Living Our Principles – Progressive Processing Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold®

The Progressive Processing production facility, which produces Hormel® Compleats® and Valley Fresh® chicken products in Dubuque, IA, was awarded LEED® Gold in 2010, and is one of the first manufacturing plants to be a LEED-certified project at any level.

The plant is projected to use at least 25 percent less energy and water than a plant built to meet current building codes and industry standards. The facility was constructed using materials with more than 36 percent recycled content. Noteworthy elements of the sustainable design and construction include:

  • Lighting controls that monitor the amount of light needed based on daylight, occupancy and time schedule. Similar monitoring is used for temperature control by using sensors to identify room occupancy to determine heating or cooling needs.
  • Nonrefrigerated areas of the plant use skylights and multilevel lighting to provide natural light and reduce energy consumption.
  • Sophisticated heat and water recovery processes. For example, as part of the boiler system, heat from blowdown water is recovered and the water is captured and reused for flushing toilets.
  • A sustainable site, including nonirrigated landscaping, which was developed with native, low-maintenance vegetation.

Progressive Processing officially opened on Jan. 25, 2010.

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