The Opening of Dunn-Edwards LEED® Gold Certified Paint Facility

09/01/11    Sara McLean  |  specs+spaces Editor, Dunn-Edwards Corporation, Allied Member ASID, CMG

Orange, white and black balloons floated above the reception desk and on the banquet tables of a room decorated in Dunn-Edwards colors and ready for a party. Invited guests began to stream in for the opening celebration of Dunn-Edwards brand new LEED® Gold Certified paint manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona. They picked up their gift bags filled with Dunn-Edwards t-shirts and water bottles, networked with their fellow paint contractors in the industry, and then proceeded into the warehouse, set-up for a grand presentation as the factory whirred and buzzed with activity behind them. Before the day was over, each guest was treated to a special VIP tour of the plant. Already in full force, the new manufacturing facility churns out buckets-full of exceptionally precise paint formulas at record speed.
 
The 336,000-sq.-ft. facility was custom designed to be the greenest and most efficient in the coatings industry. This ultra-modern building encompasses manufacturing, product development, quality control laboratories, a distribution center, retail outlet and office space.
 
VP of Marketing Tim Bosveld stepped up to the podium on stage to open the ceremony with breaking news – the factory officially received its LEED® Gold certification the night before, making it the world’s first LEED®--certified paint manufacturing facility.  
 
LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is an internationally recognized certification system that confirms a building is “green” and built to the highest standards of energy and water efficiency and Co2 emissions reduction to reduce the harmful impact on the environment. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED® certification provides a measurable way to identify buildings and companies committed to operating in an environmentally friendly way. LEED® Gold is the second highest rating a building can receive.
 
Following the announcement, Dunn-Edwards President Karl Altergott took the stage to express the excitement and pride the company feels about the new facility, and touched on the long history of this family-owned business that has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1925. Altergott then paused to say hello to Ken Edwards, son of the founder Arthur C. Edwards, who was watching a broadcast of the event from home. Following a brief video of the company’s story,  Altergott introduced Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon who brought Councilman Michael Nowakowski to the stage for the moment everyone was waiting for – the official ribbon cutting to mark the factory as officially open for business!
 
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Photos by Mark Skalny and specs+spaces



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