The “Heaviest Haul” award is given to teams, in various categories, who collect the largest amount of refuse, during the Town-Wide Clean-Up collection period.
Located at 100 Hyde Rd, ebm-papst manufactures energy-efficient industrial fans and motors, with a GreenTech approach. This approach is based on the principle that each new product developed must be better than its predecessor, in terms of economy and ecology. So, it is not surprising that their Senior Director of Marketing, Phil Hartman, would organize their employees to participate in the annual Farmington Town-Wide Clean-Up.
In 2012, ebm-papst dedicated time and resources to start a GreenDay event at all of their locations worldwide. They organized employees to participate locally in a variety of Green Effort opportunities. Phil, a West Hartford resident, had been involved in the annual “Source to Sea Clean-Up” of Connecticut’s rivers and streams, for many years. He decided to bring that passion to the Farmington grounds of ebm-papst, cleaning up the adjacent wetlands and roadways. However, that year, a mother bear and her cubs were living in the wetlands, so they took their clean up to the Farmington River. The following year, the bears had moved out, so Phil and other employees concentrated on the area surrounding their offices, and then returned to the Farmington River in 2014. During their GreenDay event in 2015, the ebm-papst volunteers learned from Bay State Textiles that the Town of Farmington hosted a yearly Town-Wide Clean-Up. As a result, the group decided to join Farmington's efforts in 2016.
Since 2016, Phil and 5-8 other ebm-papst employees gather annually, on the Friday before the actual Farmington Town-Wide Clean-Up Day. With a company truck and supplies from the Green Efforts Committee, they clean up “areas in need,” in Farmington. Since joining the Town-Wide Clean-Up efforts, ebm-papst has won the business category for the “Heaviest Haul” contest every year. This year (2019) was a new ebm-papst record, with 737 pounds of trash collected – they hit the jackpot on Birdseye Road! All totaled, since Phil and the other ebm-papst employees began clean-up efforts in 2012, they estimate they’ve collected over 2,000 pounds of refuse!I asked Phil why he continues to organize this yearly clean-up, and he said, “Besides being a good corporate neighbor, there is more trash on the sides of the road than people realize. Even after cleaning, trash inevitably returns by the next year, and a certain amount ends up in our waterways. Whether it’s a single person or a group, an investment of several hours or just one hour, a big impact can be made by individuals and companies.” We thank ebm-papst for their dedication to the town of Farmington!
The 2020 Town-Wide Clean-Up happens Saturday, April 25th. It's not too early to start organizing your business to challenge ebm-papst, and become the new winner of the Heaviest Haul competition!