Readers Respond: In support of a simple, low-cost eco-label
The following letter is a response to "iLevel promotes an easy eco-labeling option with SFI."
"[iLevel by Weyerhaeuser VP] Carlos Guilherme and iLevel have taken the simple stamp idea and acted on it, and applied it to iLevel lumber by the piece. This is very important as it is easily identifiable by the supply chain and the customer. The key being each piece of lumber is stamped — not just the wrapping, which gets torn off or disintegrates. Weyerhauser is to be commended for handling the situation in this manner. The fact that iLevel can do this could in time prove to the rest of the world that this is a viable solution and comes at virtually little or no cost.
"The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as well as the other three or four world certifying agencies should come together and create a green stamp and make it available to the harvesters of their certified forests to use and stamp each piece of eco-friendly wood. [This way], the public can decide individually whether they want to use sustainable grown wood or wood harvested without any regard for longevity and perpetuation of the forest. Small producers may have problems certifying their wood, and exceptions could and should be made. However large timber tracts are either certified or not, and the public has the right to know."
— Harold Baalmann
B&B Lumber Co.
E15 gasoline could pose a threat to OPE
According to an article in the Washington Post, there are certain drawbacks to expanding ethanol content in gasoline to produce E15.
If consumers use the increased-ethanol-content gasoline for their outdoor power equipment — even though they are not supposed to — it could cause damage or dangerous conditions.
An attorney for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute told the newspaper that the misuse of E15 could create "a train wreck in the marketplace."
Orgill expands into Canada
Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor Orgill has partnered with Mississauga, Ontario-based Castle Building Centers to fully integrate Canada into Orgill’s core business.
Orgill has been eyeing the Canadian market for 15 years, and has been operating in limited capacity there for the past three years, shipping to independents in various parts of the country.
The partnership was reported originally in Hardlines, the Canadian home improvement industry magazine.
"This is not an experiment," said Orgill president Ron Beal. "We are integrating Canada into our operations and making Canada part of a complete North American focus."
According to Beal, the logistics required for the expansion are already in place. A distribution center in Utah is ramping up to serve Western Canada, while Central and Eastern Canada will be shipped out of a DC in West Virginia.
Already 30,000 of the 75,000 SKUs in the West Virginia facility are Canadian compliant (packaging, language, CSA, etc.) and include builders’ hardware and hand and power tools. The company said up to 60,000 SKUs, including paint, sundries, farm, plumbing and electrical will be compliant by March 2011. "Our goal is to be 100% compliant by the end of 2011," Beal said.
According to Castle, the partnership will provide a front-end solution to their members. To that end Castle is charged with educating its members about Orgill’s programs, and is in the process of hiring four "hardlines specialist representatives" to manage Central Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
"This is a total, total commitment," Beal said. "From our standpoint, Canada is now part of our core business."
Castle is a member-owned and member-directed, not-for-profit buying group. Members are shareholders and receive annual audited financial statements.