On Thursday, April 5, Nestlé Waters will be presented with the honorable green and white State Tree Farm sign from the Florida Forestry Association (FFA). Nestlé Waters will be recognized for its good stewardship to the environment through the recent Tree Farm certification of its 468 acres of land near its plant in Madison County.
Nestlé Waters has taken the initiative to implement a strategy to manage the water quality, wildlife habitats, soil conservation and biodiversity measures at its newly designated Tree Farm.
We invite you to speak with representatives from Nestlé Waters. A representative will be available for comments for members of the media before and after the presentation of the State Tree Farm sign.
Nestlé Waters takes great pride in being a steward to the environment and giving back to the community.
What: 468 Acres of Forest Receives Tree Farm Certification
When: Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Where: Nestlé Waters’ Madison Plant
690 NE Hawthorn Ave
Lee, Florida 32059
Upon arrival at the Nestlé Waters’ Madison Plant you will be escorted to the site of the Tree Farm designation located just minutes away from the plant. Please wear outdoor-appropriate footwear (e.g. sneakers).
Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has named its Madison plant the “Manufacturing Excellence, Factory of the Year” – the highest honor for a Nestlé Waters plant in North America. The plant was selected from among NWNA’s 26 plants throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, the Madison plant was also selected as the Lighthouse Facility for North America for the Nestlé Continuous Excellence (NCE) program, a Nestlé worldwide initiative.
“We have always known that our employees are second to none. They can take pride in knowing their hard work is being recognized by receiving this award and being asked to lead the way with the Nestlé Continuous Excellence initiative,” said Madison Plant Manager Rob Fisher.
Among the criteria used to determine the NWNA “Manufacturing Excellence, Factory of the Year,” are safety, quality, production performance and cost effectiveness. The Madison plant leads the company in the area of Safety, currently at 28 months without a recordable accident. Additionally, February marked 3 years since the last lost time accident.
As the Lighthouse Facility for Nestlé Continuous Excellence (NCE), the Madison plant will host Nestlé Waters’ employees from all over the United States and Canada as they learn about NCE processes in practice at the Madison bottling plant. The core principles of NCE focus on Delighting the Consumer with a superior quality product and outstanding service, Developing a Competitive Advantage in the Marketplace through being the best in the beverage industry and Excelling in Compliance.
About Nestlé Waters North America
Central to the leadership of Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is its 35-year history and single-focus on producing bottled water products. The company’s dedication to product quality, manufacturing expertise, efficient production, employee development and environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, has helped Nestlé Waters become the number one bottled water company in the U.S. Nestlé Waters sources water from approximately 50 spring sites for its six spring water brands. Our 10 full-time Natural Resource Managers, trained hydrologists, geologists and engineers monitor our spring sources and manage them for long-term sustainability. To reach success, the company follows its credo: Respect for each other, respect for the environment, and respect for the community. To learn more, visit http://www.nestlewatersnorthamerica.com/.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
At Wednesday night’s Jan. 19 meeting, the County Commission voted 5-0 to deny a request from Nestle Waters to vacate three undeveloped subdivision lots the company had purchased from River Highlands subdivision. The three lots, five acres each, are contiguous to Nestle’s well field property near the town of Lee.
Kent Koptiuch, Natural Resources Director for Nestle, said that the company wants to extend its level of protection over the property and include the three lots in its forestry management plan to protect its groundwater system.
Commission Ellis asked if anything was preventing Nestle from doing that now, with property remaining as it was, undeveloped platted lots owned by the company. Koptiuch replied that there was noting stopping them, but that the company simply wanted to make it formal, the three lots becoming one contiguous lot instead of three separate ones, returning to acreage as if the lots had never existed. Ellis raised the concern about setting a precedent; other businesses have sometimes taken advantage of a zooming change that pulled platted lots out and reverted them back to an agricultural zoning.
“We’re in it for the long run,” said Koptiuch. “We don’t have an ulterior motive (except) protecting our investment. This is one more tool in our tool box to better protect that land.”
Jimmy Anderson, a resident of River Highlands subdivision, who lives next to one of the lots, protested the zoning change. Nestle attorney Austin Peele pointed out that the company had met all requirements for the request and had shown good faith in resource management so far.
However, because Nestle could continue its current plans without the change they had requested, the Commissioners voted 5-0 to deny the request.
Another item generating much discussion was the signing of the Community Covenant pledging support for military families in the Madison area. Rae Pike spoke for several minutes assuring the Commission that the covenant was nothing more than a statement of affirmation for active military personnel and their families, that the county was not going to be made financially liable for anything by signing, and that contrary to previous information the Commission had received, no “plan of action” was required before they signed the document at the signing ceremony, Saturday Feb. 5.
“This is a coalition, not a contract,” she said. “It is a promise of support.”
This public show of support, she said, is what motivates other people, other groups, to formulate the plans of action and the initiatives to provide help where it is needed. The Pentagon and Department of Defense has been actively encouraging small communitie across the country to sign these covenants, and if Madison signs, it would be the first community in the entire state of Florida to do so.
Since the Commission has on more meeting scheduled before the Feb. 5 ceremony, they agreed to put the covenant signing on the agenda for a vote at the next meeting, when they would have the new information documented for the county’