Perfetti Van Melle 
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Value Stream 5 Sustainability

Energy management for sustainability

Tuesday, Oct. 20 Location Code
2:00pm-3:00pm Room 205, 2nd floor TP/17

Create auditing methods to reduce energy consumption and your carbon footprint

Discover cost-saving, sustainable practices and a practical energy auditing tool; learn how to create a systematic energy-saving approach, employing lean techniques; engage management and employees in the audit process; learn about the benefits of effective energy management.


Learn how to create an energy auditing tool to reduce workplace energy consumption by at least ten percent, while reducing your plant’s carbon footprint. Hear how Perfetti Van Melle and AME collaborated with an energy management professor to develop this practical, money-saving tool. Develop a systematic approach to energy assessment, using lean techniques to break the assessment into simple, manageable components. Discover how to build employee and management buy-in, as you focus on the benefits of energy assessment and learn about the findings from an actual assessment. Don’t be held back by an initial lack of management support or concerns about the assessment task. Get information on steps taken by Perfetti Van Melle as it implemented this cost-saving program and see its actual assessment data. Hear about sustainable practices and linking lean kaizen with sustainability improvements.


Perfetti Van Melle is an international candy manufacturer operating in more than 20 countries with approximately 40 manufacturing facilities. It is the third-largest non-chocoated candy company in the world. Associated with making Mentos Mints, the company has one U.S. manufacturing plant, in Erlanger, KY. Employees at the Erlanger factory have been making Airheads candy, Xtreme’s Belts and Xtreme’s Bites for more than 30 years.

Speakers: Brandon Reilman / Thomas Collins

Brandon Reilman has worked at Perfetti Van Melle in Erlanger, KY as environmental health and safety coordinator. He has implemented the DuPont STOP program related to safety and developed an environmental management system at the ISO 14001 certification level. Reilman also worked with AME members in energy auditing methodology, safety and environmental sustainability. He graduated from Thomas More College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and an associate degree in chemistry, and he is working toward an M.B.A. degree.

Thomas Collins is an energy manager, master electrician, voice and data technician, fiber optic technician, electrical and VDV (Voice Data Video) contractor and technical instructor. He is the owner of Technicians Inc. and a professor of energy technology. He received a teaching degree from the University of Cincinnati and an industrial degree from Northern Kentucky University, completed two apprenticeship programs, received 20+ industry certifications and is completing a degree in energy management at North Carolina State University.