HP Hood LLC, Lynnfield, Mass., is said to be the first fluid dairy processor to receive an ENERGY STAR certification for its Agawam, Mass., plant. The award highlights Hood’s innovation in sustainability, water reduction and efficient use of energy.

“Plant manager David Laden and the entire Agawam team embody the company’s dedication to sustainability,” says Mike Suever, senior vice president of milk procurement. “They really stepped up to the plate and went above and beyond to ensure Hood remains an industry leader in energy and water use reduction.”

“The Agawam plant is doing an outstanding job of managing energy, enabling the facility to be one of the most energy efficient fluid milk processing plants in the U.S.” says Walt Tunnessen, industrial program manager for ENERGY STAR, which is run by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. “It now joins an elite group of U.S. manufacturing plants that have earned ENERGY STAR Certification for best-in-class energy performance.”