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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Lipten to Convert Coal Boilers to Fire Natural Gas at the General Motors Wentzville Assembly Facility

WIXOM, Michigan, January 10, 2013 – General Motors (NYSE:GM) awarded Lipten a contract to provide engineering, procurement and construction services to convert two coal-fired boilers to fire natural gas at the GM Wentzville assembly facility in Missouri. Lipten has converted many boilers from coal to natural gas firing; several of them at GM facilities.

The project includes installation of new vertical-firing natural gas burners. Vertical burners were chosen instead of horizontal burners for this application to provide: optimum flame geometry for the specific furnace configuration, improved water circulation patterns, improved thermal efficiency, better overall boiler performance, avoidance of flame impingement and simplified operation. The project also includes new forced draft fans, natural gas supply systems, electrical modifications, custom Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) control systems from Lipten’s Controls Division and additional system modifications required to convert coal boilers to fire natural gas.

"Through the initial phase of the project the GM engineers and their consultants at Giffels, LLC have demonstrated a high level of expertise and professionalism. It is enjoyable to work with such a savvy customer," said Jim Marshall, president of Lipten, “We are pleased that GM trusts Lipten to provide the additional expertise that will assure the project’s success.” John Ingraham, Proposal Development Manager at Lipten Company, added, “Converting the coal boilers to fire natural gas is a great decision given current market conditions. Increasingly stringent emission limitations for coal boilers are significantly escalating the costs to operate a coal power plant. Conversely, natural gas prices have declined considerably in recent years and are expected to remain low for many more years. This project will result in lower emissions and significantly reduced operating costs for GM, which will have a direct effect on their bottom line. This project is a great example of Lipten’s mission to make energy a source of competitive advantage for our clients.”

About GM
General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) commonly known as GM, is a multinational automotive corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, and the world's largest automaker, by vehicle unit sales, in 2011, employing over 200,000 people and doing business in more than 150 countries. General Motors produces vehicles in 31 countries, and sells and services these vehicles. General Motors automobile marquees are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.

About Lipten Company
Lipten Company is an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) firm that specializes in Central Energy Plant (CEP) design and construction. Lipten provides steam generation, power generation, chilled water systems, compressed air systems, water treatment systems, controls and related Energy Center equipment and services. Lipten’s level of support can vary from an advisory role to complete turn-key facility construction. Services include: design, engineering, drafting (CAD), equipment specifications, procurement, installation, construction management, site audits, start-up, operator training and maintenance.

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