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Kolbe Earns FSC Chain of Custody Certification

Kolbe Offers FSC Certified Wood for Green Projects

Wausau, Wis. (March 2, 2009) - Demonstrating Kolbe's continued commitment to the environment and to responsibly managed forests, the company has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification. One of the first of its kind in the window and door industry, this certification recognizes that Kolbe meets strict tracking requirements for ensuring the FSC-certified products it provides come from well-managed forests.

The majority of the lumber used in Kolbe's wood products is sourced from certified suppliers. Kolbe offers its customers with a full range of interior wood species including alder, cherry, fir, mahogany, maple, oak, pine, and walnut. The breadth of Kolbe's wood species are treated and stained with finishes low in volatile organic compounds. The natural beauty of each species can be further enhanced with a choice of water-based stains such as Golden Oak, Wheat, Light Oak 998, Red Wheat, Sunset Oak, Spiced Walnut, Chestnut, and Cherry. Custom colors also can be specified.

"We believe this achievement will further support architects, builders and homeowners engaged with environmentally sensitive projects such as those pursuing ENERGY STAR, Green Globes, NAHB's Green Building Program, and LEED certification," says Cindy Bremer, Kolbe's director of marketing.

Selecting suppliers with FSC Chain of Custody may help projects seeking U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Green Building Rating System™ earn Materials and Resources credits for certified wood. Kolbe's windows and doors also may contribute to LEED credits and other green design goals related to regional sourcing, recycled content, low maintenance, durability, daylighting, natural ventilation, and energy efficiency.

The FSC is an international organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. ( Kolbe's FSC Chain of Custody certification has been granted through Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), an independent, accredited, third-party certifier of environmental, sustainability, food quality and food purity claims. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of the economy, recognizing accomplishments in the fields of green building, product manufacturing, forestry, retail, agricultural production, fisheries, energy, and food processing and handling. Kolbe's SCS Certification Registration Number is: SCS-COC-002040.

To learn more about Kolbe's green initiative and FSC-certified products, please call 800-955-8177 or visit

 What began in 1946 as a two-brother team has grown into an internationally respected manufacturing company. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co, Inc. remains a privately held, community-oriented business located in Wausau, Wis. Covering nearly one million-square-feet, its state-of-the-art facilities feature high-tech machinery and a design center to present the creative possibilities offered by Kolbe windows and doors.

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