Pella Awarded Yearly for Focus on People and Environment
Energy Star honored Pella Corp. for the ninth time for reducing manufacturing energy and waste in the making of its windows.
Pella Corp. of Pella, Iowa, manufacturer and designer of windows, doors, blinds and shades for commercial buildings and homes, was awarded as an Energy Star Partner of the Year for the ninth time in 2016, and is a fifth-time recipient of the Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based in Washington, D.C.“Pella has a culture of continuous improvement, and our team members are honored to be recognized for the sustainable impact we’ve made in our plants’ manufacturing processes,” says Mike Lind, vice president of operations for Pella. “We remain committed to continuing our work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy.”The effort and dedication of Pella’s internal sustainability team and team members at three manufacturing plants to complete the Energy Star Challenge for Industry, aimed at reducing energy consumption by 10%, is what helped Pella receive its fifth Sustained Excellence distinction. The locations include:• Carroll, Iowa, which was recognized with the Energy Star Challenge for Industry in 2014 for reducing its energy intensity by 14.3% within two years. This location produces Pella’s 450 Series wood windows and patio doors.• Sioux Center, Iowa, which reached a 12.9% reduction in energy intensity within two years of establishing its baseline, and achieved the Energy Star Challenge for Industry in 2014. This location assembles Pella’s Architect Series casement wood window products.• Shenandoah, Iowa, which makes Pella’s custom-designed windows and experienced a 12.4% reduction in energy intensity within one year. In 2013, the facility was honored with the Energy Star Challenge for Industry.Pella plans to have two more locations complete the challenge within the next two years. Pella’s team members were able to make reductions in their energy consumption at each of the facilities by improving lighting, implementing changes to building and system controls, decreasing compressed air efficiency waste, and conducting energy kaizen events to build awareness of everyone’s role in saving energy.Since its inception in 1992, Energy Star, along with its partners, has helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014 alone, Energy Star and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages caused by climate change.“By continued collaboration with Energy Star, Pella is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” reports EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I’m proud to recognize Pella with the highest form of Energy Star recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Pella demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”
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