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Aaron's Woodhaven Furniture wins green award

Heath E. Combs -- Furniture Today, May 11, 2011

ATLANTA — Woodhaven Furniture Inds., the furniture manufacturing division of rent-to-own giant Aaron's, received the Green Save Award at the 2011 Atlanta Business Chronicle Environmental Awards.

 Woodhaven FurnitureTommy Harper, left, Mike Jarnagin and Tony Wehunt of Woodhaven Furniture Inds., the manufacturing arm of Aaron’s, receive the Green Save Award recognizing the company’s environmental achievements.

Woodhaven operates furniture and bedding plants in several states and has about 500 employees. The award recognizes the company's successful efforts to conserve natural resources, curb pollution and support environmental projects in metro Atlanta and beyond.

Woodhaven produces and sells about $75 million of furniture and bedding annually for Aaron's stores. More than 1,500 units of upholstery and 700 sets of bedding are produced daily.

"Woodhaven's green initiative started out with a simple waste audit, and in a short time we've made substantial progress. Our goal now is to lead by example and encourage other business leaders in our industry to develop their own program," Tommy Harper, general manager, said in a press release.

Woodhaven recycled more than 10 million pounds last year and has reduced the waste sent to landfills by 92% through the use of waste audits, reduction and recycling, the release said. It used to send 15 dumpsters of waste to landfills in a week, but Woodhaven plants now send one dumpster every 45 days.

The company said it will save more than $250,000 this year in waste haul and landfill fees.

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