Fragrance Notes ISSUE 1, 2018 - Page 50

M EMB E R ST ORI E S Berjé Inc. Continues Its Commitment to Sustainability with Completion of 200,000 SF Solar Panel Installation L ate in the summer of 2017, Berjé Inc., a global leader and distributor of essential oils and aromatic chemicals, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the completion of a 200,000-sqaure-foot solar panel project at its headquarters facility, located at 700 Blair Road in Carteret, New Jersey. Company executives and employees were joined by Congressman Frank Pallone; Carteret Mayor Daniel J. Reiman; Zach McCue, Projects Director for Senator Cory Booker; and Courtney McCormick, VP of Renewables and Energy Solutions for PSE&G, for the milestone event. More than 4,090 solar panels now cover 200,000 square feet of Berjé’s 235,000-square-foot flagship facility, which houses its raw materials repository and manufacturing operations. The system will produce an estimated 1,626,000kWh annually. In just one year, the renewable energy source will equate to planting 24,000 trees, taking 170 passenger cars off the road, or reducing the consumption of 106,000 gallons of gasoline. The impact over 25 years increases to planting 680,000 trees, taking 4,860 passenger vehicles off the road, or reducing the consumption of over 3 million gallons of gasoline. “The benefits of switching to solar energy are not only substantial for our business but also for our environment,” said Kim Bleimann, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Berjé. “Sustainability is an important part of our business, and it’s important for us to play an active role in protecting our environment for generations to come. At Berjé, finding new ways to promote sustainability will be a key component to the continued success of our more than 60-year-old family-owned business.” “When I think about the next generation of our company, I think about what we need to do now to ensure that our legacy of success continues,” said Gillian Bleimann, Executive Vice President of Berjé. “Remaining a family-owned business and adhering to our core values is fundamentally important as we look to the company’s future. Bolstering our commitment to renewable energy and sustainability efforts will remain a priority as I lead Berjé into an exciting third generation.” The estimated cost for the solar panel system was $2.7 million. M&T Bank provided the financing for the project. The system was installed by Direct Energy Solar. Learn more at 50 FRAGRANCE NOTES ISSUE 1, 2018