, Salem, MA


April 28, 2010

State to give consumers another bite at appliance exchange


In looking at what the building needs, the Danvers Department of Public Works struck on the bright idea of approaching Danvers-based Osram Sylvania to help improve lighting inside.

The Dunn Wing of the high school was last used as a middle school in 2005, though its bottom floor was temporarily used as Town Hall last year. Department of Public Works Director David Lane said a walk-through of the wing showed it needs to be "re-lamped."

Since the town plans to tear down the Dunn wing to make way for the rest of the high school project, renovations have to be done in a way that is both cost-effective and provides a good space for students.

That's where Osram Sylvania may be able to help. School Committee member Jean McCartin told the School Committee April 12 the town was talking with the company about improving lighting there. School officials say DPW Buildings Supervisor Robert Levasseur reached out to the company, the North American subsidiary of Osram GmbH of Germany, which is part of Siemens AG. Osram Sylvania is also one of Danvers' largest employers.

"Osram Sylvania is reviewing this request and is committed to supporting the communities where we operate our businesses," said Stephanie Anderson, the company's head of public relations and chief corporate spokesperson, in an e-mail.

Lane said the request is in its preliminary stages, and Osram Sylvania has provided information about the best type of lamp the town could use.

PerkinElmer's Salem facility honored for reducing toxic chemicals

PerkinElmer's illuminations facility in Salem was recognized April 22 by the state's Toxics Use Reduction Act program and state lawmakers for reducing the use of toxic materials in its production, according to a press release.

Waltham-based PerkinElmer is among 17 companies being honored as leaders by the Toxics Use Reduction Act program. The act was passed in 1989. PerkinElmer, which employs 8,500 worldwide, is being hailed as a "TURA 20th Anniversary Leader."

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