Columbia Forest Products Receives Leadership Award

November 3rd, 2014 by Editor

Columbia Forest Products has been named a winner of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award in the FSC US’s Conservation Champions for 2014. The award was presented to Columbia Forest Products at an event held on October 23 at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans.

In being named for this award, Columbia Forest Products was cited for its leadership in the building materials manufacturing sector. The FSC U.S. Leadership Award selection committee recognized the company’s dedication to producing vast quantities of FSC-certified wood products, and its FSC-centric education and marketing, and leadership in the FSC system and the green building products industry segment.

“Like salmon swimming upstream, the award winners have worked tirelessly to protect forests and create change in the marketplace,” said Corey Brinkema, president of the FSC US. “They are used to being told ‘it can’t be done’ so they know that true leadership requires resolve and determination – usually in the face of strong currents protecting the status quo.”

Brad Thompson, CEO of Columbia Forest Products, was on hand to receive the award for the company at the New Orleans event.

“For over 15 years, Columbia has partnered with FSC US and the Rainforest Alliance staff to maintain independently audited, certified, Chain of Custody and Forest Management certification,” Thompson said. “These certifications enable our company to position FSC-certified products in both retail and industrial channels in support of what is now a robust green building materials segment. The success we’ve achieved in these endeavors surpassed our original expectations, which is great validation of the vision we embraced years ago.”

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