On June 10th, Earth Friendly Products, a leader in manufacturing award-winning eco-friendly cleaning products, opened its brand new manufacturing facility in Addison, Illinois. The facility boasts 312 solar panels, making it the single largest solar-powered commercial facility in Illinois. The addition of natural energy is just another way that Earth Friendly Products is reducing its carbon footprint in an effort to keep the environment as clean as its products.
The facility, which represents an effort to support local production and employment, will officially open on Thursday, June 10, 2010. To mark the occasion, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, Vice President of Earth Friendly Products, hosted a morning press conference at the facility, which included a history of Earth Friendly Products presentation. The company was founded by Van (Eftehios) Vlahakis more than 30 years ago after he came to the US as a young student from Greece with only 22 dollars in his pocket. Later in the evening a gala reception was attended by the mayor of Addison, and other local elected officials and key business leaders from the Chicago-area. “We are pleased to open a larger, greener facility in the Chicago area, which is not only where Earth Friendly Products began more than 40 years ago, but also a place that has made huge efforts in recent years to make being green a priority,” said Van Vlahakis, CEO of Earth Friendly Products. “Earth Friendly Products recognizes the great opportunity we have to contribute to those efforts by opening a plant that uses solar power and produces the eco-friendly products that help keep the greater Chicago area clean and green.”
While working to meet the expanded consumer demand for green cleaning products despite the rough economic climate, Earth Friendly Products recently celebrated Earth Day 2010 by giving employees at the Addison facility an extra week’s pay as a thank you for their hard work opening the facility and their efforts in the green movement. “The Addison employees’ hard work symbolizes a huge step in bringing a green lifestyle to every person,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, Vice President of Earth Friendly Products. “We could not have opened this facility without them and we could not continue to on our path to make every home a green home without the tireless efforts of our Addison team.”
The company has also donated funds and cleaning products to a gulf based non-profit organization to be used in the cleaning of the BP oil spill. For more information about Earth Friendly Products should visit www.ecos.com.