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Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Announces Garlock Sealing Technologies Awarded Nearly $1 million for Energy Efficiency Projects

(September 26, 2012)

Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Announces Garlock Sealing Technologies Awarded Nearly $1 million for Energy Efficiency Projects

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council today announced that Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC. (GST) has been awarded more than $936,000 through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative to support a series of energy efficiency projects that are anticipated to cut the company’s costs by $450,000 annually. The award, which is funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is being used toward a $2.6 million project to make process improvements and increase the energy efficiency in GST’s older buildings.

“For well over a century, Garlock Sealing Technologies has served as a staple of the Finger Lakes Region – creating much-needed local jobs and growing to become a vital component to our overall regional economy,” said Regional Council Co-chairs Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester and Danny Wegman, CEO of Wegman’s Food Markets. “As the largest employer in Wayne County, GST is a company that understands good workers are just as important to the success of their business as their bottom line. Governor Cuomo’s leadership in forming the Regional Councils has allowed for us to identify and support great companies like Garlock to ensure they remain innovative and competitive into the 21st Century. We congratulate Garlock for receiving this award and NYSERDA for their continued efforts to help business thrive in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.”

GST is a member of the Garlock family of companies, global leaders in high-performance fluid sealing products for the world’s processing industries, including chemicals and petrochemicals, refining, pulp and paper, power generation, semiconductor, primary metals, food and pharmaceuticals, mining and original equipment manufacturers, among others. GST, which employs 540 in Palmyra, celebrated its 125th anniversary in New York State in August.

“We want to thank NYSERDA and the engineering firm of Clough, Harbour & Associates for assisting and educating us about the opportunities under the Industrial and Process Efficiency Program,” said GST Vice President of Manufacturing Rick DeVolder. “Commitment to environmental sustainability, including elimination of waste, conserving resources and reducing our environmental impact, is one of our core values at Garlock. Improving the energy efficiency of our operations is part of that commitment, and this award will make an important contribution toward achieving that goal. Ultimately it will also help improve our competitive position in the marketplace.”

“Congratulations to Garlock Sealing Technologies,” said Richard F. Rappa, PE, Senior Vice President of Clough, Harbour & Associates (CHA). “We have long recognized that by helping manufacturers become more efficient, they also become more productive, more competitive and more profitable. It is a win-win-win situation for Garlock, NYSERDA, and New York State.”

The different projects identified by GST in its Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) included boiler system replacement, chilled water system replacement, improved steam system management, and modernization of an extruder process. These improvements will decrease the energy consumed in the manufacturing process and increase product throughput.

These projects are expected to reduce the company’s energy use by an estimated 692,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) and almost 57,000 million British Thermal Units (MMBtu) annually. The kWh reduction is the equivalent of saving enough electricity to power 100 average-sized homes for a year. The MMBtu reduction is the equivalent of saving enough natural gas to heat 800 average-sized homes for a year.

Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the CFA for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. As part of that process, Garlock was awarded more than $936,000 through NYSERDA’s Industrial and Process Efficiency program.

Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA said, “Congratulations to Garlock Sealing Technologies for making significant investments to increase the energy efficiency of its industrial processes and facilities at a plant that has been providing good manufacturing jobs in New York State for 125 years. NYSERDA is proud to support such projects under Governor Cuomo’s CFA initiative, and wish Garlock many more years of success.”

NYSERDA’s Industrial and Process Efficiency program provides financial incentives to manufacturers and data centers that enhance energy efficiency and productivity through capital improvements to their operations. Eligible projects include those that enhance processes, increase manufacturing output, improve data center efficiency and minimize energy use in building support systems. Incentives are available to customers who install energy and productivity improvements in new and existing facilities.

Senator Michael Nozzolio said, “Garlock Sealing Technologies, which has operated in Wayne County for 125 years, plays a critically important role in our region's economy. It is important now more than ever to help New York’s job-creating manufacturers thrive by reducing energy costs and increasing efficiency. I congratulate Garlock on receiving this award and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Assemblyman Bob Oaks said, “Just recently I had a chance to tour the Garlock facilities in celebration of the company's longstanding presence in Palmyra and Wayne County. I saw first-hand the commitment from management and the unionized employees to build on Garlock's success of 125 years. This grant will help Garlock maintain its competitiveness as it strives to be the global leader for fluid sealing products.”

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