DALLAS – As green technology’s momentum expands into 2010 and beyond, Brenco Industrial Services, a Dallas-based Native American-owned commercial construction company, has launched Brenco Energy Concepts, a new division dedicated to green products and energy solutions.
“Our goal is to bring businesses an energy solution that will actually put money in their pocket within 36 to 48 months,” said Brenco President Steve Cardwell. “Our philosophy is that it makes good business sense to protect our planet, becoming more efficient with all our resources, not just energy. We have found this can increase a company’s bottom line through direct expense reduction. Our focus is a family of green products that will greatly reduce a business’s energy costs while reducing their carbon footprint.”
Cardwell’s view reflects McGraw Hill’s “2009 Green Outlook” that sees green-related construction growth pushing past recession remnants and growing from $10 billion in 2005 to nearly $150 billion by 2013.
“Energy rates will do nothing but rise in the future,” Cardwell said, driven by climate legislation and other factors. “But that creates opportunities for green products and solutions to help business and industry find innovative, sustainable efficiencies with advantages such as clean-power harmonic transformers and 100,000-hour light bulbs available from BEC.”
Brenco Energy Concepts’ licensed electrical contractors and network of engineers offer a comprehensive power system analysis, recommendations for power system modification and other advantages such as third party certification of reduced energy consumption, said Cardwell, a Southern Cheyenne member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.
The division also will recommend and provide products to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs on vehicle fleets and structure. “My inspiration for the new Brenco Energy Concepts division was an initiative to lower my own operational costs and reduce (Brenco’s) carbon footprint,” Cardwell said. “I researched the latest green technology from around the world. Many different types of technology emerged during this research phase. I have a team of experts who also thoroughly researched these opportunities and discovered the best of the best. It made perfect business sense to offer these savings opportunities to our customer base.”
Woodward hired to market BEC
Gearing to build the BEC brand, Cardwell has hired Diana Woodward, former executive director for the Fort Worth-based American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas, to head business development and marketing. Woodward brings extensive experience in working with a vast range of business and industry, from corporations to the minority business community in Texas and elsewhere, Cardwell said.
“Diana understands the balance between culture and business and can walk in both worlds,” he said. Woodward, a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Euchee Nation, also heads Brenco’s nonprofit initiative, Native ReVision, an organization that will provide support to Native American youth athletes.
“I’ve known Steve and Brenda Cardwell for a long time and I have always known that at Brenco, it’s not always about making money, it’s also about making a difference for our children and for the planet,” Woodward said. “When Steve told me about the products he had found and the services he was going to offer, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Brenco team. Steve’s vision for Brenco Energy Concepts is to build a business that will provide our customers with an immediate reduction in energy cost, while also supporting American Indian youth and the planet. I am proud to be a part of the Brenco Energy Concept Team.”
Brenco’s award-winning performance
Brenco Industrial Services has won local and national recognition, including the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency’s Gold Award as 2008 Minority Company of the Year.
This year, Brenco won the DFW Native American Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year award and was named Native American Business Alliance Fund Member of the Year at NABA’s national conference at the Saginaw Chippewa Indians Tribal Community in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Brenco Energy Concepts, a division of Brenco Industrial Services, specializes in green products and energy-reduction solutions.