Ultimate ‘green industry’ company reduces, reuses, recycles to improve our environment With a grinder that produces 200 yards of mulch or bark per hour and more than 20 acres of wood scrapes and pallets, tree bark, logs, and mountains of tree brush, the casual observer may wonder what exactly this “green industry” tucked in the woods in northern Kent County is transforming into a multimillion dollar industry. Toss in recycled rubber tires, a building full of reconditioned wood pallets, mushroom compost, bales of pine needles, and industry-regulated environmentally friendly dyes, and the answer may become even further blurred. Focus on the parade of semi-trucks, the constant buzz of the front end loaders, and the two, eighty-foot-long conveyors building 30-foot mountains of natural, brown, black, gold and red mulch and hardwood, cedar and red pine bark, and the answer is clear. Cannonsburg Wood Products, a family owned business founded in 1975 to build and recondition pallets, is full throttle, manufacturing, coloring, shipping and distributing a full range of landscape products to commercial businesses and residential customers throughout lower Michigan. Cannonsburg Wood Products (CWP) extends its green product line with 100 percent recycled rubber NuPlay mulch for playground surfaces and Rubberiffic mulch for landscaping; mushroom compost, an organic soil bi-product of growing mushrooms; and reconditioning and recycling wood pallets. Owner Dave Powers describes his operation as the “ultimate green industry. We are reducing, reusing, and recycling wood products, rubber, and organic waste to grow a two million dollar business and employ hardworking Michigan residents. Plus, our efforts make our customers look good—and happy. Because we manufacture our wood landscape products and color onsite, we can ensure top quality and consistency load after load. And, our landscape products help conserve water, reduce pest damage, cut down on labor and maintenance, thereby reducing gas and emissions, and ultimately save our customers money. Plus, our help with ‘curb appeal’ can help increase property values: a benefit in this downturn economy.” CWP produces approximately 150,000 yards of mulch products per year. To visualize these four-story-plus mountains, this is the equivalent of more than 1,070 semi-truckloads filled to the brim. CWP also recycles thousands of pallets per year, reducing landfill waste. Perhaps CWP’s unsung hero in the recycling world is a gardener’s […]
Join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive ten free shade trees To help commemorate National Arbor Day, everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation during the month of April will receive 10 free shade trees. National Arbor Day and Michigan’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, which is April 24 this year. The 10 free shade trees are red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, bald cypress, thornless honey locust, pin oak, river birch, tulip tree, silver maple, and red maple. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “These trees were selected to provide shade and beauty, and a variety of forms, leaf shapes, and beautiful fall colors,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Arbor Day than by planting trees.” The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in April or May with enclosed planting instructions. The six to twelve inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. “Planting a tree is a unique experience because you can watch it grow over the years,” Rosenow said. “It truly makes you feel a part of the planet and the future, and connects us directly to nature.” Rosenow added that planting a tree is a perfect family tradition for parents, grandparents, and children to enjoy together, because the trees will last for generations. “Years from now, our great-grandchildren will be able to say that ‘This is the tree my ancestors planted,’” he said. To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE SHADE TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by April 30, 2009, or visit www.arborday.org.