PLOVER (WAOW) -- Some good economic news at out of Portage County. Plover's McCain Foods receives a $1.1 million stimulus grant to help cut energy costs.
Mccain Foods has been a staple in the City of Plover for the last 30 years. And their products have been a staple in the American diet for even longer. Now the frozen potato manufacturer is taking steps to become more energy efficient.
$1.1 million of federal stimulus money will be used to help reduce McCain's carbon footprint in Plover.
"We're taking our consumption from Point A and reducing it down to Point B," explained Plant Manager Mark Schmaus.
The plant manager says the money will fund three "green" projects. They'll reduce natural gas consumption, cut heat and energy waste, and use internal heat recovery.
"We've got a lot of equipment that throws off a lot of heat, our fryers and such," Schmaus said. "These projects will drive and implement recovery of that heat."
Governor Doyle says projects like these are critical in moving Wisconsin forward in the energy industry and helping produce and retain jobs in the future.
"Everything we can do to produce more energy here from renewable sources," he said. "bio fuel, wind, hydro and other sources. And everything we can do to conserve energy is a dollar that does not leave the state of Wisconsin."
Schmaus adds, besides retaining 650 jobs, the grant money will also help them remain competitive in the market and reduce company costs.