Independence LED high-bay lights enable Gretz Beer Company to meet energy efficiency goals

Oct. 28, 2014
WAYNE, PA -- Independence LED Lighting, the award-winning U.S. manufacturer of LED high bay fixtures and LED tubes, announces today the completed delivery of its energy saving LED lighting for the Gretz Beer Company at 2801 Township Line Rd. in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Gretz has raised the bar for the beer wholesale industry with its new 320,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, and it has also set a benchmark as the largest beer distribution center in the U.S. to date with American Made LED lighting. The new lighting will save Gretz over $100,000 per year and over $1 million across the long life of the LED technology. The LED energy intelligence with motion sensors will also reduce lifetime CO2 emissions by over 6.6 million lbs, and Gretz plans on adding solar photovoltaic panels as a further commitment to advanced technology and sustainability.

Project Team:
Architect: Margulies Hoelzi Architecture, PLLC – New York, NY
General Contractor: Blue Rock Construction, Inc. – Allentown, PA
Electrical Installation: Cheran Inc Electrical Solutions – Camp Hill, PA

"We looked at multiple lighting companies and chose Independence LED for their product efficiency, track record of installations, cost-effective solutions, and U.S. made quality and reliability,” said Gerry Dougherty – Gretz V.P. of Operations. “We also appreciate that Independence stepped up to meet our tight delivery time frame and make some custom fixtures to meet our foot candle needs throughout the facility.”

“We are very pleased with our new Independence LED lighting and believe that this was not only a great financial decision for our company, it was a decision made all the easier by the creation of U.S. jobs, and is consistent with our commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Mike Gretz – Gretz Beer Company President. Mike is currently a board member of the National Beer Wholesalers Association and is past Chairperson of the NBWA Innovation & Technology Committee.

“We applaud Gretz Beer for taking a leadership role in energy intelligence,” said Charlie Szoradi – CEO of Independence LED. “We often talk about our American Made LEDs as the workhorses or Clydesdales of the lighting industry. Since Gretz is a leading regional Anheuser-Bush wholesaler and Budweiser is such an iconic American brand, this large scale project takes a special place in our growing portfolio.”

Impact across Anheuser-Busch U.S. Distributors:
In 2012, Independence LED provided its LED high bays for Rex Distributing Co. in Gulfport, Mississippi. With average annual savings of $.30 / sq. ft. through LED lighting, Anheuser-Bush distributors could save over 17 million each year and $170 million over the LED life.

Impact across all types of U.S. Warehouse and Storage Facilities:
The energy savings with LEDs for U.S. Warehouses and Storage buildings would exceed $3 billion annually and $27 billion over the long life of LED high bay fixtures. See: Support Data and Sources.

About Gretz Beer Company:
The Gretz Beer Co. has a five generation legacy in the beer industry, dating back to the late 1800s. Gretz outgrew its space in Norristown, PA, triggering the move to its new Hatfield location.

About Independence LED Lighting:
Independence LED Lighting, LLC, is a U.S. LED manufacturer of industry leading LED products, and was the 2013 Best Lighting Retrofit winner by the U.S. Green Building Council for the Urban Green Award.


Charlie Szoradi - Independence LED

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