News New Case Study: S.E. Shires Company

Read about S.E. Shires' reductions in toxic chemical use in the trombone and trumpet making process.
  • Office of Technical Assistance and Technology

This Massachusetts maker of fine brass instruments has worked with OTA to successfully reduce the use of toxics. Trichloroethylene (TCE), previously used to remove buffing compound and pitch residues, has been replaced with aqueous and semi-aqueous cleaners.

This change eliminated the use of TCE in the process (approximately 3,600 pounds annually). Methylene chloride used in refinishing has been replaced with an aromatic alcohol; eliminating the use of methylene chloride at the facility (about 300 pounds annually).

S.E. Shires Toxics Use Reduction Case Study

Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) 

The Office of Technical Assistance and Technology works to support the growth of environmentally responsible manufacturing and production in the Commonwealth by encouraging businesses to better comply with environmental regulations, implement cost effective toxics use reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, and other sustainable practices.