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Case Studies

See what customers have to say about implementing and using Spara technology, and find out about the results they’ve achieved. 

Food & Beverage
Four Star Fruit
What do you do when your business is growing like crazy — and your electricity costs are growing even faster? From 2008 through 2010, Four Star Fruit, a premier grower of table grapes in Delano, California, grew 20 percent — and its power consumption doubled.
An energy audit showed a trend of high peak charges, revealing an opportunity for demand control and automated demand response. Four Star seized that opportunity, and has realized ongoing benefits. The company continued to grow 10 to 20 percent annually from 2011 through 2014, but its electric bills, happily, didn’t keep pace.
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Anchor Warehouse Services

Anchor Warehouse Services is a commercial cold storage provider serving growers in California’s lush Central Valley. Anchor provides pre-cooling and SO2 gassing services to maintain the optimum quality of all types of perishable produce including avocados, kiwis, and quinces as well as large quantities of table grapes and citrus. Anchor operates three state-of-the-art facilities including a 10-room, 100,000 square foot location in Porterville, CA. Facilities were designed to maintain the highest level of product quality and include enclosed docks and hallways for environmental control, rapid cooling capabilities, and certified rooms for organic produce.

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Amy's Kitchen

Amy’s Kitchen is the nation's leading source of natural and organic convenience food. Its products are available nationally in natural foods stores, most supermarkets, select warehouse club stores, as well as internationally. 

Amy's uses certified organic ingredients, including vegetables, grains and fruits grown without pesticides. Fats are used sparingly and selectively; all dairy ingredients are made with pasteurized rBST hormone free milk and do not contain animal enzymes or rennet. No dishes contain meat, fish, poultry, or eggs. Amy's products are non-GMO and do not contain hydrogenated fats or oils.

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Del Mar Food Products

Del Mar Food Products is a custom manufacturer of frozen fruit and vegetable products in Watsonville, California. Spanning 12 acres, the facility has more than 100,000 square feet of processing, freezing, and cold storage space. Specifically, Del Mar Foods freezes and maintains refrigerated and frozen storage for apples, apricots, blackberries, peaches, strawberries, brussels sprouts, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms. Additionally, the facility packages fruits and vegetables as Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) products, solid/sugar packs, food service packs, industrial packs, retail packs, and purées. Founded in 1959, Del Mar Foods is now a global supplier with customers in Australia, Canada, Europe, and Japan, and is also certified kosher and certified organic.

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E. & J. Gallo Winery

E. & J. Gallo Winery is one of the largest winemaking operations in the world, distributing their wines to more than 90 countries and employing more than 4,600 people. Since its foundation in 1933, Gallo has built an international reputation in wine grape growing and winemaking, offering a diverse selection of products from fine table and sparkling wines to distilled, wine-based spirits and beverage wines. Gallo’s Fresno facility distills the E. & J.® VS Brandy and E. & J.® VSOP Brandy, which amounts to 50% of their total production, as well as makes grape juice concentrate and wine, which accounts for the other 50%. Out of Gallo’s numerous wineries throughout California, the Fresno location is the only one that produces brandy and juice concentrate. 

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Mission Produce
If you’ve eaten an avocado recently, chances are it arrived at your table via the careful handling of Mission Produce. A global importer,processor, and exporter of avocados and asparagus, the Oxnard, California–based company was the first to supply ripe fruit to retail, wholesale, and food-service customers nationwide. That revolutionized the avocado industry, and Mission’s sales more than doubled from 2008 to 2013.
The company has fueled that growth in part by keeping tight control over product quality, waste, and major operational expenses such as electricity. A critical component of Mission’s success is its demand management system, advanced technology that lets the company participate in smart grid programs, reduce peak electricity demand while maintaining quality, and implement continuous operational improvements across multiple facilities with remote supervision from headquarters.
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Foundry & Metals
Blackhawk de Mexico

In early 2008, Blackhawk de Mexico’s business was booming. The ductile and gray iron foundry, based in Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, was producing 1,400 metric tons of metal castings from green sand per month. Output from the 100,000-square-foot facility near Monterrey goes into trucks, tractors, cranes, and other heavy equipment made by major manufacturers.

But the global recession hit Blackhawk hard. Production dropped to 300 tons per month, says CEO Patricio Gil. The foundry needed to cut costs—especially electricity, its second-highest expense.

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Eagle Alloy
Eagle Alloy co-owner John Workman realized long ago that his already high electricity costs would only keep going up, and he was intent on getting them under control without compromising product quality.
The Muskegon, Michigan–based foundry achieved that goal by installing Powerit Solutions’ energy management system in 2005, saving more than $62,000 in the first year and maintaining those savings over time. In 2011 Eagle Alloy reduced costs even further by installing the newest Powerit product, called Spara. That system is allowing Workman to fine-tune the foundry’s energy usage and save more money by participating in his utility’s interruptible service program.
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Cannon-Muskegon Corporation in Muskegon, Michigan, develops and produces premium grade superalloys for commercial, medical, and aerospace applications. Specifically, Cannon-Muskegon’s patented single crystal CMSX® and directionally solidified superalloys are found in advanced aerospace and industrial gas turbine engines, and their medical alloys are used in the production of medical prosthetic implants. In operation for over 50 years, Cannon-Muskegon supplies the investment casting industry with engineered products as well as the foundry industry by producing certified ingots for remelt. Cannon-Muskegon is owned by Precision Castparts Corp., a worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

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Foote Foundry

Foote Foundry is a privately owned foundry that produces machineable castings in gray and ductile iron. With a history dating back to 1851, Foote Foundry has experienced steady growth over the years and completed a $5.25-million foundry modernization and expansion in 1998. As one of the country’s oldest continually operating green sand foundries, Foote Foundry now produces 250 to 270 tons per month of castings from a few ounces to 1,500 pounds for the agriculture, chemical processing, compressor, construction, heating and cooling, machine tool, material handling, metalworking, mining, oil and gas, pump, and valve industries.

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Hitchiner Manufacturing

Hitchiner Manufacturing SA de CV provides frontend casting services in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico. The engineering quality that is the hallmark of Hitchiner production is as much in evidence in Mexico as in the company's stateside operations. Primary sales are in the high-volume automotive market. The modern facility boasts 20,400m of manufacturing space, the latest technological advances with robotics, conveyorization and automation, as well as Hitchiner's revolutionary countergravity casting process. Facilities for tooling, layout, non-destructive testing and heat treat are provided on-site.

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Rochester Metals

Rochester Metal Products is a gray and ductile iron foundry in Rochester, Indiana. Fulfilling casting requirements from .75 pounds to 50 pounds, Rochester Metals produces 70+ net tons of gray iron castings and 166+ net tons of ductile iron castings per day. They also offer casting design assistance for new products, from original concept to prototyping and final production. In operation since 1937, Rochester Metals currently supplies products throughout the nation in the air compressor, medical/dental equipment, automotive, off-road and heavy equipment, construction, oil field, conveyer, plumbing and heating, diesel engine, hydraulics, rail, lawn and garden, marine, and other industries.

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Pacific Alloy Casting Company

Pacific Alloy Casting Company is a 70-year-old modern foundry that produces high-quality iron and steel castings, and gray and ductile irons used for common industrial castings. In their flexible manufacturing facilities, Pacific Alloy applies advanced foundry technology to comprehensively provide casting design assistance, pattern construction, casting production, and finish machining for a number of industries. Pacific Alloy’s castings range from a few ounces to 12,000 pounds and include pump parts, crusher parts, agricultural products, asphalt products, surface mining products, HSI blow bars, and progressive cavity pumps.

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