Strickland Announces Ohio Industry Energy Efficiency Awards
Monday, February 08, 2010
Governor Ted Strickland, Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of
the Ohio Department of Development, and Mark Shanahan, energy advisor to
Governor Strickland, today announced that 18 Ohio projects will receive
more than $11.8 million in industry efficiency grant awards funded
through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's State Energy
Program. The awards were announced today at Kovatch Castings, which will
receive a $1 million grant for its project.
"We continue to make strategic Recovery Act investments in the industries that will grow Ohio's economy," Strickland said. "Ohio has made a commitment to leading the new energy economy and we are seeing results by empowering companies to make smart, responsible investments that create jobs and drive down energy costs."
These industry efficiency awards are funded through Ohio's $96 million State Energy Program, which was accepted by the U.S. Department of Energy on June 26th. Private companies that are part of Ohio's targeted industries, such as advanced energy, aerospace and aviation, agriculture and food processing, bioscience and bio-products, instruments, controls and electronics, motor vehicles and parts manufacturing, and polymers and advanced materials, will use the funds for energy efficiency improvements in their manufacturing facilities.
"The State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Development are committed to using every available resource to strengthen Ohio companies," Patt-McDaniel said. "Our industry efficiency initiative of the State Energy Program enables manufacturers and industrial producers to realize significant energy savings and operate more efficiently, thereby making them more competitive."
Proposals for the Targeting Industry Efficiency component of the program were accepted beginning September 14, 2009. Projects submitted were selected through a competitive review process based on several criteria: project readiness and ability to be complete within 12 months, a matching investment of at least 50 percent, and direct economic impacts in Ohio to create and retain jobs.
"Renewable and advanced energy strategies are positioning Ohio for sustainable, long-term, and efficient growth," Shanahan said. "Utilizing these Recovery Act resources to build upon Ohio's industry strengths will help our state's businesses conserve energy while creating jobs."
Awarded projects exemplify the goals of the Recovery Act's State Energy Program to sustain Ohio's industry by saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to create or preserve jobs.
"Today's announcement about industrial, energy-efficiency grants for our manufacturers in Northeast Ohio and across the state is great news," said Rep. Betty Sutton (OH-13). "These grants will improve energy efficiency within our manufacturing sector -- an industry that our country heavily relies upon for jobs. They will create jobs for laborers who install the new equipment, as well as jobs for those who will make the new, more-efficient products. Improving energy efficiency within the industrial industry will lower energy costs for manufacturers and allow them to hire additional workers and recover from this recession with new tools to compete. And according to the Alliance of American Manufacturing, for every manufacturing job that is created, an additional four jobs are created down the line. With today's announcement, our manufacturing base will become stronger, our work force will be larger, and our economic future will be brighter."
"Today's announcement for the Timken Company, Shearer's Foods and Republic Storage Systems proves a strong national energy policy can create jobs that cannot be outsourced and make our manufacturers more energy efficient at the same time," said Congressman John Boccieri (OH-16). "We know the cheapest energy is the energy we never use. These stimulus dollars invest in our local manufacturers by helping them save jobs and save money by becoming energy efficient."
An Ashtabula County company was among the recipients:
WEK Industries, Inc (Jefferson, Ashtabula County) - $250,000 to install variable frequency drives on motors and water pumps, install capacitors to improve power factor, and replace inefficient lighting. The project will save 4,992 million BTUs and create 31 new full-time jobs.
To see a complete list of recipients visit: http://recovery.ohio.gov/news/2010/02/#020810