Superior Essex is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of wire and cable products. Our Magnet Wire and Distribution business segment is the world’s largest producer of magnet wire, also known as winding wire. Magnet Wire is an insulated copper or aluminum conductor used by major original equipment manufacturers and distributors. Magnet wire is found in industrial motors, transformers and generators, automotive applications, electrical coils and controls, and appliances. It is also used in motor and transformer repair.
Superior Essex, a leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cabling products, is excited to announce that it has joined Platformatics, a leading innovator in intelligent lighting solutions, in the retrofit of the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana. Seeking to boost operational efficiencies and improve its user experience, the Cook Group, which owns the French Lick Resort, sought the expertise of Superior Essex and Platformatics in converting its lighting infrastructure to the latest intelligent LED lighting technologies. Together, they provided a connected lighting solution that not only offers West Baden Springs Hotel a unique user experience and greatly improved energy efficiency, but also establishes a foundation for future converged network applications that will continue to add value as the hotel expands its in-building network.
“We were thrilled to uphold the West Baden Springs Hotel’s premier reputation by installing our state-of-the-art Power-over-Ethernet lighting system,” says Matt Laherty, President for Platformatics. “Our high-tech solution preserves the atrium’s historic character while providing the hotel with even more lighting and data-monitoring options than were previously imaginable...all while being 98.5% more energy efficient.”
The West Baden Springs Hotel is one of America’s oldest and most treasured resort hotels, with a history that stretches back more than 100 years. Its domed atrium, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” is remarkable for both its size and aesthetic and serves as one of the hotel’s main attractions. Previously, the dome was equipped with a lighting system that was both inefficient and difficult to customize, repair and maintain. With the new system provided by Superior Essex and Platformatics, the dome now includes over 500 tunable, IP-ready lights that are interconnected over a single local area network (LAN) by more than 30,000 feet of Superior Essex PowerWise® 1 Gigabit 4-pair Power-over-Ethernet cabling. This new solution offers a myriad of benefits for the hotel, including data gathering and analytics, ease of use, improved energy efficiency, occupant health, safety and productivity.
“The connected lighting solution provided for West Baden is a great example of how technology and architecture can be blended together to produce a truly unique user experience, while also adding value in terms of operational efficiencies,” says Will Bryan, Vice President of Technology and Market Development for Superior Essex.Read the full story of the West Baden Springs Hotel lighting retrofit in the August 2017 issue ofCabling Installation and Maintenance Magazine, available in print and on its website. You can also watch West Baden Lights, a short documentary which highlights the West Baden Spring relighting project, available on the Superior Essex YouTube channel. For more information about the West Baden Springs Hotel, visit its website.For more information about PowerWise products, visit the PowerWise website.
Atlanta, GA—September 11, 2017
Superior Essex is excited to announce that it has been recertified as Zero Waste to Landfill for the third consecutive year! When the company originally received its Zero Waste to Landfill certification in 2015 for its cable manufacturing facility in Hoisington, Kansas, it was the first Zero Waste certification ever achieved by a communications cable manufacturer. Since 2015, the company has continued maintain its Zero Waste to Landfill status for three consecutive years, preventing over 13.5 million pounds of waste from reaching landfills.
Zero Waste to Landfill certification is a means of recognizing the achievement of a 100% landfill waste diversion rate. Landfill waste diversion, defined as the prevention and reduction of generated waste through source reduction, recycling, reuse, or composting, has been characterized as one of the best ways manufacturing companies can demonstrate genuine environmental responsibility. Superior Essex was awarded its Zero Waste to Landfill certification by GreenCircle Certified, LLC., a prominent third-party certifier of environmental claims.
The journey to zero waste status took nine years for Superior Essex and required several wholesale manufacturing changes within the company. The company has also reduced its manufacturing waste by 16% since 2011, and continued to reduce certain types of manufacturing waste such as scrap FEP wire and reprocessed FEP waste by 12.27% and 6.05% by weight, respectively, which contributes to an overall environmental impact reduction of its operations.
A true zero waste facility accounts for the potential waste created throughout its entire downstream process, including that of third-parties who are involved in the recycling and reuse of waste materials. For Superior Essex, it must continuously ensure that the companies it uses to recycle scrap metal, wood, plastic and other materials are not sending their waste by-products to a landfill.
“We are extremely proud of the commitment our company and our Hoisington plant employees have made to achieve this environmental milestone,” says Eric Perry, Vice President, Applications Engineering and Quality at Superior Essex. “With products that are deployed all over the world, it is imperative to recognize how those products interact with the environment at large, and to ensure that those interactions are positive.”
“We congratulate Superior Essex on not only achieving Zero Waste to Landfill certification, but continued certification year after year,” says Tad Radzinski, Certification Officer, GreenCircle Certified. “We appreciate the challenges associated with identifying and eliminating waste streams, as well as the difficulty of maintaining this policy. This accomplishment is testament to Superior Essex’s commitment to sustainability, ability to think proactively and strategically, and continued leadership in environmental responsibility. We look forward to next year’s certification!”
As a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of cable products, Superior Essex has a broad line of multimode and single mode optical fiber cables available for virtually every application. The optical fiber cables are manufactured and tested to ensure that all fibers meet Superior Essex optical specifications in a state-of-the-art facility in Brownwood, Texas.
For more than 50 years, Superior Essex has designed and manufactured one of the broadest portfolios of premises copper cables available on the market. From Augmented CAT 6 cables to CAT 3 Station Wire, to Residential Broadband to Coax cables, its voice and data cables are essential components for high-bandwidth applications at leading enterprises around the world.
Designed for indoor use in central offices or premise telephone rooms, Superior Essex Central Office Copper cables are designed to provide high bandwidth for a variety of applications and distances. These tinned copper cables have been the preferred choice of large telcos and OEM cable assembly companies for years.