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CARDONE Industries Celebrates Completion of New Stormwater Mitigation System

Philadelphia, PA (July 18, 2014) - Company joined by City officials in ribbon-cutting ceremony for award-winning conservation project at its Northeast headquarters

7/18/2014 12:00 PM

 

CARDONE Industries, one of the city’s largest manufacturers, today joined with City officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour for a new state-of-the-art stormwater management system at its 50-acre headquarters in Northeast Philadelphia.  CARDONE leadership was joined by City Council members Marian Tasco and Bobby Henon, representatives from the Philadelphia Water and Commerce departments, as well as local business and community leaders for the ceremony to celebrate the award-winning project, which is being touted as the largest stormwater management project ever undertaken in Philadelphia.

“This is not only a good day for CARDONE Industries, but an even better day for the Tookany-Tacony Watershed in which our facility resides,” said Kevin Cramton, CEO of CARDONE Industries.  “Our commitment to our employees does not end with the physical health of individuals, but extends well beyond to ensure our surrounding environment does not feel the impact of our work. We would like to thank the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Water Department and all those who made this project possible.”

The stormwater project is the culmination of a partnership between the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Water Department, and CARDONE to solve the stormwater runoff issues at the site.  Thanks to a $3.4 million grant from Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP), the Company was able to complete construction of a mitigation system on site that has dramatically reduced the environmental impact on area watersheds. The system has already won accolades from local environmental groups, as CARDONE was recently honored by the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership with its 2014 “Watershed Corporate Steward” award in recognition of the stormwater management project.

Prior to construction, the 50-acre CARDONE facility in Northeast Philadelphia was primarily covered with impervious surfaces such as concrete, asphalt and cement buildings.  These surfaces do very little to capture stormwater during a rain storm and, in many cases, further pollute the environment by carrying trash and contaminates into functioning stormwater systems that empty into local watersheds. 

In order to address this problem, CARDONE replaced much of the existing landscape (over 2.6 million square feet) with porous materials and vegetation that allow water to pass through to the underlying soil for proper groundwater cleaning.  Additionally, 5,200 feet of pipes were installed to redirect water into one of five on-site drainage basins, providing expanded storage capacity for up to 5 million gallons of stormwater during heavy downpours.  Excess water is stored in the basins and released slowly to avoid overwhelming the surrounding infrastructure.  The new system can handle up to 1.38 inches of stormwater per storm and can store approximately 5 million gallons of excess water on site.

About CARDONE Industries

CARDONE Industries, Inc., founded in 1970, is a leading supplier of automotive replacement parts with 6,000 employees across the USA, Canada and Mexico. In its commitment to deliver the right parts at the right time to its customers, CARDONE offers a full spectrum of products and services, including more than 80 remanufactured and new product lines. CARDONE’s business is built on environmental sustainability, where millions of used parts are remanufactured and repurposed every year — to O.E. or better performance.