United Performance Metals Upgrades Facility
The Hamilton stainless steel facility is doing green installments to run the plant more efficiently, and recycling office paper and metal scrap to decrease their global footprint in the immediate future.
United Performance Metals (UPM; Hamilton, OH) has taken steps to run a more energy efficient facility with its latest green installment of Super Ceiling Sensors from RAB Lighting Products in the restrooms throughout the company’s plant and office areas. Sensors turn on lights automatically, and they stay off when the restrooms are not in use.
Last year, UPM energy saving upgrades included the installation of several 16 ft Diameter Isis® commercial ceiling fans in the plant. These Big Ass Fans® provide summer cooling and winter heat destratification. In the winter, the fans are slowed to efficiently move large volumes of warm air off the ceiling. During the summer months, the fans run quickly to create a work environment that feels up to 10 deg cooler.
In 2010, the company installed T8 High Intensity lighting with High Bay Occupancy Sensor lenses in their warehouse sheet bays. Lights automatically turn on as plant employees drive a side loader forklift truck through the sheet aisles. All other times, the lights are off.
Plant manager Roger Haire was immediately pleased with the product, noting that, “Reduction in maintenance costs alone were obvious. The old bulbs were expensive and needed replacement often. The new lighting lasts much longer. The lighting color itself is much better. They turn on instantly, with no warm-up time. It was a smart move all around.”
The company has also been recycling office paper and metal scrap and will continue to look for more ways to decrease their global footprint in the immediate future.United Performance Metals is a leading supplier of specialty stainless steel and high temperature alloys.
In business since 1982, UPM has experience serving the needs of customers in diverse markets including aerospace, aircraft, automotive, medical, food service, housewares, petrochemical and many others as one of more than a dozen companies that comprise O’Neal Industries, the U.S.A.’s largest family-owned group of metals service centers. With sales of approximately $2.5 billion in 2012, O’Neal Industries is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and has more than 90 specialized facilities throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. www.upmet.com, www.onealind.com