At Bobcat, we minimize the impact we have on the environment and help our customers do the same. Remanufacturing, recycling, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, monitoring energy usage and reducing waste are just a few examples of how we leverage technology and innovation to become more productive while using resources more efficiently.
Workers at the Wahpeton, North Dakota manufacturing facility produce hydraulics, cylinders and valves for Bobcat® loaders, compact excavators and attachments. And in this high bay space where welding, assembly and testing are performed, good lighting is imperative. For many years, the 98,000 sq. ft. space was lit with outdated 297 metal halide fixtures. When we began researching a new lighting solution, our goal was not only to increase light levels but to also reduce energy usage.
During a holiday plant shutdown, the plant’s lighting was replaced with GE’s Albeo ABH and ALC4 LED lighting. With the new fixtures, employees can see their work better and energy usage has decreased by more than 850,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) each year. They also have a rated lifetime of 100,000 hours compared to a 20,000-rated life of metal halides.