Leading Responsible Growth
As a leader in the kitchen cabinetry industry, Premier has always made environmental stewardship a fundamental principle and core value of our business. We recognize and accept our responsibility for environmental leadership and accountability and we are determined to create products with a more ecologically and socially responsible future. Premier Custom-Built Cabinetry is committed to the ongoing development of creating high-end, totally custom products using sustainable manufacturing and business practices.
The information below highlights our efforts to manage, save, and recycle our resources. It’s our way of making a difference now and into the future.
In our solid lumber and veneer sourcing, we only partner with industry suppliers who support and maintain high environmental standards and certifications. All of our suppliers promote and support both domestic and international programs. These companies are actively involved in the public’s education regarding the value and use of forest resources. They support the complete utilization of all harvested wood products and work to find effective ways to reduce waste and improve efficient use of global resources.
Premier uses plywood, medium density fiberboard (MDF), and composite panels that are manufactured with the most recent advancements in panel production. These products use soy-based adhesives, rather than the traditional industry glues, eliminating the high levels of added formaldehyde. Soy-based adhesive materials reduce product VOC emissions which make them compliant to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Premier’s coating and finishing operations use products that exceed DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) and EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) regulations. Our extensive coatings program includes conversion varnish, acrylic urethane, polyester, rubbing oil, and wax options. This flexibility allows Premier to match the coating type with the product’s intended use and the customer’s need. Premier is committed to ongoing finishing research in order to meet the needs of (NAHB) Green Home Guidelines.
Strategic energy use, lighting, material use & storage, and shipping best practices.
Demand Response Program
Since early 2009, Premier has proudly participated in a “Demand Response Program.” Companies that participate in this program monitor energy usage and when necessary, temporarily shut down their facilities during peak energy usage periods throughout the year. Benefits of this program are:
- Added stability to power grids by lowering demand for energy
- Less need for additional energy producing facilities
- Increased energy awareness to companies and individuals alike
- A reduced carbon footprint
In 2012 Premier upgraded all lighting to high output florescent fixtures throughout our entire facility. The benefits of using this lighting are:
- Energy efficiency: Premier’s overall energy consumption instantly dropped 40 kilowatts!
- A brighter, more naturally lit work environment
- Increased color accuracy in finishing processes and color matching
- Less heat output
Material Use and Storage
Premier is adverse to waste and uses material that other facilities would simply discard. We are able to do this because we have invested in special equipment, storage areas and best practices to ensure materials are used to their fullest potential. Some of these waste saving measures include:
- Each project is carefully calculated and cut to maximize material yield
- Thick boards can be resawn to double the usage potential
- Off-fall from solid wood and veneers is saved and stored for future use
- Almost all product is wrapped and shipped in extra thick, reusable blankets rather than foam, cardboard, or tape
- Product that is not blanket-wrapped uses recyclable materials
Seeing it Through
Premier is conscientious about maintaining responsibility of materials even after they leave our manufacturing facility. Various initiatives and recycling programs demonstrate Premier’s commitment to keeping 100% of waste out of landfills. Our recycling programs include:
Wood and Wood Based Materials (Solid wood, Plywood, MDF)
The majority of Premier’s wood product waste is sent to local mulching companies and greenhouses. At the greenhouses, wood is sent through a wood chipper and made into biomass. The chips are converted to vapor and used to heat and humidify greenhouses through the winter.
Additionally, solid wood is also collected and dispersed in a variety of ways. Employees take available wood scraps to heat their homes. Employees, local hobbyists and boy scouts take wood for use for their own crafts.
All dust is collected and sent to local farms to use for animal bedding.
Even our finish waste is put to good use. Most of Premier’s finish waste is recycled locally. Liquid finish waste is picked-up by a third party waste management group and converted to fuel. The solid finish waste that can’t be converted to fuel is sent to a facility to be incinerated.
Restoring the Community
Every few months, a selection of items that Premier has no use for is sent to the Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity Restore. This could include cabinet doors, discontinued hardware or unused equipment.