EPA Gives 17 Plants Star Billing

Nine auto plants are among first-time winners of energy-efficiency award.

Ford Motor Co.'s Norfolk, Va., and St. Paul, Minn., assembly plants are two of the factories the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker has slated for shutdown as it restructures its operations. They are also two of 17 plants recently cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for energy-efficient operations that the agency claims have prevented 3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to nine auto assembly plants, six cement plants and two wet corn milling plants were first-time winners of the federal agency's Energy Star Award.

"The manufacturers' efforts not only cut pollution but also lowered energy consumption and reduced costs," the EPA said.

The Norfolk and St. Paul plants were two of four winning Ford plants. Assembly plants in Chicago and Claycomo, Mo., also were recipients. Three

Toyota assembly plants were among the auto assembly plant winners, as were two Nissan plants. Ash Grove Cement Co., California Portland Cement Co. and Lafarge North America each had two winners among cement producers. Penford Products Co. and Tate and Lyle Ingredients Americas Inc. each had a winner among wet corn millers. Here's the complete list of plants with star billing:

Auto Assembly Plants

Ford Motor Co. -- Chicago
Ford Motor Co. -- St. Paul, Minn.
Ford Motor Co. -- Claycomo, Mo.
Ford Motor Co. -- Norfolk, Va.
Nissan North America Inc. -- Canton, Miss.
Nissan North America Inc. -- Smyrna, Tenn.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. -- Princeton, Ind.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. -- Georgetown, Ky.

Cement Plants

Ash Grove Cement Co. -- Chanute, Kan.
Ash Grove Cement Co. -- Seattle
California Portland Cement Co. -- Colton, Calif.
California Portland Cement Co. -- Mojave, Calif.
Lafarge North America -- Calera, Ala.
Lafarge North America -- Sugar Creek, Mo.

Wet Corn Milling Plants

Penford Products Co. -- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Tate and Lyle Ingredients Americas Inc. -- Lafayette, Ind. (Sagamore plant)

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