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Schindler Elevator Corp. recently opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Hanover, Pa., that has earned North America's first gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green-building certification for an elevator manufacturing plant.
The 150,000-square-foot facility will produce customer-facing components such as doors, entrances, jambs and elevator cab interiors. The plant also includes the company's order-fulfillment warehouse.
"We are very excited to be opening this new factory in south-central Pennsylvania where we have had a manufacturing presence for many years," said Jakob Zueger, Schindler Americas CEO. "We help our customers achieve their green-building and sustainability goals in projects around the world every day, but this facility is another example of how Schindler is truly embracing sustainability in our own business as well."
The LEED rating system, which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
The Hanover facility achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The facility will serve as a model for future Schindler production facilities around the globe.
"The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry," said Rick Fedrizzi, U.S. Green Building Council president and CEO. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Schindler demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of this new Hanover manufacturing facility."
For more information, visit www.us.schindler.com.