Seattle — In an interview with columnist Joe Klein of Time magazine, President-Elect Barack Obama lauded mechanical giant McKinstry Co. for its innovative leadership in helping to move the country closer to a green, new energy economy.
McKinstry Co. is ranked as the 18th largest mechanical contractor in the nation in CONTRACTOR's annual Book of Giants (May 2008, p. 32).
On October 29, in a 30-minute program that aired on all the major networks, Obama laid out his vision for America's future, highlighting companies that have led the way in promoting green jobs, sustainable business practices and helping to reduce the country's dependence on foreign energy sources.
During the spot, McKinstry was recognized for its commitment to sustainable, design/ build practices and promoting an energy efficient America.
“Recently, I visited the McKinstry Co. in Seattle,” stated Mr. Obama during the program. “They're retrofitting schools and office buildings to make them energy efficient, creating jobs, saving their customers money, reducing carbon emissions and helping end our dependency on Middle Eastern oil. As president, I'll use companies like McKinstry as a model for the nation.”
McKinstry CEO Dean Allen said, “This national recognition validates the great work we do here at McKinstry. We take great pride in our contributions as a leader in the green economy, and our efforts to have a positive impact on the environment.”
Headquartered in Seattle, McKinstry began as a plumbing and piping contractor nearly 50 years ago. The firm's capabilities have since evolved to include energy efficiency and sustainable services, establishing McKinstry as an industry leader in clean energy technology.
McKinstry currently has a number of projects underway in the Pacific Northwest.
McKinstry projects in Minnesota and across the nation have eliminated 247,025 metric tons of CO2 emissions since 2001, which is equivalent to removing 45,243 cars from U.S. highways or offsetting the energy use of 21, 803 homes or conserving 28,039,163 gallons of gasoline or saving 1,723 acres of forest from destruction or recycling 85,181 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill.
A strong commitment to its clients and adherence to the highest standards of sustainable design/build technology has made McKinstry the leading design, building, and maintenance firm in the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1960, the firm provides a broad range of continuous, full-service offerings in construction, design, electrical, energy and facility services. Its professional staff and trades people deliver a variety of services, including mechanical engineering, construction for HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, architectural metals, 24/7 service and maintenance, energy/LEED services and onsite facility management to its clients. The contractor also offers high performance design build and facility management services through branch offices throughout the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Midwest and Southwest regions of the U.S. with operations in more than 20 states. Additional information is available at www.mckinstry.com.