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Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When the blades started spinning today on SC Johnson's two new wind turbines, the company's Waxdale manufacturing facility began to further minimize its dependence on fossil fuels. The addition of the turbines means that products made at Waxdale – trusted brands like Scrubbing Bubbles®, Glade® and Windex® – will now be made using clean energy. The wind turbines will produce about eight million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, enough to power 700 homes in a year. Combined with two cogeneration turbines that have been in place since the mid-2000s, the facility is now able to produce an average of 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite.
"SC Johnson has been making green choices for our products and operations for decades. Our work toward reducing the company's dependence on fossil fuels at Waxdale is an important step," said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "Waxdale's new wind turbines enable us to manufacture our products while having an even smaller impact on the environment – and that's something the people of SC Johnson are very proud of. The turbines are yet another symbol of our commitment to future generations."
Since 1886, SC Johnson has been dedicated to doing what is right for people and the planet. The turbines mark another step forward in the company's goal of increasing worldwide renewable energy use to 44 percent of total electricity by 2016.
Winds of Change at Company's Largest Manufacturing Facility
The 135-foot-long blades of the new wind turbines at Waxdale, SC Johnson's largest global manufacturing facility located in
Mt. Pleasant, Wis., were powered up today at an event that celebrated the official commissioning of the turbines.
The addition of wind power means that the facility is now able to produce an average of 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite, reducing carbon emissions associated with powering Waxdale by 6,000 metric tons annually. Today's ceremony marked the beginning of the wind turbines' operations, which is the largest onsite, company-owned wind turbine manufacturing project in the Midwest. Each turbine features a permanent magnet, gearless generator which means less maintenance and higher energy yields than the more traditional gearbox-type system.