December 9, 2019, Glendora, CA CalPortland® is proud to announce that the company’s Rillito, AZ cement plant has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR® certification. Facility Certification signifies that the industrial plant performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. This is the eighth consecutive (2012 – 2019) year that the Rillito, AZ plant has earned the ENERGY STAR, reflecting a legacy of continued energy savings.
“CalPortland is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR 2019 certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts at the Rillito plant,” said Allen Hamblen, President/CEO CalPortland. ” We continue to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and ENERGY STAR while also reducing our energy costs through the hard work of our employees and our corporate energy management culture.”
Earning ENERGY STAR certification highlights CalPortland’s status of operating within the highest level of performance of the top 25 percent of cement plants in the nation with regards to energy performance. The company has improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its plant.
“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.”
CalPortland is receiving this ENERGY STAR certification in recognition for its commitment to high-level leadership in energy management throughout the company as well as demonstrating efficiency at the Rillito, AZ facility. Some of the key accomplishments for certification include:
- Improved efficiency of the compressed air system
- Kiln baghouse fan efficiency improvements
- Engineering work on Tower Cyclone replacement
- Repair and Maintenance practices helping maintain kiln uptime and performance at a high level
- Quarry crushing and conveying equipment improvements
This distinct plant recognition is distinguishable from the 2019 EPA ENERGY STAR PARTNER OF THE YEAR (POY) for Sustained Excellence award received by the company earlier in 2019. The company has received the POY award for fifteen consecutive years (2005-2019) which is a feat that is unmatched by any other industrial company in the United States.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR.
CalPortland has established a corporate energy efficiency culture and continues to lead the cement industry in environmental stewardship through investment in renewable energy, fuels and efficient industrial production technology.
CalPortland Company is a major producer of cement, ready mixed concrete, aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. Founded in 1891 with the principle of providing unsurpassed quality, CalPortland remains a leader in the industry through its commitment to quality, safety, customer service, technical excellence and environmental leadership. The company maintains its headquarters in Glendora, California and operates in the Western U.S. and two Canadian Provinces. For more information about CalPortland Company visit www.calportland.com .
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