GLENVIEW, Ill., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For the 10th year running, ITW Food Equipment Group is being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its commitment to energy efficiency.
ITW Food Equipment Group has earned the EPA's ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award for 2017, the agency's highest industry honor. By maintaining a focus on energy savings and efficiency, ITW Food Equipment Group has earned Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence awards since 2010 as well as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
"ITW FEG has always been committed to energy and resource efficiency, for our customers, the industry and our own operations," said Lei Schlitz, Executive Vice President, ITW Food Equipment Group. "Being recognized by the EPA with an ENERGY STAR award every year for a decade is a validation of our commitment and the efficiency we design into our commercial food equipment, which professionals choose for consistently high performance across categories."
ITW Food Equipment Group and its family of premium brands, including Hobart, Baxter, Traulsen, Vulcan, Wolf and Stero, among others, build high performance, commercial food equipment that provides superior energy and resource efficiency. With an expansive offering of more than 400 ENERGY STAR-certified products, ITW Food Equipment Group is focused on the continued development of next-generation, energy-efficient equipment in 2017, the promotion of resource efficiency to its dealer network and customers, and continuous energy efficiency improvements at its manufacturing facilities.
A highlight of ITW Food Equipment Group's energy efficient equipment introductions in 2016 and 2017 include the market release of Traulsen R290 refrigeration units in the G-Series (12 base models) and Undercounter series (10 base models), all 22 models of which are ENERGY STAR V3.0 Compliant (CRE). Additionally, Baxter's OV500 gas rack oven was the first of its kind to achieve an ENERGY STAR certification. At Vulcan, the brand's new line of LWE countertop steamers achieve 90 percent reduction in water usage and 50 percent reduction in energy use versus traditional models, while Vulcan PowerFry™ fryers continue to be some of the industry's most efficient, having met the more stringent, 2017 ENERGY STAR standards.
Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped to reduce greenhouse gas emission by more than 2.8 billion metric tons. In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion dollars on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions.
In addition to designing, manufacturing and selling ENERGY STAR certified products, ITW Food Equipment Group has also made significant investments to educate clients on the benefits of ENERGY STAR equipment. For more information about ENERGY STAR certified foodservice and food retail equipment available from ITW Food Equipment Group, visit www.itwfoodequipment.com.
About ITW Food Equipment Group—North America
ITW Food Equipment Group North America (ITW FEG-NA), a division of Illinois Tool Works, is the brand behind the brands found in commercial kitchens, bakeries, delis and groceries around the world. An ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2008, ITW Food Equipment Group embodies a family of premium brands including Hobart, Traulsen, Baxter, Vulcan, Wolf, Berkel, Stero, Somat, Gaylord, Kairak, Wittco and Peerless—covering all your food equipment needs, from food preparation and refrigeration to cooking and baking to dishwashing and waste disposal to weighing and packaging. Backed by our nationwide network of 1,500 factory-trained service technicians, we're always nearby to install, maintain and service your equipment, no matter the make or model. Explore ITW Food Equipment Group by visiting www.itwfoodequipment.com.
About ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions—including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, EPA's ENERGY STAR program has been America's resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov.
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