Friday, August 17, 2012

Ethan Allen Registers Five Facilities in EFEC Program

The American Home Furnishings Alliance announced that Ethan Allen has completed EFEC registration at all of its domestic manufacturing facilities, including five manufacturing plants and one sawmill. EFEC – or Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture – is a voluntary environmental management program created for the residential furniture industry by the American Home Furnishings Alliance.
"We are proud of our commitment to environmental stewardship," says Ethan Allen Chairman President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari. "In all of our facilities, we work hard every day to not only make the best use of our resources but also to ensure the health and safety of our employees and their communities."

The manufacturing facilities include a wood furniture plant in Old Fort, N.C.; Ethan Allen's upholstery manufacturing complex in Maiden, N.C.; a wood furniture plant and sawmill in Beecher Falls, Vt., that dates back to the 1800s; a wood furniture plant in Orleans, Vt.; and a home accents (custom lighting and wall decor) plant and distribution facility in Passaic, N.J.

Eventually, Ethan Allen plans to extend the EFEC environmental management system into all of its company-owned retail locations, which currently number about 150. This would be the first application of the EFEC program in a retail setting.


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