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Green Statement

Focus is to Exceed in Green Initiatives

WB Manufacturing, a manufacturer of custom work surfaces, tables, furniture and casework, has adopted a green operations initiative that values environmentally responsible practices in manufacturing and operations of its facility

WB Manufacturing incorporated a broad range program affecting everything from materials that go into its products to its standards on the manufacturing floor. “The process to go green involved reviewing all areas of the business,” said Steve Burgess, President.

Energy consumption is a major expense for the organization, but WB Manufacturing found that with a few simple changes from energy efficient lights on the 200,000 square foot plant to motion sensor light switches in the office area resulted in reduced usage by 54% and significantly lower energy bills. WB Manufacturing also voluntarily participates in the peak load lighting conservation program with the local utility company.

Recycling has always been a standard business practice from using recycled paper in the office equipment and recycled corrugated cardboard for packaging to recycling aluminum cans and plastics. WB Manufacturing even recycles the salvage particle board and MDF scraps using a dedicated shredder to create small bedding particles for local farms.

As part of its green manufacturing focus, WB Manufacturing routinely acquires products like particle board and medium density fiberboard (MDF) with No Added Formaldehyde (NAF), Ultra Low-Emitting Formaldehyde (ULEF) as well as California Air Resource Board (CARB) compliant materials. “We are constantly evaluating our suppliers to ensure that their products are constructed using recycled wood fiber, as well as providing CARB compliant core materials,” added Lane Whitted, Purchasing Manager.

CARB established standards for wood products made with urea-formaldehyde resin products being sold or manufactured in the State of California. The stated goals of CARB include attaining and maintaining healthy air quality; protecting the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants; and providing innovative approaches for complying with air pollution rules and regulations. In selecting MDF and particle board for manufacturing, WB Manufacturing selects Eco-Certified Composite (ECC).

WB Manufacturing products can also assist clients with earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) points. Project Managers should specify which LEED point categories are targeted to aid in compliance.

Our other “green” initiatives include development of FSC® certified casework and participation in various important industry programs.

WB Manufacturing continues to focus its operation on complying with manufacturing standards that puts the health and welfare of the planet and our people first. Our focus is to exceed in green initiatives and standards.