Jim Flynn, COO of Nutritional Resources, was intent on reducing energy spending and creating a culture that supported problem solving and empowering all team members. The company had put processes in place around communication to make improvements in these areas, but Flynn realized they needed a more formal process that would bridge the gap between the support teams, leadership, and the shop floor. Working with Elliot Price, Augusta region manager for the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech, Nutritional Resources was enrolled as a candidate for the no-cost energy and sustainability assessment, provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) and conducted by GaMEP. The GaMEP team, including students and co-ops, came to the plant to identify areas of excess energy spend and make recommendations for cost-savings improvements. The team made a number of recommendations and thus far, after implementing just two of the suggestions, the company has realized a cost savings of more than $35,000 per year.
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