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07/29/2008

Gunlocke Attains SCS Certification

 

WAYLAND, NY - Gunlocke has achieved a major environmental benchmark, certifying products to the current Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) Sustainability Standard. Gunlocke is among the first companies to certify its environmental performance claims through Scientific Certification Systems' (SCS) Sustainable Choice™ Program.

Gunlocke's casegood product lines including: Medley, Menu, Mosaic, and Kennsington have met the qualifications for the Sustainable Choice Silver level. Additionally, the company's conference table product lines including: Medley, Kennsington, Converge, and Surfaces have all met the qualifications for the Sustainable Choice Silver level. Finally, Gunlocke's seating lines, including Alti, Attract, Molti, Olla, and Porter have also met the qualifications for the Sustainable Choice Silver level.

Developed in response to the increasing demand for proof that manufacturers are living up to their environmental claims, BIFMA's new Sustainability Standard provides measurable market-based definitions of progressively more sustainable furniture. The standard was developed using an open, consensus-based process with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders from academia, the architect and design community, end-users, regulatory agencies, federal and state government, and certifiers. The performance criteria it has established, and which SCS Sustainable Choice vigorously applies, address environmental, economic and social aspects throughout the supply chain based on materials, energy and atmosphere, human and ecosystem health, and social responsibility.

Upon earning the SCS certification to the current BIFMA sustainability standard, Roy Green, Gunlocke's director of stewardship and sustainability, notes, "Gunlocke is pleased to be one of the first in the industry to meet the rigorous qualifications of the silver lever of the SCS Sustainable Choice Program. This achievement demonstrates our commitment to environmentally and socially responsible products and business practices.

"We are committed to setting a higher standard in product design, quality, service and delivery in the wood contract furniture market. We strongly believe that our future is dependent upon the commitments we make to sustain the natural environment," he adds.

About BIFMA
BIFMA is a not-for-profit organization that provides an effective forum for members to cooperate and collaborate on appropriate industry issues. As an ANSI accredited standards developer, BIFMA develops voluntary product and industry standards that support safe, healthy and sustainable work environments. BIFMA also publishes key industry statistics; advocates for legislation and government regulation that have a direct impact on the health of the industry; and facilitates meaningful dialogue and education to support its core services and the industry.

About SCS
For more than two decades, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has developed internationally recognized certification programs aimed at establishing the highest levels of environmental improvements, social accountability, and product performance. As a leader in third-party, independent green building product certification, SCS was the first company to offer manufacturers a program for verifying the accuracy of environmental claims on products. For more information, call SCS at (510) 452-8000 or visit www.scscertified.com.

About Gunlocke
The Gunlocke Co. is an industry leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of wood contract furniture: casegoods, seating and tables. As it focuses on developing fresh, responsive new solutions for the workplace, the company carries forward a tradition of quality craftsmanship, technical expertise and conscientious customer service. The Gunlocke name is synonymous with design integrity, manufacturing excellence and enduring value. Eight U.S. Presidents and leading decision-makers in a range of industries have made the company's products their choice. Gunlocke has a growing North American presence, with showrooms located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Muscatine, IA, New York City, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

 

 
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