors
Buffalo, NY October 17, 2012:
The 10th Annual SPLiCE Licensors Workshop marks a change in Leadership for the SPLiCE Board of Directors.
SPLiCE would like to thank Founding Board Members Shahab Khosravan, Director, Worldwide Compliance, The Coca-Cola Company; Bryan Brown, Senior Director Product Integrity, Mattel Inc. and Manuel Grace, Associate General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company for continuing to be such an integral part of SPLiCE.
The SPLiCE Board of Directors is comprised of:
- Scott Bannell, V.P. Corporate Brand Management and Licensing, Stanley Black & Decker
- Kenny Beaupre, Retail Business Development Manager, Caterpillar Inc. (incoming)
- Gayle Jones, Commercial Innovation & Trademark Licensing, P&G
- Linne Kimball, Head of Licensing, Reebok (incoming)
- Eileen Murphy, Director Brand Licensing & Partner Marketing, Kodak (outgoing)
- Tracey Murphy, Associate Product Manager, Licensing, Jarden Consumer Solutions (outgoing)
- John Nens, Director, Global Brand Licensing & Corporate Identity Office, Ford Motor Company (incoming)
- Toni Sdao, Director of Licensing, Whirlpool Corporation
- Chairman: Scott Bannell, Stanley Black & Decker
- Chair Elect: Gayle Jones, P&G
- Treasurer: Tracey Murphy, Jarden Consumer Solutions (outgoing)
- Treasurer: John Nens, Ford Motor Company (incoming)
- Secretary: Toni Sdao, Whirlpool Corporation
As we say goodbye to a few of our dedicated Board members Tracey Murphy, Jarden Consumer Solutions and Eileen Murphy, Kodak we welcome Kenny Beaupre, Caterpillar Inc., Linne Kimball, Reebok and John Nens, Ford Motor Company to our Board of Directors.
SPLiCE is a trade organization founded as a best practice think-tank for trademark brand licensors. SPLiCE was founded in 2004 with the vision to continuously improve brand licensing. Our goal in carrying out our mission is to act responsibly as a community of licensors who share best practices for protecting, promoting and enhancing brand integrity. As a Community of Best Practice, benchmarking success is built upon foundation cornerstones of legal, marketing and quality that support licensing initiatives. As a community, participation from individual legal, marketing and quality internal team experts embrace a full schematic of the intellectual property realm to protect the brand. Content discussed at our meetings is specific to process as we adhere strictly to antitrust policy guidelines.
SPLiCE member companies represent 20% of the DJIA and 32% of the top 100 brands recognized by Interbrand. 2012 Licensors Workshop was the most attended to date with over 38 leading licensor member companies represented.
As an active Community of Best Practice, SPLiCE engages a kaleidoscope of brand protection knowledge from over 35 industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer products, construction, digital technology, electronics, entertainment & character, farming, fashion, food & beverage, footwear, health & beauty, juvenile products, lifestyle, publishing, racing, sports, sporting goods, toys & games, and trademark brands. SPLiCE Members have depth and brand reach within the consumer base and there is a strong affiliation to consumers seeing our members’ brand recognition on consumer products, services and goods. For more information contact Kimberly K. Billoni, Chief Executive Officer at kbilloni@SPLICEonline.com.
The Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence® (SPLiCE®) Celebrates 10 Years of Licensors Workshop
Buffalo, NY October 17, 2012:
3M, St. Paul, MN, September 23-26, 2012
As we relish the 10th annual celebration of Licensors Workshop, we honor all that have championed SPLiCE as a Licensors Community of Practice. We have learned that:
• The inherent quality of SPLiCE membership is based on collective, passionate individuals that comprise our organization.
• While each of us may represent a range of licensing function groups and expertise, we are all committed to further improving the licensing industry.
• While individual Member organizations’ representative licensing programs may vary in how long they have been active, all Members hold true to learning and implementing best practices to protect their brands.
• SPLiCE is robustly committed to continuously improving brand licensing as a community of licensors who share best practices for protecting, promoting and enhancing brand integrity.
• Each of our standing committees and benchmark teams rigorously stand above the norm and want to make a difference not only for each function, but for the good of our community.
• We celebrate the talent and level of excellence amongst us, along with our diversity, to be an alliance of integrity as a core value for us.
• SPLiCE is unique as an entity and effective as an association because of all the passionate stakeholders that belong to it.
SPLiCE Leadership reflected on historical cornerstones that created vital and thriving Licensors Community of Practice. The leadership presentation team comprised of Kimberly Billoni, SPLiCE CEO (first Chairman/President), Bruce Hoover, Goldberg Segalla LLP (current standing counsel and on behalf of retired Ed Teter, Fisher-Price, second Chairman), Shahab Khosravan, The Coca-Cola Company (third Chairman), Manuel Grace, The Walt Disney Company (fourth Chairman), and Scott Bannell, Stanley Black and Decker (current Chairman of the SPLiCE Board). Attendees learned about the Licensors Workshop beginnings in 2003 and how SPLiCE was born April 26, 2004. Each presenter articulated the highlights of each Licensors Workshop event including the Member host, keynote presenters, topics addressed and influencing resources directly impacting each of the events over ten years. The presentation capped an extraordinary event that will hinge an upcoming strategic plan in which all Members will be asked to participate.
We also reflected on the past Licensors Workshop hosts that have come before that build collaboration within SPLiCE including McDonald’s Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, The Coca-Cola Company, the US Postal Service, Nike, The Stanley Works (Stanley Black & Decker), P&G, and Biltmore. Our goal is to continue to bridge the success of bringing our membership to Member host venues to learn firsthand what environment makes the brand shine the way it does. Currently, we are meeting with potential Member hosts for 2013.
This year 3M hosted our 10th annual Licensors Workshop which was extraordinary. The 3M Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that allowed all member attendees to focus on the content deliverables and engage in the professional environment. We learned about the 46 various 3M technologies that impact so many consumer products and tools we utilize on a daily basis. More so, we learned how 3M ingredient licensing has engaged innovation excellence through consistent collaboration. 3M proved to be a most generous host with so many teachable moments built into our three days together. We are very appreciative of all that the 3M team demonstrated through teamwork, collaboration and as brand leaders.
Ian Hardgrove, Senior Vice President, Marketing Sales and Communications, 3M, shared his insights on how 3M has sustained an innovative and collaborative environment for 110 years. Most recently 3M is encouraging the engagement of all stakeholders to communicate the value of 3M in 46 various technologies and how they impact consumer lifestyles. Mr. Hardgrove took us through a retrospective of 3M which was enlightening and most importantly shared with us the commitment 3M maintains that its workforce can elect to use 15% of its time to pursue passionate projects within the company.
Dale Buss, Contributor
John Nens had a great day when Ford got possession of its Blue Oval logo back recently. But he was also excited a few months ago when Ford licensed its “Built Ford Tough” slogan for clothing at Forever 21, the young women’s chain. He got a kick out of approving a Ford line of Tervis Tumblers for sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond last year.
And Ford’s 49-year-old manager of global brand licensing and corporate identity really enjoyed approving the look and sound of the new high-performance 2013 Ford Focus ST as it is depicted in the new Forza 4 video game.
“The most important part of licensing is to use it to build the Ford brand,” said Nens, a 27-year Ford veteran who took over his current job in 2004. “The second important thing is to protect the brand; a lot of people don’t think about that with licensing. But if we don’t use our brand in some particular category, others can come in and take it.”
Nens and his staff of four are doing something right, because they’ve converted their logo-leveraging operation from a relatively sleepy backwater to a revenue juggernaut. Retailers sold about $1.5 billion of Ford-licensed merchandise last year, up from about $1 billion in 2005, as consumer appreciation for the Blue Oval, the Ford name and product identities has grown along with the recent corporate renaissance.
The company has about 400 licensees now, up from about 300 when Nens took over the job. His crew granted about 18,000 product approvals last year, up from about 15,000 just two years ago. And retailers sold about 45 million individual pieces of Ford-branded merchandise last year, up from about 40 million pieces just five years ago.
Ford won’t reveal how much that $1.5 billion contributed to its own top line, but it’s certainly a hefty — and growing — chunk of change. And more important, rising interest by licensees of all sorts in leveraging the equity in the Ford brand and vehicles “is one of the best measures of brand health,” Jim Farley, Ford’s global CMO, said recently.
In fact, Nens told me, until recently, anything related to Mustang was Ford’s most popular brand for licensing, and “Built Ford Tough” and other marks related to Ford pickup trucks were No. 2. Ford’s Blue Oval was No. 3.
But over the last few years, the Blue Oval itself — which was just taken out of hock from Ford creditors because of how the company’s credit ratings have improved — has leapt to the No. 1 request of licensees. “That’s great news,” Nens said. “It’s great for the corporate brand to be our most popular brand.”
Traditionally, Nens said, Ford “would just sell things through the dealer channel or at aftermarket stores like Pep Boys, and they’re still important. But most of our growth has been because we’ve taken the brand to where the consumer is — Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s — and made sure our licensed merchandise is there too.” In fact, for the first time, at auto shows this year Ford has been setting up its own boutique on show floors to sell Ford-branded merchandise to attendees.
Until lately, licensing the Ford name, its Blue Oval logo and Mustang, Taurus, Explorer and other product names mainly was a matter of lending them to clothing for men, and mostly racing enthusiasts. The other big line of merchandise was Ford-themed toys made by Mattel, Fisher-Price and other manufacturers.
And such lines are still going strong: One million of the 45 million Ford items sold last year were Mustang versions of Mattel Hot Wheels.
But coming on big lately have been licensure of radio-controlled toy versions of Ford nameplates, video games featuring Ford vehicles, juniors’ sizes of women’s apparel, and “men’s gifting” items such as neon signs, lamps and mirrors. There’s a pool table set in a replica of a ’65 Mustang complete with some actual parts salvaged from the classic. Ford has licensed Teleflora to sell a flower arrangement for guys in the back of a replica of a 1948 Ford pickup. And Fatheads, the wall-graphic outfit best known for life-size photos of athletes, just began selling huge images of Ford vehicles and of the Blue Oval itself.
Ford also has begun seeding the market with free use of images, via the web, from a century of photo archives housed by the company but never commercialized or even explored in any meaningful way until now.
Approving video games is both the most entertaining task for Nens and his crew. “It’s like living a boy’s dream,” he said.
But it’s also the most demanding category. The typical race game, Nens said, might include 90 to 100 raceable Ford vehicles in the program. And so for one thing, the brand-licensing team has got to make sure game companies match up Ford vehicles “against the right product,” Nens explained. “You wouldn’t want a ’65 Mustang matched up [in a race] against a new Ferrari. That’s part of protecting the brand.”
Nens’ team also must “make sure the car sounds right and handles correctly.” Ford engineers help them out with specs on how Ford’s vehicles actually handle, what their wheel designs look like, how they really sound and so on, and it’s up to Nens to hold game makers to those parameters. Recently, for example, Nens ordered a change in a game because a Ford Explorer depicted in it sounded like a diesel-powered vehicle — and Ford doesn’t sell a diesel Explorer.
Neither will Ford allow its products to be harnessed for video games rated older than for teen consumption. “Some games have a lot of violence, but we’ve chosen not to do that,” Nens said. Again — protecting the brand.
Similarly, Ford gets repeated requests for licenses in categories where it must continually frustrate the petitioners because the company won’t approve any product in it. That especially includes wine, often for a proposed Mustang vino. “With alcohol and driving, that’s something we just won’t do,” Nens said. “We also won’t pursue co-branded opportunities with gun companies.” Neither will Ford brand products that are sourced from countries with bad human-rights records such as Iran and Myanmar.
Although not all car companies do so, Nens said, Ford insists on approving an actual product as it is executed, not just a concept or a proposal. “We know our brand the best, and we have to make sure it’s always represented in the best way through the merchandise.”
But among other things, such high standards mean that the licensing offices on the fifth floor of a Ford building in Dearborn are the closest thing you’ll find in the auto industry to Santa’s workshop. One of those Mustang pool tables sits in the middle and gets plenty of play. Ford-branded bicycles, licensed to companies in the Japan and Middle East — and even an Explorer bike made in the United States — sit along the walls. Occasionally a new radio-controlled Taurus will burst across the floor; or Nens and colleagues will play with them in an outside courtyard.
Nens also makes sure he’s got hundreds of diecast vehicle replicas around the place. One reason: It’s no secret that Farley really likes those little toys.
And the CMO himself acknowledges that he likes to drop by Nens’s lair. “It,” Farley said, “is a fun place to go.”
2012 Forbes: 28% of the top 50 most reputable brands are SPLiCE Members
2012 CR’s 1001 Best Corporate Citizens: 16% of the top 100 are SPLiCE Members
2012 License! Global Top 125 Global Licensors: 43% of the top 125 are SPLiCE Members
On Monday June 11th, 2012 SPLiCE will host its inaugural Licensors Summit™ ‘Spotlight on Metrics’ at The Signature at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. The purpose for this event is to showcase expert licensing Service Providers. Selected Service Providers will present their developed technologies, processes and or consultation practices to support the licensing industry. The audience will be our SPLiCE Members along with other Licensors participating as attendees and presenters.
The goal for SPLiCE Licensors Summit™ is two-fold. First presenters will distinguish how they streamline processes to influence more productive and efficient licensing business models. Secondly SPLiCE Licensors Summit™ will provide our SPLiCE Members an incredible value to learn state-of-the-art knowledge from key presenters within a controlled environment. This event will be a time-savings for all involved, an efficient way to share best practices and a solid way to highlight tools and techniques to improve licensing models.
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Licensors Summit™ Vision: To facilitate best practice licensing process management.
Licensors Summit™ Mission: Licensors and expert Service Providers will have an educational forum that builds awareness of best practices in the licensing industry. The SPLiCE Licensors Summit™ will afford opportunities for Licensors and Service Providers to understand business challenges and generate connections.
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Award Recognizes National Wildlife Federation’s Work to Connect Kids and Nature
Reston, Virginia, April 16, 2012 – The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) received a $100,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) for its work to protect nature and inspire lifelong conservation values. The award was presented during the Disney Kids and Nature Celebration, a three-day event held at Walt Disney World Resort which recognizes the importance of connecting kids to nature and the organizations leading this effort.
NWF President Larry Schweiger was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation, as well as Malcolm Barnard, who was selected to represent the organization for his dedication to turning his hometown, Johns Creek, Georgia, into a NWF certified Community Wildlife Habitat. The grant to National Wildlife Federation is one of five $100,000 awards that was announced Friday afternoon. To date, DWCF has invested almost $20 million to support conservation programs in more than half the countries in the world.
“With the generous support of Disney, the National Wildlife Federation will continue to develop programs that bring kids closer to nature and teaches them the importance of taking care of our planet,” said NWF President Larry Schweiger.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement is focused on raising healthier, happier children by making outdoor play a regular part of their day. Research shows that kids who don’t spend much time outdoors are more vulnerable to obesity, ADHD, vitamin D deficiency, depression and poor grades. Some of the Be Out There signature events including, the Great American Backyard Campout and Hike & Seek, encourage parents to make outdoor time for their kids a priority.
“At Disney, kids and conservation are important to who we are as a company,” said Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president of Corporate Citizenship, Environment & Conservation at Disney. “We have great confidence that the National Wildlife Federation will continue this commitment into the future. We know that the experiences they are helping to create for kids in nature are critical to inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders.”
The National Wildlife Federation’s relationship with Disney goes back over 50 years. Walt Disney was featured in a 1956 television public service announcement highlighting National Wildlife Week, one of NWF’s first wildlife education programs for schools.
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National Wildlife Federation is the country’s largest conservation organization protecting wildlife for our children’s future. With over 4 million members and supporters, and nine offices across the country, the group focuses its work on developing solutions to climate change, protecting wildlife habitat, and connecting people to nature.
The Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence ® (SPLiCE®) names Kodak and Stanley Black and Decker Marketing Executives to the Board of SPLiCE
For Immediate Release: November 18, 2010 at 9:00am EST
Buffalo, NY – Two newly appointed Directors were named at the recent Annual Meeting during SPLiCE Licensors Workshop hosted at The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, OH. Scott A. Bannell, V.P. Corporate Brand Management and Licensing at Stanley Black and Decker, Inc. and Eileen Murphy, Director Brand Licensing & Partner Marketing for Kodak were voted to the SPLICE Board of Directors for a two year term. Mr. Bannell and Ms. Murphy join SPLiCE Directors from other leading licensors including The Coca-Cola-Company, Jarden Consumer Solutions, Mattel Inc., The Procter & Gamble Company The Walt Disney Company, Whirlpool Corporation and Yamaha Motor Corporation USA.
SPLiCE member companies represent 23% of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and 10% of 2010’s top 100 brands recognized by Interbrand. 2010 Licensors Workshop was the most attended to date with over 35 leading licensor member companies represented. Since June 2010 SPLiCE has welcomed 3M, Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company, Lamborghini ArtiMarca SpA, NBC Universal, National Football League, Polaroid, Reckitt Benckiser, and Reebok International. SPLiCE Founding Members include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel Inc. and The Walt Disney Company.
SPLiCE is a trade organization founded as a best practice think-tank for trademark brand licensors. SPLiCE was founded in 2004 with the vision to continuously improve brand licensing. The mission goal is to act responsibly as a community of licensors who share best practices for protecting, promoting and enhancing brand integrity. As a community of best practice, benchmarking success is built upon foundation cornerstones of legal, marketing and quality that support licensing initiatives. As a community, SPLiCE encourages participation from environmental sustainability, legal, marketing, quality and social accountability internal team experts to embrace a 360-schematic of the intellectual property realm to protect the brand. Content discussed at our meetings is specific to process as we adhere strictly to antitrust policy guidelines.
As an active Community of Best Practice, SPLiCE engages a kaleidoscope of brand protection knowledge from over 30 industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer products, construction, digital technology, electronics, entertainment & character, farming, fashion, food & beverage, footwear, health & beauty, juvenile products, lifestyle, publishing, racing, sports, sporting goods, toys & games, and trademark brands. SPLiCE Members have depth and brand reach within the consumer base and there is a strong affiliation to consumers seeing our members’ brand recognition on consumer products, services and goods.
New SPLiCE Office Space at 257 Lafayette – Buffalo, NY
A first in green design and city living in Buffalo:
- 257 Lafayette Center is a conversion of an old historic school building into a multi-use commercial and residential building
- The renovation followed Leader in Environmental & Energy efficient Design standards and is a certified Energy Star building with multiple environmental benefits.
- For SPLiCE, it is a positive strategic move.
– Project entails the conversion of a 3-story school building (built 1928) into:
– 6,000 sf corporate office suites
– 4,000 sf Rose Garden & Early Childhood Center:
housing the Aurora Waldorf School City
Satellite program and Dandelion Daycare
– 20 loft style apartments (2br, 1bath)
– Photovoltaic solar panel system to provide approx. 33% of building’s electrical demand
– Energy Star rated building: 25% increase of energy performance above building code requirements achieved through:
- High efficient radiant heating system
- High efficient electrical fixtures & Energy Star rated appliances
- Insulated building envelope and window restoration
– Recycling of construction waste material: 50% diversion from landfill
– Reuse and restoration of windows, doors, hardware, etc.
– Purchase of low-emitting construction materials for enhanced indoor air quality
– Daylight Harvesting
– Rainwater collection and Bio-Retention System, to collect and purify parking lot runoff water to irrigate native, and edible plants
– Household waste recycling center in basement
– The developer was seeking the neighbors input to shape the design of the project
– The development will assist stabilizing the neighborhood and the Grant Street commercial corridor. The school was empty for 4 years and had fallen into disrepair.
– The developer is in the process of obtaining certification for the building as a national historical landmark
Our new Western distribution hub and production facility in Victorville, Calif., began its operations earlier this year. Located on 57 acres, the 850,000-square-foot facility will produce 40 million cases a year of a range of DPS brands including Snapple, Mott’s, Hawaiian Punch, Nantucket Nectars, Clamato, Deja Blue, and Mr and Mrs T mixers. The plant was intended primarily to fill a void in our distribution network, allowing us to distribute from a regional hub products that we once had to ship cross-country from facilities on the East Coast. Our customers in the region now have much quicker access to our non-carbonated juices, enabling us to better meet their demands. The business benefit is clear, as is the economic benefit to the local community. During the building process, the facility had 300 contractors in it at once and has logged 270,000 man hours of labor to date. The facility will employ hundreds of people in the Victorville area, making DPS a major contributor to the local economy.
Reducing Impact on the Environment
Beyond the dollars, however, the Victorville hub also gives us the opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of our distribution network. By having comprehensive regional manufacturing and distribution capabilities on the West coast, we’re eliminating the need for millions of miles of driving annually, countless gallons of fuel consumption and their associated emissions. In addition, the facility has been designed with efficiency and sustainability in mind. Approximately 85 percent of the equipment used in the plant is new and state-of-the-art with the remainder repurposed from other DPS facilities. With features such as a white membrane roof, high-efficiency lighting with occupancy sensors, brightly colored exterior concrete and low-emitting carpets, paints and adhesives, electricity costs will be kept to a minimum. The plant also will be powered by renewable energy and non-renewable sources offset entirely by purchased renewable energy credits.
State-of-the-Art Technology and Processes
Water efficiency is another bright spot in the plant’s systems. Fully half of the water from the reverse osmosis and nano filtration systems is recaptured through a brine recovery system, cutting waste substantially. Discharge water is pre-treated onsite before it is released to the city’s new wastewater treatment plant. Filling lines are equipped with empty container air rinsers, rather than traditional water rinsers, reducing water usage by roughly 10,000 gallons per line per day. The building also contains a recycling center that separates recyclable materials, such as PET, glass, aluminum, shrinkwrap and pallet strapping. The facility works with a leading industrial recycler to ensure that the vast majority of waste materials is diverted from landfills. All told, we expect the advanced technology and processes, from water and energy conservation to waste reduction and recycling, to help the Victorville facility achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification process is already under way.
Far more than just another building in our family of plants and distribution centers, this state-of-the-art facility represents the latest step in our commitment not only to meet the needs of our customers, but to do so in a way that best serves our communities and minimizes our environmental footprint.