Manitowoc an EPA Partner of the Year
Manitowoc introduced 34 new ice maker and fryer models to its portfolio in 2014 that are ENERGY STAR qualified. These units are added to the freezers, refrigerators, steamers, griddles, and ovens the company produces that are already a part of the ENERGY STAR program. In recognition of these contributions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Manitowoc Foodservice the 2015 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, the highest ENERGY STAR recognition.
History of Excellence
This is not the first time that Manitowoc Foodservice has been honored by the EPA. The company has won ENERGY STAR awards for participation in the program for six years as of 2015, winning ENERGY STAR's Sustained Excellence Award for three years in a row.
In 2014, Manitowoc Foodservice's ENERGY STAR-certified products catalog expanded to include more than 1,000 items in six foodservice product categories. This means each of these products has undergone rigorous testing to ensure that they meet all ENERGY STAR standards, so that customers can enjoy lower utility bills while also helping the environment by reducing their carbon footprint.
About Manitowoc Foodservice
Manitowoc Foodservice is a division of The Manitowoc Company, which was founded in 1902 and encompasses multiple industries in 25 countries. The foodservice division, headquartered in New Port Richey, Fla., began in 1995 and includes 24 commercial foodservice brands, including Frymaster®, Kolpak®, and Manitowoc Ice. The company has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2001.
Manitowoc Ice experienced the greatest ENERGY STAR growth in 2014, with its qualified models increasing by 17 percent, while Frymaster added 20 qualified models.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR is a program run by the EPA. It was established in 1992 as part of the Clean Air Act to "develop, evaluate and demonstrate non-regulatory strategies and technologies for reducing air pollution".1 In 2005, the Energy Policy Act shifted the program's goals to promoting energy-efficient products and voluntary labeling to reduce energy consumption and pollution.
The program uses third-party testing for up-front and off-the-shelf testing to certify products as meeting ENERGY STAR requirements. This compliance screening ensures that the minor changes inherent to the manufacturing process does not cause the product to fall below requirement thresholds. Tax credits are available to companies and individuals who purchase certain ENERGY STAR products, adding incentives beyond long-term energy savings. With more than 4.8 billion ENERGY STAR products sold since 1992, American businesses and individuals have saved more than $295 billion on utility bills. The EPA program has also prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions since it was founded.2
1. Research, Investigation, Training, and Other Activities United States Environmental Protection Agency. Accessed October 2015.
2. About ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR. Accessed October 2015.