Monday, March 7, 2011

Sustainability at Interstate Resources: Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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Interstate Resources has published a series of PDF files about the U.S. corrugated manufacturing group's sustainability efforts. Download this story at:



Newport Timber and RB Lumber needed to address a number of business demands on several key fronts. Ensuring company profitability, pursuing environmental sensitivity, while maintaining excellent customer service and products were the challenges facing Interstate Resources.


Building on the flexibility of private ownership, Interstate Resources has developed and instituted a multi-tiered approach for environmental, economic and service success.

The world’s renewable resources are universally regarded as precious and worth protecting. Newport Timber and RB Lumber take these responsibilities very seriously and continuously look for ways to improve its limited, minimal impact on the environment.

Practicing good sustainable forestry methods for years, Newport Timber operates within the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) guidelines. Their carbon footprint is reduced when using every part of the tree in the process, producing a product or energy. Consequently, the client’s carbon footprint is also reduced when working with Newport Timber and RB Lumber.

Environmental efforts include:

• Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified

• Charter member of SFI Georgia State Implementation Committee with continued support
• Meeting or exceeding American Lumber Standards guidelines
• Logger certification: All loggers are trained in the Georgia Master Timber Harvester Program
• Utilizing wood chips, bark and sawdust as biomass boiler fuel at Interstate Paper for steam and cogeneration of electricity
• Supplying Interstate Paper with all of their virgin fiber: 90% of chips are manufactured on site, 10% purchased as residuals from other sawmills

Newport Timber and RB Lumber’s private ownership has been instrumental with best management practices (BMPs), investments, speed of decisions, flexibility and long-term goals.

Products include pine saw wood for pressure treated lumber and wood chips. Customer service has been expanded to include Just-in-Time inventory.

You can count on their service, products and attention to detail…as always, their target is zero customer complaints.

Newport Timber and RB Lumber are members of Interstate Resources, Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group.

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