FSC Certification Prepared Manufacturers of Wood Products for Economic Rebound

Ready to Supply LEED & Green Building Projects with Local and FSC Certified Products

Online PR News – 11-November-2009 – – Manufacturers of Wood Products and Owners of Forestland Prepare for Economic Rebound with FSC Certification Ready to Supply LEED & Green Building Projects with Local and FSC Certified Products

Contact: Gary Winget, 651-223-5629, Gary@TrueNorthCertified.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (11 November, 2009) – On November 11, the True North Certified Forest Products Network and the True North Certified Forestland Network announced that the Networks and their members had received FSC Chain-of-Custody and/or Forest Management certification for an array of products manufactured from wood originating in well-managed FSC certified forests or from reclaimed/recycled sources.

The 'great recession' may have dented the sales of wood products, but wood product manufacturers and forestland owners are preparing for the economic rebound with the awarding of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

Persons interested in more information about finding FSC certified suppliers, or manufacturers and forestland owners inquiring about becoming FSC certified, may contact the Network at 1-888-223-5629, email Info@TrueNorthCertified.com, or visit the Network’s website at www.TrueNorthCertified.com.

“As increasing numbers of architects, builders, remodelers and homeowners are looking to build green and applying for LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) and MN GreenStar certification,” states Jeff Forsythe of Nordecor in Brainerd, “I felt that it was time to prepare our company to serve this growing market segment through FSC certification. The True North Network offered us the opportunity to achieve FSC certification in a quick and very resourceful manner. It was also timely in that we are now one of the few companies of our type that has been awarded the new FSC Recycle certification, thus allowing us to certify the authenticity of our reclaimed barn-wood line.”

The FSC certification allows the manufacturers and forestland owners to sell FSC certified and labeled products ranging from timber and lumber, to flooring and paneling, to cabinetry and custom furniture, to architectural millwork and staircase components, to fireplace mantels and art doors, to log siding and decking.

“Our business is focusing on local, green, quality wall and ceiling hardwood paneling products,” according to Tom Brand of Grand Arbor in St. Paul. “The True North Woods® certification assures customers that our products come from Minnesota forests, and the FSC certification assures customers that they come from well-managed forests.”

The True North Certified Forest Products Network offers primary and secondary manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of forest-based products access to membership in a group FSC Chain-of-Custody certification program. The True North Certified Forestland Network offers forestland owners access to membership in a group FSC Forest Management certification program.

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international organization that supports and promotes forest management standards that are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable. The Networks are a service of the Minnesota Wood Education Project and were developed with the assistance of Dovetail Partners.

True North Certified Forest Product Network, Certification Code SCS-COC-002432.
True North Certified Forestland Network, Certification Code SCS-FM/COC-000119G.

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