Shaw Floors' hardwood manufacturing facility in South Pittsburg, Tenn., named Plant HW, has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification from Scientific Certification Systems. FSC provides third-party certification confirming that materials are harvested from well-managed forests.  Shaw's certificate number is SCS-COC-003075.

Plant HW began operations in 2006 and exclusively manufactures the company’s Epic engineered hardwood flooring brand. Veneers used in Epic are obtained from North American managed forests deemed sustainable by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and all styles are in compliance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements. Shaw will manufacture FSC-certified Epic hardwood products by special request only. Lead time and minimum quantities will be regulated.

All Epic products comply with the recently revised Lacey Act, the United States' national wildlife protection statute that has been amended to make it a criminal offense to import illegally logged timber products into the U.S. Additionally, the entire Epic collection is Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) and meets the stringent chemical emissions standards of the GREENGUARD Children & School program.

Epic hardwood uses up to 50 percent less newly harvested wood than conventional 3/8” engineered wood flooring products due to its dense inner layer, EnviroCore, which is composed of post-industrial wood fiber created in the manufacture of other products.

“The FSC certification of Plant HW is an important achievement which supports our assertion that Epic hardwood is the most sustainable hardwood flooring in the marketplace today,” said David Wilkerson, Shaw’s corporate director of sustainability and product stewardship.

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