Columbus, GA – September 22, 2010 – Kysor/Warren, a division of Manitowoc Foodservice and a leading manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and refrigerated systems for supermarkets throughout North America, was honored today with the 2009-2010 GreenChill Distinguished Partner Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a ceremony following the Food Marketing Institute’s Energy and Store Development Conference in Minneapolis.
Each year, the EPA presents the GreenChill Distinguished Partner Awards to organizations that have demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting the environment by reducing the harmful impact of commercial refrigeration systems on climate change and the Earth’s ozone layer. Kysor/Warren received the only award presented in this year’s non-supermarket partner category.
"The EPA is very proud to recognize Kysor/Warren with our Distinguished Partner Award this year," said Keilly Witman, Manager of EPA's GreenChill Partnership. "Kysor/Warren continues GreenChill's tradition of recognizing an advanced technology manufacturer for outstanding contributions to furthering the Partnership's mission to reduce refrigerant emissions from supermarkets. Kysor/Warren's contribution to GreenChill over the past year has been of the highest caliber, both in terms of quality and level of commitment."
In October 2009, Kysor/Warren unveiled its first naturally occurring Carbon Dioxide (CO2) refrigeration system with grocery retailer, Food Lion. Using a natural refrigerant, the CO2 system lowers the global warming potential by approximately 50 percent, creating a significantly less harmful impact on the environment. Earlier this month, the manufacturer also partnered with Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, installing the environmentally-friendly system into the grocer’s first GreenChill certified store. The system is expected to reduce the impact of the store’s refrigeration on the ozone layer by nearly 70 percent as compared to industry standards.
“We are very grateful to the EPA for recognizing our efforts at Kysor/Warren to address the growing concern over the impact of refrigerant leaks into the environment,” said Jim Laycock, Kysor/Warren president. “We are honored by this award and will remain committed to furthering the mission of the GreenChill Partnership by continuing to create products and solutions for our customers that help protect our planet.”
In August 2010, the manufacturer was also honored with the Community Green Award recognizing it as a good steward of the environment. The award was presented by the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Georgia, WLTZ-News 38.
Kysor/Warren, a division of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., operates two manufacturing facilities in Columbus, GA. Kysor/Warren has created commercial refrigerated display cases and refrigeration systems for more than 125 years. Built on a tradition of excellence, Kysor/Warren unveils innovative and sustainable refrigeration technologies. We are proud of our products, services and commitment to our customers. For more information, visit www.kysorwarren.com.
About the GreenChill Partnership
The GreenChill Partnership helps the environment by decreasing the impact of commercial refrigeration systems on the ozone layer and climate change. GreenChill assists partner food retailers in developing and attaining corporate environmental stewardship and sustainability goals. It also encourages emission reductions at individual stores through its Store Certification Program.
Launched in 2007, the GreenChill Partnership now includes 50 partners with close to 5,500 stores throughout the US. GreenChill’s supermarket partners’ refrigerant leak rates are about 50 percent lower than the industry average, the EPA estimates. GreenChill is an EPA Partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.