Variety Distributors, INC (VDI) of Harlan received an award from the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) for energy efficiency measures taken over the last year.
Nominated by Harlan Municipal Utilities (HMU) for an extensive lighting retrofit project, VDI was one of five recipients of an award presented at the annual IAMU Energy Conference held November 4th and 5th in Des Moines.
In early 2015, VDI completed a complete facility lighting retrofit replacing 799 T-12 florescent bulbs with LED strip lighting. The retrofit saved about 20,000 watts and about 62,500 kWh annually. “Lighting retrofits, especially of this size and scope, go right to the bottom line of the business by decreasing energy, and therefore, operating cost.” Stated Doug Hammer, Director of Marketing and Stakeholder Relations at HMU. “When you compare VDIs electric use before and after the retrofit, you can see the decrease. The retro fit really made a difference.”
VDI is a full line merchandise distributor serving over 1,000 independent retailers nationwide via a 200,000+ square foot warehouse and administrative facility in Harlan, Iowa.
Pictured Left to Right accepting the award for VDI: Don Lantz, General Manager, VDI; Brett Anderson, Customer Service Manager; VDI and Doug Hammer, Director of Marketing, HMU.