Environmental Program

The Bailey Company Is 100% Committed to Sustainability

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Sustainability Statement
The Bailey Company is strongly committed to environmental sustainability. While we strive to reduce our environmental impact by investing in renewable energy and efficient technologies, corporate and employee behavior is an equally important pillar of this commitment.

Employee Sustainability Agreement

Employees must:

Reduce energy and fuel consumption whenever possible. Lights, computers, vehicles etc. should be turned off after work and when not in use.
Participate in branch recycling and waste reduction efforts.
Consider the environmental impact of company purchasing decisions.

Employees are encouraged to:

Identify and communicate to management additional ways to reduce the environmental impact of company operations.

Solar Powered

The Bailey Company has gone solar at six of our biggest facilities: Nashville, Tullahoma, CookevillePiney Flats, Knoxville, and Chattanooga (click on the cities to see live solar stats – pretty cool, right?).  Here’s what the stats look like on an average spring day:

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Have you considered converting your fleet from IC to AC?

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Why go electric?

  • On average, overall lifecycle operating costs for electric forklifts are one quarter of the cost compared to internal combusion (IC) lift trucks.
  • AC electric pneumatic lift trucks offer flexibility for both indoor and outdoor applications.
  • Zero exhaust emissions provide a clean environment for your application.
  • Electric lift trucks provide reduced fuel expense and lower forklift maintenance costs.
  • Electric forklifts help to reduce the impact on the environment by not consuming fossil fuels or emitting greenhouse gases (GHG).
  • AC lift trucks offer energy reclamation during braking.
  • Your operators will experience lower noise, less vibration and no harmful exhaust emissions with electrics as compared to working with IC forklifts.

What else are we doing?

The Bailey Company is strongly committed to operating as sustainably as possible. We are currently in the process of developing a formal environmental initiative with the goal of setting concrete goals, measuring progress, and ultimately lowering our carbon imprint.

Already, we have enacted some measures to reclaim, reduce, and reuse:

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  • All of our facilities are heated using the waste oil generated by our equipment, as well as oil collected from our customers’ fleets.
  • We have drastically reduced the printing of documents by storing and viewing them electronically, condensing our invoices, etc., encouraging the use of paperless forms of communication and record-keeping.
  • We have a formal recycling program in place for paper, cans, bottles, batteries, and most types of tires.
  • Our primary lift truck products planned maintenance intervals is now 500 hours, which minimizes the waste of fluid and the need to replace parts.
  • We provide customers with the option of reusing parts, rebuild parts, etc, and have a branch specifically dedicated to refurbishing trucks and recycling parts from trucks that have reached the ends of their economic lives.

As a result of these policies, we can already point to some major accomplishments:

  • We estimate we have saved over 10,000 cases of computer paper, and 93% of overall paper consumption.
  • Three of our facilities are powered by solar panels.  Our Sustainability Director, Ryan Bailey, is already looking ahead to expanding solar power to our remaining branches.
  • Our goal of fuel use reduction by 15% over the last 4 years has largely been met by replacing 85% of our worst offending vehicles and instituting a 60mph limit on company vans and trucks.
  • Many of our vehicles are tracked by GPS in order to monitor fuel usage. Our goal of reusing 100% of reclaimed motor oil has also been met over the past 3 years.