Crane Co. commissions new hydroelectric turbine using river power after $1.5 million investment at Massachusetts mill

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Crane Co. commissions new hydroelectric turbine using river power after $1.5 million investment at Massachusetts mill

September 03, 2013 - 16:56
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DALTON, MA, Aug. 29, 2013 (Local News) - Paper manufacturer Crane Co. is going back to its roots in Dalton, Massachusetts.

The Housatonic River will generate electricity at Crane's Byron-Weston Mill in Dalton for the first time in more than 60 years. After 10 years of work and investing $1.5 million, the company has commissioned a new hydroelectric turbine that will generate about 1 million-kilowatt hours of electricity each year, enough energy to power 80 homes. Doug Crane is the Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations, and a seventh-generation ancestor of founder Zenas Crane.

"To revitalize and rebuild the hydroelectric capability here," Crane said. "We are excited today to turn on the unit and sort of returning to our roots a little bit, letting the Housatonic give us just a little bit more power."

WAMC Northeast Public Radio - Crane Co. Unveils New Hydroelectric Turbine