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Peoria Production Shop Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

Energy StarPeoria Production Shop, located at 2029 W. Townline Road in Peoria, IL is proud to announce that the organization has retained the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Peoria Production Shop has surpassed the mandatory top 25% threshold for certification and ranks in the top 10% for similar facilities, exceeding the requirement by 60%.

“Peoria Production Shop is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Richard Peplow, PPS President and CEO. Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs. We are always seeking ways to lower our operating expenses, and provide better value to our customers through cost containment and continuous improvement.”

Retaining ENERGY STAR certification highlights Peoria Production’s status within the top 10 percent of Distribution Facilities in the nation with regard to energy performance. Peoria Production Shop improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its facility. The north Peoria facility is the only facility in Peoria to attain this designation and receive certification from the EPA.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “ From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR, Peoria Production Shop took the following actions: Installed high efficient lighting throughout the facility, installed motion detectors in all private offices and warehouse racking aisles, updated the HVAC controls to better monitor temperature and occupancy of the facility, installed timers on Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners, and retrofitted exterior lighting to LED technology.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

Entec Services in Bartonville provided technical and engineering assistance to support Peoria Production Shop’s application as an Energy Star Facility. As part of the energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA standard, personal comfort, air quality, and safety cannot be compromised in order to reduce energy consumption as was monitored and tested by Entec Services to support the application.

Peoria Production Shop is a 75-year-old organization providing employment to individuals with disabilities. The mission of PPS is to be the premiere employer of individuals with disabilities. The mission is accomplished by providing competitive wages and benefits in a safe, encouraging and respectful environment where employees can achieve persona success. The mission is sustained by operating as a self-sufficient, non-profit organization, providing valuable goods an services for customers by utilizing the unique talents of the employees.

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Facilities visit www.energystar.gov/buildings/index.cfm.

Contact:
Dan LaTurno
President/CEO
Peoria Production Shop
2029 W. Townline Road
Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: (309) 693-2000
Direct: (309) 683-0701
rpeplow@peoriapros.com

It’s Time to Stretch!

Time to Stretch In WorkshopPeoria Production Shop focuses on quality and employee mental and physical wellbeing. That is the forefront of our corporate culture.

Stretching is a vital part of a healthy fitness regimen. Before beginning a shift, it is important to stretch and warm up to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries by reducing fatigue, improving muscular balance and posture, and improving muscle coordination.

The employees on the floor begin each day with a departmental quality meeting and stretching to help them prepare for the shift.

Musculoskeletal injuries can be costly to a company. These injuries result in medical bills, lost production time, and a ruined safety culture. Instead, PPS takes the proactive approach to prevent these injuries from occurring.

Likewise, to continue to promote a safe environment for our employees. Employees lead stretching immediately after lunch breaks. The company wants to give employees the opportunity to stretch and refresh before the second half of the work day.

The series of stretches increases blood supply, joint mobility, and decreases tightness that might have built up. By participating in stretching our employees improve muscle coordination, which overall correlates with production for the facility.

In addition, the office staff participates in a stretching series as well. Sitting at an office desk, staring at a computer screen all day takes its toll on the body. That is why the office management team decided to join in on the fun. All PPS staff have a stretching book created by a special education teacher who researched the ergonomics of each job position at the facility.

PPS looked into the ergonomics of the facility. In other words, the company wanted to design or modify the work to fit the worker, not the other way around. It is all about creating a safe and healthy working environment.