Cardone Industries hosts ribbon-cutting event after completion of renovations

Cardone In­dus­tries, at 5501 Whi­taker Ave., held a rib­bon-cut­ting ce­re­mony on Ju­ly 18 to mark com­ple­tion of storm­wa­ter man­age­ment renov­a­tions.

The renov­a­tions were made with a $3.4 mil­lion Storm­wa­ter Man­age­ment In­cent­ives Pro­gram grant from the Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment and the Phil­adelphia In­dus­tri­al De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion.

Launched in Janu­ary 2012, the SMIP grant pro­gram is de­signed to be a cata­lyst for trans­form­ing large, com­mer­cial im­per­vi­ous prop­er­ties that gen­er­ate high volumes of storm­wa­ter run­off and bur­den the city’s sew­er sys­tem and wa­ter­ways, in­to prop­er­ties that build and main­tain green storm­wa­ter man­age­ment prac­tices.

The Cardone renov­a­tions in­cluded a 530-foot ve­get­ated swale; a 10,000-square-foot above-ground de­ten­tion basin; a 15,000-square-foot un­der­ground de­ten­tion basin; a 40,000-square-foot un­der­ground de­ten­tion basin; and a 45,000-square-foot above-ground basin.

The im­prove­ments will res­ult in 50 greened acres on Cardone’s prop­erty. A greened acre is equi­val­ent to one inch of man­aged storm­wa­ter from one acre of im­per­vi­ous drain­age area.

The renov­a­tions will pro­tect the wa­ter qual­ity of the Ta­cony Creek and re­duce Cardone’s storm­wa­ter fees.

“Today is a day to high­light the fact that gov­ern­ment and the private sec­tor can work to­geth­er to be­ne­fit our cit­izens, our city and our eco­nomy,” said Cardone CEO Kev­in Cramton. “Thanks to the Wa­ter De­part­ment’s help in se­cur­ing the grant fund­ing for this pro­ject, Cardone In­dus­tries was able to meet fed­er­al storm­wa­ter reg­u­la­tions at this fa­cil­ity. That greatly re­duces pol­lu­tion of our rivers and streams, which is good for all of us in Phil­adelphia, and it does so without skyrock­et­ing costs that could have dir­ectly im­pacted Cardone’s abil­ity to com­pete in Phil­adelphia.”

Cardone, foun­ded in 1970, is a sup­pli­er of auto­mot­ive re­place­ment parts, with 6,000 em­ploy­ees across the United States, Canada and Mex­ico. Its Whi­taker Av­en­ue headquar­ters con­sists of 60 acres.

Cardone was re­cently honored by the Tookany/Ta­cony-Frank­ford Wa­ter­shed Part­ner­ship with its Wa­ter­shed Cor­por­ate Stew­ard award.

Among those at­tend­ing the rib­bon-cut­ting ce­re­mony were City Coun­cil­wo­man Mari­an Tasco, Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on and Howard Neuk­rug, com­mis­sion­er of the wa­ter de­part­ment. ••

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