Cabinet for Economic Development
Governor Beshear Announces More Than $787,000 in Lighting Retrofit Grants Awarded to Four Kentucky Companies

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 13, 2010  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  


Funding made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 13, 2010) – Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the award of more than $787,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to four Kentucky companies.  The funding will be used to replace old, inefficient lighting with advanced energy efficient fixtures in existing Kentucky commercial facilities. 

Companies receiving ARRA funds for lighting retrofit projects include: Montaplast of North America Inc. in Frankfort ($280,500); Florida Tile Inc. in Lawrenceburg ($162,500); General Electric Company, Aviation Division in Madisonville ($200,000); and Sekisui Specialty Chemicals America LLC in Calvert City ($144,170). 

“I am pleased to announce the award of more than $787,000 in federal stimulus money to help four Kentucky companies reduce energy consumption and remain competitive in our current challenging economy,” said Gov. Beshear.  “The Department for Energy Development and Independence and the Cabinet for Economic Development have partnered together to secure this money from the U.S. Department of Energy and make it available to businesses through the State Energy Program.  Energy efficiency and economic development are closely linked, and we will continue to look for ways to work together with the private sector in these important areas.”

The purpose of the grant funding is to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy industrial projects for businesses locating or expanding operations in Kentucky that create or retain jobs while saving energy and reducing carbon emissions. Additionally, the funding will help achieve the goals set by Gov. Steve Beshear’s Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky’s Future: Kentucky’s 7-Point Energy Strategy 

Companies were selected through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, administered by the Cabinet for Economic Development.  The cabinet will provide 50 percent of the funds needed to complete the lighting upgrades and each company will provide the additional funding required to complete its project.   

While each project differs slightly, all four will save energy and reduce operating costs.  For example, Florida Tile will replace lighting that is nearly 40 years old, currently pulling between 400 and 1,000 watts for each fixture.  New energy-efficient fixtures will use only 200 watts, while producing more lumens, resulting in the need for 30 percent fewer fixtures.  Florida Tile is expected to save 74 percent on lighting costs. 

“Florida Tile is thrilled to have been selected to receive these funds,” said Richard Kincaid, director of logistics for Florida Tile.  “The grant funds allow us to move forward on a project that is a key component of our ‘Florida Tile CARES’ program. CARES stands for Creating A Responsible Environmental Strategy. Not only will we be able to significantly reduce our energy usage, we’ll also have a brighter workplace for our employees.”

Up to $3.35 million in additional ARRA funds are anticipated to be awarded to Kentucky firms in the coming months. 

Information on additional State Energy Program projects is available online at energy.ky.gov/recovery/sep.  More information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. 

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