Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Universal Forest Products has announced that eight of its plants have met standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification program.
Plants earning the certification are located in: Ranson, W.V.; Windsor, Colo.; Chandler, Ariz.; San Antonio, Texas; New Waverly, Texas; Woodburn, Ore.; Thornton, Calif.; and Riverside, Calif.
The chain of custody certification requires that a company use a strict management system detailing from where lumber is shipped, guaranteeing the products come from well-managed forests.
The certification was awarded following a third-party review by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), an independent organization accredited by the FSC to certify operations to its standards.
With the certification, Universal will be better able to provide customers with FSC-certified products, which is a requirement for participating in LEED and other national green building programs.
“Demand for FSC-certified lumber has increased, and we’re ensuring we’re well-positioned to answer that demand and meet our customer’s needs. FSC certification helps us do that,” said vp of marketing Dick Gauthier. “FSC certification is a great distinction that will help drive our business, and that illustrates Universal’s history of responsible procurement practices.”