Dakota Electric Association recently presented Pioneer Plastics, Eagan, with a $100,000 rebate check for purchasing a high-efficiency injection molding machine. The machine will use about 600,000 less kilowatt-hours annually than a conventional hydraulic machine.

 “We thank Dakota Electric for their help with purchasing this machine,” Pioneer Plastics CEO Minou Hussain said. “Dakota Electric is a great company to work with.  They are very responsive and helpful!”

Dakota Electric offers rebates and grants to businesses that upgrade to energy-efficiency electric equipment. Commercial and industrial users can save electricity and money by making smart choices on the equipment they purchase, and Dakota Electric will help offset some of the costs.

 “This couldn’t have come at a better time,” Hussain said, referring to the $100,000 check that paid for about one-third of the cost of the new equipment. The annual power saved by the high-efficiency equipment is similar to the amount of power used by about 60 average homes in one year.

Pioneer Plastics provides global manufacturing solutions and comprehensive services, including tooling, injection molding, metal stamping, rubber molding, die casting and much more.  In 2008, Pioneer Plastics ranked among the top 500 minority-owned companies in America by DiversityBusiness.com. 

“As a member-owned cooperative, Dakota Electric is pleased to be able to help our members save electricity and money,” Mark Kortkamp, business account executive, said. “What’s good for the member is good for Dakota Electric.”

Dakota Electric has awarded more than $378,000 this year to businesses, like Pioneer Plastics, that have made energy-efficient modifications or upgrades in their facilities.

A customer-owned, non-profit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 100,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties. Dakota Electric, a Touchstone Energy Partner, serves its member/owners with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.