Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:36

Workers Save IceStone Factory After Hurricane Sandy

IceStone faced a massive challenge after Hurricane Sandy left their factory underwater, with an estimated $3 million in damages and no flood insurance. The workers came together to make the repairs at less than a third of the cost and get IceStone operational again in six months.

IceStone is a triple bottom line company that makes sustainable countertops from 100% recycled glass. The company is Cradle to Cradle certified, uses no toxic chemicals, purchases renewable energy credits, reuses 100% of water waste, and uses zero-waste manufacturing processes.

When workers faced the flooded factory, the company’s social responsibility gave them an investment in recovery beyond protecting their jobs. Employees are also shareholders.

The workers applied their skills to save the company from the costs of expensive contractors and brought IceStone back for under $1 million.

Read the New York Times’ feature on IceStone’s story of recovery.

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