DCED Secretary, Senator Earll, Tour Local Award Winning Company

Erie, PA - Pennsylvania's Department of Community & Economic Development Acting Secretary, George Cornelius along with State Senator Jane M. Earll (R-49), will tour American Tinning & Galvanizing Company on Thursday, April 16 from 11am until 12 noon.

David Bertges, Financial & HR Manager extended the invitation to the Secretary and Senator to view the energy saving improvements recently completed at the 78 year old company. "These energy saving initiatives have enabled the company to reduce its electric consumption by approximately 15%. The decrease in electric has made it possible for ATG to effectively reduce its environmental footprint, equal to the removal of 67 cars, or saving 690,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Without low interest funding from the DCED and a grant from the PA DEP this project would not have been possible", stated Mr. Bertges.

According to Senator Earll, "I thought it was important to showcase this company. American Tinning is a recognized leader in their industry. They've been around for a long time and are important to this community. I believe it is meaningful for the Secretary to tour and meet with industry leaders that have the foresight to make investments in energy efficiency that will keep them competitive in the future."

American Tinning & Galvanizing (ATG) is a family owned business specializing in the corrosion control of metal, steel and aluminum by providing "finishing" services. The company was founded in 1931 by Fred Carlson and is a third generation, family owned business. It was started as a tinning business with one employee and expanded its metal finishing capabilities during WWII. Since 2004 ATG has developed into a prosperous company by becoming more competitive in the marketplace through an expanded menu of services; active pursuit of new customers, and earning Nadcap certification. Today American Tinning & Galvanizing Company employs over 75 employees on the same corner where the business began.

American Tinning & Galvanizing will be presented with the "Celebration of Excellence" Award at the Erie Regional Chamber annual dinner Thursday evening.

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