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EPA Recognizes Three Facilities in Tennessee Achieved 2015 ENERGY STAR Certification

Contact Information: 
Jason McDonald (mcdonald.jason@epa.gov)

(02/24/16 -ATLANTA) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that three facilities in Tennessee are among 70 manufacturing plants to have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2015. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $476 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than five million metric tons -equal to the average annual energy use of more than 450,500 households. From applying corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects, there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA's Energy Star program.

"Energy Star certified manufacturing plants make the case that we can cost-effectively combat climate change through greater energy efficiency," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "These plants have improved their competitiveness and show what is possible for their industries by driving the innovation needed for a sustainable future."

Since 2006, Energy Star has certified manufacturing plants that reach the top 25 percent of energy performance for their industries nationwide each year. Energy Star certified plants must have their energy performance independently verified. Plants from the automotive, cement manufacturing, corn refining, food processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petroleum refining industries are among those that qualified in 2015.

Nine plants earned certification for the first time:

Actavis: Fajardo, Puerto Rico (pharmaceutical manufacturing)

Actavis: Manati, Puerto Rico (pharmaceutical manufacturing)
Allergan: Cincinnati, Ohio (pharmaceutical manufacturing)
Ardagh Group: Bridgeton, N.J. (container glass)
Ardagh Group: Winchester, Ind. (container glass)
ConAgra Foods: Boardman, Ore. (frozen fried potato processing)
ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston: Twin Falls, Idaho (frozen fried potato processing)
Argos USA: Newberry, Fla. (cement)
Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas: Lafayette, Ind. (corn refining)

Throughout 2016, many Energy Star certified plants will be hosting events at their facilities to showcase their energy-saving strategies that are delivering top energy performance. For more information on which plants are hosting events, see www.energystar.gov/industrialshowcase.

Since the inception of EPA's Energy Star certification, a total of 148 manufacturing plants have achieved this distinction. These plants have saved over 618 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) in energy, equal to preventing more than 41 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and saving enough energy to provide the total yearly energy needs of approximately 3.5 million American households.

EPA provides industry-specific Energy Star plant benchmarking tools to help industry measure energy performance. These tools are available for 15 manufacturing sectors and enable companies to compare a plant's energy performance against those of its industry counterparts and empower manufacturers to set informed improvement goals.

2015 Energy Manufacturing Plants by State:

Argos USA, Roberta (cement)
Lehigh Cement, Leeds (cement)

CalPortland, Rillito (cement)
Salt River Materials Group, Clarkdale (cement)

Ardagh Group, Madera (container glass)
CEMEX, Victorville (cement)
Lehigh Cement, Redding (cement)

Holcim, Florence (cement)

Argos, Newberry (cement)*
CEMEX, Miami (cement)
Titan Pennsuco Cement Co., Miami (cement)
Suwannee American Cement, Branford (cement)

CEMEX, Clinchfield (cement)

ConAgra Foods, American Falls (frozen fried potato processing)
ConAgra Foods, Twin Falls (frozen fried potato processing)*

ConAgra Foods, South Beloit (cookie & cracker)
Marathon Illinois Refining Division, Robinson (refinery)
Oak State Products, Wenona (cookie & cracker)

Ardagh Group, Dunkirk (container glass)
Ardagh Group, Winchester (container glass)*
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Greensburg (automobile assembly)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana - West, Princeton (automobile assembly)
Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas Lafayette South, Lafayette (corn refining)*

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky - Plant 1, Georgetown (automobile assembly)

Marathon Louisiana Refining Division, Garyville (refinery)

Ardagh Group, Milford (container glass)

Lehigh Cement, Union Bridge (cement)

ConAgra Foods, Park Rapids (frozen fried potato processing)
Faribault Foods Beverage Division, Elk River (juice)

Nissan NA, Canton (automobile assembly)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Blue Springs (automobile assembly)

Holcim St., Genevieve (cement)
Buzzi Unicem River Cement, Festus (cement)

Ardagh Group, Bridgeton (container glass)*
Phillips 66, Linden (refinery)

ConAgra Foods, Tonawanda (cookie & cracker)
Lehigh Cement, Glen Falls (cement)

Allergan, Cincinnati (pharmaceutical)
CEMEX, Fairborn (cement)
Honda of America Manufacturing, East Liberty (automobile assembly)
Honda of America Manufacturing, Marysville (automobile assembly)
Marathon Ohio Refining Division, Canton (refinery)

Ardagh Group, Sapulpa (container glass)

ConAgra Foods Boardman East, Boardman (frozen fried potato processing)
ConAgra Foods Boardman West, Boardman (frozen fried potato processing)*

Essroc Cement Corp., Nazareth (cement)

Puerto Rico:
Actavis, Fajardo (pharmaceutical)*
Actavis, Manati (pharmaceutical)*
Merck, Las Piedras (pharmaceutical)

Holcim, Holly Hill (cement)

Bayer Healthcare, Cleveland (pharmaceutical)
Buzzi Unicem Signal Mountain, Chattanooga (cement)
Nissan NA, Smyrna (automobile assembly)

Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Waco (pharmaceutical)
Buzzi Unicem, San Antonio(cement)
Buzzi Unicem, Maryneal (cement)
Holcim, Midlothian (cement)
Martin Marietta Materials, Midlothian (cement)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, San Antonio (automobile assembly)

ConAgra Foods, Ogden (cookie & cracker)
Holcim, Morgan (cement)

Titan Cement Company, Roanoke (cement)

Ash Grove Cement Company, Seattle
ConAgra Foods, Quincy (frozen fried potato processing)
ConAgra Foods, Richland (frozen fried potato processing)
ConAgra Foods, Warden (frozen fried potato processing)
JR Simplot, Othello (frozen fried potato processing)
JR Simplot, Moses Lake (frozen fried potato processing)
Phillips 66 Company, Ferndale (refinery)

W. Va.:
Essroc Cement Corp., Martinsburg (cement)

*Represents first-time certification

For more information about certified plants, see: www.energystar.gov/plants
For specific plant profiles, see: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist
To learn more about how ENERGY STAR and industry work together, see: www.energystar.gov/industry

ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA's ENERGY STAR program for guidance on saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.4 billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.