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11:24 PM, Feb. 14, 2013  |  Comments
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Quality Ingredients receives recognition

Quality Ingredients Corp. has received two Orion Energy Systems' Environmental Stewardship Awards as a result of energy reductions at its Marshfield and Burnsville, Minn., facilities.

Orion presents the award to companies that achieve significant environmental benefits through the use of Orion's energy-efficient technology. Quality Ingredients Corp., which leverages spray dry technology to transform liquids into stable powders for the food and nutrition industries, will indirectly remove over 302 tons of carbon dioxide from the environment and have the equivalent impact of planting nearly 84 acres of trees using the efficient lighting system it deployed at both facilities.

Robert St. Louis, Quality Ingredients Corp.'s chief of operations, said, "We take pride in being a good steward of our environment. We focus on sustainability going forward. With the lean practices we have in place, we are always looking for ways to be better and more efficient - even outside the normal production process."

In addition to the environmental impact, the company is expected to cut its lighting-related electricity costs by more than $15,000 annually. Most importantly, the reduction in costs and environmental impact does not reduce the light levels.

"Our production areas appear brighter. The light levels are equivalent or better," St. Louis said. "The feedback has been very positive. The installation of the Orion lighting was smoothly integrated with our daily operations. You could say it was seamless."

United FCS shares success

United FCS continues sharing its financial success with its member-owners in the form of 100 percent cash patronage - announcing that it will be distributing $5.2 million in cash patronage in late February.

This patronage distribution (a return of a portion of the association's net earnings to eligible customers) raises the combined total patronage paid to over $60 million since 2002. United FCS posted record net earnings in 2012 because in part to continued growth in both loan volume and membership. As a result of exceptional association performance in 2012, the patronage distribution for 2012 (payable Feb. 26, 2013) was set at $5.2 million.

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