2013 Governor’s Impact Award Winner
|The 2013 Governor’s Impact Awards luncheon was held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey PA.|
At the awards ceremony, Solar Innovations, Inc. was named the winner in the “Entrepreneur” category.
Listed below are the award winners from the NEPA PREP Region.
Entrepreneur: Solar Innovations, Inc.
Community Impact: Sanofi Pasteur
Export: Cornell Iron Works
Jobs First: TMG Health
Small Business: Vigon International Inc.
Glass Magazine – “Top Metal Manufacturers”
|Percentage of annual sales representing metal products sold to contract glaziers: 50|
Headquarters: Pine Grove, Pa.
Total number of locations: 1
Metal fabrication locations and services:
In addition to the products listed, Solar Innovations manufactures folding, sliding, terrace, lift-and-slide, and pivot doors; windows; skylights; sunrooms; greenhouses; and conservatories. Read the entire article by clicking here.
No. 3422 on the 2012 Inc. 500|5000
Solar Innovations, Inc. Ranks No. 3422 on the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 56%.
Inc. magazine ranked Solar Innovations, Inc. NO. 3422 on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Unified Payments topped this year’s list. Solar Innovations, Inc. joined Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani, Giftcards.com, KIND, and famed hatmaker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.
“Solar Innovations, Inc. is honored to be a part of this prestigious list. We congratulate our team, our vendors, and our customers for each of their roles in this exciting adventure we’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of,” says Solar Innovations, Inc. President, Greg Header.
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.
2012 Reading Eagle Alvernia Graduate
NSA Design Awards
Solar Innovations, Inc. was the recipient of three Awards in the National Sunroom Association’s Annual “Design Awards”.
Laminated Roofs Above
Glazed Roof Sunrooms Above
Laminated Roof Panel Sunrooms
Above $50,000 Category
“Reading Top 50″ 2012 List
|Solar Innovations is ranked 10th on the Chamber’s Top Business Awards list. It built a 215,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Pine Grove in 2009, according to Greg Header, president and majority owner.Solar Innovations’ revenue has grown an average of 25 percent annually in the past three years, Header said. Innovation, staying on top of market trends and a focus on strong customer relationships have boosted growth. “We are definitely continually trying to support the green-building movement,” he said.Read the entire article here.|
LEED Gold Certification
Solar Innovations, Inc. received news today (February 23rd, 2011) that it was granted official LEED Gold Certification by the USGBC for its new, state-of-the-art, 200,000 sq. ft. facility located in the Pine Grove Industrial Park, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. After months of hard work and dedication, the Solar Innovations LEED team was granted 62 points towards the LEED Certification allowing it to receive the gold status.
The LEED Existing Buildings Certification program is based on company and occupant energy efficiency, sustainable choices, waste stream, and much more. It highlights chemical usage, recycling, composting, material usage, emissions data, and many more green avenues. The LEED team compiled the required data and implemented required programs to further Solar Innovations, Inc.’s green efforts as well as to provide quantifiable documentation for Green Building Certification Institute.
Solar Innovations, Inc. has future plans for the building which will allow it to achieve Platinum certification by providing 40% of the company energy usage through the first phase of the solar photovoltaic system. The installation of 250kw of solar panels has begun, which will be the first phase of a planned 1mw system. A solar thermal system has also been added to the building to provide domestic hot water to the office building and on site greenhouse.
2010 Waste Watchers Award
Manufacturer Initiative Awards
Manufacturer Initiative Awards Program for 2010
Solar Innovations, Inc. was nominated for the national MEP Award Excellence in Sustainability by MANTEC during April 2010. The nomination carefully detailed the sustainable measures incorporated into Solar Innovations daily operations.
On May 4, 2010, at the awards ceremony during the MEP conference today in Orlando it was determined that Solar Innovations was a finalist, with Reliable Plating Works in Wisconsin selected as the winner. As one of the finalists Solar Innovations, Inc. was highlighted with videos and photos during the awards program. Click here for additional information.
MAEA Award 2010
Solar Innovations, Inc. moved to a new facility in July 2009 (Press Release Attached) in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, which is a Silver LEED per-qualified facility. They intend to pursue Gold certification in the near future. The building was evaluated on many categories: Sustainable Site (site selection through construction), Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design. Beyond these LEED factors, Solar Innovations® made environmentally conscious building choices like low VOC paint and carpet to help “green” the new facility and provide a healthy working environment. Each of their own products, including those which are Energy Star Certified,are incorporated into the overall building including several environmentally-specific conservatories, greenhouses, skylights, sunrooms and folding glass walls. The incorporation of their own structures, including a transom window pattern and a central four story vertical glass chimney maximizes ventilation and lighting, provides natural light and promotes lighting related and air handling cost reductions.
Heating and cooling are maximized through extremely high “R” value building envelopes, including R-40 insulation for the roof and R-29 for the side walls. As a result, no additional heat sources were required in the manufacturing plant until December 23rd for their 200,000 square foot facility. Motion censored lights control energy use. Low flow porcelain fixtures, as well as recycled content paper products, foam soap, and green cleaning products are also utilized in the new facility. The building’s landscape and grounds are cared for organically and include a compost pile for compost-able organic materials. The entire building is controlled through a computerized “intelligent management system” to maximize resources and smooth energy management.
Solar Innovations® intends to continue to expand their environmentally-conscious endeavors. The company is awaiting LEED Certification in Maintenance and Operations, as well as Cradle-to-Grave certification. The Cradle-to-Grave Certification will provide them with a program to investigate and evaluate the environmental impacts of a given product or service caused or necessitated by its existence. Implementation of The Cradle-to-Grave Program will additionally provide the company with the ability to tangibly and credibly measure achievement in environmentally-intelligent design, supply chain management, and total life-cycle management.
Solar Innovations® reinforces their internal “3R” policies by monitoring all waste streams and deliberately outsourcing post production, packaging, office, and all other wastes into their waste management program. Through active management and conscious conservation methodology, Solar Innovations® funnels 90% of the waste into post-consumer recycling programs that are within 100 miles from their combined corporate and manufacturing site.
The seven month old recycling program has successfully and sustainable alleviated bottom-line costs associated with waste recovery costs. Garbage pickup was reduced from 4 pickups per month to one 6 yard container. This is a small container for a major manufacturer. Recycled material that is tracked include: sheet aluminum, office paper, aluminum siding, scrap aluminum, aluminum cans, insulated copper, hard and regular plastic, glass, cardboard, plastic stretch wrap, light-iron, scrap iron, painted sheet metal, aluminum turnings, extrusions, and thermal guard. These combined recyclables were quantified at 230,435 pounds of waste redirected from landfills to recycling streams.
Solar Innovations® encourages all employees to recycle through the company’s on-site program, further reducing waste streams, extending the reach of the “culture,” and educating their community while promoting “sustainability-based best practices.”
Solar Innovations® is striving to achieve carbon neutrality and is working towards 100% net zero landfill compliance by 2015 or sooner.