Continuous Improvement Leads to Energy Culture

Abstract

Charter Steel has implemented energy management systems at all their sites with the help of exceptional employees who really helped shift the thought process around energy efficiency in our plants. Jeff Feyen, who is the electrical supervisor for our processing plant, was awarded one of the 2020 individuals taking energy action in Manufacturing awards. Jeff thinks about energy with a continuous improvement mindset. Jeff’s leadership and drive to implement energy projects and get the rest of the plant engaged has really made a complete culture shift towards a more energy aware group of employees. Charter has a long-term energy reduction goal and having Jeff and the processing energy team be so successful from the beginning has given us a great template to roll out energy teams and management systems at our other facilities.

Speaker

Katie Dimmer

Energy Project Engineer

Charter Steel

Katie Dimmer has a civil engineering degree and works for Charter Steel as an energy engineer. Katie started with Charter Steel as an intern in the environmental department and transitioned into her energy role 4 years ago.

Katie Dimmer was instrumental in developing an energy management system and completing certification to the ISO 50001 standard at the first steel mill in the US to be certified. In 2018, Katie completed certification of a second steel processing site and in 2020 a third site was added, and Charter Steel was certified to an enterprise model.  Katie worked to improve energy efficiency, increase energy awareness, and manage energy projects which resulted in energy savings across all sites.

Katie’s work as one of two members of the energy department help the team receive 3 awards in 2017-2018 :

  • Department of Energy Better Plants “Better Practices” award 2017
  • Industrial Energy Technology Conference “Leadership in energy conservation and environmental stewardship” 2017
  • Focus on Energy “Energy Excellence Award”

In addition, through the Association of Energy Engineers Katie was awarded the Young Energy Professional of the Year in 2018.