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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2019 / Vol 42 No2


76 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK SWD Inc’s founder Richard P. Delawder was recently honored with the IFI Soaring Eagle Service Award at a ceremony March 12, 2019. “The IFI Soaring Eagle Service Award recognizes individuals who have contributed outstanding time and effort in the leadership of the Industrial Fasteners Institute and/or significant contributions to the health and well-being of the entire industrial fastener industry.” While leading and growing his company SWD Inc, Dick Delawder has promoted the importance of being active in your community and industry. As such he was on the board of the Addison Chamber of Commerce and Industry for over 10 years and is a past president. He has also served on the board and as president of the Chicago Metal Finishers Institute. He has worked closely with local, state and federal officials to ensure that his company was operating at the highest levels possible and to ensure that people within the industry were aware of new regulations and how they may impact the environment as well as his customers. SWD has been a leader in environmental management and was the first metal finisher in the United States to receive ISO 14001 certification. In December of 1998 SWD Inc also became a charter member of the IEPA ISO 14001/EMS. In addition to ISO 14001 certification, SWD Inc. is the only job shop metal finisher in the Midwest with a USEPA 33/50 plan continued on page 77

THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK 77 accreditation as well as recipient of the National Performance Review “Hammer Award” for environmental excellence from Vice President Al Gore. In 1999 SWD received the Illinois State Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award for continuing efforts toward eliminating waste and by-products as well as instituting a company wide recycling program. The company is a charter member of the Metal Finishing Sector of the Common Sense Initiative Strategic Goals Program and the Multi-State Work Group, which are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency programs designed to reduce energy, waste and water consumption. SWD Inc. is also a charter member of the USEPA National Environmental Achievement Track, and was the only metal finishing company in the US to be awarded a Gold level in the Strategic Goals Program. SWD Inc. has been on the cutting edge of pollution prevention since it was founded and has continued to strive for the best possible solutions to protect our environment. In 2001 SWD Inc. was awarded Industrial Plant of the Year by the Illinois Association of Pollution Control Operators. Dick has shared his stewardship and the importance of community involvement with his sons each of which take active roles in local, state and national industry trade associations. For more information, contact SWD Inc. by Tel: 630-543-3003, Fax: 847-885-9005, Email: or visit them online at


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