PLAINFIELD, N.J. (Feb. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET) — Injectron Corp. recently covered its roof with a 1.5-megawatt solar-panel system as a way to cut its energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint.
“It makes a lot of sense. The roof is readily available. It is flat and lends itself to this type of system. It will reduce our electricity costs, so we look at as a win-win situation,” said President Lou Pollak, in a telephone interview.
The project took about nine months and covers most of the roof of the 280,000-square-foot Plainfield facility. It takes advantage of the roof's southern exposure, and any surplus power can be sold back to the grid.
Pollak expects the panels will produce nearly 20 percent of the company's electricity needs.
The company also recycles extensively to reduce its carbon footprint, Pollak said.
“We literally try to send nothing to the landfill,” he said.
Injectron has been in business since 1959 and operates 35 injection molding presses, ranging from 220-1,950 tons of clamping force. Its machines have up to 384-ounce shot capacity
The company supplies such industries as point-of-purchase advertising, dental, construction, housewares, food storage, drinkware and electrical components. It currently operates on a 24-hour, seven-day schedule.
Pollak said the company has seen an upturn in work returning from China, noting that Injectron now has three projects that were produced in China last year.