Mullican Flooring’s prefinished domestic products are all “verified sustainable” by the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. and carry the official AHMI logo.
Mullican is a supporting member of AHMI and endorses the association’s “Verified Sustainable” program. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the hardwood tree growth in the 344 counties in the Appalachian hardwood forest – as defined by AHMI – is occurring at a healthy rate of 2.29 trees for every tree that is harvested or that dies of natural causes. This means the Appalachian hardwood forest now has 65.4 million acres of timberland, indicating a significant increase in hardwood growth during the past 15 years. As a result, the Appalachian Hardwood Territory meets present needs without compromising those of future generations.
“The AHMI certification is a reinforcement of Mullican’s long-time commitment to promoting environmentally friendly products,” says Neil Poland, president of Mullican Flooring. “To have this verification by AHMI confirms what we have known for the past 20 years: the wood we use from the Appalachian hardwood forest is verified sustainable by U.S. Forest Service data. AHMI is doing great things for the Appalachian hardwood industry, and we are very proud to be a member.”
Mullican Flooring is committed to the environment. The Johnson City, Tenn.-based company utilizes all scrap and waste from the tree. For example, the bark removed from the trees is used as mulch and the wood chips are used in the kiln during the drying process. Mullican is also dedicated to forest management and supports the sustainable, renewable supply of raw materials to ensure there will be plenty of forests available for future generations.
Founded in 1985, Mullican Flooring is the nation’s largest manufacturer of ¾-inch unfinished solid hardwood flooring. In addition to the company’s headquarters in Johnson City, Mullican has plants in Norton, Va.; Holland, N.Y.; Bowling Green, Ky.; and Ronceverte, W.Va. For more information on Mullican’s growing line of quality flooring products, visit www.mullicanflooring.com.
AHMI is a 200-member trade association headquartered in High Point, N.C., the furniture capital of the world. AHMI is dedicated to the promotion of lumber products from the Appalachian Mountain region. Appalachian Hardwoods grown in the region stretching from northern Georgia to western New York are unique in the world. At elevations of 1,000 feet and up, all the elements create the ideal environment for superior quality hardwood trees. For more information on AHMI and the Verified Sustainable program, visit www.appalachianhardwood.info. -- Esther L. Smith