The Art of Mindful
HEN METHOD PRODUC TS DECIDED TO BUILD A BRAND
new manufacturing plant to consolidate and support its rapidly growing eco-friendly consumer cleaning products business, it chose to take
a very different approach to most companies in the industry.
Opened in 2015, the firm’s impressive South Side Soapbox plant in Chicago’s Pullman
neighbourhood became the first manufacturing facility in the global FMCG industry to
achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s top LEED-Platinum certification (Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design) for
industrial sustainability. In June this year, it
also won High Achiever status for Sustainability in the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards.
Combining innovative green building design and materials, on-site energy generation, integrated supply chain operations, a
local hiring focus, extensive community
programs, and the world’s largest industrial
rooftop greenhouse, the project spans 3. 5
acres of a 22-acre brownfield site, the rest of
which is being restored as a natural habitat
In our latest Dialogue with a global manu-
Q: What excites you about your role?
facturing industry thought-leader, Garry
Embleton, Vice President of Operations and
Supply Chain at Method Products, part of
the global People Against Dirty group, talks
to Executive Editor Paul Tate about the
growing power of planet-friendly business
models, the company’s approach to mindful
manufacturing, and the urgent need for man-
ufacturers to focus on more sustainable and
agile production strategies to deliver market
success in a fast-changing, increasingly con-
A: The way we innovate, and the evolution
of the brand, are the things that really excite
me. We’re constantly changing our products, changing our mix, looking at different
categories, market opportunities, and technologies, so that forces a constant evolution
of our supply chain and manufacturing capabilities.
Under the direction of VP Garry Embleton,
Method Products' LEED Platinum-certified
manufacturing plant is setting new
standards for planet-friendly production.