Michigan’s Bay County is now home to a new manufacturing site that runs on 100% renewable wind energy, SC Johnson.
SC Johnson, who manufactures Ziploc bags at their Bay County facility, has managed to get their Michigan based facility running on entirely 100% renewable wind energy. This makes the Bay County facility the third SC Johnson site to be run entirely by wind energy.
“With our third site powered entirely by wind energy, almost one-third of SC Johnson’s energy usage globally now comes from renewable sources,” says Kelly Semrau, senior vice president of global corporate affairs, communication, and sustainability at SC Johnson. “We are proud of our commitment and progress toward taking care of the environment for future generations.”
According to SC Johnson officials, the Bay County site buys all the energy needed from wind farms in the nearby area. Michigan is home to more than 20 utility-scale wind farms, with the majority of them being located in Tuscola and Huron counties. The company first committed to using wind energy in 2012 when it started up two large wind turbines at their Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin facility. Those two 415-foot-tall turbines produce around 8 million KWh of electricity each year, and in doing so eliminate the need for about 6,000 metric tons of emitted carbon annually.
SC Johnson has been committed to utilizing renewable energy sources around the world, with manufacturing plants in the Netherlands and in Poland also running on wind energy. By the end of 2016, SC Johnson had succeeded in cutting emissions of greenhouse gases by 52% of its baseline in 2000.