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Welch Allyn honored for environmental stewardship

Company achieves LEED Gold certification for $35M headquarters expansion

Rick Fedrizzi, right, president, CEO and founding chairman of the USGBC, presents members of the Welch Allyn team with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification plaque, which now hangs on a designated wall inside the building. From left are fourth-generation owner Eric Allyn, president and CEO Julie Shimer and Welch Allyn Director of Operations Scott Spanfelner.

Rick Fedrizzi, right, president, CEO and founding chairman of the USGBC, presents members of the Welch Allyn team with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification plaque, which now hangs on a designated wall inside the building. From left are fourth-generation owner Eric Allyn, president and CEO Julie Shimer and Welch Allyn Director of Operations Scott Spanfelner. Miranda L. Pennock

— “I am so pleased to be standing in this atrium,” she said. “Four years ago we would have been standing outside and underground.”

Though she plans to retire at the end of 2012, Shimer exhibited pride in not only the company, but also its strong history and commitment to the environment.

“Welch Allyn is extremely proud to be the highest scoring LEED Gold certified manufacturer in New York state,” she said. “This achievement demonstrates our commitment to the environment and sustainability.”

The company has reduced its carbon footprint, implemented energy- and water-efficient systems and created a space that is healthy and safe for its employees, Shimer added.

“We will continue on this journey not only with our infrastructure, but also as we develop products and solutions for the global healthcare community,” she said.

The LEED plaque presented to Welch Allyn has been installed on a wall dedicated to the company’s commitment to the environment and the recent project.

Miranda L. Pennock is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. She can be reached through the editor at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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