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Hamden Companies Thinking Green

4/21/2010

Hamden Companies Thinking Green

 

Leading the Drive in Energy Driven Business

Mayor Jackson and the Economic Development Department announce the Formation of

“The Green Cluster”

 

Hamden’s businesses are stimulating the local and regional economy. They are part of the growing green economy and Hamden has recognized this by naming the Green Cluster as the Town’s eighth industry cluster.

 

"On a national, state, and local level, green jobs and green technology serve the dual role of making the world safer for our children and economic development driver.  Our entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in this arena, and it is our responsibility as governments to foster the growth of businesses dedicated to greening the earth.", stated Mayor Jackson.

 

Hamden Cluster are groups of similar businesses that employ a significant number of people, pay a high amount of taxes or who have a significant and growing impact on the local and regional economy. Here are some of Hamden’s Green Cluster businesses.

 

Urban Miners: Located at 30 Manilla Street this locally based and operated company is creating a market of its own. This business has many functions including the removal of materials from houses and buildings which are salvaged, reused, or recycled. They also specialize in deconstruction which can save a contractor on demolition costs and about 80% on building materials. They have created a market for the salvaged materials that are recovered lumber, old appliances, furniture, building material, antiques, collectibles, and much more at www.urbanminers.com.

 

Amphenol Corporation: This company is the largest manufacturer of interconnect products in the world and has released a new technology called TapeLite. This technology incorporates Ribbon Fiber Lighting Technology and consists of flat plastic optical fiber construction. This product provides a unique lighting option while never passing any electricity throughout the ribbon giving even more lighting possibilities such as in water, on the ground, and on the exterior of buildings.  Amphenol's new technology will provide business owners with a new way to highlight their buildings at night and draw attraction to them like never before, all while driving down energy costs. It will also allow consumers to decorate their favorite room in a way never before imagined; the possibilities for this technology are endless. To explore new ways to make the exterior or interior of a building more appealing visit, www.tapelites.com.

 

EnerLume Energy Management Corp: EnerLume reduces their clients' energy costs and consumption through their product, the EnerLume/ EM. This product is installed into existing fluorescent fixtures and uses a microprocessor to reduce the amount of current into the lighting panel when the current is not being efficiently converted. The average savings from this is about 15% on their clients' energy costs and all of this is obtained without reducing the lighting level of a space. Visit www.enerlume.com to learn more about how to save on electrical costs. 

 

GreaseGuys, LLC: A locally owned and operated recycling company is leading the way in innovation through an unlikely product, waste cooking oil. The GreaseGuys provide a way for restaurants and kitchens to properly dispose of this waste grease. The GreaseGuys have developed a methodology to turn this bi-product into a clean burning alternative fuel. This process is not only conserving the environment by providing a clean fuel alternative it is also creating jobs in this industry cluster. Their website, www.greaseguys.com, provides more detail to the services they provide to their clients.

 

United Illuminated (UI): The energy company continues to provide ways for their customers to pursue clean energy alternatives. By participating in a voluntary program that supports clean, renewable energy produced by natural sources such as wind and water they will help create a cleaner environment and be a part of the increasing competition in terms of companies supplying these energy alternatives. UI's partnership with small businesses provides Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs. Those programs include: Energy Management Services such as cash incentives for reducing energy load during peak hours, walk through energy audits, and comparative cost analysis to uncover cost effective improvements to facilities and processes. The programs also offers a Conservation and Load Management Program that provides incentives to businesses who invest in energy efficient products and systems reducing energy consumption which puts less strain on the environment and trims down a business's costs. UI continuously works to help small business find electrical solutions to cut other energy costs. To learn more about these and other programs that UI offers, visit their website www.uinet.com.

 

These companies help to continue the economic growth in Hamden. They are creating jobs, research opportunities, and forming energy related markets of their own with the products and services that they offer. Because of their growth and success, the Town will work with them to develop an agenda for the Green Industry Cluster to further promote the advancement of these companies. For further information on the Green Cluster or any of the Town’s Business Incentive Program, contact the Director of Economic & Community Development,  Dale Kroop at 203-287-7033, at dkroop@hamden.com or visit them on the web at www.hamden-ct.com.

 

 

 

 

 


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