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HP Hood Plant Awarded Energy Star Certification From EPA

HP Hood Energy Star
Plant Manager David Laden (left) is presented the certification by Dr. Gale Boyd (middle) from Duke University, who is part of the Energy Star team and developed the benchmarking tool used to assess the energy efficiency of fluid dairy plants. Bob Hale, Agawam maintenance manager, is on the right.

The Agawam, Massachusetts, HP Hood LLC plant received the first-ever Energy Star certification given to a fluid dairy processing plant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), receiving a perfect score. The award highlights Hood’s innovation in sustainability, water reduction and efficient use of energy and indicates that the plant is in the top tier of the most efficient plants across the nation, spending less on energy and resulting in lower energy-related impacts than all other comparable plants.

“Plant Manager David Laden and the entire Agawam team embody the company’s dedication to sustainability,” says Mike Suever, SVP of milk procurement at HP Hood. “They really stepped up to the plate and went above and beyond to ensure Hood remains an industry leader in energy and water use reduction.”

Energy Star was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Every year, the award is presented to dairy plants that have a distinguished mark of energy efficiency and achieves the highest score on the EPA Energy Star performance scale known as the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI). The EPI score enables plants to compare its energy performance to similar plants. The award was presented to Laden at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“The Agawam plant is doing an outstanding job of managing energy, enabling the facility to be one of the most energy efficient fluid milk processing plants in the U.S.” said Walt Tunnessen, Energy Star industrial program manager. “It now joins an elite group of U.S. manufacturing plants that have earned Energy Star Certification for best-in-class energy performance.”

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