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Four Kentucky companies receiving thousands of dollars for energy efficient lighting

Four Kentucky companies will be splitting $787,000 in grant money to be used to replace old, inefficient lighting with advanced energy efficient fixtures in their existing commercial facilities.

Governor Steve Beshear says Montaplast of North America, Inc. in Frankfort will receive $280,500, Florida Tile, Inc. in Lawrenceburg will receive $162,500, General Electric Company, Aviation Division in Madisonville will receive $200,000, and Sekisui Specialty Chemicals America LLC in Calvert City will receive $144,170.

The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"I am pleased to announce the award of more than $787,000 in federal stimulus money to help four Kentucky companies reduce energy consumption and remain competitive in our current challenging economy," said Gov. Beshear in a news release. "The Department for Energy Development and Independence and the Cabinet for Economic Development have partnered together to secure this money from the U.S. Department of Energy and make it available to businesses through the State Energy Program. Energy efficiency and economic development are closely linked, and we will continue to look for ways to work together with the private sector in these important areas."

The governor's office also says up to $3.35 million in additional ARRA funds are anticipated to be awarded to Kentucky firms in the coming months.

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