CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier has signed on with a Cleveland-based industrial manufacturer to help reduce energy costs at the historic resort.
Eaton Corp. recently provided electrical equipment at The Greenbrier's new Casino Club. The new "uninterruptible power system" has a backup power supply and environmentally friendly electrical-distribution equipment.
"Eaton will be helping The Greenbrier manage power more efficiently, reliably and safely," said Jeffrey Krakowiak, Eaton's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "We'll bring our expertise in a wide range of building and transportation technologies, including electrical, hybrid and hydraulic, to support The Greenbrier's energy efficiency goals."
The financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed.
As part of the contract, Eaton also will conduct an energy analysis of all Greenbrier facilities, and supply hybrid power systems for the vans and shuttle buses that transport guests throughout the resort.
"The idea is as vehicles are replaced, they'd be replaced by hybrid vehicles," said Hilary Spittle, an Eaton spokeswoman.
Eaton's hybrid-power systems on trucks and buses have saved customers 1.5 million gallons of fuel, Spittle said.
Eaton employees also will be working to help reduce energy costs during the PGA's Greenbrier Classic golf tournament this week.
The company will be displaying an Eaton-powered hybrid vehicle on the tournament grounds and giving away Eaton Golf Pride golf club grips during a Pro-Am event.
Eaton, a "presenting partner" at The Greenbrier Classic, also is helping with the tournament's charitable giving program, which hopes to raise $3 million.
Eaton has about 70,000 employees and sells its products in more than 150 countries. The company had $11.9 billion in sales in 2009.
The company's products include power and hydraulic systems, electrical switchgear and hybrid-power transportation.
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