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A.R.E. member support
So how do these operations get funded? That’s where A.R.E. members come in.
HFF is supported by corporations big and small, typically ones
that use wood in some type of daily manufacturing. This allows the
manufacturers to be a part of replacing the resources they use. In
addition, many see it as offsetting the carbon from their production
processes, Windt adds. It becomes part of their corporate sustainability initiatives.
Store fixture provider Bernhard Woodwork in Northbrook, Ill.,
is an HFF supporter. Says President Mark Bernhard, “Hardwood
Forestry Fund locally plants trees that we use in our manufacturing.
We see this as a way to give back to the environment and the indus-
try to maintain resources in the future.”
Ensuring resources for the future is another motivation for mem-
bers supporting HFF. Mary Pitzen, VP of demand management for
Bemis Manufacturing Co. in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., points to her
company’s molded wood toilet seats made of wood shavings from
secondary manufacturers. “The work being done by the Hardwood
Forestry Fund with educating the public on forest management
helps ensure the availability of wood to support our product line
along with many other industries using wood,” she says.
For Timber Products Co., a Westfield, Ind., wood products provider, HFF’s educational focus is important. “As a forestland owner
and a manufacturer of hardwood products, Timber Products sees
great value in the work of the Hardwood Forestry Fund. They promote sound hardwood forest management techniques and are well
known for their environmental education around hardwood forestry,” says Joe Gonyea III, partner and CEO.
Hardwood for the future
“The popularity of American hardwood worldwide is sky high,”
Windt says. “As an industry we need to keep on that track.”
To support HFF, visit www.hardwoodforestryfund.org.
A month after the planting, a seedling survives the risks of becoming
dinner for a deer and falling prey to a disease. Not all seedlings maintain
such healthy growth, so each spring, foresters replace dead plantings
with fresh ones.
Mannington Mills Inc. | Calhoun, Ga.
Bernhard Woodwork Ltd. | Northbrook, Ill.
Armstrong World Industries | Lancaster, Pa.
Bemis Manufacturing Co. | Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
Timber Products Co. | Westfield, Ind.
Participating A.R.E. member companies: