Lane, American awarded energy-efficiency grants

TUPELO – Two Mississippi furniture manufacturers have received federal grants to help them improve their energy efficiency.
Tupelo’s Lane Furniture and Ecru’s American Furniture Co., with the help of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute, obtained $650,000 total to upgrade lighting and cooling and heating systems.
Funding availability was provided by the Mississippi Job Protection through Energy Economic Development program administered by the Mississippi Development Authority. More than $40 million was distributed to the state by the U.S. Department of Energy for improving energy efficiency.
According to a press release, Lane expects the improvements to create a 50 percent energy reduction in the lighting and HVAC systems at the company’s Saltillo facility.

NEMS Daily Journal