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13th April 2012
DeLauro Tours Local Manufacturing Facilities to learn about Buy American Solar Products
Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa Delauro visited with Apricus Inc, the US subdisiary of the global company, and their partner Engineering Specialties Inc. (ESI), a manufacturer of engineered metal stamping, mechanical assemblies, and other custom component parts, on Tuesday, April 3rd.
DeLauro toured both the Apricus and ESI factories to learn more about their collaboration and efforts to produce a solar thermal product locally. The two Connecticut-based companies partnered in early 2011 on the AP-30C, an evacuated tube solar collector that exceeds the requirements of the Buy American Act and is suitable for projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“We are a good fit,” said Nigel Ruddell, Vice President at Apricus, Inc. “We wanted to work with someone locally so we could grow the product together. The proximity of the two companies has been a huge factor in helping bring the AP-30C to market.”
DeLauro commented, “This is how it should work; I hope to see much more such business ventures. I can see the benefits to federal buildings that are getting updated with new heating and air conditioning systems.”
This partnership has shown success in it’s early stages. Since the start of production, the team has shipped multiple AP-30C’s to a various range of projects including one array of 100+ collectors.”