Anoosheh Oskouian

Anoosheh Oskouian is president and chief executive officer of Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc., a Southern California-based company that makes pollution reducing equipment for industrial companies. On a recent episode of MPT’s podcast, The Efficiency Point, she discussed how her company works to provide reliable, innovative, and efficient technologies that help clients collect, reduce, and even eliminate pollution emissions. An excerpt of that conversation appears below.

MPT: In addition to the everyday costs of doing business, U.S. manufacturers in myriad fields must conform with pollution abatement goals and environmental regulations. How has Ship & Shore Environmental helped these companies achieve their goals?

Anoosheh Oskouian: One of the ways we try to address the pollution control for the majority of industries is try to find ways to bring back an ROI on the investment. Just because there are a lot of rules and regulations that are going on naturally all across United States, which is one of the countries that looks into this very seriously and by way of collecting and capturing any potential emission.

Then maybe coming off of a facility, and taking it through our system, we try to see if we can bring back any sources of heat that they’re able to use or any means of steam that they may be able to use, so we can try to find ways for it to have some sort of a payback.

But more than that, we try to focus on coming up with a solution that is not so exorbitant to the running costs of any operation—because this system basically handles all the pollution and not necessarily adds anything to the production.

MPT: The recent pandemic has affected both private and business life in incalculable ways. What are some of the effects you’ve seen in addressing polluting elements that most people may be unaware of?

Anoosheh Oskouian: One of the goals that we had as soon as the pandemic came about—and we had the unfortunate environment in which a lot of companies had to shut down—but a lot of the companies, on the other hand, had to go into an overdrive mode to be able to deliver. For example, a lot of the chemical companies as a result of having to produce a lot of the solvents that were being used for the medical industry, and a lot of the plastic companies had to produce a lot more than they normally would and went to the pipes in order to be able to generate more products than were being used.

Therefore, as a result we saw a slowdown on one side and an extreme expansion on another side. The pandemic, if we could ever see a silver lining to such a tragedy, helped a lot of companies to grow their businesses and expand tremendously in order to be able to respond to the demand of people in need. 

As a result, we had to make sure that we were constantly following the rules and regulations, but had to keep our manufacturing operations open because there was a lot of work to be done and we cannot manufacture unless we were to do it in person.

So we went through the challenges, but as a whole I think a lot of the companies have survived this time and are now stronger than ever and are producing much more than they ever did before.  

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