SOTU – “The easiest way to save money is to waste less energy”

Talk about an elevator pitch…we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  The cornerstone of SIS‘s business model and a good conservative tenet of wasting less is embodied in the President’s statement on energy efficiency retrofits…

“Of course, the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here’s another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings. Their energy bills will be $100 billion lower over the next decade, and America will have less pollution, more manufacturing, and more jobs for construction workers who need them. Send me a bill that creates these jobs.

Building this new energy future should be just one part of a broader agenda to repair America’s infrastructure. So much of America needs to be rebuilt. We’ve got crumbling roads and bridges. A power grid that wastes too much energy.”

Regardless of your political leanings the President’s State of the Union address had something for everyone…especially for us at SIS.  As we launched this company last year we put forth a vision…

To make US manufacturing more competitive by enabling sustainability and resource efficiency through economically viable solutions while reducing carbon emissions one factory at a time.

With that vision in hand our mission has to been…

To design fiscally responsible, environmentally intelligent solutions for industry with energy efficiency savings as the financial engine to drive sustainability.

As we listened to the address last night several other key points highlighted the tightly intertwined rationale of how we approach our company.  It was an exciting validation of our passion and hard work.  See if you recognize a trend.

“Think about the America within our reach: a country that leads the world in educating its people; an America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs; a future where we’re in control of our own energy; and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world.”

“Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last, an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values. This blueprint begins with American manufacturing.”

SIS shares the President’s emphasis on community college education and we are proud to work with Alamance Community College.  These energy interns are invaluable as we look for ways to improve energy efficiency in large industrial facilities while they obtain the skills to be productive contributors to the growing green collar workforce.

“Jackie Bray is a single mom from North Carolina who was laid off from her job as a mechanic. Then Siemens opened a gas turbine factory in Charlotte, and formed a partnership with Central Piedmont Community College. The company helped the college design courses in laser and robotics training. It paid Jackie’s tuition, then hired her to help operate their plant.”

We drink the innovation kool-aid at SIS and see the importance of the merging of our country’s increasing use of high tech renewable energy and retooling our manufacturing infrastructure to meet our energy needs.

“What’s true for natural gas is true for clean energy. In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.

When Bryan Ritterby was laid off from his job making furniture, he said he worried that at 55, no one would give him a second chance. But he found work at Energetx, a wind turbine manufacturer in Michigan. Before the recession, the factory only made luxury yachts. Today, it’s hiring workers like Bryan, who said, “I’m proud to be working in the industry of the future.”

None of this will be easy.  It will be hard and at times seem an impossible challenge…but in there lies the entrepreneurial opportunity to build the next generation of great companies and build a stronger, more sustainable United States of America.

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