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Tuesday, 09 March 2021 23:35

Baker’s Collision Recognized by Ohio EPA for Staying on Cutting Edge of Environmental Progress

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Baker’s Collision held a ribbon-cutting in 2019 to celebrate its new paint booth, paid for in part by a grant from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority. Baker’s Collision held a ribbon-cutting in 2019 to celebrate its new paint booth, paid for in part by a grant from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority. Provided courtesy of Baker’s Collision

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...“allowed our business to save a projected 72,000 kWh and an estimated $5,000 in electricity costs annually,” Powell shared. “We’ve since done two additional fixture upgrades and are currently using all LED lighting which improves the work environment for employees.

 

“We always meet or exceed the lighting requirements by OEMs for our certification programs that require proper lighting for the repairs to be able to be done completely and correctly the first time,” she continued. “We continue to look at each use of energy and determine what we can do to improve, such as new roofing, efficient heating systems, or whatever comes next.”

 

With that mentality, it isn’t surprising Powell couldn’t resist answering the Green Business Challenge issued by the City of Mansfield’s Energy Efficiency Program.

 

“The program’s motto is ‘Small changes---BIG impact,’ and they provided a worksheet to calculate your score, along with helpful links for improving it. Kim Hildreth, the program coordinator, was very helpful, and does so much to help beautify our community," Powell said. "When Baker’s accepted the challenge, I recruited management to be involved. We didn’t just embrace the concept---we used what we learned to take everything we’d previously been doing to the next level."

 

Next on the agenda for Baker’s Collision: transitioning from Sherwin-Williams Ultra 700 solvent-based paints to Sherwin-Williams Ultra 9K Waterborne system. But there was a snag.

 

“We were unable to spray this product in the downdraft spray booth we had at the production level we require,” Powell said.

 

Powell applied for a grant from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) in June 2019, requesting one-third of the funds needed to purchase a new Garmat 3000 series downdraft spray booth.

 

“By purchasing a new paint booth, designed to spray waterbase products, it will reduce the amount of VOCs being exhausted through our booth filtering system by 80%,” Powell explained to the OAQDA. “Our [former] product contains 5 to 6 lbs. of VOCs per gallon, but the waterborne product produces only 1 lb. or less per gallon.”

 

“Baker’s received the grant from the OAQDA and started the transition to waterborne on Oct. 1, 2019. It has been very successful,” Powell said. “Our grant request and installing the booth is what brought us to the EPA’s attention, and it’s...


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