Nimet gets grant for new equipment to reduce water usage

South Bend, Indiana-based Nimet Industries Inc. has received a Pollution Prevention (P2) grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to install sensors in rinse water tanks on two production lines to significantly reduce water usage...

SOUTH BEND, IN, Oct. 28, 2008 -- South Bend-based Nimet Industries Inc. has received a Pollution Prevention (P2) grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to install sensors in rinse water tanks on two production lines to significantly reduce water usage.

Nimet specializes in developing and applying metal finishes that enhance the durability, lubricity and corrosion resistance of a wide range of metal products. The facility's new system will automatically shut off incoming water when sensors indicate rinse water is clean. As a result, the amount of water discharged will be reduced by approximately 12 million to 19 million gallons per year.

Nimet President James Abbott expressed appreciation for IDEM's proactive pollution prevention efforts and the funding opportunity. "Nimet Industries Inc. has always taken great pride in protecting the environment, and this water conservation project will help us further this goal. Nimet feels lucky to be located in a state that is forward thinking and is interested in helping small companies develop new technologies that will help the environment and make them more competitive," he said.

IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly congratulated the company on receiving the grant. "When voluntary business actions result in environmentally-friendly business operations, there will be a winning outcome every time," said Commissioner Easterly. "Nimet is to be commended for its achievements."

The P2 grant program is administered by IDEM's Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance. The P2 program is designed to help Hoosiers prevent pollution, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste with measurable results. P2 grants are available to businesses, local governments and schools. Grants require a 50 percent match, and reduced match amounts are available for minority/women business enterprises, small businesses, and members of Indiana's Environmental Stewardship Program and the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge program.

The pre-application deadline for the next round of P2 grants is January 16, 2009.
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IDEM implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids business and citizens in protecting and improving Indiana's environment.

For over 40 years, Nimet has specialized in developing and applying metal finishes that enhance the durability, lubricity and corrosion resistance of a wide range of metal substrates.

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