Batavia plant rewarded for energy-saving effort

U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup and Rich Mills
U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup speaks with Huhtamaki-Batavia Director of Operations Rich Mills prior to his tour of the facility.

(l to r) Scott Early, Controller, Rich Mills, Director of Operations, Warren Walker, Duke Energy and Kelly Bolin, Maintenance Manager pose with the check from Duke Energy.

Project leaders at Huhtamaki -Batavia took a huge abandoned manufacturing plant, wiped the slate clean and worked to build an efficient foodservice packaging and tableware manufacturing facility — right down to the lights.
Duke Energy rewarded that attention to detail on Friday, April 11 with the largest cash incentive award in their history by delivering $197,000 to Huhtamaki representatives. Duke Energy offers incentives to homeowners, as well as small and large businesses for their energy-saving efforts through the Smart $aver program.
Huhtamaki landed the award through the largest lighting upgrade ever in all of Duke Energy's regions, which includes the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida. Huhtamaki replaced approximately 2,500 high-pressure sodium lights with energy efficient T8 lights. The upgrade reduced energy consumption at the facility by 3,221,922 kWh annually.
"It has been an absolute pleasure to work on this project, every step of the way, with the people and organizations throughout Ohio," Rich Mills, Director of Operations at Huhtamaki-Batavia said. "Being rewarded for our energy-savings program by Duke Energy is another great example of that cooperation."
Duke Energy's Smart $aver program provides businesses with a meaningful cash incentive for installing efficient lighting, HVAC, pumps and other qualifying equipment. Businesses improve their bottom line by reducing energy consumption and Duke Energy can better manage its delivery as the nation's largest electric power holding company.
And the awards keep coming
Huhtamaki's Batavia facility has also been chosen by REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) Cincinnati to receive one of only four Growth Awards, recognizing its outstanding investment in the region.
More than 157 companies in the area qualified as "growth companies" based on a national site selection criteria measuring capital investment in addition to new and retained jobs during 2013.
Huhtamaki will be recognized at the Cincinnati Business Courier's Annual Commercial Real Estate Developers Power Breakfast on May 15. REDI Cincinnati plans to produce a video highlighting their award winners' accomplishments for the event.
Batavia Site Information
The Batavia Site opened its doors in 1981 as a transmission factory for the Ford Motor Company. The site became a top target for Huhtamaki due to its location, preferable floor plan and the environmentally responsible manner in which Ford exited the facility.
Huhtamaki renovated the property to create a high-volume foodservice packaging and centralized warehousing facility.