Beckman Coulter wins prestigious American Chamber environment award

Beckman Coulter wins prestigious American Chamber environment award

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The American Chamber of Commerce has awarded its annual Créafóg Award for excellence in environmental awareness in the Mid-West region to Beckman Coulter, in recognition of the company’s stewardship of its 85 hectare site in east Clare. 

American Chamber of Commerce Ireland President Mark Gantly and Minister of Sate Patrick O’Donovan presented Beckman Coulter with the Chamber’s Créafóg award for the Mid-West region at the American Chamber’s Mid-West Dinner in Adare Manor last Thursday night (October 10).

Beckman Coulter, part of the Danaher Corporation headquartered in California, is a diagnostics company whose products are used in biomedical testing and are found in hospitals, laboratories and GP surgeries worldwide. It employs 11,000 people worldwide including 390 people in Co Clare.

The Chamber’s Créafóg award is awarded to an American Chamber member company that has demonstrated exemplary commitment and real excellence in terms of sustainability & environmental awareness. Beckman Coulter Site Director Orlaith Lawler received the award on behalf of the company.

Commenting, Beckman Coulter Site Director Orlaith Lawler said: “Beckman Coulter’s Irish site is situated on 85 hectares of farm land of which our operations take up just one hectare. As a result, the company is very conscious of its environmental impact both globally and locally. We are working towards becoming carbon-neutral and have a four-pronged approach to achieving this aim. The focus areas are: water optimisation, renewable energy, CO2 emissions reduction, and environmental practices.

“We are delighted on behalf of all our hard-working staff to receive this award which is an acknowledgement of their environmental efforts and the journey that all of us are on to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Staff at the Tulla site are engaged in R&D, manufacturing and product support activities. Many of the roles based out of Clare have European responsibilities. Beckman Coulter is the largest employer in the East Clare region and is one of a cluster of Med. Tech / Medical devices facilities in the Mid-West.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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