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Schindler Elevator Corp.'s new manufacturing facility receives LEED Green Excellence Award

Schindler Elevator Corp.'s new manufacturing facility receives LEED Green Excellence Award

Pennsylvania plant is the first LEED Gold certified elevator manufacturing facility in North America.

By Schindler Elevator Corporation | July 21, 2014

HANOVER, PA - Conewago Enterprises, Inc., a leading design-build general contractor, was recently honored by Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC) Keystone Chapter with a LEED Green Excellence Award for their work on Schindler Elevator Corporation’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hanover, PA.

The 150,000 square-foot building opened in February 2014 and was the first elevator manufacturing plant in North America to receive LEED Gold green building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Our team at Conewago is proud to have helped transform Schindler’s vision to reality for a world-class manufacturing facility that reflects their commitment to sustainability and environmentally-friendly business practices,” said Donald Smith, Jr., President of Conewago Enterprises, Inc. “We expect that more manufacturers throughout the region will continue to follow Schindler’s lead in realizing the business and environmental benefits of LEED certification.”

Leaders from Conewago and Schindler received the award at ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards Gala on July 16, 2014.

Conewago handled construction on a design/build basis for the project. Schindler’s Hanover facility achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The new factory features a number of notable sustainability elements such as a 665 kilowatt, 2,176 solar panel installation, an innovative “zero discharge” water system and two electric vehicle charging stations – the first in the Hanover area. In addition, Conewago was also able to recycle over 95% of the construction waste on the project.  

Conewago’s ability to self-perform many of the critical elements of the project and experience in LEED building practices helped the firm complete construction quickly. The construction process took a total of 8 months and went from initial discussions with Schindler to completed project in less than a year.

“We help our customers achieve their green building and sustainability goals in projects around the world every day, but our new Hanover facility is another example of how Schindler is truly embracing sustainability in our own business as well,” said Jakob Zueger, CEO, Schindler Americas. “We congratulate Conewago Enterprises on this honor and thank them for their outstanding work on this project.” 

About Conewago Enterprises, Inc.
Founded in 1956, Conewago Enterprises, Inc. is a leading design-build general contractor serving clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  Conewago offers a full range of services, ranging from site work and general construction services to ready mix, precast and tilt-up concrete services to steel fabrication and steel erection, environmental and infrastructure services. For more information visit or call 717-632-7722.

About Schindler Elevator Corporation

Schindler Elevator Corporation is the North American operation of the Switzerland-based Schindler Group, a leading global mobility provider with approximately 48,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries. Schindler supports sustainable urban development with safe, reliable and ecologically sound mobility solutions and its equipment moves one billion people every day all over the world. Schindler was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Innovative Companies for the past three years. For additional information about Schindler Elevator Corporation, visit the company’s Web site at


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