Elk River manufacturer earns Energy City High Five Award

The Energy City Commission recognized the efforts of Faribault Foods to reduce energy usage by awarding them an Energy City High-Five award.

Faribault Foods received the High-Five award from the Energy City Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Elk River City Hall.

John Anderson, Director of Operations for Faribault Foods, and Dave Zimmerman, Warehouse Manager for Faribault Foods, were there to accept the award.

Energy City Commission Chairman Vance Zehringer spoke about Faribault Foods’ continued efforts saying that they completed a variety of energy conservation projects.

Faribault Foods completed a compressed air evaluation which led to significant changes.  They installed variable frequency drives, premium efficiency motors on their compressors, and upgraded their lighting.

Chairman Zehringer spoke about the substantial energy and cost savings associated with the improvements, “They are going to be saving in excess of 500,000 kilowatt hours. That equates to approximately $50,000 a year just on the lighting.”

The Energy City High Five program encourages businesses to boost efficiency, help the planet, and save money.  Sponsored by the City of Elk River, the program outlines 40 eco-friendly initiatives each with a corresponding point value.

Once a business accumulates a certain number of points, they are awarded an Energy City High Five award.

For more information on the Energy City or the High Five program, visit them at http://www.ci.elk-river.mn.us/energycity or call them at 763.635.1000.