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Success Story – Manus Products, Inc.

Manus maintains production capacity while using less energy


Manus-ES-successWhen Manus Products, Inc. of Waconia wanted to lower its energy bills, the manufacturer of high quality sealants and adhesives turned to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber put Manus in touch with Energy Smart. Following an onsite assessment, Energy Smart recommended a series of energy-saving projects. With this practical advice in hand, Manus set its priorities for saving energy and money.

Manus started by investing in a NEMA Premium motor which replaces an older less efficient motor. The new motor is expected to reduce energy use by about 6,692 kWh and is estimated to save the company about $648 in annual energy costs. The company also received an Xcel Energy rebate of $3,000, which offset more than half the project cost.

Manus also upgraded its exterior lighting. The company replaced 400-watt high pressure sodium-vapor (HPS) lamps with 78-watt LED wall packs, cutting energy use 80%. The fixtures, which qualified for rebates from Xcel Energy, are photocell-controlled so they are lit only when needed. Manus didn’t stop there. They are also planning to have a compressed air study performed at their facility.

“Working with Energy Smart was a win-win,” says Shelley Grevillius, Human Resources Manager. “Manus Products conserved and reduced its energy usage, while maintaining its production capabilities and lowering its energy bills.”

Contact Energy Smart today to tap into utility rebates for your energy projects. Contact us at or (651) 292-3902.