Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia, LLC (YTMV)

Business activities

Production of tires for passenger cars and light trucks

Total site area

243,000m2

Number of employees

745 (as of January 1, 2019)

Location

1500 Indiana Street, Salem, VA 24153

Contact for consultation and complaints

+1-800-433-9851 (Toll free number, available only in the United States)
Director, EHS. Neil Dalton
e-mail: Neil.Dalton@yokohamatire.com

Message from the President

Tetsuro Murakami

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia (YTMV) continues to build CSR foundations that can win people’s trust, aiming to proactively make a positive contribution not only to the local community, but globally as well.

To that end, following the standards prescribed in ISO 14001:2015, and in line with the CSR policy that forms a key aspect of Yokohama Rubber’s basic philosophy, YTMV are implementing ongoing improvement in order to maintain its position as an important production facility within the North American region. We are committed to ensuring the safety of all the people who work in or live near our plant as well as safeguarding their environment.

This company is focused on being a sustainable business, and we are promoting measures to reduce our energy consumption, to minimize the amount of any waste that we generate, and ensure our full compliance with all municipal, state and federal regulations.

We aim to achieve harmony between our operations and the environment, and to contribute to the building of a sustainable society. We think implementing both of these represents our goal and our responsibility.

In the future, while working to safeguard the environment and natural resources in line with Yokohama Rubber’s basic philosophy, we will also be working to put in place the sustainable foundations needed to support the growth of our business and its products.

Organizational Governance

Policies for fiscal 2018

For fiscal 2018 as well, the slogan of our action plan is “Smart Goal” which puts into practice the PDCA Cycle.
We shall continue to place an emphasis on communication and teamwork, and conduct initiatives that are aimed at achieving targets as has been the case up until now.
In 2019, we shall focus on strengthening a range of company activities, and place importance on working to minimize any impact on the environment thus both contribute to the protection of the global environment and to promote human happiness.

Human Rights

Computer based learning lessons

All employees receive education and training on the Yokohama Rubber Action Guidelines that stipulate the protection of human rights in order to prevent unethical behavior and harassment.
Computer Based Learning Lessons (CB2L’s) are used to this end.
Lessons are composed of multiple slides that consist of mini quizzes that explain the policy, and a test on the level of understanding is conducted at the end of each session.
All employees are required to pass tests with a score of 80 or higher.
YTMV maintains an “open door” policy with respect to all employees.
Internal complaint handling procedures have been established and made as easy to use as possible; where employees feel that they have been treated unfairly in the workplace, we provide opportunities for them to raise their concerns and have them resolved.
In addition, we have reached agreement with our union regarding employment contracts that are free from discrimination with respect to the issues of race, religion, skin color, gender, age, and nationality, as stipulated in both state and federal law.

Labor Practices

Equal employment opportunity

YTMV is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for people who are interested in working for the company. We implement an equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy with respect to all terms and conditions of employment.
In 2018, the Human Resources Department organized training by interview for all managers and employees regarding employment in accordance with the requirements of employment legislation.
The training addressed issues including the areas to which equal opportunity legislation applies (including race, gender, religious beliefs, age, etc.), as well as physical and mental disability, and the utilization of company provided accommodation, etc. The training was successful in strengthening employees’ understanding of such issues.
We will listen to employees’ views regarding ideas for improving employment interviews, to strengthen the relationship between the company and its employees.

Safety and health

Our Safety Management Department has clarified that protecting the health and safety of employees is its top priority again for fiscal 2018, and it conducts its activities based on that priority. That is reflected in active initiatives that include weekly risk assessments, meetings with department administrators, and many audit programs.

In addition to the types of education and training mentioned, concerning both YTMV’s business units and all the various processes in which they engage, we are always promoting improvements with respect to our equipment and facilities, all of which have been equipped with protective and safety devices. Concerning the personal protective equipment that is issued to all employees, it is always kept in a ready state so that it can be used immediately. Additionally, both its wearing and usage is actively promoted and managed. Whereby accidents occur, thorough investigations are conducted, and various forms of response are suggested and then executed, with subsequent follow-ups also undertaken.
More than anything else, it is important to us that our employees are able to return home safely after completing their work.

Emergency response

Emergency response vehicles are available 24 hours a day in order to respond to various medical emergencies that may occur in the workplace. The company has also organized a highly-skilled emergency rescue team with 24 team members, who have received training in order to be able to respond to a variety of situations including rescues from narrow spaces and heights. We conduct regular drills for responding to fires and emergencies as part of raising awareness among all employees. Below are photos of emergency response drills in 2018.

Fire hose drills

Fire drills

Various types of annual drills for emergencies

The Environment

Water-based tire repair coating materials

A water-based coating material was approved in December 2017, and it was used in production throughout 2018 on an ongoing basis. YTMV is the first production facility in the YRC Group to adopt a water-based tire repair coating material in its production activities. The project provided an ideal opportunity for the horizontal rollout of the new technology throughout the YRC Group.

YOKOHAMA Forever Forest Project

In 2017, YTMV concluded its onsite Forever Forest Project activities (those taking place within the grounds of the company). In 2019, in collaboration with the Forestry Bureau, it is planned that the company shall offer sapling donations to those local areas that require them for planting.

Environmental data

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Category FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Waste generated (t) 1,765 1,604 1,332 1,307 1,509
Proportion sent to landfill (%) 2.6 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0
Landfill waste (t) 46 23 0.0 0.0 0.0
Energy use
(oil equivalent: kl)
Electric power 20,124 19,025 16,790 16,728 16,776
Fuel 10,340 9,792 8,783 8,915 9,109
Total 30,464 28,817 25,574 25,643 25,885
Greenhouse gas emissions (1,000t-CO2) 63.7 60.3 53.5 49.1 49.5
Water usage (1,000m3) 165 143 131.7 135.8 140.5

Wastewater management

Sampling equipment purchased for voluntary sampling

The company thoroughly enforces wastewater management, and it has been in compliance with legal standards for seven consecutive years.
On the basis of that achievement, YTMV received plaudits from the Western Virginia Water Authority and secured a Platinum Award in the Virginia Water Environment Association’s Industrial Waste and Pretreatment Environmental Excellence Awards.

Biodiversity conservation activities

With the aim of improving our biodiversity activities and making a positive contribution toward the ecosystems and the environment in the vicinity of the plant, our company launched two biodiversity protection projects in 2015, and continued to implement these activities in 2018.

Bluebird conservation activities

The Virginia Bluebird Society was established in 1996. Its purpose is to provide habitat for bluebirds to raise their young and to limit the decline of the species.
The company has participated in these activities since the third quarter of 2015.

Observing birdhouses

River water quality monitoring program

Water quality survey

YTMV monitors the water quality of the Roanoke River that flows downstream from the company, and gathers data on 2-4 times a year. By working together with the state of Virginia in these activities and providing information on the soundness of local river ecosystems, it is possible to take the measures necessary for restoring waterways in Virginia.
Surveys are conducted on a quarterly basis by a monitoring team at specified areas of the Roanoke River that consist of stretches of about one mile where the company could potentially have an impact on the water quality of the Roanoke River.

Environmental measures

Environmental Excellence Platinum Award

On March 7, 2018, YTMV received a Platinum Award in the Virginia Water Environment Association’s Industrial Waste and Pretreatment Environmental Excellence Awards, for having maintained compliance with all pollution prevention, waste reduction, and operating permit requirements for seven consecutive years; YTMV was nominated for the Award by the City of Salem in Roanoke, Virginia, and by the Western Virginia Water Authority.

Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP)

The Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) is a program launched by the Commonwealth of Virginia (the Virginia state government) to encourage facilities located within Virginia to make environmental improvements that go beyond the minimum statutory requirements. In the fourth quarter of 2017, YTMV’s VEEP status was upgraded to E4 (Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise), the highest level that a business enterprise can attain under VEEP. The benefits of having E4 status include an enhanced profile within the local community, reduced handling charges for special permits, and regulatory incentives, etc.
Throughout 2018, and into 2019 as well, YMTV has been able to maintain its E4 status within the VEEP Program.

Fair Operating Practices

Chemical substance management

All materials used within the plant are in compliance with Yokohama Rubber’s list of prohibited chemical substances and in line with the Green Procurement Guidelines.
Safety data sheets (SDS) are continuously maintained for each material; and updated using the web system (Sitehawk).

Consumer Issues

Customer visits

The company has systems fully in place to welcome visits from customers at any time.

Community Involvement and Development

Community interaction and volunteering activities

Blue Ridge Kite Festival of the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce

On April 14, 2018, YTMV participated in the Blue Ridge Kite Festival organized by the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce. More than 10,000 people attended the event, which provided a marvelous opportunity for spreading awareness regarding Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia.

Regional donations

During fiscal 2018 as well, the company and its employees continued to make donations to local charities and organizations.

Apple Ridge Farm

(which supports underprivileged children)

United Way

(which supports education, households, healthcare and the environment in the Roanoke region)

American Red Cross

(support for areas affected by hurricane damage)