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Needak Rebounders, Exercise Equipment, Oneill, NE
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The Niobrara river in northeastern Nebraska

Needak Manufacturing LLC is located in North Central Nebraska.  This area is on the edge of the sand hills and is known for it's open pastures and farming.  We commonly joke about being located in the middle of "cow and corn" country.  However, we take our quality of life seriously and appreciate our clean air, water, and environment.

Many of us here at Needak are associated with sustainable agriculture, either directly or through our support of local farmers, ranchers, and dairymen who are either all natural or organic.  We also participate in food coops where we can purchase natural and organic products for our homes and families.

We encourage this culture here at Needak and have taken the following steps to reduce our impact on the environment:

1 We understand that many of our customers have issues with chemical sensitivity and have eliminated all chemicals from our production process.  We even utilize all natural or organic cleaning products in our facility. 
Our production generates a considerable amount of cardboard waste which is sent to the local recycling/sorting center.  We sort out quality cardboard and recycle it to our cardboard supplier to be reused immediately in packaging for others. 
3 We have arrangements with several of our suppliers to recycle packaging materials back to them or to facilities that can utilize them.  
4 Damaged pallets are transferred to pallet recyclers.  Therefore every pallet we receive finds a home when we are done with it.  
We Reuse and Recycle 
5 Scrap metal is recycled including salvage from packaging banding and aluminum soda cans to reject steel parts. 
6 We reuse packing peanuts, bubble wrap, bubble packs and small boxes for shipping.  There are several businesses in our town who collect these items for us to reuse so their landfill impact is smaller. (We are not allowed to reuse rebounder shipping boxes under carrier regulations-voids damage insurance) 
7 Jump mats that are non-conforming have the metal cleats removed.  The cleats are sent back to sewing and the jump mats are set aside for use as Weed-block around trees and shrubs.  The jump mat fabric is tight enough to prevent weeds from growing up through, but still allows water to easily pass to the roots below.  These weed block circles are available for purchase at: Weed Block
8 Our fork lift uses clean burning propane rather than gasoline or diesel fuel.   
9 We utilize state of the art zonal heating and cooling of our facility to reduce electricity demand and emissions.  Our systems are on "smart" thermostats and only condition work areas when needed.  We have also converted to fluorescent lighting targeted to work stations rather than general lighting.  These measures have made our facility a much safer and more comfortable work space and has reduced our energy expense by nearly 50% 
10 We use electronic communications (e-mail, telephone, web, etc) whenever possible to reduce mailed items, toner/ink usage, paper consumption, etc. 
11 Waste paper we do generate is collected, ground up, and either composted or used as mulch in our personal gardens. 
12 Our employees no longer purchase bottled water for work as we have installed a filtration system to remove contaminants from tap water.  Even with employees drinking more water, we have reduced our overall water consumption by more than 50% in the last 3 years.  We provide a comfortable break room with an energy efficient refrigerator/freezer in which many of our employees store their lunch and snacks.  By encouraging use of reusable containers our employees save money over going out for breaks and have reduced our curbside waste significantly. 
13 Little things...paper clips instead of staples whenever possible which are removed and reused when the item goes into the filing cabinet.  Used office furniture, computer equipment, production equipment, tools instead of new.  Flexible employee schedules which maximize employee's personal time with more efficient commuting, ride sharing, etc. 

We are lead free-click here for more infoAlthough we are pleased with the efforts we have made thusfar, we are always looking for new ways to make our production more efficient and sustainable.  Nebraska and the Dakotas are blessed with abundant solar and wind resources and we are currently investigating efficient means to generate electricity for portions of our facility.

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