At a celebratory event held on May 11, John Dumouchel said his company is giving new meaning to the words ‘green printing’; then he figuratively flipped the switch to turn on the newly installed new solar powered system that now powers The Artcraft Company in North Attleboro, MA. This announcement may make this third-generation family-owned company one of the most environmentally conscious engraving and printing company in the U.S. Artcraft, one the largest specialty print production facilities in New England, is best known for its high-quality engraving services for business cards and identity systems, invitations and more.
To the gathering of customers, colleagues, friends and family at the celebration named after The Beatle’s eponymous song, Here Comes the Sun, Dumouchel said, “We’re moving into a new dimension as we transform our company. Today, I am very pleased to announce that The Artcraft Company is not only going solar, but with this change in how we power our operation, we can now produce the most environmentally responsible identity systems, and invitations possible. I want to go into the next generation doing the right thing for the communities in which we live and work.”
Artcraft, an FSC-certified printer, is now powering 100% of its engraving facility, and 50% of its offset department with clean, renewable, solar energy. “Research has shown that engraving is the most environmentally friendly print production technique available, and now we’re advancing the level of environmental savings by producing our customers projects through the use of solar power. We are excited to not only continue to support sound environmental practices within Artcraft, but to also make the most sustainable practices available to our customers,” said Dumouchel.
The Artcraft Company’s solar project is expected to reduce its Green House Gas emissions by over 5,226 tons of CO2—equivalent to saving 10,774,845 miles of air travel, planting 209,032 trees, or not traveling 6,657,070 miles in an SUV.
This significant carbon footprint reduction is the result of the new solar powered system that Munro Distributing has recently installed at The Artcraft Company. Over 1,100 solar panels have been installed on the roof of Artcraft’s production facility. This is the largest commercial installation in North Attleboro, MA, and Artcraft is the only U.S. engraving and printing company to be 100% solar powered.
Sean Bielat, local businessman and congressional hopeful spoke at the event, “This project represents one of the best ways for government to support development of new technologies—by providing competitive grants and then getting out of the way as much as possible to enable businesses and families to decide what is best for their needs. This project will cut costs for Artcraft, making it even more competitive in the market and thus spur growth and job creation. I salute John Dumouchel and Artcraft for taking initiative to compete for a grant to invest in new technology. It’s just one more example of local companies being at the cutting edge of innovation.”
Dumouchel, who recently finished serving as President of the International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA), like his father before him, was at the event with his wife and four children, watched as his children cut the ribbon to launch the beginning of this exciting endeavor for Artcraft. “I am delighted that so many came out to support North Attleboro’s first industrial solar project, and that my four children were there to witness, and partake in, our latest green initiative, as this is actually for them,” said Dumouchel.