Universal Forest Products’ strict policies and practices helps ensure that the lumber you purchase is responsibly harvested.
In Our Operations
Universal Forest Products’ business is built on our environmentally-driven “Whole Log Model,” which means that we strive to minimize waste by using all parts of every log. For instance, appearance grade would be used for interior and exterior applications like moulding and fencing (sold to Retail customers); stronger tensile grades would be used for engineered components (sold to customers in Construction); standard grades would be used for trusses and framing lumber (also sold to Construction customers); and lower grades as well as downfall from other operations would be used for crates, packaging and other components (for Industrial customers).
In addition, whenever possible, Universal Forest Products utilizes value engineering to increase function and minimize waste. For instance, our finger-joint, truss, wall panel, and industrial operations allow us to utilize small pieces of wood – which might otherwise end up in landfills – to manufacture usable dimension lumber. We also manufacture engineered products such as I-joists, trusses, finger-jointed studs, oriented strand board (OSB) and products made from this technology, as well as composite products.
Universal Forest Products also participates in community recycling programs and discourages vendors from using excessive, unnecessary packaging materials.
We are highly selective of our suppliers and demand they share our sense of environmental concern. We review and monitor our vendors’ operations through regular dialogue, on-site visits, and independent certification of their operations and standards. We also encourage vendors to use third-party certification agencies that are dedicated to verifying environmentally sound business practices. Today, at least 95% of our panels and 85% of our lumber comes from vendors that are third-party certified, and that number continues to grow.