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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will recognize several foodservice equipment manufacturers with 2012 Energy Star Awards for their efforts in creating energy-efficient products that help sustain the environment. Recipients will be honored at a March 15 awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. This year's winners include:
• Hoshizaki America Inc.
The company will receive an award for excellence in Energy Star Promotion for its contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring significant consumer education efforts promoting energy-efficient products. As an Energy Star partner since 2003, Hoshizaki America's strategic environmental plan calls for the development of energy-saving products, conservation and preservation practices. Energy Star criteria set its developmental baseline, and in 2011, Energy Star visibility became a mainstay of any marketing medium and training throughout Hoshizaki, according to the company.
"Hoshizaki America's partnership with Energy Star is an important way for us to serve our customers, showing them how they can use energy-efficient Energy Star products and programs to save money and protect the environment," said Christopher Leader, president and COO. "We are committed to continuing this important partnership."
• ITW Food Equipment Group – North America
ITW Food Equipment Group – North America (ITW FEG) will receive an Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. As an Energy Star partner since 2008, ITW FEG is comprised of a number of companies that support foodservice and grocery customers in their efforts to reduce costs, consume less water and electricity, and decrease waste, including Hobart, Traulsen, Stero, Vulcan, Wittco and Wolf.
"Our sustainability commitment remains strong -- to design and manufacture commercial food equipment that allows foodservice and grocery operations to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact," said Chris O'Herlihy, executive vice president, ITW FEG Worldwide. "Through our strategic partnership with Energy Star, as well as customer education and product-focused initiatives, ITW FEG companies will continue to lead sustainability efforts across the commercial foodservice industry."
• Manitowoc Foodservice
Manitowoc Foodservice will also be honored with an Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency. As an Energy Star partner since 2001, the company currently participates in seven Energy Star categories, including ice machines, refrigerators, dishwashers and more. In 2011, Manitowoc added approximately 954 models to its Energy Star-qualified portfolio, for an increase of more than 636 percent.
"Manitowoc Foodservice is committed to partnering with Energy Star in our efforts to increase energy efficiency in our portfolio of best-in-class commercial foodservice equipment, which helps protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Dean Landeche, senior vice president marketing, Manitowoc Foodservice.
• Scotsman Ice Systems
Scotsman Ice Systems will be recognized as a 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Product Manufacturer for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products. Scotsman not only manufactures more than 65 Energy Star-qualified ice machine models, but it also goes even further with 31 of its ice machines qualifying for the maximum Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier-2 qualified performance criteria, which exceed existing Energy Star requirements.
"Food industry professionals seek ice machines that will not only improve their bottom line, but the environment as well," said Matt Allison, vice president of engineering. "With a Prodigy Energy Star-qualified ice machine, Scotsman customers can increase efficiency by saving up to 20 percent more energy than other non-qualified ice machines."
The EPA introduced Energy Star in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Approximately 20,000 organizations are Energy Star partners. More information is available at www.energystar.gov. "[This year's] Energy Star Award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health and our future," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.