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ENERGY STAR Honors For Four Equipment Manufacturers

Four foodservice equipment manufacturers have been named 2014 ENERGY STAR award winners by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The awards honor businesses and organizations for outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. More than 130 firms in various industries will be honored April 29 at the 2014 ENERGY STAR Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Manitowoc Foodservice and ITW Food Equipment Group were honored with Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence awards.

Manitowoc was recognized for its continued leadership in providing more than 1,700 ENERGY STAR certified products and for its active engagement in the ENERGY STAR combination-oven specification development process. The New Port Richey, Fla., firm was cited for its efforts in 2013 to promote the program through print media and tradeshows; introducing an energy-efficiency microsite offering information on efficiency and rebates, savings calculators, and other tools; and integrating ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency information for its product lines into training literature and online information for its dealers, end users, servicers, consultants, and distributors.

ITW FEG was honored for its deep commitment to efficiency through its full line of energy-efficient foodservice equipment, active participation in ENERGY STAR specification and test method development, and efforts to communicate the program’s benefits to consumers and other stakeholders. In 2013, the Troy, Ohio, company offered more than 400 ENERGY STAR certified products across seven categories, an increase of 19%. Nearly half of ITW FEG’s product line is ENERGY STAR certified.

The firm was specifically cited for developing an innovative energy recovery technology for undercounter warewasher models that significantly reduces energy and water consumption; creating new energy-efficient heat transfer technologies for fryers; and educating its sales force, dealers, distributors, sales representatives, and foodservice consultants about ENERGY STAR.

Air King Ltd. and Hoshizaki America were honored as 2014 Partners of the Year.

Peachtree City, Ga.-based Hoshizaki received recognition for its support of the program’s specification development process, leadership in marketing ENERGY STAR certified products, and promotion of energy efficiency to its broad range of constituents. In 2013, the company increased its ENERGY STAR certified product offerings by 88%; integrated the logo and messaging into promotional point-of-sales materials, brochures and charts; established an ambitious dealer education program; and increased training to dealers, service technicians, consultants, and architects by 93%.

Canada's Air King, headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, was recognized for its leadership in communicating the importance of saving energy and preventing climate change with ENERGY STAR. Its key 2013 accomplishments include holding a climate-change Twitter party that garnered more than 150 participants and reached more than 200,000 people; conducting two employee-training seminars where the benefits of ENERGY STAR were explained and tips were provided for saving energy at work; and adding a climate change calculator to its home page to teach more than 5,000 people per month about reducing their carbon footprint. Air King’s web page links to EPA’s climate change information as well as the WaterSense program to provide consumers with helpful information.

A complete list of 2014 winners can be found here.

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