GRAND TRAVERSE INDUSTRIES JOINS THE SUN ALLIANCE
The Grand Traverse Industries Strategic Business Plan calls for undertaking numerous actions to save energy in its operations and facilities. Most recently GTI purchased two solar panels as a part of the Sun Alliance. The Sun Alliance is a community based initiative where Cherryland Cooperative members and Traverse City Light & Power customers are invited to invest in a community solar generation project. GTI will receive a monthly bill credit equal to its share of the project’s overall energy production. To further its goal of energy self sufficiency, GTI has proposed for the Sun Alliance to partner with GTI to create a solar garden at one of its facilities located in Traversefield Enterprise Place. The goal would be to establish enough solar generating capability to cover all of GTI’s electric needs and add power to the grid.
Over the course of the last two years GTI has also converted all its lighting in four buildings to high energy efficient LED lighting. Additionally, GTI has retrofitted the roofing on two of its facilities with high energy efficient Sarnafil roofing. The roofing has high solar reflectance saving energy by reducing heat transfer into the building and also adds five inches of insulation which reduces heat loss by over 40%. Overall, energy efficiency savings go to the bottom line and allow GTI to be more efficient and save more money in order to provide more work opportunities to persons with significant disabilities.
Founded in 1974, Grand Traverse Industries is a private nonprofit corporation providing packaging and assembly, plastic bag manufacturing, vending, janitorial service, interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing, and more. It trains and employs more than 300 persons with disabilities. GTI’s customers include some of the most prominent manufacturers and enterprising small businesses in the Grand Traverse area. SmileSaver and KM North America are two for profit subsidiaries fully owned by Grand Traverse Industries. GTI has operations in Traverse City, Petoskey, and Mancelona.