Virginia Reclaimed Flooring turns wood waste
into fuel and electricity
Ruckersville, VA— With ground-breaking,
eco-friendly standards and expanded facilities, Mountain Lumber,
a Ruckersville, Virginia reclaimed flooring company, has grown
even greener. A pioneer in many environmentally friendly efforts,
the company is the first of its kind to transform sawdust and
wood chips from its manufacturing processes into fuel to power
on-site drying kilns and to create electricity for the plant.
“We’ve never cut
down a tree to make flooring,” says Willie Drake, who founded
Mountain Lumber more than 30 years ago. “It just seems natural
that a leading reclaimed lumber company should also carve a path
in developing a manufacturing process that makes the most out
of a very limited natural resource. This is just one of the innovative
ways we’ve chosen to do the right thing and keep our long-standing
commitment to environmentalism. We hope others will follow our
According to general manager
John Williams, Mountain Lumber’s new facilities will allow
it to recycle its sawdust in a way no other reclaimed flooring
company has ever attempted.
Mountain Lumber, Williams says,
will take the waste from its saws and use it as fuel to power
the drying kilns that reduce the moisture content in the wood.
And while the company has always aimed to make the most of the
sawdust - and for years has offered it to farmers as bedding –
Williams says powering the kilns will be a big step forward in
keeping its operations “green”.
In addition, the company is looking
ahead to other uses for the sawdust and Mountain Lumber fully
expects to generate some of the company’s electricity with
By transforming waste into energy,
and with the acquisition of Madison Wood Flooring in Madison,
Virginia, Drake says Mountain Lumber is raising the bar on the
flooring industry’s environmental standards while greatly
increasing production levels.
With the purchase of Madison
Wood Flooring, Mountain Lumber now has the manufacturing resources
it needs to meet a growing demand for historic and ecologically-friendly
wood flooring, says Drake.
In the recent acquisition, Mountain
Lumber purchased Madison Wood Flooring’s entire 12-acre
manufacturing facility that includes the land, mill shop, kilns
“This [purchase] gives
us the space we need to run the most efficient flooring line in
the business,” Drake says.