When you think of an amusement park, you probably imagine the newest technology, a sense of brightness and a lot of joy.
Owner Roy Williams planned Airframe Components’ recent expansion to be a similar experience, thinking of efficiency every step of the way, as he describes his new repair shop as the “Disneyland of aviation repair.”
From the amount of concrete that was poured to how far his employees would have to walk to refill their water bottles, Williams spent the last 10 years scribbling notes here and there on ways he could create the best environment for his employees and customers when he was ready to expand.
A Noble REMC member, Airframe Components was started 40 years ago by Williams’ parents in their 5,000-square-foot garage north of Kendallville, with a “leap of faith” dream of making a full-time profession out of repairing and rebuilding wing and control surfaces.
Now, that first garage has expanded and now spans three more buildings, including the most recent addition of a 40,000-square-foot repair shop and office space.
Williams saw the new space as an opportunity to make sure everything was laid out and constructed right the first time.
Because of the nature of the work, all of it being hand labor, he wanted to prioritize productivity and efficiency for his staff and his customers, who “if they’re not flying, they want to be.”
With that focus in mind, he worked with Noble REMC Energy Advisor Brian Hawk to choose the best options for lighting (one of his biggest users of electricity) available.
“What we do is detail work, so we need to be able to see,” Williams said. “You’ve got a clean slate to start with, so why not be energy efficient too? There may be a bigger upfront cost, but once it’s in, you’re done.”
Williams’ choice of LED lighting with motion sensor controls in his repair shop netted him a professional look as well as energy and cost savings in the future. The company also received a $19,034.60 rebate through Noble REMC’s Power Moves® program.
That kind of cash back is not unusual for new business construction and is a great example of why it’s important for businesses to reach out to Noble REMC before making decisions on renovations and expansions. Who knows? You could be the next one holding the big check!
Call Hawk at 800-933-7362 for more information on your potential cash back and future savings with energy efficient choices through the Power Moves program.