Green Initiatives – Solar-powered manufacturing

Our commitment to conservation means the conservation of all our resources — natural and cultural. We have always chosen materials and methods that meet our stringent archival and manufacturing requirements and that are environmentally friendly. Over the years we have greatly expanded our efforts to carry out our business with minimal impact upon the planet.  We are especially proud of our  solar-powered manufacturing facility. We continue to look for better ways to use resources wisely and preserve our shared cultural heritage. Here are just some of the steps we have taken to protect the environment and the people who use our products:

  • In 2008 we installed one of the largest photovoltaic solar power systems in Western Massachusetts, which provides enough energy to power our 36,000 sf manufacturing facility and offices.
  • In Spring 2015 we will be adding an additional 60Kw capacity, making us a net energy producer.
  • Highly efficient lighting and HVAC systems throughout our facility.
  • Compost all of our waste wood and cardboard locally.
  • Recycle all our excess metal and plastic locally.
  • Offer paperless digital catalogs.
  • Extra cases and frames are donated to local historical societies.
  • Utilize only EPA approved Low VOC coatings and finishes.
  • Home to a bird sanctuary that is frequented by migrating songbirds, wild turkeys, hawks and the occasional owl.