Mark Richey Woodworking Inc. Recognized for Leadership

| November 23, 2016
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(l-r) Teresa Richey, Mark Richey, and MA OTA Director Rich Bizzozero

Newburyport, MA – State energy and environment officials recently joined the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) and other state and local leaders at an event to recognize the alternative-energy and energy-efficiency accomplishments of Mark Richey Woodworking Inc. (MRW) of Newburyport.

 

 

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(l-r) OTA Director Rich Bizzozero, Mark Richey, Teresa Richey, Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, State Rep. Richard Kelcourse, Newburyport Chamber President Ann Ormond

The company was recognized for achieving its goal of 100% onsite renewable energy generation. MRW is now a net producer of electricity as a result of facility improvements and key management decisions made between 2005 and 2016. Additionally, it has implemented several alternative energy and renewable energy systems in its facility including a biomass boiler, 600 kW wind turbine, and 500 kW solar array. The company specializes in producing high-end architectural millwork wood products for their corporate, institutional, and residential clients.

The event was held to coincide with October being named “Massachusetts Manufacturing Month” by the Baker-Polito Administration to honor the contributions of the manufacturing industry in Massachusetts.

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“By understanding that long term cost savings will offset the installation and capital costs of equipment, Mark Richey Woodworking Inc. sets an example for how Massachusetts businesses can successfully incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy into their business model,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance works each day to help businesses make their operations more energy efficient as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to supporting Massachusetts businesses and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Since OTA staff began working with Mark Richey, Greg Porfido, and Michael Ort in 2011, we have witnessed their dedication and commitment to reducing their contribution to climate change,” said Rich Bizzozero, Director of OTA. “We are thrilled to honor MRW for its environmental prowess during Massachusetts Manufacturing Month, and equally excited to showcase that 100 percent onsite renewable energy makes good business sense.”

“Energy initiatives have been great for our business; we want to be a company that’s good for the environment,” said MRW Founder and President Mark Richey.

“Mark Richey Wordworking’s effort to improve the environment through the use of wind, solar and biomass is commendable,” said State Representative James Kelcourse. “Their concern for the well-being of future generations is something that we should all be proud of and work hard to practice ourselves.”

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