Press Releases

Environmental Performance Surpasses 2016 Goals Across Energy, Gas, Water, and Waste to Landfill

Bensenville, Ill.: creative werks,llc, an industry leader in design, manufacturing, and co-packing, today announced the release of its 2016 inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.  The report highlights creative werks’ achievements in social and sustainable business practices, reduction targets for 2017, and its commitment to serve the communities in which it operates.  Despite producing 15 million more consumer units than 2015, creative werks reduced emissions across water, energy, gas – and most notably – waste to landfill, a key focus in 2016.  The 2016 CSR Report entitled, Making Progress, Making Impact includes:

  • Recommitment to Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Leader program: In 2016, creative werks ran 9,088,780 kWh on wind power
  • Water reduction of 10.5% year over year: consuming 200,000 + gallons of water less than 2015
  • Waste-to-landfill, one the of biggest contributors to greenhouse gases (GHG), was reduced by over 15% in 2016 and over 4,000 tons of material was
    2017 goals infographic for PR diverted through recycling practices
  • Community involvement and giving increased with creative werks’ Werk Your Heart Out campaign: the company attended 10 events in 2016 with record attendance

In 2017, creative werks has recommitted to reducing its carbon footprint by setting more ambitious targets to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption by 100,000 kWh; reduce waste-to-landfill by 20%; and water by another 10%.  “As creative werks’ footprint expands, we will remain steadfast in our commitment to enhance our environmental program and strengthen the communities where we operate,” remarks Colleen Coyle Sr. Manager of Marketing and CSR.  “We remain committed to the mission of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and will be transparent as we make strides toward a cleaner, more sustainable future for our global supply chain and  our local Chicago community.”

One of creative werks’ challenges remains in developing and creating more sustainable packaging. Starting in 2017, every material will be identified and monitored for recyclability.  Additionally, the design and procurement teams are encouraged to explore alternative, more sustainable materials to use in the design, development, and fulfillment process.

Community outreach and making a positive social impact will continue to be a focus for the company. In 2016, creative werks launched a workforce engagement survey to understand and improve the lives of its workforce. Moreover, philanthropy and charitable giving – specifically focused on education, community health, and helping those affected by poverty – will challenge creative werks to be at the forefront of social change.  Sarah Bajek, Vice President, Human Resources explains, “Reaching outside the walls of cw and giving back in various ways, no matter how small, makes a difference.”

About creative werks, llc:

creative werks’ mission is to be the ultimate packaging partner, to deliver the highest quality products that exceed its clients’ expectations and win the hearts of consumers.  The creative werks team brings over 60 years of entrepreneurial energy to its state-of-the-art manufacturing, co-packing and design facility. It maintains SQF Level III food-grade facilities to provide both labor-intensive and automated fulfillment for Fortune 100 food brands.   In addition, creative werks is an EPA Green Power Leader and runs nearly one million square feet of space on wind energy.

 

 

 

creative werks partners with After School Matters to help Chicago teens stay in school and achieve success

Chicago, Ill. – creative werks celebrated After School Matters’ 25th anniversary this fall, which provides Chicago teens with high-quality, constructive after school programs.  After School Matters (ASM) program offerings range from workplace internships to music to poetry to computer coding.   On average 30,000 students apply to the competitive program, of which only 15,000 are accepted.

As a company which believes in the importance of education, workforce development, and investing in its communities, creative werks is a proud supporter and sponsor of ASM.  Since its involvement with ASM, creative werks has participated in resume writing workshops, culinary art programs, poetry slams, urban gardening and other programs.  “In partnering with After School Matters, creative werks is able to create a dialogue with Chicago teens about jobs in design and manufacturing and how to start laying the groundwork to explore opportunities in the field,” explains creative werks’ Colleen Coyle, Senior Manager of Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility.  “At creative werks, we value hard workers, problem solvers and self-starters.  Manufacturing is an exciting, high-paced environment and it’s great to see young minds learn about the opportunities in this field.”

ASM reports that nearly 90% of Chicago youth live in or below the national poverty line.  Providing jobs and fruitful opportunities to rise above the poverty line is critical for urban development and job growth.  “Investing in After School Matters is investing in Chicago’s future.  As an employer loyal to Chicago communities it makes good business sense to partner with a program that’s focused on the future of its youth,” remarks founder and President Steve Schroeder.  “It is my hope that creative werks will employ many ASM graduates in the future and that we can show ASM teens what it’s like to work at a factory and make great products from the Chicagoland area.”

creative werks and ASM teens at an urban gardening event at Roosevelt Square Urban Farm.

creative werks and ASM teens at an urban gardening event at Roosevelt Square Urban Farm.

Volunteers from creative werks attended the 25th Annual ASM Gala on Navy Pier in September.  The benefit raised funds to help grow and expand the ASM program for more Chicago teens.   ASM reports that Chicago teens who participate in its programs have higher attendance rate, higher graduation rate and are more likely to find employment.

About creative werks, llc

creative werks’ mission is to be the ultimate packaging partner, to deliver the highest quality products that exceed its clients’ expectations and win the hearts of consumers.  The creative werks team brings over 60 years of entrepreneurial energy to its state-of-the-art manufacturing, co-packing and design facility. It maintains SQF Level 3 food-grade facilities to provide both labor-intensive and automated fulfillment for Fortune 100 food brands.   In addition, creative werks is an EPA Green Power Leader and runs nearly one million square feet of space on wind energy.

creative werks, llc Commits to Go for Zero: Eliminating Waste from Facilities and Processes

Bensenville, Ill. – As part of creative werks’ commitment to continuous improvement and reducing its carbon footprint, the company is excited to announce its zero waste initiative.  In a company-wide effort, the initiative will engage cross-functional teams to examine waste streams and seek alternative methods to avoid landfill.  zerolandfill

In order to achieve zero waste, creative werks will focus on plant operations, training and education, constant monitoring, and measuring of results.  Each production line will have Green Leaders who are trained on waste stream management and sorting from each line.  Additionally, each line will be monitored every hour to ensure compliance and procedures are followed.

“Our goal to achieve zero waste is grounded in our continuous improvement mentality,” remarks founder and President, Steve Schroeder.  “Our company is committed to operating with a lean mindset and removing waste from our processes and facilities.  Sustainability and environmental soundness is embedded in our culture and critical for our future success.”

All three facilities, which span nearly one million square feet of space collectively, will enforce the waste management program.  By year end 2016, every creative werks associate will undergo recycling training.  In addition to its zero waste initiative, creative werks also runs on 100% wind power and is an EPA Green Power Leader.

 

Spotlight on Myron Friedman

He may call himself Grandpa, but Myron Friedman is one of the more youthful spirits we have at creative werks! Myron, accounting guru and invoice warden, came to creative werks nine years ago, after exploring many interesting lines of work. Growing up in Rogers Park and completing all schooling in Chicago, staying in Chicagoland was […]

Spotlight on Chris Santimauro

If ever there was a living definition of the term “jack-of-all-trades,” Chris Santimauro would fit the bill. The Illinois native graduated from U of I’s Industrial Engineering program in 2013 and found his way to creative werks. As an Operations Management Trainee, Chris has worked in a whopping 5 departments! His versatile nature isn’t just […]

Spotlight on Liz Girten

Beautiful, smart, patient, and brave: Liz Girten, creative werks’ HR Manager, uses these words to describe her superhero Esther. While these words likely describe her superhero well, they could not be more emblematic of Liz, too. A fluent Spanish speaker, Liz studied in Ecuador while attending the University of Illinois. Upon graduating, she worked for […]

Spotlight on Juan Aguinaga

on JUAN AGUINAGA Juan Aguinaga, creative werks’ Production Supervisor, joined the team in June  2013 at the opening of Brummel operations. Juan and his wife moved from Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood to the suburbs to raise their children, four daughters and a son. With the kids all grown, they now enjoy being grandparents to five (four granddaughters and one […]

creative werks, llc Commits to Go for Zero: Eliminating Waste from Facilities and Processes

Bensenville, Ill. – As part of creative werks’ commitment to continuous improvement and reducing its carbon footprint, the company is excited to announce its zero waste initiative.  In a company-wide effort, the initiative will engage cross-functional teams to examine waste streams and seek alternative methods to avoid landfill.   In order to achieve zero waste, creative […]