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We strive to be a socially responsible company and we are continually working to improve our products and the entire company. Read about some of our current company initiatives.


Ames Sustainability
Since 2008, thanks to an increased and on-going recycling and sustainability focus and efforts to reduce our carbon footprint Ames has saved the following:
Over 33,628 trees
Over 169 acres of trees
Over 284,173 cubic yards of landfill
Over 950,972 gallons of water
Over 304,979 gallons of oil
Equivalent of removing over 901 cars from the road for a year

Sustainability Index 
Ames fosters a culture of continuous improvement. That culture coupled with our stewardship of the environment has guided us toward measuring and reducing our environmental footprint. Through our associates efforts’ we strive to reduce our impact on the world we live in. Our sustainability index is the first step in understanding and reducing our effect on our world. 


                              Sustainability Index
  Emissions       (kg CO2/unit)   Solid Waste (LBS/unit)   Water Use (gal/unit)
   2010     2011         2010     2011    2010    2011
Manufacturing 0.958     0.801   0.053     0.020   0.380    0.140
Logistics 0.083     0.113   0.003     0.002   0.023    0.033
Wood Mills 0.948     0.827   0.033     0.044   0.102    0.089  
Percent Reduction        12.5%           25.8%          48.1%


AEP Ohio Recognition
AEP Ohio Recognizes Ames for the commitment to energy efficiency and the environment by participating in AEP Ohio's savings incentives programs for business. Recognition certificate


PPL Electric Utilities Honor Roll
Ames has recently been recognized by PPL Electric Utilities for our Energy Efficient efforts. These efforts include: relamping manufacturing area with T8 fixtures, participating in Demand Response Programs, and installing VFDs on plastic injection molding hydraulic pumps. To view the full honor roll, click here: PPL Electric Utilities Honor Roll.



Appalachian Hardwood Verified Sustainable
Ames is proud of its long-standing environmental stewardship, and one example can be seen in our wood handle production. Many of our tools feature Northern Ash or Hickory handles. These handles are produced by our wood mills that are located in a specific region of the Appalachian Mountains distinguished as “verified sustainable” using US Forestry Service data. In that region, forests naturally replenish at a rate of 2.29 trees for every tree harvested, which occurs without manual replanting efforts or chemical applications.