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Huntington House, Inc.
Best Practice Achievements
2019: We keep almost ALL - almost 100% - of our manufacturing waste out of the landfill. We recycle everything. We've trained our teams to sort each type and put in specific bins. We give our sawdust waste to another local furniture company and they use it in their boiler to heat their facility. We reuse or donate the wood palettes. We can make bins or other wood utility containers out of them to use in the plant.
We have upgraded our method of cutting wood frames to a CNC machine, which can "nest" the pattern parts, making more efficient wood cuts with less wood waste. This has reduced our wood waste by 2/3rds. We can reuse some of the wood drops have become other parts of a furniture frame.
We keep our cut wood parts organized into a system, and if a furniture frame is discontinued, we try to reuse those parts to build other frames.
Most of our furniture is built to order, so less storage or floor space is needed to keep inventory.
Our wood finishes have less or no VOC's, though the finishers use respiratory masks to keep from breathing in any fumes.
The factory's air compressor system is programmed to be off when not in use, so that saves money and energy.
We have changed our lighting to LED light fixtures and bulbs. We recycle the bulbs - and even pay to recycle some.
2014: We will initiate an energy audit and seek to reduce our energy consumption
2019: We mainly use hardwood and some plywood that is from a certified source, some of it is FSC Certified. We are members of Appalachian Hardwoods.
To create our frames, we use glue dowels instead of an adhesive. The glue is activated by steam, and it is water-soluble. This works very well - it creates a secure attachment, its efficient for the operators to use and less messy. We don't have any waste with this type of product - no chance of spills, no harmful VOCs, and no containers to throw away.
The foam we use in our upholstered pieces is Certa-Pure certified.
2014: We seek to improve our efficiency and reduce waste in our woodworking operations
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