Tyson Foods and Crescent Electric Illuminate Senator Ernst

Author: Ramah Husidic | Account Manager | Waterloo, IA

The Waterloo Crescent Electric team has worked closely with the Waterloo Tyson Fresh Meats Facility since 2012 to consistently evolve their facility with a series of improvements.

Here's a flashback to May 13th, 2016, when Senator Joni Ernst visited the Waterloo Tyson Fresh Meats Facility and walked through the plant with Crescent Electric employees.

As Senator Joni Ernst, Tyson employees, and Crescent Electric employees toured, Crescent Electric pointed out to the junior senator the great things that the Tyson/Crescent Electric partnership has created. One of these stood out as the tour group walked the plant. In the brightly lit hallway to the employee cafeteria, we pointed out how Tyson had asked us to give them a fixture that could hold up to the strict wash-down codes Tyson maintains.

Account Manager Ramah Husidic and Plant Engineer Matt Elder explain the energy and labor savings of the LEDs that Crescent Electric supplied in the hallway pictured above to Senator Joni Ernst at the Waterloo Fresh Meats Facility.

Account Manager Ramah Husidic and Plant Engineer Matt Elder explain the energy and labor savings of the LEDs that Crescent Electric supplied in the hallway pictured above to Senator Joni Ernst at the Waterloo Fresh Meats Facility.

The Vantage LED fixture by Holophane met the challenge and illuminated the whole area even better than expected. Additionally, switching to LEDS significantly cut down on Tyson’s labor and energy costs. During the question and answer part of the tour, Tyson highlighted how Crescent Electric has helped Tyson receive over $120,000 in rebates from MidAmerican, the local energy provider, but didn’t stop there as Crescent Electric made sure that the rebates stayed local by redirecting them to the Tyson Fresh Meats facility at Waterloo, IA instead of going to corporate Tyson.

Senator Ernst applauded the Tyson Fresh Meats Facility for their help and partnership to the local community and local businesses. After the tour was completed she said, “This was really great—you are doing great things here, keep it up!” The pride everyone had on their faces was tremendous. This event helped highlight the good things these two companies are doing together and will not be easily forgotten. A few weeks later, the old complex manager who now holds a corporate position at Tyson stopped me in the hall and thanked me for coordinating the senator’s visit and told me that, “Crescent Electric as a whole shows what excellent service is.” Our unwavering service to this facility opened the door for more Tyson business across the state and hopefully the country.

Pictured left to right: John Gordon, Crescent Iowa Industrial Partner—first stepped into the Tyson plant five years ago; Matt Elder, Waterloo Fresh Meats Facility Engineer; Joni Ernst, Senator IA REP; Ramah Husidic, Tyson Waterloo Account Manager.

Pictured left to right: John Gordon, Crescent Iowa Industrial Partner—first stepped into the Tyson plant five years ago; Matt Elder, Waterloo Fresh Meats Facility Engineer; Joni Ernst, Senator IA REP; Ramah Husidic, Tyson Waterloo Account Manager.

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