Nestle Purina’s Dunkirk plant is producing pet food in a more energy-efficient setting, with help from National Grid.
The utility’s $125,000 energy-efficiency initiative supported the replacement of nearly 1,000 fluorescent lights with LED lights, equipped with motion sensor controls. The total cost of the project was about $250,000.
The switch will reduce the plant’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 1,100 tons, equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 114 U.S. homes, National Grid said.
“When companies invest in their facilities, we know that they are committed to staying and growing in the region,” said Ken Kujawa, National Grid’s regional director.
Nestle Purina’s plant makes dog and cat food, and employs about 380 people.