Duke Manufacturing Earns Energy Champion Award from DOE

Food Equipment Solutions Leader is One of 140 "Save Energy Now Energy Champions" while also earning ISO certification for exemplary quality and customer service

St. Louis (December 8, 2009) - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Duke Manufacturing for its reduced energy use at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sedalia, Mo. The Energy Champion award recognizes savings of at least 250,000 BTUs or more than 15 percent total energy savings at the plant.

Duke Manufacturing completed a Save Energy Now assessment with the DOE Industrial Technologies Program which strives to reduce industrial energy intensity by 25 percent or more in 10 years. The national program to date has saved 16 trillion Btu of natural gas and has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 2.3 metric tons.

"Our commitment to environmental sustainability and energy savings is an essential element of our production process and is as important to our customers as it is to us," explains Diann Gordon, Director of Quality "Our goal is to continually improve our products so that our customers may serve the highest quality food with the smallest environmental impact."

Beyond energy savings, Duke has launched a company wide commitment to sustainability, called "Project Green Shield," an internal campaign that has reduced U.S. landfill waste by one third and recycled an average of 2.5 tons of paper, plastic and cardboard and 140 tons of non-ferrous metals each month.

About Duke Manufacturing

Duke Manufacturing is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of equipment solutions for the food-service industry, including major restaurant chains and dining facilities for schools and other institutions. Founded in 1925, the company is based in St. Louis, Mo., with two U.S. manufacturing facilities and distribution and service centers in Europe, Latin America and Asia. A recipient of the 2009 Energy Champion Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, the company's research and development is focused on creating cost-saving and eco-friendly technologies that save resources while delivering the highest quality food for the ultimate consumer. For more information: www.dukemfg.com.

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