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SCHAEFER’S FOOD MART SEES A 19% DROP IN ELECTRICITY COSTS WITH WPS GLOBAL SYSTEM

This recent success story demonstrates an important and growing trend in grocery store management — better managing energy costs. More specifically, reducing electricity waste. IGA Schaefer‘s Food Mart in Crandon Wisconsin implemented an energy management solution that’s reduced their electricity costs by 19 percent over a one year period. That’s significant for this 28,000 square foot operation. Energy costs account for a significant portion of a grocery store’s operating budget — up to 15%. And, in a ~30,000 square foot store, refrigeration and lighting represent about 65% of total electricity use. READ MORE for greater insight to Schaefer‘s Food Mart’s impressive reduction in electricity costs and CO2 emissions. For an even closer look at how their installed components cut costs by reducing wasteful usage, decreasing CO2 emissions and diverting electrical surges, you’ll want to contact...

PHILCORR REPORTS A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN ELECTRICITY COSTS

PhilCorr, a 120,000 square-foot sheet-feeder based in Vineland, New Jersey, recently reported a $26,000 reduction in electricity costs accrued over a five month period. The substantial savings are a direct result of its custom WPS Global Inc. system installation in March 2015. This reduction in electricity consumption is one of PhilCorr’s energy management goals. The corrugated sheet feeder already generates nearly half of its total power via a 1.2-megawatt rooftop solar system made up of 3,584 fixed panels covering roughly 77,000 square feet. By significantly reducing its reliance on power from the Vineland Electric grid, PhilCorr is using the WPS Global system to further its sustainability initiatives. PhilCorr will consume fewer fossil fuels and reduce its emissions as a result. The reduction in total electricity consumption is making the sheet-feeder’s solar equipment have an even larger impact.  Over the five month period, the percentage of solar generated electricity, versus purchased, jumped to 52%. Without the reduction in electrical usage, PhilCorr’s same solar equipment would have only produced 47 percent of its electrical usage. As an added benefit, the WPS Global install protects PhilCorr’s equipment from electrical spikes and surges.  “Since the install, we’ve had no loss of drives,” says Daniel Santhouse, operations manager, PhilCorr. “And, we had no loss of equipment following a direct lightning strike on a nearby transformer.” The WPS Global system is designed to benefit high consumers of energy (facilities operating large equipment such as corrugators) with greater savings by reducing kilowatt consumption. The custom-designed plan WPS Global prepared for PhilCorr required no equipment or process changes and no investment in...
PHILCORR EXPECTS A 13% DROP IN ELECTRICITY USAGE  WITH A WPS GLOBAL KWH-CUTTING SYSTEM

PHILCORR EXPECTS A 13% DROP IN ELECTRICITY USAGE WITH A WPS GLOBAL KWH-CUTTING SYSTEM

Can you imagine a solar-powered corrugated facility, already generating 45% of its own electricity, expecting to reduce its purchased energy even further? That’s exactly what PhilCorr, a corrugated sheet manufacturer located in Vineland, New Jersey, is doing. WPS Global Inc. recently signed-on PhilCorr, its first solar-powered customer with some lofty goals. With WPS Global’s energy management system now in place, PhilCorr expects to earn a 13 percent reduction in total electricity usage. This would increase its solar-generated portion of electricity by 7 percent, from 45 percent to 52 percent. Discover the details behind this unique installation....
Creative ways to cut costs are carving out new opportunities for corrugators.

Creative ways to cut costs are carving out new opportunities for corrugators.

Surviving in the uber-competitive corrugated business means sheet feeders must think out-of-the-box when it comes to reducing costs. “Pennies can make the difference between making or losing a sale — we need to explore every opportunity to reduce our operating expenditures,” says John Bolender, president, Niagara Sheets LLC. It is this increasingly competitive marketplace and the growing interest in sustainability that has encouraged Bolender to keep an open mind when it comes to new cost-cutting ideas. So when he heard about the significant savings other sheet and corrugated plants had earned with a customized energy-saving solution, he was all ears. Niagara Sheets partnered with WPS Global to implement the plan tailored specifically for the Tonawanda NY plant. Just 60 days after WPS Global installed its comprehensive energy solution, Niagara Sheets realized over $10,000 in savings. NIAGARA SHEETS’ ENERGY SAVINGS AFTER WPS GLOBAL’S INSTALLATION Month % From Average Effect on Energy Bill 1 -13.59% ($3,198.14) 2 -10.00% ($2,244.01) 3 -20.10% ($4,988.33) Avg Savings To Date -14.56% ($10,430.48) Bolender says the results to date have met his initial expectations. “The data so far already demonstrates a nearly 15 percent reduction in kilowatts consumption compared to last year.” The Guarantee makes it a Low-Risk Decision WPS Global offers a 10 percent reduction guarantee – an insurance policy for savings – with each plan. William Behrmann, president of WPS Global, describes corrugating equipment as big consumers of energy.  The reduction guarantee along with projected savings and success stories help Behrmann articulate the generous opportunity for cutting a plant’s operating costs. “For financial and sustainability reasons, decision-makers want to know if and how we...

Bad News for your Corrugated Facility

Dear Corrugated Facility Management, I have good news for you, and some bad. First, the bad news: if you don’t have a WPS Global Inc. energy reduction system running in your plant(s) right now, you’re never going to earn the significant savings that are available to you (and with zero effort or employee resources on your part). Your competitors and peers in the corrugated and sheet plant industry ARE ALREADY reaping the benefits. There are dozens of success stories. Recently PFFC featured one of those success stories. They reported: Corrugated | Converter Forecasts $1 Million Savings with Energy Reduction System You may have to read the whole story to believe it. In short, the system has been in place for two years. And, Freedom Corrugated’s WPS Global energy management system has already earned it a 15.38 percent overall reduction in kWh usage and an energy cost savings of over $177,000. The savings will continue for at least another 13 years, resulting in an anticipated savings of more than $1,300,000 over a total of 15 years. Other than cost savings, there are sustainability benefits as well. The WPS Global solution has lowered Freedom’s CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions an average of 72.85 tons per month over 24 months. By year 15, the company expects to have cut its CO2 emissions by a total of 13,113 tons. Since the installation, Freedom Corrugated has seen savings in maintenance costs as well. Now, the good news. Your operation is a simple WPS Global audit away from reducing its energy consumption by a double digit percentage. This translates to thousands of dollars in savings each month. This is no exaggeration. Can you imagine where you could re-invest that...

What do you believe?

  This month we thought we’d step away from our typical update about the trends in energy reduction, electrical savings and environmental sustainability. Instead, your colleague, Bill Behrmann, senior systems designer at WPS Global Inc., would like to share a topic that’s a bit more personal. It’s about the concept of “belief.” [hr] I know.  Right away your mind goes to religion when you hear or read it.  But that is not the version of Belief I am talking about… Belief sparks creativity!  It also gives us a sense of empowerment.  Belief is what put us where we are today.  What is hard for most people is choosing to believe even when others insist that you are wrong.  Sometimes the evidence is overwhelmingly in your favor and sometimes it is not.  But, people hate to be embarrassed and wrong, so often – when someone says it can’t be done – most people will agree because of the fear of looking unwise. We know that being wrong isn’t shameful, and in fact, it is what teaches us and helps each of us learn how to improve.  But, for us to achieve greater goals, we have to believe.  Whether that belief is in another person, company, machinery, process, or something off the wall that “can’t be true,” belief is at the core of innovation! I see this innovation every day in my customers. It isn’t always a business’ CEO or executive leadership that are paving the way. On nearly every site visit I make, I see innovation coming from management and taking place on the plant floor. So, no matter who...