A Green Cardinal: Cardinal Laboratories Marks 'Energy Independence Day' on October 29 by Going Off the Electric Grid to 100% Solar Power

Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:37pm EDT

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A Green Cardinal: Cardinal Laboratories Marks 'Energy Independence Day' on
October 29 by Going Off the Electric Grid to 100% Solar Power

AZUSA, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardinal Laboratories will usher in a
more earth-friendly era Thursday October 29th, when it officially converts its
manufacturing and distribution center to 100% solar power, a project
undertaken with the Solar Partnership Program of the City of Azusa.  The
company will mark the occasion with a 2pm green ribbon cutting ceremony that
includes a tour of its new American-made solar collection and distribution

The conversion has taken the 60-year old maker of popular dog and cat care
products completely off the power grid - Cardinal is harvesting enough power
that it's sending electricity back to its local utility.  

The Cardinal building is the first completely solar powered facility in Azusa
and the first manufacturing and distribution center in the pet care products
industry.  In addition to going solar, Cardinal replaced many power-drawing
items with energy-efficient alternatives - it replaced outdated skylights with
new prismatic units, installed occupancy sensors in rooms and installed a
"white roof" with 320 American-made solar panels from San Diego's Siliken
Renewable Energy, covering 5,440 square feet of roof space over the Cardinal

These changes have so significantly reduced the energy load that Cardinal is
able to install air conditioning in the factory, which the employees greatly
appreciate, especially in the California summers.  A state-of-the art "Sock"
air control system monitors the quality of the air flow in the facility and
ensures optimal efficiency of the air conditioning system.

Cardinal Laboratories president Tony De Vos believes that despite the current
economy, these changes are not only good business moves, but also the socially
responsible thing to do.  "As a leading manufacturer of dog and cat care
products for over 60 years, Cardinal is proud to be one of the companies
leading the way toward a more environmentally responsible future," said De
Vos. "Looking at our environment from the big picture point of view, taking
steps to get off the power grid and reduce our carbon footprint makes sense
for our company, our world and future generations."

For more information about the solar conversion, visit www.cardinalpet.com.


SOURCE  Cardinal Laboratories

Jennifer Ramirez, Fucini Productions, +1-248-374-2882, jennifer@fucinipro.com
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