U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Advanced Manufacturing Office – Industrial Distributed Energy

New Companies Join Better Buildings, Better Plants

September 9, 2013

The Energy Department is pleased to announce the addition of new Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners at both the Challenge and Program levels.

HARBEC, a custom injection molder and precision component part manufacturer based in Upstate New York, elevated the company’s commitment to energy efficiency by stepping up to the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge in August, 2013. As a Better Plants Challenge Partner, HARBEC will reduce its energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period, initiate a showcase project, and publicly share its energy performance data and approaches to advancing energy efficiency throughout its organization.  The Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge is the industrial component of the Better Buildings Challenge. Launched by President Obama in December 2011, the goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American commercial and industrial buildings at least 20% more energy efficient by 2020. More than 120 organizations and over 300 manufacturing plants, representing more than 2 billion square feet of commercial and industrial buildings, currently partner with the Energy Department in the Better Buildings Challenge.

In addition, four new companies—ArcelorMittal USA; Commercial Metals Company; JBT Corporation; and TPC Group LLC—joined the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program in July and August, 2013. Each company is voluntarily committing to significantly reduce the energy intensity of its industrial operations over a 10-year timeframe through participation in the Program.

  • ArcelorMittal USA is a leading steel company whose products are used in the automotive, construction, appliance, and packaging industries. The company commits to sustainability through recycling steel, working to reduce CO2 emissions, and supporting long-term economic growth of the regions where it has operations by utilizing local businesses for suppliers.
  • Commercial Metals Company and its subsidiaries manufacture, fabricate, and recycle steel and metal products in the U.S. and strategic international markets. The company's steelmaking processes primarily use recycled metals, which saves landfill space and natural resources.
  • JBT Corporation provides technology solutions to the food processing and air transportation sectors. The company’s environmental strategy includes reducing CO2 emissions and waste through the efficient use of resources.
  • TPC Group LLC, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a leading producer of value-added products derived from niche petrochemical raw materials such as C4 hydrocarbons. The company sells its products into a wide range of performance, specialty and intermediate markets, including synthetic rubber, fuels, lubricant additives, plastics and surfactants. TPC Group is committed to safe, reliable and environmentally responsible operations, with an operating history of nearly 70 years.

As of September 2013, there are 123 Better Plants Program Partners, representing more than 1,700 manufacturing facilities across nearly all 50 states. For more information on how to join Better Plants, please contact BetterPlants@ee.doe.gov.