Since 2004, the Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency (AB Air Quality) - formerly the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency - has been giving special recognition to local businesses and other organizations that have gone above and beyond air quality rules and regulations to implement voluntary, innovative programs that reduce air pollution in our region. This year, AB Air Quality presented its Clean Air Excellence Award to Eaton Corporation.
Eaton Corporation’s Arden Plant is a manufacturer of power management products such as Low Voltage Switchgear, Medium Voltage Control Assemblies, Automatic Transfer Switches, and Power Factor Correction Capacitors. To support the plant objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, Eaton has replaced an older class 4 laser with a new class 4 optic fiber laser. Laser energy use and associated costs are expected to decrease by 87% The award was presented at the beginning of the Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency Board Meeting on November 8, 2021.