June 13, 2017

Viking Cold Solutions partners with Salt River Project and Bashas’ Family of Stores to deliver environmentally friendly thermal energy storage system

Houston, Texas – June 13, 2017 – Viking Cold Solutions today announced a collaboration between Salt River Project (SRP) and Bashas’ Family of Stores to install and evaluate the performance of Viking Cold Solutions’ environmentally friendly Thermal Energy Storage (TES) System at the Bashas’ distribution center in the Phoenix metro area. This low-impact, sustainable system is expected to offer significant energy savings, energy demand management, and heightened protection for frozen food products.

The TES system also reduces energy distribution and delivery challenges for SRP by shifting energy demand to night hours. The passive TES system stores energy at night for subsequent day use, enabling less refrigeration runtime and reduction of load during peak afternoon hours.

“We are very pleased to support this project with Bashas’ and Viking Cold Solutions and to evaluate a technology that shows potential as an energy management tool for us and our customers,” noted Nathan Morey, Manager of SRP Product Development. “SRP is excited to learn more about thermal storage technologies, which can provide energy savings for customers with industrial freezers like Bashas’ and provide long-term benefits to all customers by reducing peak demand during summer months.”

This project includes the installation of the Viking Cold Solutions Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system and 24/7 energy monitoring within the Bashas’ ice-cream freezer at their distribution center. “We continuously evaluate energy efficiency opportunities, as refrigeration is one of our highest operating expenses. We support technologies that provide greater temperature stability, helping us to continually provide low product prices to our customers. SRP is an innovative power utility, and we are excited about this partnership and glad we were able to come together to fund this project,” said Mike Basha, Vice President of Logistics at Bashas’.

SRP will also fund the third-party research analysis for the project, evaluating the TES system’s Phase Change Material (PCM) for its efficiency improvements and effectiveness at shifting energy load from on-peak to off-peak hours. SRP collaborated with Arizona State University’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, along with Nexant’s Utility Services Group, to measure the results of the project and extrapolate the potential impact of this technology on additional low temperature refrigeration loads in the Phoenix area. “Our students are excited to learn more about the potential energy savings and demand reduction impact of this innovative technology, as well as how it can be deployed in more facilities to support reductions in the Phoenix area’s peak load,” commented Kristen Parrish, ASU Assistant Professor.

“Cost effectively managing growing power grid demand and providing reliable and reasonable power prices to customers requires innovative solutions and collaboration from all parties – utilities, academia, industrial customers and technology providers. We anticipate that this project will provide a roadmap for deploying high-impact demand reduction solutions to refrigeration loads that were not previously accessible. As part of our commitment to cold-chain sustainability and reducing environmental impact, we are honored to be the enabling technology,” James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions stated.

About Viking Cold Solutions:

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company that makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient by using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls. The company’s passive Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems store energy, reduce demand, shift load, monitor customer facilities, and provide thermal back-up protection. The company’s patented TES systems have saved over 8,100 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 4,400 metric tons, and prevented more than $13M of product loss. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

April 20, 2017

Frozen Gourmet installs a Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage system reducing energy costs by over 27%

An innovative thermal energy storage system provides significant cost savings, enhanced product monitoring, and protection for low temperature cold storage operators.

Frozen Gourmet, a dedicated Nestlé facility and a leading ice cream distribution company on the West Coast, has installed a Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system from Viking Cold Solutions™ and has reduced energy consumption over 27%.

Viking Cold’s patented Thermal Energy Storage system was installed at the end of 2016 and has reduced energy consumption by over 45,000 kWh since the beginning of 2017. The TES system also reduced peak demand charges by shifting electrical load to night time. The passive TES system stores energy at night for subsequent day use, allowing refrigeration to run less frequently and during off-peak rate hours. The result is significant cost and electricity savings, especially in California where expensive daytime demand charges are common.

“We searched for a year to find the right technology to reduce our energy costs and decided to purchase the Viking Cold TES system after seeing the capability and flexibility the system provides,” said Bill Kohn, CEO of Frozen Gourmet. “The reduction in energy consumption has improved our bottom line and the real-time monitoring has been invaluable in helping us recognize and address equipment issues before expensive problems arise.”

The Frozen Gourmet team has not only been able to reduce energy consumption but also maintain more stable temperatures inside their freezer with the integrated Viking Cold Energy Management System that monitors and optimizes the existing refrigeration equipment. Daily reports and alarm notifications alert the team in the event of temperature abnormalities, mechanical equipment failure, or power outages.

“Reducing energy consumption by 27% in a low temperature space is now possible with our passive Thermal Energy Storage system,” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “This technology is revolutionizing energy efficiency in the freezer space while helping to better protect the food with intelligent controls and sensors. There’s simply no other option available that combines efficiency and load management.”

In California, there is a $200 Million market opportunity for Viking Cold’s TES technology, which includes 570 million square feet of cold storage and approximately 8,210 grocery stores.

To learn more, watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video about how the TES works.

About Viking Cold Solutions:

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company which makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls. The passive Thermal Energy Storage (TES) solution stores energy, reduces demand, shifts load, monitors the facility, and provides thermal back-up protection. The company’s patented TES systems have saved over 8,100 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 4,400 metric tons, and prevented more than $13M of product loss. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

 

Contact:
Collin Coker
VP Sales & Marketing
Viking Cold Solutions
+1-832-497-5205
ccoker@vikingcold.com 

 

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November 15, 2016

Viking Cold Solutions’ Thermal Energy Storage system demonstrates over 30% energy savings in a 3rd party study and is recommended for adoption by utilities in California

An innovative thermal energy storage system using phase change material and intelligent controls provides significant cost savings, enhanced product monitoring, and protection for cold storage operators and supermarkets.

Houston, Texas – November 14, 2016 – Viking Cold Solutions, a leader in thermal energy storage systems, today announced that a Southern California Utility, along with an independent 3rd party energy management firm, ASWB Engineering, completed a Field Demonstration Study of the Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system. The study verified a reduction in electricity consumption of 30% and 39% in two separate low temperature cold storage facilities in the San Diego area. Based on the results of this study, the Utility and ASWB recommended that California utilities adopt the technology into their Energy Efficiency incentive programs.

The purpose of the independent study was to determine the effectiveness of Viking Cold’s patented TES system in cold storage freezer applications and to qualify the system for California utility inventive programs as part of the California Energy Commission Emerging Technologies initiative. 

“The benefits of the technology include reduced refrigeration equipment run time and increased product safety during power emergencies due to the thermal storage capabilities of the solution.” said John Baffa, Professional Engineer at ASWB Engineering.

“It is exciting to see our technology recognized by a leading utility energy efficiency program and I’m pleased that the study validates the results that Viking Cold customers already experience daily.” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “Our passive, non-mechanical system is a cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption across the cold chain, from walk-in freezers to large distribution warehouses, which can be used stand-alone, or to boost the return with solar PV.”

Two locations currently using Viking Cold’s TES system were studied by ASWB. The first test site, a walk-in freezer on Camp Pendleton in Southern California, showed a net facility energy savings of 30%.  The second test site is a commercial freezer warehouse at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. By leveraging the Food Bank’s existing photovoltaic system to run the refrigeration during the day and using Viking Cold’s TES system at night, the facility showed a net energy savings of 39%. 

“Electricity costs are one of the top two expenses in the cold storage industry and this study demonstrates the value of using an intelligent Thermal Energy Storage system to reduce energy consumption in freezers.” said Corey Rosenbusch, President and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA). “Based on these results, our membership should evaluate this technology for their own low temperature applications.”

The complete Phase Change Material and Controls Field Demonstration Study, written by ASWB Engineering, can be downloaded on the California Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council’s website at: 
http://www.etcc-ca.com/reports/phase-change-material-and-controls-study-low-temp-refrigeration-applications 

About Viking Cold Solutions:

Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company, which makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls.  The Thermal Energy Storage (TES) solution stores energy, reduces demand, shifts load, monitors the facility, and provides thermal back-up protection. The company’s patented TES systems have saved over 7,000 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 4,400 metric tons, and prevented more than $13M of product loss. Learn more at vikingcold.com

Contact:
Collin Coker
VP Sales & Marketing
Viking Cold Solutions
+1-832-497-5205
ccoker@vikingcold.com 

 

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August 23, 2016

Australian cold storage facilities and supermarkets can reduce electricity peak demand up to 90 percent using Thermal Energy Storage

U.S. innovator partners with Australian businesses to launch technology to harness solar energy to cut costs and carbon emissions of cold storage facilities and supermarkets.

Viking Cold Solutions™, a leading provider of Thermal Energy Management solutions for cold storage facilities and supermarkets, has today announced the launch of Solar Energy Storage™ at the Refrigerated Warehouse and Transportation Association Conference in Queensland, Australia.

The system combines Viking Cold’s patented Thermal Energy Storage System with rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) to deliver green, cost-effective, around-the-clock energy management for cold storage facilities, supermarkets, and utilities. The system can reduce electricity peak demand by up to 90 percent, save customers money, and helps balance the electricity grid.

The technology enables cold-storage facilities and supermarkets to intelligently store and selectively deploy PV generated power within refrigerators to reduce energy costs.  Originally developed by NASA, the patented Thermal Energy Storage Cells are now used to absorb infiltrated heat so that food remains at its target temperature. This environmentally friendly solution solves some of the largest challenges of solar energy by extending the useful time for solar power and by reducing renewable variability.

Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution comes at a key time for Australia.  33% of electricity in South Australia is generated from renewable sources and it has set an aggressive target of 50% renewable generation by 2025.  “Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution can help Australia meet its renewable energy targets while helping to balance the grid by reducing peak demand.” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “As renewable penetration grows, it will ultimately overwhelm the ability of conventional resources to compensate for renewable variability.”

Renewable generation combined with Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage™ provides multiple advantages for both businesses and grid operators:

  • Increase the value of PV – Store solar energy during the day and use it for refrigeration at night
  • Cost-effectiveness and system longevity – Renewable generation and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage are low-cost and are designed to last for at least 20 years with minimal maintenance
  • Lower peak demand charges – Peak load shedding or shifting on command avoids peak rate times
  • Reduce operational risk – Thermal backup allows customers to maintain safe temperatures and preserve food quality during equipment failure or power outages, reducing food loss and business interruption
  • Buffer for Utilities – Utilities benefit from Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution by providing a “buffer” of on-demand, efficient, and environmentally friendly thermal energy storage at customer sites
  • Economic development – Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage boosts the local economy by using local engineering and labor

To learn more, please watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video which explains how the technology works.

Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. Its Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 6000 MWh of energy and have removed over 4000 metric tons of Carbon from the air and mitigated over $13M of product loss. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.

Viking Cold Solutions provides energy storage solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. The company is expanding rapidly across the globe. Learn more at vikingcold.com

August 20, 2016

Viking Cold Solutions Recognizes Plaza Provision Company with the Leadership in Sustainability Award

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO August 17, 2016 – The Leadership in Sustainability Award program was conceived to recognize high-impact sustainable business accomplishments by Viking Cold Solutions’ partners.  James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions, presented the award to Robert Cimino, CEO of Plaza Provision Company, at the company headquarters in San Juan on Wednesday.

Plaza Provision Company, a leading food distributor in Puerto Rico, installed its first Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system in 2010.  Over the years, the company has reported a reduction in energy consumption by its freezers of over 30%.  This has reduced overall energy consumption by over 3,200 MWh and reduced carbon footprint by over 2,200 metric tons.  Plaza Provision Company maintains a strong environmental responsibility program and the energy savings from the Viking Cold system has been a significant part of lessening the environmental footprint of its operations.

This year Plaza Provision Company purchased its fourth TES system. The patented system stores energy at night for subsequent day use, allowing refrigeration equipment to run less frequently and at its maximum efficiency. Plaza Provision Company has helped to pioneer a technology that will continue to save energy, safeguard food products, and reduce carbon emissions while increasing the efficiency of their operations and the cold chain industry at-large.

To learn more, watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video about how the technology works. To see more details on the Plaza Provision Company case, click here.

Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.

Viking Cold provides energy storage solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

July 20, 2016

Plaza Provision Company installs another Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage system reducing energy costs by over 30%

Plaza Provision Company, a leading food distributor in Puerto Rico, has purchased its fourth Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system from Viking Cold Solutions and, where installed, has reduced energy consumption over 30%.

Three Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage systems, installed in 2010, 2013 and 2014, have saved Plaza Provision Company over $650,000, reduced energy consumption by over 3,200 MWh, and reduced carbon footprint by over 2,200 metric tons. The patented Thermal Energy Storage systems store energy at night for subsequent day use, allowing refrigeration to run less frequently. The result is significant cost and electricity savings.

“We purchased our fourth system because the total reduction in consumption has surpassed our expectations,” said Robert Cimino, CEO of Plaza Provision Company. “Also, having real-time monitoring has been invaluable and has helped us to recognize and address equipment issues before they become costly problems.”

“Robert Cimino’s use of state of the art efficiency technology to not only improve his bottom line but also to preserve the environment, is an example of what can be achieved using the Viking Cold’s TES system,” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “Our TES system can be installed in cold storage facilities and supermarkets to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint while mitigating risk with temperature monitoring and backup thermal protection.”

Plaza Provision Company’s system is among twenty-four that Viking Cold has installed in cold storage warehouses and supermarkets in Puerto Rico, Bermuda, St. Thomas, California, New Mexico, and Texas.

Aireko Services and Installation, Inc., a leading HVAC services company, is the authorized distributor of Viking Cold’s TES system in Puerto Rico.  They have been installing Viking Cold’s systems since 2010.

To learn more, watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video about how the technology works. To see more details on the Plaza Provision Company case, click here.

Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.

Viking Cold provides energy storage solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. The company is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and internationally. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

May 31, 2016

Viking Cold Solutions ™ delivers green, cost-effective energy saving technology to help provide 100,000 meals to hungry San Diegans

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Solar Thermal Energy Storage provides significant cost savings and carbon emission reduction

HOUSTON, June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Viking Cold Solutions has completed another energy efficiency installation, helping the San Diego Food Bank-the largest hunger relief organization in San Diego County-reduce costs and feed over 100,000 meals to hungry San Diegans.

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank has installed Viking Cold’s patented Solar Thermal Energy Storage System that leverages rooftop photovoltaic during the day and thermal energy storage at night. When PV generation is unavailable, the system reduces electricity consumption by 95 percent, delivering green, cost-effective, around-the-clock energy management. The system is among 24 built and installed by Viking Cold Solutions in cold storage warehouses and grocery stores in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, California, New Mexico and Texas.

“To combat hunger in our county, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank will distribute more than 22 million pounds of food this year.” said Casey Castillo, VP of Finance and Administration.  “This solution fits in perfectly with our energy efficiency initiative – where we have already completed numerous cost-effective measures.  Our hope is that installing Solar Thermal Energy Storage will not only allow us to add thermal backup protection, leverage our solar system, and increase temperature stability, but most importantly, the savings will allow us to provide an additional one hundred thousand meals to hungry San Diegans over the life of the system.”

“Our installation of thermal energy storage at San Diego Food Bank perfectly portrays our company focus on efficiency and sustainability” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “When our thermal energy storage technology is paired with solar generation, the result is an efficient, on-demand, green energy solution. The Viking Cold Solar Energy Storage solution extends the benefits of PV long after the sun goes down; effectively removing the freezer from the electrical grid.”

The Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage solution couldn’t come at a better time for California utilities. Legislation signed by Governor Brown will require half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030. Utilities can benefit from Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage solution by providing storage and demand reduction at customer sites, helping stabilize the electricity grid as renewable penetration grows.

To learn more, please watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video which explains how the technology works. See more details on the San Diego Food Bank Case here.

Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy storage company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. Its Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 5900 MWh of energy and have removed over 4000 metric tons of Carbon from the air. Its team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.

Viking Cold provides turnkey energy-management solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads.    The company is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and internationally. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

April 26, 2016

European cold storage facilities and supermarkets can reduce electricity peak demand up to 90 percent using Thermal Energy Storage

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U.S. innovator launches technology to harness solar energy to cut costs and carbon emissions of European cold storage facilities and supermarkets, whilst protecting the grid.

HANNOVER, GERMANY (April 26, 2016)  Viking Cold Solutions™, a leading provider of Thermal Energy Management solutions for cold storage facilities and supermarkets, has today announced the launch of Solar Energy Storage™ at Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology.

The system combines Viking Cold’s patented Thermal Energy Storage system                                                                               with rooftop photovoltaic (PV) to deliver green, cost-effective, around-the-clock energy management for cold storage facilities, supermarkets, and utilities. The system can reduce electricity peak demand by up to 90 percent, saving customers money and helping to balance the electricity grid.

James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions said:

“Solar has proven to be a low-cost, reliable, and green generation resource, but its intermittent nature has prevented its use for powering around the clock refrigeration.”

Until now, the missing piece has been cost-effective and reliable thermal energy storage.  Our system enhances the usability of solar energy for cold storage operators, allowing them to store latent power within storage cells, to sustainably protect their products, while lowering operating energy costs.”

The technology enables cold-storage facilities, supermarkets, and utilities to intelligently store and deploy PV generated power within refrigerators to delay their use of energy and to reduce energy costs.  The patented Thermal Energy Storage Cells originate from a NASA approach to using ‘Phase Change Material’ to absorb infiltrated heat so that products remain at their target temperatures. This environmentally friendly solution solves one of the largest challenges to solar energy utilisation by reducing renewable variability.

Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution comes at an important time for Europe, which has set a binding target to generate at least 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. “Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage stands ready to help Europe meet its renewable energy targets while helping to balance the grid by reducing peak demand.” said Bell. “As renewable penetration grows, it will ultimately overwhelm the ability of conventional resources to compensate for renewable variability.”

Utilities benefit from Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution by providing a “buffer” of on-demand, efficient, and green Thermal Energy Storage at customer sites. The solution also helps stabilize the grid, enabling more intermittent users and suppliers of electricity to safely interconnect and helps achieve mandatory local energy storage targets.

Rooftop solar combined with Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage™ derives multiple advantages for both businesses and grid operators across Europe:

  • Increase the value of solar PV –  Store energy during the day and use it for refrigeration at night (increasing savings)
  • Cost-effectiveness and system longevity – Rooftop solar and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage are low-cost and are designed to last for at least 20 years or the life of the facility, with minimal maintenance
  • Lower peak demand charges –  Peak load shedding or shifting at any time of day increases savings during periods of renewable variability or at peak rate times
  • Reduce operational risk – Thermal backup allows customers to maintain safe temperatures and preserve food quality during power outages or equipment failure,  eliminating perishable food loss and reducing business interruption
  • Economic development – Rooftop solar and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage use local engineering and labor, leveraging utility investments to boost the local economy

The demand for fresh and frozen products combined with an expanding population, has rapidly pushed up the demand for cooling across the world.  The European Commission forecasts that the demand for cooling in Europe will rise by 73% by 2030.

About Viking Cold Solutions™
Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. Their Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 5,700 MWh of energy and have removed over 3,900 metric tons of Carbon from the air. Their team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems. Viking Cold’s environmentally friendly storage solutions reduce operational costs and lower business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. The company is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and internationally. Learn more at www.vikingcold.com.

To learn more, please watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video which explains how the technology works.

March 9, 2016

Viking Cold Solutions™ Technology Delivers Cold Storage Savings

HOUSTON, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Viking Cold Solutions has completed another energy efficiency installation, helping Bermuda’s largest food distributor, Butterfield & Vallis, reduce refrigeration storage costs by 40 percent.

Viking Cold’s thermal energy storage system uses phase change material that absorbs heat as it melts, allowing chillers to run less frequently and still keep the Butterfield & Vallis warehouse within a few degrees of -18° Celsius.  The system is among 20 built and installed by Viking in cold storage warehouses in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, California, New Mexico and Texas.

A detailed case study of the project may be found at:
http://www.puretemp.com/pcmatters/bermuda-food-distributor-tes

Viking Cold Solutions is an energy storage company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. Viking Cold’s thermal energy storage systems have saved clients over 5330 MW of energy and have removed over 3676 metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.  

For more information see:  www.vikingcold.com

Case Study Courtesy of Phase Change Matters-a publication produced by Entropy Solutions LLC, a biobased specialty chemical company based in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Source: PR Newswire

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