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Success Story – Midwest Steel and Aluminum

Rebates Cut Construction Costs for Midwest Steel and Aluminum

Midwest Steel and AluminumNEW HOPE, MN – When Midwest Steel and Aluminum added a 15,000 square foot addition last year, President Jerry Rako knew just who could help with utility rebates for their new energy-efficient space: Energy Smart.  A year earlier the New Hope company worked with Energy Smart on a successful lighting upgrade, and Rako was eager to apply for rebates to lower construction costs, but was not sure for which rebates were available.

“Energy Smart was able to help us determine which equipment would qualify for rebates through our utility providers.” said Rako. “Without their assistance we may not have made some of the changes or received rebates.” In the end, Midwest Steel and Aluminum received more than $3,000 in utility rebates for lighting and HVAC systems installed in their new Service Center.

Energy Smart staff assisted with an inventory of the new equipment, and filled out the rebate applications. All that was required from Rako were copies of project invoices and his signature on the rebate forms. The rebates saved money in the short run while the investment in energy efficient systems will continue to return savings for years to come.

“Energy Smart is a great program,” said Rako. “I would definitely recommend it to others.”

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