in Jasper, IN, enhanced productivity while reducing the environmental impact of its operations, casegoods and furnishings. The company's steps toward continuous improvement and sustainable production are part of an integrated package that begins upstream at design, with life cycle analysis and environmental impact planned in. This in turn has allowed Kimball Office to attain e3 level certification by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) for 98 percent of its lines.

Kimball is no slouch in technology. A first-of-its-kind Cefla coating system cures the proprietary Kimball Pura coating, giving off virtually no volatile organic compounds. When furnishings are coated with Pura, which is then UV cured, wood materials are effectively encapsulated, reducing or eliminating offgassing and so the products can meet indoor air quality standards set by LEED and BIFMA.

Pura is now used across most of its wood products. “Because Pura is water-based and robotically applied, material overspray can be recovered and reformulated with pure water, to circulate back into the system with new finish,” says Steven Brewster, sustainability director for Kimball Office. An independently certified internal testing standard verifies that products meet performance standards, also troubleshooting items.

Kimball Office was featured in last year's WOOD 100, an annual showcase of the industry's most innovative firms. Inclusion in the WOOD 100 list celebrates those companies who have pushed the envelope in manufacturing, management and marketing practices.

You can read profiles of the wood manufacturing industry's leading firms in 2010 WOOD 100 edition>>

You can see your firm profiled at no cost in the 22nd annual WOOD 100 by submitting this form for consideration. The process is simple, and free: 

1.) Profile your business specialty and size.
2.) List your top challenges or opportunities.
3.) Tell steps taken to succeed in market, management or production.
Firms selected for inclusion will be:

  • Positioned as an industry leader to peers and analysts
  • Honored at live events
  • Profiled in September Wood & Wood Products magazine
  • Featured on  Woodworking
  • Receive priority invitations for panels and live events

Each year since 1990, W&WP has paid tribute to woodworking's successful stars. Make this your chance to be among seen among the most innovative wood manufacturing industry companies.

The deadline to enter the 2011 WOOD 100 Report is July 1, 2011. Entry forms are available through this link.

Be recognized in the 2011 edition of the WOOD 100.
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Share your firm's best practices in wood industry manufacturing, marketing and business operations.
 To qualify, your firm must be:
  • Primarily a secondary manufacturer of solid wood or composite panel products
  • Generate annual sales of at least $150,000 since 2008

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