Manufacturing Odds & Ends

Orion helps Miller brewery save energy costs
New lighting fixtures built by Manitowoc-based Orion Energy Systems Inc. inside Miller Brewing Company’s facilities has helped the company save 9 million kilowatt hours annually, Miller’s 2008 Sustainable Development Report states. Miller first installed Orion’s energy efficient systems in its Milwaukee brewery. The company later expanded the system to facilities in North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Texas and California. In addition to environmental benefits, Miller is estimated to save $595,000 annually in energy costs or nearly $12 million across the system’s 20-year lifecycle.

Orion VP to speak at national energy-efficiency summit
Steve Heins, vice president of communications and governmental affairs for Orion Energy Systems, will speak at the 2008 Demand Response and Energy Efficiency National Summit, held June 24 and 25 in San Diego. The event, which attracts energy professionals from across North America, will address energy efficiency, energy management and their positive effect on the environment. In his presentation, Heins will address the emission trading protocol for energy efficiency including emission reductions, measurement and verification requirements, and trading logistics. "Energy efficiency can greatly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels," Heins said. "Orion Energy Systems has been working diligently to promote energy efficiency as an alternative to rising costs through the use of its products, which reduce energy without compromise."

ARI names Ohio resident to board of directors
Milwaukee-based ARI Network Services Inc. announced that P. Lee Poseidon, 52, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been appointed to its board of directors. "Lee’s broad and deep experience in the automotive industry — including providing electronic parts catalogs and dealer business management software systems as well as managing the industry’s premier dealer association — will be an important asset as ARI enters its next phase of profitable growth," said Brian E. Dearing, chairman of the board.

Poseidon’s recent business experience includes chief operating officer roles at Quorum Information Technologies, a Canadian supplier of automotive information management systems and services, and the National Automotive Dealers Association’s Dealership Operations unit.

"I am really looking forward to leveraging my skills and experience as a member of ARI’s Board of Directors," Poseidon said. "I have seen, first-hand, how information technology has dramatically improved the automotive service and distribution channel, and I believe that the same potential exists within ARI’s core markets, including power sports and power equipment. I am excited about the opportunities that are available to ARI by building out a strategic vision to deliver a full range of technology-enabled services that connect manufacturers, distributors and dealers, and I can’t wait to help make that vision a reality."

ARI is a provider of electronic parts catalogs and related technology and services for dealers, distributors and manufacturers in the manufactured equipment markets.

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