Changing light bulbs at Fabri-Form Co. just got a lot more interesting.
Since winter 2010, the New Concord, Ohio-based industrial thermoformer has undertaken a comprehensive lighting upgrade most recently at its Pekin, Ind., plant.
This is just one of many green initiatives that we are planning on working on in the next few years to become a more environmentally conscious company, Bryan Mason, marketing and product manager, said April 1 by phone.
As we ask customers to become green and to invest in more green and sustainable products, it's only fair that we do our part.
Replacing 131 lights in the 75,000-square-foot Pekin facility, at a cost of $47,000, posed some challenges to Fabri-Form and a consulting team from Eco Engineering LLC of Cincinnati. The partners worked with their local utility, American Electric Power, to get the month-long job completed in March, Mason said.
Fabri-Form officials said the facility has cut the lighting portion of its utility bill by 61 percent. Anticipated savings over a five-year period are about $200,000. The company said the project has improved light levels while decreasing lighting maintenance costs.
A March 22 news release from Fabri-Form said energy savings from the project equate to planting 6 acres of trees annually, preventing the emission of almost 60,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.
The Federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires that facilities such as the Pekin plant eliminate older, inefficient lighting technology. With that project, Fabri-Form officials said the firm is well ahead of meeting the law's goal of zero-net-energy use for commercial buildings by 2050.
Marcus Whitehead, plant facilitator, said Eco's comprehensive lighting audit of existing fixtures at the Pekin plant ensured a comprehensive analysis and retrofit in areas of the factory that were inefficient or toward the end of life. Not all fixtures were replaced; some were cleaned and moved to where their light would better impact work areas.
Fabri-Form's Byesville, Ohio, and Bluffton, Ind., plants are undergoing similar lighting projects, as is its New Concord headquarters.