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Knit fabric producer FesslerUSA completes solar project
Aug '11
FesslerUSA, an Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania company that provides design services and manufactures knit fabric, apparel, and consumer products, today celebrated the completion of a 450 kW photovoltaic solar power generation system, mounted on the roof of its Deer Lake vertical manufacturing facility.

The system consists of over 1,600 solar panels covering about half of the facility's roof. It will generate about 450,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, which is enough to power 35 homes per year, and will provide over half of the facility's current energy usage. According to Ira Walton, Solar Project Manager, “In the short time we have been operational, FesslerUSA has already prevented almost 21 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to over 525 trees or saving over 2,400 gallons of gas”.

Bonnie Meck, FesslerUSA's Chief Operating and Sustainability Officer said, “We are so excited about the completion of this project – it is a major step forward for Made in USA sustainable manufacturing.”

FesslerUSA is one of the larger manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania to run the majority of its operations on solar power, significantly reducing the Company's energy costs, increasing the Company's competitiveness in today's global economy, and dramatically reducing its carbon footprint.

Dignitaries in attendance today included State Senator Dave Argall, Schuylkill County Commissioners Mantura Gallagher and Frank Staudemeier, Congressman Tim Holden, State Representatives Jerry Knowles and Mike Tobash, among many others.

“A number of Southern Schuylkill businesses supported our celebration today – representing almost 400 Schuylkill County jobs,” added Walter Meck, FesslerUSA's CEO. “We appreciate their friendship and support, as we all share a common goal of keeping small businesses thriving in our communities.” Food and refreshments for the ribbon-cutting celebration were provided by the Brick House Grill, Guers Dairy, Healthy Habits Market, Madeline's Restaurant, The Oak Hill Inn and Philly Pretzel.

FesslerUSA is a leading producer of exclusively American made quality knit fabrics, apparel, and consumer products. Continuously operating and employing Pennsylvanians for over 111 years, its products are made in Pennsylvania and shipped globally.


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