Hodges gets a visit from Senator Whitehouse

Yesterday we were very fortunate to have a visit from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).  Senator Whitehouse was interested in finding out more about local uses of alternative energy and our company’s planned use of the wind turbine, which is scheduled to be operational by October. 

Speaking with Senator Whitehouse, Rick Hodges detailed the environmental and financial savings afforded by the wind turbine, including that it will reduce carbon emissions by over 400,000 lbs per year in addition to saving $100,000 in annual electric costs.

While in Portsmouth, Senator Whitehouse also toured our factory, speaking with employees, and learning how Hodges manufactures ribbons, rosettes, medals and silver

Justin Williams, who works in our Art Department, explained the silver engraving process to Senator Whitehouse.  “He seemed genuinely interested in the engraving, almost mesmerized” he added.

In the photo below, Rick and Senator Whitehouse spoke about the dye sublimation process used for our multicolor ribbons.

Photo courtesy of Sen. Whitehouse's office.

As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Whitehouse has a history of working to pass legislation for expanded renewable energy opportunities.  Part of the financing for the $900,000 wind turbine comes from a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant through Rhode Island’s Office of Energy Resources.