Aircraft Spruce Recognized for "Going Green"

In ceremonies this week at the company's Corona, California, headquarters, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty was recognized by the city for its recent green initiatives. Although the company has worked to streamline its processes and reduce waste, two recent programs are noteworthy.

First is that Spruce began using cornstarch-based "packing peanuts" that are completely biodegradable.

Second is the addition of an array of 525 solar panels to the roof of the Corona building. (They say the sun always shines in Corona.) Although the investment was in excess of half a million dollars, the immediate payback is a reduction in energy costs by 65%, according to company president Jim Irwin. Within four to five years, the panels will have paid for themselves.

Aircraft Spruce was so impressed with the solar-power program that it immediately had the same style of system installed at its Peachtree City, Georgia, sister plant.

As ever, you can find Aircraft Spruce on the web.

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KITPLANES Editor at Large Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for 23 years and in magazine work for more than 25. He is a 4500-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glastar Sportsman 2+2.

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