Regal Ware: Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

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Kewaskum, Wisconsin (January 19, 2006) – Regal Ware, Inc., a marketer and manufacturer of high-quality stainless steel housewares, commercial coffee urns, food service-quality cookware, and home drinking water purification systems, announced today that it had received the Environmental Stewardship Award for an energy-efficient lighting project in its manufacturing facility in West Bend, Wisconsin. Regal Ware expects to save more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, and more than 30 million kilowatt hours over the sustainable lifetime of the lighting fixtures. This reduction will take enough power off the electrical grid to power the equivalent of 219 homes according the EPA formula.

The project is being implemented by Wisconsin-based Orion Energy Systems, and will feature Orion’s Illuminator fixture. The environmental impact over the lifetime of the fixtures being installed will decrease air pollution and environmental damage by 22,620 tons of carbon dioxide, 6,169 tons of carbon, 83 tons of sulfur dioxide, 193 tons of nitrous oxides, and 3 pounds of mercury. This is the equivalent of saving 2.74 million gallons of gas, or planting 5,534 acres of trees. The payback on the project is less than two years, with an annual estimated savings of $110,000, plus a substantial anticipated savings in lower maintenance costs.

“We have now doubled the light levels for our employees in the workplace while using half the energy,” said Mike Keller, Electrical Engineer of Regal Ware. “After a year to study and test various new energy efficient lighting technology, we chose Orion’s Illuminator for our facility in West Bend. We felt Orion would be able to provide the kind of service and product delivery we needed to make this project a success. This energy-efficient lighting project is a great thing. We were able to save a large amount of electricity and significantly improve the lighting for our employees.”

Jeff Reigle, President and CEO of Regal Ware, Inc., said, “We are proud to partner with Orion on this very important project. It is not only good for the company, it also underscores Regal Ware’ s on-going commitment to environmental stewardship.”

According to Neal Verfuerth, President of Orion Energy Systems, “Regal Ware is a shining example of what a company can do to remain competitive. We are proud to help a company like Regal Ware with their on-going efforts to control costs, improve productivity and stay competitive. In addition, we are proud to honor Regal Ware with the Environmental Stewardship Award.”

About Regal Ware

Regal Ware, a privately held company founded in 1945, is a widely respected name in the housewares industry. Regal Ware products are available throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Asia and Europe. The company manufactures and markets a variety of quality items including range-top cookware, commercial coffee urns, food service-quality cookware, and home drinking water purification systems. Headquartered in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, Regal Ware manufactures product at both its Kewaskum and West Bend, Wisconsin facilities. For more information, visit Regal Ware’s website at

About Orion

Orion Energy Systems has been innovating in the energy business since 1996. The company recently won the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Grand Award in the Emerging Growth category, given by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Association, the Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award, was chosen as a “Success Story” for the 2002 Governor’s Summit on Capital, and owns numerous patents.Orion is an energy services company (ESCO), which manufactures and markets energy efficient lighting solutions for the school, gymnasium, manufacturing, warehousing, and commercial markets. Orion provides capacity displacement solutions for supply side management, transmission management, and demand side management for the electricity industry. For more information, please contact Stephen Heins, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Orion Lighting & Energy Services,; 920-892-9340, ext. 226 or visit the web site at