Grede Joins EPAs Energy Star Partnership

Foundry group commits to strategic, corporate energy management program

Ferrous metalcasting group Grede Holdings LLC is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Partnership in a commitment to improve energy efficiency at its 13 foundries and machine shops. Energy Star is a program coordinated by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy that identifies money- and energy-saving opportunities at manufacturing and commercial operations. Grede stated that it will “work to improve energy efficiency at its facilities and fight global warming.”

Grede was formed in 2010 by the merger of Blackhawk Foundry (USA), Citation Corp., and the former Grede Foundries Inc. It produces ductile, gray, and specialty iron castings for transport and industrial markets.

“Grede Holdings LLC has a long history of support for the environment and this is another step we are taking to ensure our leadership position as a good corporate citizen,” chairman Doug Grimm stated. “We believe that a strategic, corporate energy management program will help us enhance our financial health and aid in preserving the environment for future generations.”

Specifically, the company indicated it would work with Energy Star to measure and track its operations’ “energy performance” where possible, using tools such as those offered by the partnership. Other Energy Star partnerships in the metalcasting industry have used the program’s energy assessment audits to measure energy consumption and identify areas of potential savings.

Grede further committed to develop and measure a plan consistent with the Energy Star Management Guidelines, to achieve energy savings; to “help spread the word” among its employees about the importance of energy efficiency; and to highlight its achievements with Energy Star recognition.

EPA established the Energy Star partnership in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Energy Star partners such as Grede Holdings LLC are leading the fight against global warming by improving the efficiency of their facilities,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of EPA’s Energy Star Commercial and Industrial branch. “We applaud these efforts to help protect our global environment for generations to come.”

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