National Grid, which oversees a New York State government fund to provide incentives to businesses and residents for improvements in energy efficiencies, cited Pratt for helping to make Staten Island “cleaner and greener.”
In presenting Pratt chairman and owner Anthony Pratt with a check for $500,000, National Grid president Ken Daly said his company is “focused on investing in energy projects, managing energy usage and giving back to the community.”
Over the past 12 months, Pratt has received more than $1 million for various projects carried out by the mill under General Manager Jay Hennessey. These include paper machine modifications to improve de-watering capabilities; application of a starch and water solution to make processing easier; and an upgraded heat/energy recovery system.
“We’re very focused on energy cost reductions,” said Anthony. “And we look forward to continued work on energy efficiencies and reducing New York City’s carbon footprint. Our company’s efficiencies and National Grid’s monetary incentive is proof that the government, public and private sectors can come together for the greater good – not only for business but also for the community and the environment as well. Programs like this help us not only create new jobs in the community, but also retain those already here.”
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro also praised Pratt Industries for being an “excellent business partner” and for “putting the concerns of the environment at the forefront of their thinking.”
The mill on Staten Island produces more than 1000 tons of recycled paper every day – saving the equivalent of more than 17,000 trees.
Want more information about National Grid and Pratt Industries? Check out this broadcast news report from NY1: Pratt Industries Teams Up with National Grid