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UGI Presents $100,000 Rebate Check to Bridon American for Energy Efficiency Improvements

23 Jul 2015

UGI presented a $100,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) rebate check to Bridon American, Hanover Township.  The EE&C check was presented during an event at the Bridon facility on July 23, 2015 at 11 a.m. Chris Dugan, President of the Americas at Bridon International, Ltd., accepted the rebate from Robert Beard, President and CEO of UGI Utilities, Inc.

Bridon American received the rebate through the Commercial and Industrial Custom provision of UGI’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation (“EE&C”) Program. The Bridon American project represents one of the largest energy efficiency projects completed under the EE&C program and the rebate is the largest earned under the program to date.

The UGI award recognizes the installation of a centralized energy management system at the manufacturing, sales and distribution center, as well as additional efficiency improvements to the plant’s water cooling systems.

Contractor SmartWatt Energy, Inc. installed the new energy efficient equipment. The energy efficiency project is expect to save Bridon American more than 835,000 kilowatts of electric usage annually. 

“UGI commends Bridon on the investment made to their facility,” said UGI’s Beard.  “Installation of innovative, energy efficiency technology is critical to the continued economic success of this region’s business and its residents. This is an excellent investment not only for Bridon, but in the future of this community as well.”

“Bridon American has been making innovative, high performance wire and wire rope in Northeast Pennsylvania for decades”, said Chris Dugan, President of Bridon American. “We have sons and grandsons of Bridon employees working here. This win-win partnership with UGI, which provides the energy and the rebate, and SmartWatt, which installed the energy control system, will help us to remain cost competitive as an American manufacturer in future years.”

The UGI EE&C program is designed to achieve lower electric usage and lower overall energy costs for customers. The program includes residential customer rebates for fuel switching from electric to natural gas for residential space heating, water heating and clothes drying and a recycling program for older refrigerators and freezers. Residential and commercial customers are eligible for rebate programs that include fuel switching from electric water heaters to solar thermal water heaters, installation of high-efficiency electric appliances. Commercial customers are eligible for rebates for combined heat and power projects, as well as custom projects such a lighting retrofits.

About Bridon American:

Bridon American, located in Wilkes Barre PA, manufactures high performance wire and wire rope solutions for crane, manufacturing, oil & gas and mining industries in North and South America. It employees 300 workers in the US, Canada and Brazil, and is a component of Bridon International, the global leader in innovative lifting solutions. Visit our website at www.bridonamerican.com and follow us on Twitter @BridonAmerican.

About UGI:

UGI Utilities is a natural gas and electric utility with headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania. UGI serves 670,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland.  Customers and community members are invited to visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.

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