Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Turns on the Power in Vineland
Trenton, NJ –
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno today symbolically flipped a switch and helped bring solar power to the RFC Container Corporation on South East Avenue.
The move makes RFC the first corrugated conversion plant in the world to supply 100 percent of its power.
“This is a great achievement for the company, for Cumberland County and for New Jersey,’’ Lt. Gov. Guadagno said as she flipped the switch in a ceremony attended by about 40 people.
RFC has manufactured coated corrugated containers for use in the commercial shipping industry for years. The process, all of which takes place at its Vineland headquarters, includes printing, die cutting and forming corrugated products from paper. The company employs about 65 people.
In a commitment to cut costs and to move to “green energy,’’ RFC just completed construction of a six-acre solar field of about 4,000 panels that will produce 1.1 megawatts of electricity. Mario Russo, the owner of RFC, says that the conversion to solar will cut his electric costs by about $250,000 a year.
The company’s solar initiative is compatible with the Christie Administration’s alternative energy goals. The state offers a number of tax incentives through the Economic Development Authority and the Board of Public Utilities to help companies move to renewable and energy efficient technologies.
The Lt. Governor is also in the midst of a 100-stop tour of businesses around New Jersey with a goal of telling Garden State business owners that they have a friend in Trenton.
Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, the Business Action Center is the “one-stop” shop that plays a key role in attracting, retaining and growing businesses in New Jersey. The BAC provides professional and coordinated assistance to businesses with permit applications, licenses, certificates and other business-related approvals. The BAC is part of the “New Jersey Partnership for Action,” a three-pronged public-private approach to economic development that includes the non-profit Choose New Jersey and the Economic Development Authority. By actively working with various State agencies and departments, the BAC team assesses the issues, quickly identifies the challenges and formulates solutions. BAC also provides services to domestic and international businesses looking to remain, locate or expand in New Jersey.
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