Crown Equipment Corporation 
Intermediate level
Value Stream 5 Sustainability

Implementing a sustainability program in your operation

Tying lean into sustainability in a practical implementation
Wednesday, Oct. 26 Location Code
9:45am-10:45am Dallas Ballroom C, 1st floor WP/23

Understand what sustainability really means for B to B or B to C companies, identifying opportunities for documenting sustainable activities while using lean tools to advance the process. Get examples of project results, team activities, cost savings, recognition and marketing advantages.


Whether you are just getting started or have the basics of a sustainability program, this session will guide you towards a practical implementation of the process by capturing what you may already be doing, utilizing lean tools to advance the process, and providing documentation for your organization in an environment with an increasing emphasis on sustainability. Discover how Crown Equipment has been successful in establishing employee teams, implementing ISO 14001, achieving zero landfill, and receiving recognition by documenting the goals and objectives, activities and cost savings of sustainable manufacturing. Learn how the company has made significant progress in sustainability by utilizing lean processes.


Crown is the largest manufacturer of electric lift trucks in the world, a world leader in the manufacturer of narrow aisle lift trucks, and is often benchmarked for safety and environmental sustainability. Crown excels at practical applications of EH&S compliance and injury prevention and hosts benchmarking tours to demonstrate Crown’s passion towards vertical integration, safety and sustainability.

Presenter: Brian Duffy / Tonja Rammel

Brian Duffy is the director of EH&S at Crown Equipment Corporation in New Bremen, responsible for EH&S compliance for all Crown operations worldwide. He is a registered environmental manager and a certified hazardous materials manager. Duffy has a BSc in environmental science from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in environmental planning from Arizona State University.

Tonja Rammel, with more than 20 years’ experience in the environmental health and safety (EH&S) field, is the EH&S manager at Crown Equipment Company. Her leadership helped Crown’s Knoxville facility achieve the first Ohio EPA Gold Award for Encouraging Environmental Excellence; as a result of this award, Crown received the 2014 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Rammel has a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health.