WASHINGTON - Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation in Danbury was named this weekâ€™s â€śMurphyâ€™s Monday Manufacturerâ€ť on Aug. 12 by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.
They were recognized for being one of the first companies in Connecticut to convert its boilers to renewable fuel in its commitment to address climate change.
â€śPreferred Utilities is leading the way in combating climate change by using alternative and renewable fuels to run their business and companies around the world are noticing,â€ť Murphy said.
To power its 50,000 square foot facility, the company converted their boilers to run Bio-Residual Oil, which is produced from vegetable grease and animal fat. Preferred specializes in manufacturing burners, instruments and controls, and fuel oil handling equipment for industrial commercial and missions-critical applications. They also do work on government and municipal buildings, hospitals, colleges and universities, data centers, pharmaceutical companies, waste management plants and nuclear facilities.
â€śThey are committed to the Danbury community through partnerships with local schools and charitable organizations. Iâ€™m happy to highlight them,â€ť Murphy said.
In further efforts to address climate change and carbon emissions, Preferred has partnered with other companies to create new carbon-neutral innovations and develop existing alternate fuels. They are contributing to sustainable alternative solutions to fossil fuels with low carbon emissions and high energy efficiency. In these efforts they offer internships to high school and college students in the area and bring aboard other organizations such as St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Cancer Center, New Pond and Danbury Music Centere.
The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating the stateâ€™s economic recovery. Preferred has facilities around the United States that employ about 90 people.
â€śAlthough founded in 1920, we moved to Danbury in 1946 and made it our home,â€ť said David Bohn, president and CEO of Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Company. â€śPreferred is very attached and dedicated to the greater Danbury community and we employ some of the top people in our industry, born and raised in Connecticut. Because we are a family company, Preferred employs several generations of the same family, all Connecticut residents and members of the community.â€ť