Friends Of The Forest

Jamestown furniture manufacturer Artone LLC has been awarded certification as forest stewards.

The business has received the Forest Stewardship Council’s standard chain of custody certification. Artone, which is located at 107 Institute St., Jamestown, is a commercial furniture manufacturer, which primarily serves the hospitality, health care, commercial, military and store-fixture markets. Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood was found to be the most specified green-building product in McGraw-Hill’s database of 60,000 project specifications collected annually, surpassing even EnergyStar.

Between the forest and the consumer, forest products may undergo many stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. The chain of custody certification verifies that material is identified or kept segregated from non-certified or non-controlled materials. Mixing of certified and non-certified products must be done under controlled procedures that meet the Forest Stewardship Council’s chain of custody requirements.

Chain of custody certification is important for businesses seeking to access environmentally and socially aware markets or to demonstrate compliance with public and private procurement policies that specify environmentally responsible materials. These include the EU Ecolabel scheme for furniture or the U.S. Green Building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council’s leadership in energy and environmental design program is certifying 1.6 million square feet of building space. Nearly 9 billion square feet of building space is participating in the leadership in energy and environmental design program.

”We are beyond pleased with this certification. Ultimately it will result in more job security for our employees, and most likely lead to future growth resulting in more jobs for our community,” said Michael Calimeri, Artone president.

The chain of custody program sets standards for three types of certifications that companies can choose from depending on their scale and type of operation: individual, multiple site and project.

Bob Nordin, Artone materials manager and Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody administrator, said the certification has long been on the “to-do” list for Artone.

“As part of our strategic long-term growth initiatives, we felt compelled to join an elite list of furniture manufacturers who are FSC certified,” he said. “This certification, along with our FSC vendor partnerships, will help us secure many more jobs for which we otherwise would not be able to produce. The FSC certification, our Green initiatives and (leadership in energy environmental design) have positioned ourselves at the forefront of the marketplace.”