Orleans, VT – June 6, 2012 – Ethan Allen is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of the Northeastern Loggers Association’s (NELA) 2011 Outstanding Use of Wood Award for its operations in Orleans and Beecher Falls, Vermont. NELA is a regional trade group representing more than 2,000 members of the Northeast and Lake States' logging, sawmilling, and forest products community.
“As a company, we are proud of our environmental efforts,” said Ethan Allen Chairman, President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari. “Our facilities in northeastern Vermont work very hard to make the best use of our regional wood resources and we are honored to receive this recognition.”
The company has a combination sawmill and dimension mill in Beecher Falls, Vermont, as well as a wood furniture manufacturing facility in Orleans, Vermont. The facility in Beecher Falls supplies the company’s wood furniture manufacturing sites in both Vermont and North Carolina with kiln-dried lumber and machined parts made from logs and lumber from the northeast region. Wood chips and sawdust, byproducts of these manufacturing operations, are also put to good use: They are burned to provide steam energy for heat and reused for electric co-generation. This has allowed the company to drastically reduce oil usage in the Vermont facilities, which hope to become oil-free operations by 2013.
Each year NELA recognizes the significant achievement of individuals and companies in the Northeast and Lake States region. The Outstanding Use of Wood Award is one of eight awards given by the NELA annually and presented at the Annual Logger’s Banquet. The 2012 banquet was held on the evening of May 10th in South Burlington, Vermont.
Ethan Allen has also begun to implement the Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC) program in all of its manufacturing facilities. Launched by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) in 1999, EFEC is an environmental management system that requires companies—on a facility-by-facility basis—to analyze and better understand the environmental impact of their processes, raw materials, and finished products.
About Ethan Allen
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE:ETH) is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers in the United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and operates eight manufacturing facilities, including five manufacturing plants and one sawmill in the United States plus two plants in Mexico and Honduras. Approximately seventy percent of its products are made in its United States plants. For more information on Ethan Allen's products and services, visit ethanallen.com.