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Lowe’s to rebuild North Carolina store destroyed by tornado

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Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s will rebuild its store in Sanford, N.C., that was demolished by a tornado April 16, the company announced Thursday.

Lowe’s will tear down what is left of the remaining building, which has been condemned, and build a new facility on the site, said company spokeswoman Karen Cobb. The chain hopes to re-open the store this fall.

The tornado that hit Sanford ripped off most of the Lowe’s building’s roof and flipped cars in the parking lot. Lowe’s said it will offer all 160 of its Sanford employees jobs at four other Lowe’s stores in the area. The company also will be providing transportation for employees, many of whom had cars damaged by the tornado. Details are being worked out, but possibilities including running vans from Sanford to other nearby store locations.

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Emcore Services to perform energy retrofit project at Wesfield San Francisco Center

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Norwalk, Conn. — Emcor Group, a leader in mechanical and electrical construction, energy infrastructure and facilities services for a diverse range of businesses, announced that its Emcor Services Mesa Energy Systems subsidiary has been awarded a contract to perform an energy retrofit project at the Westfield San Francisco Centre, a high-end shopping center in San Francisco.

Emcor Services Mesa Energy Systems will be responsible for the design and building systems installation for the energy retrofit project for the 1.5 million-sq.-ft. shopping center complex. Scope of work will include replacing the central HVAC cooling systems with custom engineered, high-efficiency air conditioning equipment, as well as installation of a new building automation system.

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Kroger Southwest looks to reduce energy use by 50%

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Houston — Kroger Southwest on Thursday said it plans to lower energy usage by 50% — an average decrease of 2% to 4% annually — during the next five years. Since 2000, the company has reduced energy consumption in its stores by 30%.

In its ongoing effort to reduce usage, Kroger Southwest appointed a task force of energy-conservation technicians whose sole focus is to identify ways stores can operate more efficiently.

"We’re always looking for ways to reduce waste, conserve energy and better our transportation systems," said Bill Breetz, president of the Kroger Southwest Division, which consists of 208 stores in Texas and Louisiana. "By continually educating our associates, introducing new approaches and investing in programs, we’ve been able to significantly reduce our carbon footprint as a company and contribute to global sustainability efforts."

The Kroger "SAVE 5" program, which was developed by the retailer’s facility engineering team, equips associates with five easy habits that can be practiced to reduce waste and energy at store level. The program educates associates about the importance of closing doors; turning lights off; shutting down equipment after use; maintaining specified temperatures in refrigeration cases; and not overstocking products.

Kroger Southwest is investing in a new eco-friendly initiative called "Lighting Reinvention." Lighting is ranked No. 2 behind refrigeration as the leading energy consumer in Kroger stores. The program will significantly cut down the amount of kilowatts used in stores over a five-year period.

In addition to operations, Kroger is committed to following sustainable practices related to food.

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