Lennox Industries, Dallas, TX, recently participated in a Congressional briefing on policies and initiatives beneficial to creating more green jobs.
Lennox was chosen for the panel by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The two companies had worked together during the development of Lennox' Strategos™ line of rooftop packaged units.
“We're pleased and honored to be chosen by Wal-Mart to take part in Congressional discussions on how developing new sustainable products can help create and preserve green jobs in the American economy,” says Harry Bizios, president and chief operating officer, LII Commercial Heating & Cooling.
“This approach allows for collaborative efforts between all key stakeholders to ensure not only sustainable environmental solutions, but also sustainable business solutions," Bizios says.
During the development of Strategos, Lennox and Wal-Mart worked together to determine how to best create a high-efficiency product that would meet Wal-Mart’s energy reduction and return on investment goals, while maintaining the best possible comfort for its customers and associates. The Strategos line is designed for efficiency ratings up to 66% higher than U.S. government standards.
Over 80% of Lennox’ commercial product development workforce were engaged in green jobs during the Strategos project, including mechanical, control and manufacturing engineers, research and development technicians, product and marketing communications specialists and manufacturing and support personnel. According to Lennox sources, product demand has required Lennox to add more than 70 manufacturing jobs at its Stuttgart, AR facility.