Valparaiso Brings Smarter Energy To Lake Cable


At Lake Cable, we don’t merely feel it’s our responsibility to produce the best quality wire in the shortest lead time, delivering when it matters most. We also feel a responsibility to be environmentally conscious in the process.

A terrific example of how we’re doing that?

Take a closer look at Lake Cable’s Valparaiso facility. Here, we’re upgrading the lighting in the plant, a smarter energy choice that’s also an excellent cost savings too.

But how much of a difference could the right kind of lighting make on the environment?

Actually, far more than you might expect.

When a local power plant burns fossil fuels to generate lighting for consumers and businesses in the area, the residual effect is that it also produces a number of different air pollutants, such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx). These pollutants can have a significant impact on global warming, acid rain and smog.

With a desire to reduce this potential damage to the environment, Lake Cable led a project identifying lighting that will decrease over 200 tons of air pollution to a level that amounts to only 8% of our current carbon footprint.

This project is expected to be complete by the end of the month - and Lake Cable will be positioned to save as much as 6.3 million kilowatt hours over the next 20 years.

We’re also exploring ways to integrate solar power into our plant for additional energy-friendly resources and savings. We look forward to sharing those ideas with you as we implement them. 

Electronic Recycling Impacts A Ton (And Then Some)

Obviously when yours is a company of multiple plants and several hundred people, it’s inevitable that you would utilize a lot of electronic equipment. When that equipment reaches the end of its lifecycle, it then needs to be recycled in a responsible fashion. We recognized this at Lake Cable with the Electronic Recycling Drive we recently sponsored. Almost 200 pieces of electronic equipment were recycled through this effort, including TVs, desktops, laptops, printers, CRTs, LCDs, battery backups, tape drives, routers and more. By the conclusion of the drive, we had designated 3300 pounds for recycling!

Delivering better solutions for our plants and leaving a kinder footprint for our planet. That’s a financial and environmental win-win when it matters.