Monthly Archives: May 2013
ST. LOUIS - Boyd Specialty Sleep is specializing in something new: Energy autonomy. The specialty sleep producer, based here, said that it will reach complete energy autonomy this summer with solar panel systems on its 70,000- square-foot facility in St. Louis and its 320,000-square-foot factory in Fontana, Calif. Boyd's $2.75 million investment in solar paneled roof systems for those facilities will save the company more than $100,000 in its own power usage in the first year and will enable Boyd to sell back excess electrical power to major energy providers. The savings to Boyd are expected to increase annually as energy costs increase. Denny Boyd, president of Boyd Specialty Sleep, said the move to energy autonomy has been two years in planning and is part of the company's strategic environmental emphasis. "For years our mission as a business has been to focus on the health and safety of consumers and on the environmental impact of our products and processes," he said. "We see ourselves as an integral part of the communities in which we operate. As such, it's our responsibility to be energy-conscious and to give back to those communities, while at the same time doing what makes sense for our business."