Being a manufacturing company, we were concerned about the disruption to our operations, but they worked closely with us to minimize any impact on our production schedule. For us, it is almost a night and day difference in our plant, and our employees appreciate the investment made to make a better work environment.
Stacey Holt, Controller, Great Southern Industries
Since 1962, Great Southern Industries, Inc. has manufactured quality corrugated containers, packaging and shipping supplies for customers across the southern U.S.
An outdated lighting system posed challenges for their expansive, 189,000 square foot facility: Metal halide lights were no longer meeting performance expectations within the plant, and increasing utility costs coupled with escalating maintenance expenses were creating inefficiencies. GSI recognized that a lighting system upgrade would be required in order to continue to meet their commitment to exceptional customer service.
GSI turned to LightEdison to help identify the best solution to overcome these challenges. As a result, they installed 265 Harris LED High Lumen High Bay Patriot, Gen 1 fixtures to replace their inefficient metal halides. The Patriot High Lumen was chosen not only for its superior lumen output and industry leading efficiency, but because the LED solution for GSI had to be able to handle the hot and humid warehouse conditions of a typical Mississippi August.
The LED lighting solution is expected to generate savings of $490,785 over 10 years, with a lighting energy consumption reduction of 70% including a greenhouse gas reduction of over 5,200,000 pounds. In addition, the company has seen net profit improvement attributed to more efficient performance throughout the facility. In choosing Orion Lighting products, LightEdison was able to exceed the performance requirements set forth by Great Southern Industries. In addition, the products allowed LightEdison’s installation team to limit facility disruption during installation, which was critical to manufacturing operations. Great Southern Industries’ Controller, Stacey Holt, explained, “Being a manufacturing company, we were concerned about the disruption to our operations, but they worked closely with us to minimize any impact on our production schedule. For us, it is almost a night and day difference in our plant, and our employees appreciate the investment made to make a better work environment.”