KPPC Engineers Work with Sypris Technologies on Improving Energy Management
On January 10 and 11, 2012, KPPC sustainability engineers conducted customized, on-site training for the Sypris Technologies Broadway Plant. KPPC has been working with the Louisville manufacturing facility since May 2010, under funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, providing utility bill and tariff analyses, access to technical training and environmental sustainability assessments. The company is making great strides in pursuing energy management and recently formed a team of employees to address these opportunities.
To help the company kick off its environmental sustainability initiative, KPPC provided on-site training to help the team understand the seven steps of effective energy management, as outlined in the U.S. EPA's Energy Star program. The session included a walk-through of baseline energy information, identification of energy opportunities at the facility, brainstorming and prioritizing actions, and suggestions for evaluating and communicating progress. One session participant said, "Overall it was a very good event. Presenters were outstanding in knowledge and presenting skill. It opened my eyes to many new sources of information."
At the conclusion of the training, KPPC presented Sypris with an award (Level 1) for signing the Kentucky Save Energy Now (KY SEN) pledge. The company joins 24 other industrial and commercial facilities across Kentucky that have signed the KY SEN pledge, which includes a provision to reduce energy use by at least 2.5 percent/year for 10 years.
“Sypris Technologies is pleased to partner with KPPC to build a self-sustaining energy-savings program, and looks forward to meeting its goals to reduce energy consumption over the next decade,” commented Joe Masching, Plant Manager. “We expect the outcome to not only have a positive impact on immediate stakeholders, but on the community as well.”
Sypris Technologies is a premier manufacturer and supplier of drive train and other critical components for the commercial vehicle, automotive, recreational vehicle, mining, agriculture and energy markets. Sypris is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.