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Hunter Industries, Inc.

When it comes to sustainability, Hunter is definitely in control.

Hunter Industries is a global manufacturer and provider of products and services for the residential and commercial landscape irrigation, agricultural irrigation, and outdoor lighting industries, as well as a provider of custom manufacturing and dispensing technology services. Founded in 1981, the privately held company offers thousands of products that provide resource-efficient solutions for the industries that they serve. Headquartered in San Marcos, Calif., Hunter Industries holds more than 220 product patents and 80 trademarks.

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Hunter Industries’ plastic regrind process enables injection molding waste to be combined with virgin material to make new products, keeping it out of landfills.

One of Hunter Industries’ core values is social responsibility, a philosophy that carries over to its manufacturing process. According to Hunter Industries Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Bryce Carnehl, the company has been tackling waste-reduction challenges for years with a “double-pronged mitigation and minimization approach” as it moves toward a goal of becoming a zero net waste facility.

The company is largely a plastic injection molding manufacturer. Waste is generated during the manufacturing process in the form of “cold runners,” or extra pieces of plastic resulting from channels in a mold. “In the past two years, we have invested in our regrind process, during which we collect cold runner material, clean and grind it on site, mix it with virgin material, and then use it to build new products,” Carnehl says.

Hunter has also implemented a manufacturing process called “zero cell,” that involves collecting waste from one molding machine and automatically feeding it to an adjacent machine to mold parts from the waste material. The company also continues to invest in “hot runner” molds that do not generate cold runner waste.

The philosophy also goes out to other manufacturers. In 2018, Hunter Industries introduced the Ann Hunter-Welborn Circle of Excellence Award to commend recipients by highlighting their sustainable actions. “Our overall goal of creating a resilient and sustainable industry can only be accomplished by creating partnerships where we can share ideas, challenge actions and encourage others to follow,” Carnehl says. “We hope this annual award inspires others in our industry to also make decisions today that positively affect tomorrow.” 

They’re an Eco-Leader because...

  • Since 2012, Hunter Industries has published its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report to share the company’s journey toward sustainability with its stakeholders. The report provides a “transparent and honest summation of our goals and stories around finding a balance between People, Planet and Profit, including our successes and challenges.” 
  • The company continues research and development efforts centered on innovative solutions that maximize water and energy savings, such as its Low-Energy Precision Application (LEPA) bubblers, or its Wi-Fi enabled Hydrawise sprinkler controllers.
  • Hunter’s wide range of technological expertise allows it to have significant impact on companies in numerous industries, including golf course irrigation, custom manufacturing, landscape and architectural lighting, agricultural, horticultural, industrial, and wastewater irrigation, and sustainable washroom dispensing systems.