Industrial Energy Efficiency Key to Keeping Manufacturing Alive in Maryland

Process Efficiency
Gita Subramony for Zondits, April 30, 2014

The Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) of Maryland is helping industrial customers with their energy efficiency needs. Energy costs can be tremendous for manufacturers in the USA, and RMI is targeting these customers for reducing their energy usage and costs. By improving their bottom line, manufacturers are able to grow their operations and maintain or even create jobs. The program engages industrial customers by committing them to a six-month process where RMI can work with the facility to identify and implement energy efficiency projects. Zondits previously wrote on a study about strategies for industrial energy efficiency programs, and RMI’s initiative further underscores the importance of efficiency to keep manufacturers in business.

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A bid to lower manufacturers’ energy bills

The Baltimore Sun, April 21, 2014

No one needs to convince the people running Green Bay Packaging’s box-making plant in Hunt Valley that energy efficiency pays off.

The last time they got assistance making nips and tucks to their process, they lowered electricity use 1 percent even as production jumped 20 percent. So when officials there got word of a new regional effort to help manufacturers lower energy costs, they rushed to sign up.

“Of course, I was like, ‘Count me in!'” said Tyson Aschliman, the plant’s general manager.

The program focuses on companies making products for a simple, weighty reason: Energy eats up big chunks of most manufacturers’ budgets. Organizers see reducing that expense as one way to keep companies around in an era scarred by moves and shutdowns.

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