East Longmeadow, MA –June 29, 2015 – Excel Dryer, Inc., manufacturer of the finest Made in USA Certified® hand dryers for more than 50 years including the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR® Hand Dryer, today announced they will exhibit at the fifth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit at McCormick Place in Chicago, Monday, June 29 to Wednesday, July 1.
“As the green movement grows in popularity, a number of sports teams – including the New England Patriots – have placed an emphasis on providing more sustainable solutions in order to ‘green’ their facilities,” said Vice President of Marketing at Excel Dryer, William Gagnon. “The high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR hand dryer helps sports teams achieve their sustainability goals while also contributing to other main objectives: reducing costs, labor and maintenance, while improving the stadium’s appearance and fan experience.”
The XLERATOR Hand dryers can be found in a number of other sporting arenas and stadiums around the globe, including: Wembley Stadium in London; the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums in South Africa; Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals; Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park in Excel Dryer’s home state of Massachusetts, home to the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.
“The NFL currently has XLERATOR hand dryers installed at its New York headquarters, NFL Network Studios in Los Angeles and is encouraging the use of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers at stadiums as part of the league’s ‘Green Initiative’,” said David Krichavsky, director of community affairs, National Football League.
The XLERATOR dries hands three times faster (in 10 seconds)* using 80 percent less energy than conventional hand dryers and represents a 95 percent cost savings over paper towels, eliminating their labor, maintenance and waste. The installation of the XLERATOR hand dryers was a significant factor in reducing overall waste removal from Fenway Park by over 123 tons when first installed, which equated to a 24 percent reduction in waste compared to the same time the previous year. A customized cost-savings analysis revealed that the XLERATOR Hand Dryers reduced Fenway Park’s hand drying carbon footprint by 82 percent. Additionally, with the installation of the XLERATOR Hand Dryers, Fenway Park saved $83,000 annually – a 97 percent savings over paper towels – and saw a full return on their investment in just over 12 months, including installation costs.
With the capacity to hold nearly 70,000 people for any event, Gillette Stadium’s restrooms offered significant room for improving sustainability. Originally equipped with paper towel dispensers, Gillette Stadium used an average of 6.3 million paper towels per year, the price of which was more than $50,000 for paper, maintenance and waste removal. The New England Patriots partnered with Excel Dryer to install more than 125 XLERATOR hand dryers throughout Gillette Stadium. The units have several different cover designs featuring the team’s logo, colors and a sustainability message letting fans know why they’ve switched from paper towels. By installing the XLERATOR Hand Dryers, Gillette Stadium has saved 95 percent versus paper towels, while reducing their carbon footprint by 70 percent.
“While our primary focus remains on creating the ultimate fan experience, we’re continually looking for new areas to make environmental improvements,” said Jim Nolan, vice president of operations at Gillette Stadium. “Updating the restrooms with XLERATOR hand dryers represents another large step in reducing our carbon footprint. Over time, we plan to install more dryers throughout our other properties, reducing operating costs and supporting our existing sustainability initiatives.”
Excel Dryer offers custom digital image covers that provide stadiums and arenas with an opportunity to showcase branding with graphics, colors, logos or a custom sustainability message. Additionally, Excel Dryer has partnered with the Green Apple Program, an initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that brings together advocates from around the world and encourages them to take action in their communities through service. Through this partnership, Excel Dryer created custom covered high-speed, energy-efficient Green Apple XLERATOR Hand Dryers that are available for any facility to purchase with a portion of the proceeds going back to the Green Apple initiative that supports putting all our children in healthy, sustainable learning environments within this generation.
Excel Dryer has a diverse range of products and options along with the most complete line of accessories in the industry to create the best hand drying solution for any restroom environment, including optional Speed and Sound controls or HEPA Filtration System for a quiet and clean airflow.