Landis+Gyr’s Mexico smart meter manufacturing facility named second place winner in 2011 National Award for Energy Savings


Reynosa, Mexico — (METERING.COM) — December 7, 2011 – Landis+Gyr’s Reynosa, Mexico advanced electric meter manufacturing plant was awarded second place in the mid-size industry category of Mexico’s 2011 National Award for Energy Savings.

The awards ceremony was presided over by Jordi Herrera, Mexico’s Secretary of Energy, and Antonio Vivanco, CFE’s General Director, on December 1 in Mexico City. Horacio Zavala, Landis+Gyr Reynosa’s facilities engineer and "Go Green" program leader, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

The Reynosa facility was recognized for both its internal and external efforts to raise awareness of energy reduction, managing to save money and reduce consumption by over 5,000 kWh. Its internal efforts have included the installation of auto turn-off switches for lighting and production equipment, improvements to facility heating and cooling systems, including roof insulation, installation of digital thermostats and using demand meters to control air conditioning units to take advantage of off-peak power periods, and use of energy measurement monitors and Six Sigma’s DMAIC/DFSS methods to implement “go green” projects.

Reynosa employees also are working with the community to educate them about the importance of energy savings. They regularly visit local schools with Landis+Gyr’s meter mascot to educate students on energy reduction and have hosted local schools in the plant to demonstrate energy reduction.

“As a company committed to managing energy better, I am proud to say that we are equally committed to managing our own energy use as we are to helping our clients manage and measure energy resources,” said Aubrey Williams, vice president of operations at the facility. “With the help of our enthusiastic employees, we have made great strides in internal energy savings and have also helped bring awareness of the importance of energy efficiency to local schools.”
Landis+Gyr’s Reynosa facility is located just five miles across the McAllen, Texas border and has 630 employees. The "maquiladora" plant, with an output of around 375,000 meters per month in 2011, operates under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) established by U.S. and Mexican governments to improve economic conditions and cross-border trade.

The plant has been certified by Measurement Canada to validate accuracy of metering products prior to shipment to Canada.