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Whirlpool Threatens to Leave Energy Star Program

Karen Henry

Whirlpool is threatening to withdraw from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program unless Congress ban lawsuits associated with the program, the New York Times reported. A flurry of class-action lawsuits were filed against product manufacturers after government testing revealed that many products did not actually deserve the listing. Rep. Robert Latta (R-Ohio), whose   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Program Saves Manufacturers More than $500K

Karen Henry

More than 250 manufacturing stakeholders came together June 3 at the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) NextGen-M Energy Forum in Timonium, Md., to learn about its new energy-efficiency program, which was launched last fall. Participants heard directly from the first 12 companies that are participating. Before Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) engaged RMI, for example, it   …Continue Reading

As LEDs Gain Traction, China Struggles with Quality

Karen Henry

If China wants to retain its 30 percent share of the global LED market, it is going to have to address quality and reliability issues of its LED products, the New York Times reports. There has been a surge in global demand for LED lighting products over the last year, thanks in large part to   …Continue Reading

Energy Savings while Your Facility Sleeps

Jennifer Hermes

Once an insignificant overhead charge, electricity is an increasingly large component of operating costs for US industrial manufacturers. Both rates ($/kWhr) and usage (kWhr consumed) are key drivers of costs. The US Energy Information Administration estimates that national electricity consumption (kWhr consumed) in the industrial sector will continue to increase at an annual average rate   …Continue Reading

Bridgelux Expands China Operations

Karen Henry

Bridgelux opened a major R&D center in Xiamen, China, earlier this year. The facility will be dedicated to supporting the development and manufacture of new solid-state lighting products. Bridgelux is also opening an applications lab in Shanghai’s Hongqiao district to assist its China customers with the design and enhancement of lamps and fixtures that integrate Bridgelux   …Continue Reading

GM Korea Facility Cuts Energy Costs 26%

Linda Hardesty

The General Motors Korea Design Center in South Korea has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. Elements of the facility’s design include: Adopting energy-efficient technology and LED lighting throughout the facility, reducing energy cost by 26 percent. Installing a ventilation system and removing indoor air   …Continue Reading

GE Spends $400M for Power & Water Factory

Linda Hardesty

General Electric will construct a new Power & Water manufacturing facility in Greenville, SC. GE plans to invest $400 million over the next 10 years in Greenville to expand the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities. The facility will serve as an incubator for advanced manufacturing process development and rapid prototyping for the Power & Water businesses, including   …Continue Reading

Pharmaceutical Firm Installs 9.95 MW Solar

Linda Hardesty

KDC Solar commenced commercial operations of its 9.95- MW solar panel system in New Jersey. The system will provide electricity to Eli Lilly and Company’s ImClone biopharmaceutical operations in Branchburg, NJ. The new system will generate nearly 12.9 million kWh per year. It will provide the primary Lilly manufacturing facility at this location with about   …Continue Reading

Ingersoll Rand Builds Czech Republic Factory for Trane Products

Linda Hardesty

Ingersoll Rand opened a new facility for manufacturing, light assembly and distribution of Trane commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products in Ovčáry-Kolín, Czech Republic. The new site will replace operations of the downtown-Kolín manufacturing facility, which has been in operation since 1992. The facility manufactures Trane water terminals and small to medium-sized chillers   …Continue Reading

Johnson Controls Spends $35M for China Expansion

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls opened a $35 million expansion of its manufacturing and research and development center in Wuxi, China. The expansion will meet the demand for energy efficient buildings by tripling the company’s manufacturing capacity. Located in Jiangsu province, the entire Wuxi campus now covers 138,500 square meters with more than 1,800 employees, including 60 new   …Continue Reading

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