Green Award Aided by CU
Financing from a CUSO of MAX, Your Community Credit Union, played a part in helping a Tennessee wire manufacturing plant to earn an energy project of the year honor.
The Center for Energy Efficiency at Middle Tennessee State University granted its 2010 award energy award to Fushi Copperweld's wire manufacturing plant in Lincoln County, Tenn. The 35-year old, 298,000 square-foot facility had been using original lighting that burned at nearly 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and required both a warm-up and a cool-down time of about 20 minutes.
The new fluorescent tube lighting operates at 110 degrees, lowers the ambient temperature, saves on cooling costs, and reduces the risk of danger to workers, according to Fushi Copperweld. The retrofit is estimated to save nearly $300,000 on electricity.
MAX Leasing USA, a subsidiary of the $833 million MYCCU, in Montgomery, Ala., said it is committed to sustainable solutions and has an education initiative to help educate businesses and communities on energy efficiency.