Portfolio page added

Digital_PortfolioI’ve never had the greatest website, and where I have particularly failed is having the graphics talent, time, or expertise to add a good digital portfolio that truly represents the array of my work. Now technology has made this possible by letting me put all my files into Dropbox so all I need to do is share the Dropbox link on my website. (and yes, I realize that this trick has been available to me for a couple years now–sometimes I’m a bit slow recognizing the possibilities).

So here is my new, revised portfolio page that spans highlights from my 15+ years of experience, plus my resume and letters of recommendation. https://copybob.com/samplesportfolio/

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New Case Study: Merkley Meats Upgrades

I drafted a new case study for Hoosier Energy that went up on their website a few days ago, this on on how efficiency upgrades for a south side meat processing plant in Jasper County were made more affordable through a Hoosier Energy rebate program.

Meat-Packer Uses REC Rebates for Efficiency Upgrades As energy usage enters the 21st century, the trend in technology is towards blending higher efficiency equipment with “green” Earth-conscious energy-savings. This trend, paired with increasing government regulations that require businesses to practice energy responsibility, means companies have more to think about when carrying out routine replacement of aging equipment. In some cases, the cost for such upgrades can make some business owners pause, or even balk, in their plans to move forward. But fortunately for many businesses in southern Indiana, Dubois REC and other local rural electric cooperatives, in a partnership with Hoosier Energy, have created a monetary rebate program available to qualifying businesses interested in such upgrades.

Brad Merkley, Operations Manager and third generation butcher for Merkley and Sons Quality Meats of Jasper, Indiana, is going forward with several upgrades in his family’s food processing business thanks for the REC rebate program.

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Hoosier Energy MV-WEB Meter System

Today’s case study spotlight looks directly at a service offered by Hoosier Energy and their partners to help their corporate customers better monitor their energy output.

For decades, Hoosier Energy, a wholesale electric energy provider for rural electric cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southern Illinois, has monitored the monthly energy consumption patterns of their member systems’ large- and medium-sized industrial and commercial customers to help with their energy bills and prevent any “surprises” regarding their electricity costs. Two primary software tools involved in this customer support are known as MV-90 xi and MV-WEB. MV-90 xi collects and maintains data from the meters, while MV-WEB, a load presentment system, provides an update, via the web, of numerous customer loading parameters.

Through use of these tools, Hoosier Energy analysts Holly Nethery and Pam Raisor have learned to do more than simply create accurate monthly power bills. …

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Case Study on Martinsville South Elementary

Today’s case study is Morgan County-Centric, one I composed on South Elementary School in Martinsville, and how Hoosier Energy and the SCI-REMC helped the school’s energy efficiency rating.

The Martinsville Metropolitan School District (MSD) is spread across twelve locations in a suburban Indianapolis county. Many of those are “Energy Star Certified” by the EPA, a federal program which recognizes facilities that take the proper steps to ensure their power is used in the most efficient manner possible. The school district administration was puzzled by the fact that South Elementary, though the newest school in the district, consistently rated sub-par in energy efficiency. The answer to the puzzle was revealed last year when the district approved funding for a maintenance overhaul made possible in part by a $50,000.00 grant from Hoosier Energy.

“There’s a false perception that, to a utility provider, it makes no difference if a facility is operating efficiently or not,” said Dan Brackemyre, Business Development Manager of South Central Indiana REMC (SCI-REMC), the co-op that distributes power to Morgan County from Hoosier Energy. ….

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Dot Foods Case Study for Hoosier Energy

Here’s another case study composed for Hoosier Energy, this one on how Dot Foods in Cambridge City had to confront a power problem. Used with permission.

Whitewater Valley REMC Offers Expert Examination of Facility to Find and Correct Wiring Problems.

Terry Ferrell, Maintenance Supervisor of the Dot Foods Cambridge City Distribution Center, had a power problem affecting almost all aspects of the plant and its nearly 200 employees. Dot Foods is one of the largest food re-distributors in the United States, and power issues in Cambridge City could potentially affect food distribution throughout much of the Midwest. “We’d had a lot of lightning strikes, and our power fluctuations were of great concern, particularly if those issues were to ever affect our refrigeration and freezer units. We have some units that must be kept at near-zero, and those need to be working at top efficiency at all times.” On top of this, fire alarm systems and security systems kept losing power.

Ferrell contacted Account Manager Mike Walker of Hoosier Energy. “He said they’d send an electrician right over to check out the plant, and that they’d cover the cost,” said Ferrell. “I was pleased to get this sort of response after a single conversation.”

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New business card, tweaked look

CopyBob-Business-CardI’m celebrating the new year by updating my business cards and incorporating the updated graphic into my social media presence. Here on the blog that affects the banner image and the About tab for the better, and finally gives my Facebook page a background image.

Special thanks to BNC Supply of Mooresville and the ever-reliable Paul Uhls, who always takes good care of me for print services for both my business and fiction author needs. And he’s a good guy.

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New Delta Faucet article

Here’s a new case study I created for Hoosier Energy, an overview of the history and future of the Delta Faucet Plant in Greensburg, IN. Reposted with permission from Hoosier Energy.

For decades, the Delta Faucet Plant was a major manufacturing asset to the Greensburg community, located in Decatur County, Indiana. Company founder Alex Manoogian opened the plant in 1959, and the facility at 1425 W. Main Street peaked at 1,300 employees while producing an array of upgraded faucet and bath components within bustling 380,000 sq. ft. facility.

But in the late 90s, Delta opened a new plant in Jackson, TN, and many production processes were transferred from Greensburg, the first sign that the older building’s long term viability might be in question.   …

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