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Manufacturer rates as 'Best for the World'

August 6, 2018
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Cascade Engineering
Cascade Engineering was one of the West Michigan companies named in B Lab's "Best for the World: Overall" category. Courtesy Cascade Engineering

A local manufacturer that specializes in large injection-molded plastic parts has been named one of the Benefit Corporations that's "Best for the World."

The nonprofit B Lab — which certifies companies with positive environmental and social impacts as Benefit Corporations, or B Corps — released its 2018 “Best for the World” list this spring.

Cascade Township-based Cascade Engineering is one of 226 “Best for the World Overall” honorees.

“Our goal has always been to be good for our associates, good for our community, good for our customers and good for our stakeholders — socially, environmentally and financially,” said Fred Keller, founder, Cascade Engineering.


The “Best for the World” designation is based on a comprehensive assessment administered by B Lab, called the B Impact Assessment.

More than 2,400 B Corps worldwide were evaluated.

The assessment measures a company’s positive impact on community, environment, workers, governance and customers.

Companies featured on the “Best for the World” list scored in the top 10 percent of all B Corps in one or more of the impact areas.

Honorees that earned the “Best for the World Overall” designation scored in the top 10 percent across all impact areas.

A complete list of honorees is online.

Cascade Engineering

Cascade Engineering was founded in 1973.

Its nine business units support a range of markets, including transportation, environmental services, office seating, material handling, polymer compounding and RFID asset management.

The company employs 1,800 people at 15 facilities throughout North America and its operations in Budapest, Hungary.

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