Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies
15. Commitments and Contingencies
Environmental Considerations
We are subject to a variety of environmental laws and regulations governing discharges to air and water, the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous or solid waste materials and the remediation of contamination associated with releases of hazardous substances. Although we believe we are in material compliance with all of the various regulations applicable to our business, there can be no assurance that requirements will not change in the future or that we will not incur significant costs to comply with such requirements. We employ responsible personnel at each facility, along with various environmental engineering consultants from time to time to assist with ongoing management of environmental, health and safety requirements. We expense environmental costs related to existing conditions resulting from past or current operations and from which no current or future benefit is discernible. Expenditures that extend the life of the related property are capitalized. We determine our liability on a location by location basis and record a liability at the time it is deemed probable and can be reasonably estimated. We are currently not aware of any environmental matters which may have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations, or liquidity.
On November 19, 2007 (the date of inception of GBC), we acquired the assets and operations relating to the worldwide metals business of Olin Corporation. Olin Corporation agreed to retain liability arising out of the existing conditions on certain of our properties for any remedial actions required by environmental laws, and agreed to indemnify the Company for all or part of a number of other environmental liabilities. Since 2007, Olin Corporation has been performing remedial actions at the facilities in East Alton, Illinois and Waterbury, Connecticut related to environmental conditions at such facilities, and has been participating in remedial actions at certain other properties as well. If Olin Corporation were to stop its environmental remedial activities at our properties, we could be required to assume responsibility for these activities, the cost of which could be material.
Although we are not currently subject to any material claims with respect to clean-up or remediation under CERCLA or similar laws for contamination at our leased or owned properties or at any off-site location, it is possible that we may be in the future. For example, in January 2018, Olin Brass experienced a leak of mineral oil at its Waterbury, Connecticut facility. Our personnel, the Waterbury fire department, the U.S. EPA, the Connecticut DEEP, and remediation contractors responded immediately. We incurred approximately $0.7 million of expenses in 2018 associated with this incident. Although we reached a final settlement with the U.S. EPA which resulted in a $6,000 fine, we remain in discussions with the Connecticut DEEP regarding ongoing remediation activity. We do not believe this incident will materially affect our long-term financial stability or cash flow.
Insurance Recoveries
In May 2016, Olin Brass’ East Alton facility temporarily reduced production due to an equipment failure impacting an intermediate segment of the production process. The disruption resulted in a temporary reduction in customer shipments and in Olin Brass securing support via toll processing from other strip industry participants.
We sustained losses from this event. The equipment remained out of service for several weeks and resumed production in mid-June 2016. We are insured for property and business interruption losses related to these events subject to a deductible of up to $2.5 million per incident. We filed a claim with our insurance carrier to recover these losses. In 2017, we recorded total recoveries of $7.4 million related to the claim as a reduction to cost of goods sold of $3.5 million and an increase to other income of $3.9 million. All proceeds from the insurance recoveries were received as of December 31, 2017.
Legal Considerations
We are party to various legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business. We believe that none of our legal proceedings are individually material or that the aggregate exposure of all of our legal proceedings, including those that are probable and those that are only reasonably possible, is material to our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
Operating Leases
We have operating leases covering certain facilities and equipment under non-cancelable lease agreements. As of December 31, 2018, future minimum lease payments under non-cancelable leases in effect are as follows:
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Total minimum lease payments

Rental expense under all operating leases was approximately $4.5 million, $3.3 million and $3.2 million in 2018, 2017, and 2016, respectively, and is recorded in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations as cost of sales or selling, general and administrative costs depending on the nature and use of the underlying asset being leased.