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A Green Cardinal: Cardinal Laboratories Marks “Energy Independence Day” on October 29 by Going Off the Electric Grid to 100% Solar Power

October 26, 2009

AZUSA, CA –( For Immediate Release) – Cardinal Laboratories will be turning off the power and turning up the lights on a new, more earth-friendly era on Thursday October 29th, when it officially converts its manufacturing and distribution center into a 100% solar powered facility. The 60-year old maker of popular dog and cat care products is marking the occasion at 2pm with a green ribbon cutting ceremony that will include a tour of its new American-made solar collection and distribution system.

Undertaken with the Solar Partnership Program of the City of Azusa, the conversion has taken Cardinal Laboratories completely off the power grid; in fact the company is harvesting so much power from its solar collection system that it is now sending electricity back to its local utility.

The Cardinal Laboratories building is the first completely solar powered facility in Azusa and the first manufacturing and distribution center to be powered by the sun in the pet care products industry. As part of its effort to become energy independent, Cardinal Laboratories replaced a variety of power-drawing items at its facility with new energy-efficient alternatives. The company also replaced its building’s skylights with new prismatic units, added sensors to rooms that will turn off lights when an area is vacated, and installed a “white roof” with 320American-made solar panels from Siliken Renewable Energy in San Diego. The panels will cover 5,440 square feet of roof space over the Cardinal facility.

These changes have reduced the energy load so significantly that Cardinal has been able to install air conditioning in the factory, which is greatly appreciated by its employees, especially in the California summers. A state-of-the art “Sock” air control system monitors the quality of the air flow in the facility so the air conditioning system is used to its optimal efficiency.

Cardinal Laboratories president Tony De Vos believes that despite the current economy, these changes are not only good business moves, but also the socially responsible thing to do. “As a leading manufacturer of dog and cat care products for over 60 years, Cardinal is proud to be one of the companies leading the way toward a more environmentally responsible future,” said De Vos. “Looking at our environment from the big picture point of view, taking steps to get off the power grid and reduce our carbon footprint makes sense for our company, our world and future generations.”

For more information about the solar conversion, visit http://www.cardinalpet.com.

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Media representatives are invited to attend this green ribbon cutting ceremony. For directions and added information, please contact Jennifer Ramirez at Fucini Productions, jennifer@fucinipro.com or call 248-374-2882.

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