Dana Molded Products Inc. has relocated its headquarters and injection molding operations, bringing along little sister Dana Plastic Container Corp.'s corporate offices, to consolidate under one very green roof.
The new 86,000-square-foot home of DMP and corporate headquarters for Dana Plastic Container in Carpentersville, Ill., was built to tap into the natural energy source available from geothermal energy, allowing the company to cut production and energy costs, said David Hidding, president of both companies, in a Dec. 20 telephone interview.
“When we were planning it, we tried to look at things we could do that would save money in the long run,” he said.
The $8 million facility opened Dec. 5. The new building replaces a DMP site in Arlington Heights, Ill.
Blow molder Dana Plastic Container retains its molding facility in Roselle, Ill., even as its corporate operations move to Carpentersville.
The 5.7-acre site has enough space for expansion and DMP has already sketched out plans to add up to 27,000 square feet to the building in the future.
The new plant is located over a geological aquifer, and DMP decided to take advantage of that for the building's infrastructure.
The water below ground is a constant 52 degrees, and geothermal wells use a heat-transfer system either to heat or to cool the water, which means DMP can eliminate the traditional water-cooling system, Hidding said.
“The problem, typically, is that it costs a fair amount of money to do this,” Hidding said. “As a businessman, you look at what the payback is and how long it will take.”
In designing the building, DMP was able to eliminate a 200-ton process chiller and cooling system, a move the company estimates will reduce water evaporation by 85 percent and energy consumption by 1.2 million kilowatt-hours annually.
Total savings will become clear during full production in the heat of midsummer, but Hidding noted that as a privately held company, DMP has the ability to take a longer-term view of business than a public firm that must answer to shareholders. DMP will also benefit from improved work flow in the new building, he said.