Orion Energy Systems: Lindner Logistics receives environmental award for putting lighting power consumption in its place

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Dave Cary, Communication Specialist
Orion Energy Systems

Scott Lindner, co-owner
6055 S. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221

Lindner Logistics LLC, a warehouse company located in Milwaukee WI has been chosen to receive Orion’s environmental stewardship award for its recent annual 190,590 kWh lighting power reduction that came as a result of a change in lighting to a system from Orion.

Environmentally, a power reduction this size means that over the 20-year life of the Orion system, some 3,716 tons of carbon dioxide, 1,013 tons of carbon, 16.2 tons of sulfur dioxide and 7.8 tons of nitrogen oxides will not be released into the atmosphere. It is also the air-scrubbing equivalent of a 35-acre forest or removing 31 cars from the road permanently and is the conservation equivalent of saving 15,733 gallons of gas each year.

Scott Lindner, co-owner along with his brother Greg, commented, “We appreciate this award, which came as something of a surprise. We’re always looking for ways to improve that are environmentally friendly and hope to do more in the future.”

Lindner said the change came about for several reasons besides costs — building renovation that meant re-locating much of the old lighting, a desire to modernize, and seeking a food storage warehousing certification. It has met every objective, he said.

“We’d been wanting to re-light,” said Lindner. “We’ve got two facilities — a 116,000 square foot building that had all 150-watt high pressure sodium fixtures, and a 134,000 square foot building, built in 1999, that had 400-watt metal halide fixtures.”

“We renovated the old building with about ten thousand pallet positions of new racking. When we had finished the installation it was necessary to re-locate the lighting fixtures. We wanted to update the lighting anyway, so we delayed moving the old fixtures.”

At this stage, Lindner got in touch with Orion Energy Systems. “They helped us figure out how many fixtures we needed in the facility. With the Orion lights, we were able to reduce the number by four fixtures per aisle over our old lighting system.”

“We really changed the older facility’s lighting because we had to. But we put the 160 fixtures in the newer building simply for the energy savings. There, it should give us about a 50 percent reduction on our electric bill in addition to better light.”

Lindner said another major concern was that management wants both facilities to be rated by the American Institute of Baking for a higher standard of food storage. A facility audit was performed in March 2004 and an excellent rating was achieved. This would not have been possible without the installation of the Orion fixtures with glass diffusers.

“One of the major concerns with anyone in the food industry is that light fixtures have diffusers on them in case of glass breakage,” Lindner said. “They don’t want a potential of broken glass permeating the (food) product. So we ordered all 300 Orion fixtures (for both buildings) with Lexan covers.”

“In this project, Lindner’s savings are both real and permanent,” said Neal Verfuerth, president of Orion Energy Systems, who supplied the new lighting system. “This sustainable savings through reduced electrical consumption could serve as a blueprint for other companies, and I think it’s especially important for smaller businesses who may not realize they are actually players in a global energy marketplace.”

“By presenting Lindner Logistics with our Environmental Stewardship Award, Orion wants to highlight the fact that this energy efficient lighting project was good for everyone — good for the Lindner’s bottom line, good for their employee relations good for the environment, good for our energy future. That’s the way more things should go.

Besides warehousing and distribution, Lindner Logistics LLC offers several logistical specialties – transportation management services, logistics consulting services, dedicated contract services, and is equipped with a real-time bar code inventory control system and is ISO 9001:2000 certified. Lindner pledges to stand behind every commitment, bring available technology to bear where needed, and “prove, through performance, that Lindner is the very best service provider in the world.” The company is located at 6055 S. 6th St., Milwaukee WI, one-quarter mile from Mitchell International Airport and Interstate 94, and has numerous truck & rail doors. Visit the Lindner website at http://www.lindnerlogistics.com./

Located in Plymouth, WI, Orion Energy Systems has been innovating in the energy and lighting business since 1996. Orion’s innovative Illuminator ® fixture, an energy-efficient lighting platform for industrial applications, has been awarded a series of 14 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, Orion has applied for numerous other patents related to metering and control technologies for lighting.

Neal Verfuerth, Orion President, received one of Wisconsin’s most prestigious awards, the Ernst & Young 2004 Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year.

Orion provides capacity displacement solutions for supply side management, transmission management, and demand side management for the electricity industry. Visit the Orion website at http://www.oriones.com/.