HOW TO REDUCE OPERATING COSTS, Environmental Impact
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., (Jan. 17, 2008) — In an effort to inform Milwaukee-area manufacturers about cost-saving “green” technologies, the inaugural Focus on Energy 2008 Green Manufacturing Summit will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Bayside, Wis.
The free event is presented by Bradley Corp. of Menomonee Falls in partnership with Focus on Energy. Business leaders, architects, engineers and other green experts will share best practices and easy-to-implement strategies to encourage small and mid-size local manufacturers to green their facilities. Highlights include a keynote address from Ann Beier, head of the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Environmental Sustainability, a panel discussion and more than 10 educational breakout sessions.
“There’s a misperception that only large companies like Harley-Davidson or Johnson Controls can afford to make their facilities kind to the environment,” said Mike Sipek, COO of Bradley Corp. “At Bradley, we have found that the operational savings, such as reduced energy costs, quickly surpass the costs, if any, of going green. The reality is that sustainable manufacturing is not only the responsible thing for companies to do, it’s a successful strategy for staying competitive in today’s global marketplace.”
Among the organizations sharing their expertise will be:
·Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
·American Society for Quality
·Focus on Energy
·HGA Architects and Engineers
·Jansen Construction Group
·Orion Energy Systems
·The Sigma Group
Green Manufacturing Summit
“Manufacturers in any industry can realize the multiple benefits of energy efficiency,” said John Nicol, Industrial Sector Manager for Focus on Energy. “Obviously, the energy cost savings are the most recognizable gain.However, increased productivity, extended equipment life and a lower environmental impact are just a few of the longer term advantages that are a direct result of energy efficient projects.”
The SchlitzAudubonNatureCenter was selected as a location for the Green Manufacturing Summit because it has achieved gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Summit will kick off at with continental breakfast and conclude before lunch on Jan. 29. Registration is required for the event, as space is limited. For a complete schedule and to register for the summit, visit www.bradleycorp.com/greensummit.
About Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy is a public-private partnership offering energy information and services to energy utility customers throughout Wisconsin. The goals of this program are to encourage energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, enhance the environment and ensure the future supply of energy for Wisconsin. Since July 2001, the program has helped Wisconsin’s businesses and residents cut their annual utility bills by more than $98 million – reducing their energy consumption by more than 811 million kilowatt-hours and more than 40 million therms of natural gas. For more information, call (800) 762-7077 or visit focusonenergy.com.
About Bradley Corp.
For more than 85 years, Bradley Corporation has designed and manufactured commercial washfountains, and today is the industry’s exclusive source for plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, restroom partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers. Headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Bradley serves the commercial, industrial, health care, recreation, education, and corrections markets worldwide. For more information, contact Bradley, Telephone: (800) Bradley; Fax: (262) 251-5817; www.bradleycorp.com.