Southeastern Container wins the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award

Atlantic Bottling Company is excited to congratulate Southeastern Container’s Bowling Green plant that has recently won the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award. Atlantic Bottling with many other Coca-Cola bottlers across the United States, purchase empty PET bottle bodies from Southeastern Container to produce Coca-Cola products locally. Kirk Tyler, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Atlantic Bottling Company, is also the Chairman of the Board for Southeastern Container. The partnership with Efficiency Smart has reduced energy use and operational costs for the past decade.

The Ambassador of Energy Efficiency award recognizes entities that have completed substantial energy efficiency projects. To be considered for the award, organizations must be an electric customer of a utility that partners with Efficiency Smart and complete a project that results in significant energy savings for the community.

Southeastern Container is the 40th recipient of the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency award since its inception in 2013. Southeastern Container was the inaugural winner of the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award when it launched in 2013 and is the first company to receive the award a second time.

On behalf of Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Congratulations to Southeastern Container’s Bowling Green plant!

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Southeastern Container’s Bowling Green plant has worked with Efficiency Smart for almost a decade to reduce energy use and operational costs. During this time, the company has completed large-scale LED and efficient industrial machinery and process upgrades. Most recently, the company upgraded its injection molding and blow molding machines.

Southeastern Container is expected to save 5.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy annually, $452,467 annually, and more than $6.7million over the lifetime of its installed upgrades. The energy savings are the equivalent of the annual energy used by 480 homes.

“Bowling Green is committed to the success of its local industries and businesses, said Bowling Green Mayor Mike Aspacher. “Our community is also committed to the sustainability initiatives demonstrated by this project. I look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Southeastern Container and Efficiency Smart and applaud Southeastern Container’s commitment to sustainable solutions like energy efficiency.”

Southeastern Container worked with an Efficiency Smart energy consultant and account manager for technical project assistance and to verify potential savings. Additionally, Efficiency Smart provided an incentive to reduce the cost of the upgrades. These resources were made possible through a partnership between Efficiency Smart and the City of Bowling Green, designed to save Bowling Green Municipal Utilities electric customers money through energy efficiency.

Southeastern Container is a manufacturing cooperative that produces plastic bottles and pre-forms primarily for Coca-Cola. Its mission is to be a leader in environmentally sustainable packaging within the bottling community, a goal that aligns closely with Coca-Cola’s goal to reduce its global greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030.

“Southeastern Container’s continued investment in new equipment in Bowling Green is proof of the relationship developed with Efficiency Smart and the City of Bowling Green toward achieving Coca Cola’s sustainability goals,” said Tyler Williams, Plant Engineer for Southeastern Container.

“We are delighted to recognize Southeastern Container for making energy-efficient upgrades,” said Sean Clement, Director of Efficiency Smart. “These projects showcase its vision and commitment to reducing energy use and saving money, and the company will enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency for years to come.”

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