Green Star Partnership Quarterly Newsletter
March 2022
$35m Investment in Clarksville at Florim USA

Florim USA will invest roughly $35 million and create more than 30 new jobs at its facility in Clarksville to expand and increase all operations. The expansion will include construction of a new administration building and showroom, and the addition of technologically advanced manufacturing machinery to increase not only production capabilities, but also the range of product offerings, which will allow for a 100 percent U.S.- manufactured product. Florim USA will also invest in additional tile crusher machinery to recycle fired scrap metal back into production.

Florim USA’s Clarksville facility consists of the following highly automated operations: body preparation, glaze preparation, pressing, glazing, kiln, rectification, polishing, selection and packaging. The process is considered “closed-loop” with 100 percent of the water and 95 percent of all production waste generated throughout the operations recycled back through the system.

The American subsidiary of Florim Group, based in Italy, Florim USA is one of the largest and most technologically advanced porcelain tile facilities in North America. Florim USA is one of over 40 Italian-owned establishments in Tennessee that employ more than 4,800 Tennesseans.

Source: TNECD
TGSP Members Only
Open Discussions
Upcoming April 11, 2022 @1:00 P.M. CST
TDEC's Office of Sustainable Practices have hosted one open discussion this year. There were over fifteen TGSP members participating on the call, discussion covered difficult to manage materials and waste as well as potential solutions to problems at facilities. Members were able to share successes and vendor information to aid other members.
During this open discussion members will have the opportunity to talk to other industry members about pollution prevention strategies, recycling, resource reuse, vendors, and any other items relating to facility environment, health, sustainability, or operations. Members will receive a reoccurring quarterly calendar appointment.
Join us if you can and meet other TGSP members. You never know if a solution to an issue you are having is discussed.
If you need the calendar appointment re-sent, please reach out to us at

Last discussion yielded topics such as:
  • Request a current list of recyclers in the state to industry
  • Problem commodities fabric, pallets, painted ABS parts
  • ESG reporting discussion
  • Power agreements such as Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA)
  • Middle Point Landfill status report
  • Rule and regulations related to hazardous materials exclusion
December 2021
TGSP Program Year End Review

No-Cost ISO14001 Program Implementation

UT CIS is seeking companies interested in implementing an ISO 14001 program at their facility.

We have limited funds to develop and implement an ISO 14001 program at Tennessee facilities at no cost to the organization. This offer is provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

ISO 14001 focuses on improving environmental risk management, improving proactive environment management approaches, enhancing leadership responsibilities and competencies, and improving process approaches for good auditing outcomes.

If you are interested in implementing ISO 14001 at your facility, please contact your local Solutions Consultant today or email Lynn Reed at
Manufacture 2030 (M2030) have a unique software platform that is helping reduce environmental impacts, particularly across the North American automotive supply chain. They are delighted to be presenting a webinar with the Office of Sustainable Practices later this year, to share a more detailed update about the platform and the work they are leading. M2030 hope you will be able to attend, but in the meantime, here’s some additional information on their approach.

The global context:
With extreme weather events across the planet becoming more frequent, the impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly visible. Companies play an important role in addressing this global issue and face mounting pressure not only to set environmental targets, but to meet them. M2030 gives them certainty that they will achieve this.

The importance of supply chains:
Manufacture 2030 began with a simple mission: to accelerate carbon reduction at scale across global manufacturing supply chains. Their unique software platform and support service makes it easy for businesses to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions in line with the latest climate science.

Thousands of supplier sites from over 50 countries now use the M2030 platform, benefiting from access to hundreds of best practice projects and expert advice through exclusive webinars and Q&As with partners such as the US EPA.

The supplier feedback:
Patrick Clifton, Kaizen Coordinator, at Hayashi Telempu North America spoke about his experiences of working with Manufacture 2030:

“I would first like to say that working with Manufacture 2030 has been an honor. The M2030 team have been an excellent… great people to work with, and I hope I get the opportunity to continue to find more projects, to be able to work with such an amazing organization. Thank you to each of you for all your support and commitment.”

If you would like more information, visit M2030’s website or send your questions to
CISA Releases New Resources for Securing
Hazardous Chemical Supplies
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently announced the launch of a new voluntary chemical security initiative, known as ChemLock. This new security program offers facilities that possess dangerous chemicals no-cost services and tools to help them better understand the risks they face and improve their chemical security posture in a cost-effective manner. 

More than 96% of all manufactured goods depend on chemicals in some way, and these chemicals that are used, manufactured, stored, and transported across global supply chains are the bedrock of industries that touch nearly every aspect of American life—from microchips to food processing. Many of these chemicals that businesses interact with every day are dangerous chemicals that could be used in a terrorist attack.

Whether a small business or an international company, everyone who interacts with these chemicals has a role to play in understanding the risk and taking collective action to prevent chemicals being weaponized by terrorists. CISA’s ChemLock program is a completely voluntary program that provides facilities that possess dangerous chemicals no-cost services and tools to help them better understand the risks they face and improve their chemical security posture in a way that works for their business model.

To request any of CISA ChemLock’s no-cost services and tools, please fill out the ChemLock Services Request Form.
Being Effectively Resilient in Industry
By Ben Bolton, Senior Energy Programs Administrator

With the trilogy of pandemic years that started in 2020, industries have faced challenges while the world dumped new buzzwords on us: unprecedented, new normal, uncharted, murder hornets. Now in 2022, many industries are now rebounding and the economic engine is again racing down the tracks. During the throes of the pandemic, the more resilient industries searched up and downstream for risks and opportunities in their supply chains as we watched interruptions in production of basic household commodities and industrial components. Knowing the interdependencies of your site will help prepare you for tomorrow’s emergency. Larger manufacturers will often do environmental audits of their suppliers, but now we need to audit supply chains. A single point of failure with a single supplier can quickly shut down an entire production line.
Now is the time to explore alternative fuel vehicles, backup generators, and microgrid projects to make your own facility more energy independent. Current geopolitics is spiking all energy prices to record highs. Being able to fuel site vehicles with alternative fuels like propane, compressed natural gas, or electricity can help your site absorb energy supply and price volatilities. One quick trick for enhancing facility resilience is to install transfer switches in your power supply to be able to install backup generators quickly, if needed. Tennessee enjoys a 99.9999% reliability with our power supply, but increases in extreme weather events has increased short term power outages in some communities.
Do your research. How close is your facility to a flood plain? FEMA recently revised many of the flood plain maps in the Nashville area. You can check FEMA’s website directly at, but inside Davidson County, visit this new updated map Would your site benefit from its own weather station to measure local conditions? Have you identified safe rooms for all employees in the event of a sudden tornado?
Offer to meet with your county emergency management director to discuss your facility, its hazards, and how both can provide help and equipment when a disaster impacts your communities. Invite them to any drills or emergency training exercise you hold and offer to attend any they may conduct. Could your huge parking lot become a staging area for donations, debris, or outside equipment in the event of a disaster in your community? Could you provide a place for your employee’s family members to come charge their electronic devices if you still have power? Talking through these questions and scenarios now means you will increase your site’s ability to withstand its next emergency.
The relationships we build today forge a better response tomorrow.

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