Utilities: SnoPUD, Seattle Steam, Seattle City Light

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Steve Klein
Steve Klein, general manager of SnoPUD

Snohomish County Public Utility District

Green winner logoThis year, Washington state utilities showed an impressive continuing commitment to reducing energy use and carbon emissions. Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) edged out the competition by pursuing a broad range of activities, including conservation and savings programs and the exploration of renewable energy sources.

The utility’s biomass facilities power 25,000 homes and its wind energy powers 40,000 homes, accounting for 8 percent of its energy supply. The utility has also developed two small hydropower sites and is evaluating tidal energy sites in the Puget Sound and geothermal energy sites in the Cascade Mountains. The utility installed more than 50 customer-operated solar projects on home rooftops, and helped in the construction of the LEED Gold-certified Mukilteo City Hall.

Location: Everett

Employees: 958

Website: snopud.com

In 2009, the PUD broke its all-time record for conservation, saving over 8 average megawatts per customer, cutting consu mers’ bills by $5.4 million, and avoiding 8,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Runners-up:

Seattle Steam Co.

Location: Seattle

Employees: 27

Website: seattlesteam.com

Last year, Seattle Steam Co. installed a biomass boiler that burns waste wood instead of natural gas. Even the ashes from the burning are used as additives in cement manufacturing and protective cover sealant for landfills. The biomass boiler brings Seattle Steam halfway to its goal of an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

Seattle City Light

Location: Seattle

Employees: 1,700

Website: cityofseattle.net/light

Despite being the ninth largest public electric utility in the United States, Seattle City Light was the first electric utility to be greenhouse gas-neutral and remains so today. Last year, City Light launched new programs for commercial customers that resulted in savings of 63 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. Small businesses increased their participation in energy conservation programs by 62 percent. The utility also offers incentives for customers who install energy-efficient improvements in their homes and businesses.

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The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn › belshaw-adamatic.com
When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.