Simonds International’s facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts was constructed in 1935 and primarily manufactures metal blades for band saws from steel coils. Simonds is the third-largest metal cutting manufacturer in the world. Simonds installed combined heat and power (CHP) in 2011 for a project cost of $6.5 million and an estimated 4.5-year payback. Construction was completed in 15 months.
"The installation of the CHP co-generation system at our Fitchburg, MA plant has changed our competitive cost position dramatically enabling the company to retain energy intensive manufacturing operations and to consider adding new operations in the future. The project is a win-win as it is good for the company, our employees and the economic health of North Central Massachusetts." Ray Martino President & CEO Simonds International.