Kum & Go to Use Less Energy
Leaders receive Efficiency Leader Award from Hussmann, Trane
URBANDALE, Iowa -- In recognition of their commitment to environmental stewardship, Kum & Go leaders will receive the Energy Efficiency Leader Award from Hussmann and Trane, both brands of Ingersoll Rand, for adopting sustainable energy and operational efficiency solutions.
Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services, and Hussmann is a leader in providing display cases, refrigeration systems, installation and service to food retailers.
Aaron Harrington, sales director at Hussmann, presented the award to Kyle J. Krause, president [image-nocss] and CEO of Kum & Go at one of the chain's newest stores, located in Urbandale, Iowa. The new store is one of five recently built stores that feature the most efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions available today and are expected to consume 20% less energy than a traditional store.
The five new Kum & Go stores are located at in Urbandale, Iowa; Clive, Iowa; Mount Vernon, Mo.; Springdale, Ark.; and Bentonville, Ark.
The Energy Efficiency Leader Award highlights a company's commitment to maintaining a comfortable shopping and working environment while increasing energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.
According to Krause, this national recognition is another validation that Kum & Go's emphasis on environmental stewardship is working. "We are honored to be receiving the Energy Efficiency Leader Award from Hussmann and Trane. At Kum & Go, we truly understand the importance of being a responsible retailer as well as the high expectations that our customers place on us to be environmental stewards. With that in mind, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to building eco-friendly stores now and in the future," he said.
Leaders selected customized, state-of-the-art HVACR solutions for the new stores that can easily be modified to meet future industry trends and demands. These new stores reflect a strong commitment by Kum & Go's leaders to increase energy and operational efficiency and sustainability.
The Clive and Urbandale stores are expected to generate nearly $7,000 each in energy rebates from Mid American Energy, a leader in the production of energy from diversified fuel sources including geothermal, natural gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, coal and wind.
Kum & Go's construction team built the company's new stores with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards in mind. LEED certification demonstrates that a building meets stringent U.S. Green Building Council guidelines for sustainability.
Prior to selecting the HVACR solutions for the new stores, Kum & Go's construction and facilities team members spent more than six months working with an energy audit team to identify the most efficient solutions for the recently completed locations. Their work included using energy modeling software to weigh the merits of potential solutions.
Based on this project, Kum & Go's senior staff selected the solutions which best met energy and operations needs. Kum & Go's stores use a multiplex refrigeration system (based upon each store's cooling demand.) This solution removes excess building heat and reduces the need for larger HVAC systems typically required in convenience stores. In addition, Kum & Go's stores also feature a packaged rooftop HVAC system with one of the highest efficiency ratings available today which will provide a reliably comfortable environment for customers and associates.
Other solutions include a building automation system for precise centralized control of building HVACR systems either on site or remotely. This allows for closer monitoring of temperature and humidity to provide optimal indoor air conditions.
Ingersoll Rand is a leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Its family of brands--Club Car, Hussmann, Ingersoll Rand, Schlage, Thermo King and Trane--work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties and increase industrial productivity and efficiency.
Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. Hussmann is a leader in providing equipment and services to manage controlled-temperature environments for food and other temperature-sensitive products. Hussmann refrigeration solutions improve merchandising, food safety, shelf life extension, sustainability and life cycle value for food retailers around the world. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business.
Family-owned Kum & Go began in 1959 and has grown to more than 430 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming). In addition to a wide selection of products, Kum & Go provides customers a proprietary mix of products under the Hiland brand name. Other proprietary product offerings include Java Ridge Premium Coffee, Napa Creek and Sea Ridge wines, Go Fresh Market sandwiches and Nuclear energy drinks.Pictured (from left): Todd Taylor, sales representative for Hussmann; Aaron Harrington, sales director for Hussmann, and Kyle J. Krause, president and CEOof Kum & Go.