Leaders of labor, manufacturing and energy advocacy organizations today praised “Building STAR“, a newly crafted proposal under consideration in federal jobs legislation to create 300,000 jobs and help small businesses by reducing energy waste in commercial and apartment buildings. This fast-acting, short-term program, modeled on the successful “cash for clunkers” program, is a product of Rebuilding America, a diverse coalition with a shared commitment to wholesale investment in the energy efficient retrofit of 50 million buildings by 2020.
After expert presentations, Armacell hosted a facility tour. The facility manufactures elastomeric insulation, which is used to save energy and protect indoor air quality. The process uses ovens, which are more than half the length of a football field, to cure sheets and tubes of specially formulated rubber into insulation for pipes, HVAC equipment and duct work. The facility is the largest of its kind in the United States and employs 300 workers in North Carolina, with 200 based in its Mebane facility.
Thomas Himmel, Vice President, Business Manager North America for Armacell said, “Our insulation products save American businesses and families thousands of dollars a year on their energy bills, and provide good-paying jobs to almost three hundred North Carolinians. Congress now has the opportunity to replicate our success story across the country by passing a robust commercial building retrofit proposal in pending jobs legislation.”
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