Greensboro, NC – “Where can I get new kitchen cabinets or children’s furniture made without added formaldehyde?” is a question Columbia Forest Products has repeatedly fielded since introducing their cost-neutral PureBond® formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood technology five years ago.
Answering this deceptively simple question is the goal of a unique program being made available to homeowners, builders, and architects today by Columbia, which is the largest hardwood plywood producer in North America.
Columbia has recruited a diverse group of over 800 green-minded manufacturers of cabinets, furniture, fixtures and millwork into the new “PureBond Fabricator Network” (PFN). The PFN will connect the dots between those who seek healthier, green finished goods to install in their homes, schools, hospitals, stores and elsewhere, with qualified sources of these products.
An easy-to-use directory on the company’s website:
makes it simple to find local, regional and national fabricators who offer top-quality wood products made with the company’s hardwood plywood featuring its soy-based, EPA-award winning PureBond formaldehyde-free technology.
Todd Vogelsinger, Director of Marketing for Columbia Forest Products, says that the creation of the PFN was a direct response to inquiries the company receives from homeowners and trade professionals alike.
“The typical call is from somebody who has read up on indoor air quality and knows that they want to avoid introducing any VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) into their home or place of business. They tell us that they’ve heard of PureBond, but that their shop or store became confused or apprehensive when they started asking them about formaldehyde-free construction techniques.
“Many times, the customer was being told that doing the job with no-added formaldehyde hardwood plywood would cost twice as much.
“We knew there was something wrong, because we offer our hardwood plywood featuring PureBond formaldehyde-free technology without an upcharge,” said Vogelsinger.
“Through the PureBond Fabricator Network, we intend to inform and train today’s fabrication shops in the simple ways they can alter their material choices and in turn, begin offering their customers ‘clean and green’ finished goods that don’t carry the risk of added formaldehyde off-gassing from composite wood products.
“We recognize that the entire topic of indoor air quality, healthy interior environments and the role of composite wood products can be perplexing and frustrating for everybody involved. It’s our goal to cut through the confusion and offer all sides a clear way through – while keeping costs to a minimum,” said Vogelsinger.
Columbia has been working with Habitat for Humanity to demonstrate that formaldehyde-free wood products can be accessed by people at all economic levels. They are also working with organizations like Global Green and Make It Right to showcase their materials in cost-conscious Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts that emphasize green construction techniques and materials.
Columbia Forest Products’ veneer core hardwood plywood was the first such material to become certified as compliant with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation, at the most stringent Phase 2 level – a year ahead of schedule. The CARB regulation is the world’s toughest standard for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood panels.
About Columbia Forest Products
Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer, a leader in sustainable forestry, and innovator of formaldehyde-free PureBond? technology.
Columbia’s decorative interior veneers and panels are used in cabinetry, furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures. Employee-owned and based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Columbia employs more than 2,000 and operates facilities throughout the United States and Canada, and a global operational network.
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