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Johnson Controls Buys Air Distribution Technologies for $1.6B

Energy Manager Today Staff

Johnson Controls is buying ventilation company Air Distribution Technologies from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for about $1.6 billion. Air Distribution Technologies produces a broad range of air distribution products under brands such as Ruskin, Titus, Hart & Cooley, Krueger, PennBarry, Tuttle & Bailey. Specific product lines include grilles, registers and diffusers; terminal units; fire and smoke dampers and   …Continue Reading


Johns Manville Saves 70% on Lighting with Retrofit

Linda Hardesty

Acumen Energy Solutions completed a lighting retrofit for roofing and insulation company Johns Manville at its facility in Etowah, Tenn., which will cut its yearly energy consumption in lighting by about 70 percent. It also qualifies Johns Manville for a $343,410 rebate from the Tennessee Valley Authority for demonstrating energy savings. As part of the   …Continue Reading


Volvo Truck Plant Saves $1.2M in Energy Costs

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy recognized Volvo Group North America for its leadership in energy efficiency at the New River Valley assembly plant near Roanoke, Va. Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley assembly plant is the company’s largest truck manufacturing plant in the world, covering more than 1.6 million square feet. At the plant, energy efficiency has   …Continue Reading


Solar Powers Mazda R&D Center

Linda Hardesty

Mitsubishi Electric PV modules are now powering automotive research and development at Mazda North America’s Research & Development facility in Irvine, Calif. Mitsubishi Electric supplied Mazda with 1,222 PV modules for a 317 kW system that is expected to deliver more than 489,684 kWh annually – half of the facility’s power needs – while cutting   …Continue Reading


Harbec Looks at Faster Ways to Cool Molded Products

Linda Hardesty

Plastic and metal parts manufacturer Harbec has been awarded $400,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to investigate the potential for reducing energy consumption through the use of high-tech molds built using advanced 3D printing technology. The molds – used to form injection-molded parts – will include internal cooling channels   …Continue Reading


SunEdison Manufactures 1 GW of Solar Modules in 3 Years

Linda Hardesty

SunEdison says it has shipped over 1 GW of Silvantis solar PV modules, making the company one of the top five solar module manufacturers in the world. Growth over three years was driven by strong demand from the company’s utility and commercial business groups. Production of solar modules is a key element in the vertical   …Continue Reading


Nortek Pays $260M for Thomas & Betts’ HVAC Business

Linda Hardesty

Nortek signed a definitive agreement to acquire the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) business of Thomas & Betts, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of ABB. Under the terms of the agreement, Nortek will pay about $260 million for Thomas & Betts’ HVAC business in an all-cash transaction. T&B HVAC includes Reznor Manufacturing (US),   …Continue Reading


Battery Storage Helps Manufacturer Manage Peak Energy

Linda Hardesty

A123 Energy Solutions commissioned a 1 MW Grid Storage Solution (GSS) for IHI Corporation, an industrial equipment manufacturer in Japan. The 1 MW/2.8 MWh containerized Long Duration GSS energy storage system is connected to the IHI factory located in Soma, Japan, and is helping the facility manage its peak energy consumption. The GSS can store   …Continue Reading


California Marches to Beat of Own Drummer with New Appliance Efficiency Standards

Linda Hardesty

The California Energy Commission will establish efficiency standards for 15 product categories including lighting, consumer electronics, and water-using products, resulting in $2 billion in energy bill savings, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The commission’s next step is to publish draft standards and hold stakeholder workshops on all the products before finalizing the   …Continue Reading


Chrysler Takes ISO 50001 for a Spin at Canadian Plant

Linda Hardesty

Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, achieved ISO 50001: 2011 Energy Management certification. The plant’s achievements in energy management range from lighting control projects developed and implemented by plant electricians at an estimated savings of $110,000 in annual electricity costs, to investment in an automated heating and ventilation management system and scheduler with   …Continue Reading


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