Ben E. Keith Building Energy Efficient Distribution Center

(October 26, 2012 - Houston Chronicle)—Food service products distributor Ben E. Keith Foods says it is building its most energy-efficient distribution center yet. It will be on an 82-acre site in the Beltway Crossing Business Park in Missouri City.

Much of the energy savings will come from an LED-based lighting that comes on only when needed.

"If you're driving a forklift down a warehouse aisle at 15 miles per hour, that light will go on just as you get there, and when you leave, it will turn off," said John Fershtand, Keith's director of fleet operations and energy management. "The average light stays on in an atmosphere like this less than 15 percent of the total day. If it's not on, it's not burning electricity."

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