Progressive Processing, a Hormel Foods facility in Dubuque, Iowa, has become one of the first manufacturing plants in the country to receive LEED Gold certification.
"We are very proud of the fact that Progressive Processing is LEED Gold certified, which sets a new standard for the food industry," said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Hormel Foods. "When we decided to open Progressive Processing, we saw an opportunity to build a state-of-the-art sustainable facility that aligns with our strong commitment to corporate responsibility."
The facility uses at least 25 percent less energy and water than a conventional plant built to today's standards. The building is constructed of more than 36 percent recycled materials.
The plant's lighting and temperature controls are sensitive to daylight and temperature, respectively. Water used throughout the plant is recycled. And nonrefrigerated parts of the facility have skylights to take advantage of natural light.