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Manufacturers Applauded For Energy Reduction Efforts

The EPA is championing the first group of manufacturing sites that have met the Energy Star Challenge for Industry and reduced energy intensity by 10 percent within five years or less.

On the list are:
Kodak's Manitou site in Rochester, N.Y.: 25 percent reduction (2007-2009)
Kodak's GCG Columbus manufacturing site in Columbus, Ga.: 10 percent reduction (2007-2008)
Shearer's Foods, Inc.'s Lubbock, Texas plant: 15 percent reduction (2009-2010)
Detroit Diesel's Redford Component Manufacturing Center in Detroit, Mich.: 17 percent reduction (2008-2009)
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.'s Elgin Headquarters facility in Elgin, Ill.: 17 percent reduction (2008-2009)
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.'s Selma, Texas facility: 26 percent reduction (2008-2009)
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.'s Garysburg, N.C. facility: 23 percent reduction (2008-2009)
FetterGroup's Headquarters Facility in Louisville, Ky.: 23 percent reduction (2007-2009)

According to the EPA the U.S. manufacturing industry is responsible for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and spends almost $100 billion annually on energy.

Under the Energy Star Challenge for Industry, manufacturing sites establish an energy intensity baseline, set a 10 percent reduction goal, implement energy efficiency projects, track energy use and verify their savings.

If the energy efficiency of industrial facilities improved by 10 percent, EPA estimates that Americans would save nearly $10 billion and reduce greenhouse gases emissions equal to about 12 million vehicles.

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