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Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations Supports Sustainability

Friday, October 3, 2008

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today it has enhanced its return and recycling program for plastic reels used to ship various hose products from Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations plants to Eaton distributors in the United States and Canada. As part of a company-wide effort to support environmental sustainability, Eaton distributors can return empty hose reels to a central location where they will be evaluated for re-use or recycling, depending on their condition. Reusable reel assemblies are then returned to Eaton facilities in the United States and Canada.

“Plastic hose reels are both safer and lighter than the wooden reels they replace,” said Jason Bricker, manager, materials planning for Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations. “Many localities will not accept wooden reels for recycling. In addition, they splinter easily and the metal banding used to secure the hose on them can present a safety hazard if handled improperly.

“The plastic reels eliminate all of those issues, and reduce shipping costs while opening the door for enhanced re-use and recycling opportunities that aren’t feasible with the wooden reels. The net result is a ‘greener,’ more sustainable operation with less environmental impact at every step of the process.”

Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations has contracted with Roadway Reverse Logistics of Grove City, Ohio, to pick up pallets of used hose reels from Eaton distributors and take them to their facility for reassembly, cleaning, and inspection prior to re-use or re-cycling. Distributors are requested to disassemble and palletize 22 or 28 inch reels prior to calling for a pick up, and encouraged to re-use original packaging to further reduce environmental impact.

Distributors can obtain a detailed program instruction sheet from Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations’ Customer Connect secure eBusiness website. There is no cost to distributors for this service.

Eaton’s Hydraulics Operation is a business segment of the Eaton Fluid Power Group. The business is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high-efficiency hydraulic systems and components for use in mobile and industrial applications. Mobile and industrial markets include agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, utility, material handling, earthmoving, truck and bus, machine tools, molding, primary metals, automotive, power generation, port machinery and entertainment. Eaton’s Hydraulics Operation provides customer-driven solutions under brand names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydro-Line®, Synflex®, Vickers®, Walterscheid™, and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 81,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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