Environmental Efforts

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The owners and management staff at Kahle’s Kitchens understands that their grandchildren will breathe the air and drink the water we leave for them. In the spirit of this understanding, Kahle’s Kitchens commits to protect the environment in every way possible.

Through the use of every available technology, Kahle’s Kitchens optimizes hardwood, plywood, and finish material resources. Those materials that cannot be utilized in the finished product are carefully recycled through a number of means.

Waste board product, sawdust, cardboard, and similar cellulosic materials are used to heat the facility. Excess wood waste materials are processed into “Bio-Bricks™” and marketed as a clean, efficient alternative to firewood or coal for home heating in the area. Kahle’s Kitchens complies with all applicable state and federal air quality regulations, using only approved finishing materials and application systems. Rather than landfill dangerous chemical solvents, Kahle’s Kitchens has installed and operates a distiller, recycling those materials indefinitely.

The Kahle's team is constantly in search of processes and technologies to minimize the impact of our company on our environment. We’re proud of what we have done but understand that our extended families, and yours, depend upon our commitment and continuing diligence.

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Natural gas is the cleanest of all fossils fuels, emitting lower greenhouse gases than other energy alternatives. Kahle’s Kitchens has drilled three wells and utilizes them as a principle energy source throughout their manufacturing and office facilities.

Kahle’s embraces cogeneration technologies. A natural gas powered compressor provides the majority of compressed air needed for manufacturing. In cooler months, Kahle’s captures the heat generated by the compressor and circulates it back into the factory’s finish room.

Kahle’s operates an on-site natural gas generator. By converting mechanical energy into electrical energy, Kahle’s is able to produce nearly one-third of their electricity demand.

For years Kahle’s has fostered a working environment focused on recycling. Metals, such as steel and carbide, batteries, ink cartridges, an pop bottles are all collected and recycled. Rags used in manufacturing are washed and returned for future use.

Kahle’s continually invests in machinery and process techniques focused on waste reduction. CNC nested-based panel processing maximizes plywood yields. Rough lumber, through the use of lasers and computer automation, is measured to determine optimal cutting widths.

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Waste board, sawdust, cardboard, and other cellulosic materials are collected and processed through one of Kahle’s grinders. Rather than sending this material to a landfill, Kahle’s converts it into heating for both in-house and residential use.

During colder, winter months, Kahle’s diverts grinder waste into a wood fi red boiler responsible for heating all of the manufacturing plant. This self-produced fuel emits very few impurities into the air we breathe.

During months when Kahle’s does not need to generate heat, the grinder waste is converted into Bio Bricks. Bio Bricks are sold as a clean, efficient alternative

to firewood or coal for home heating. Kahle’s purchased one of the United State’s first Bio Brick machines. This machine manufactures a two pound

brick every seven seconds and is capable of running twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with little supervision.

Kahle’s complies with all applicable federal and state air quality regulations. Spray booth filters are changed daily to ensure our air emissions are free of harmful volatiles.

Indoor quality testing has been conducted in our finish rooms and, although respirators are available, our employees are not required to wear them.

Purchasing specialized equipment designed for mixing smaller quantities of material has allowed Kahle’s to reduce waste in our finishing department.

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Kahle’s installed and regularly operates a distiller which indefinitely recycles dangerous chemical solvents instead of sending them to a landfill.

Kahle’s is located in Pennsylvania, home of approximately 17 million acres of forest. Nearly twice as much hardwood grows each year as is harvested. In the past 50 years, the volume of hardwood in American forests has nearly doubled.

Wood is nature’s “greenest” choice. Healthy forests are net producers of oxygen. To grow a pound of wood, a tree uses approximately 1.47 pounds of carbon dioxide and gives off approximately 1.07 pounds of oxygen. An acre of trees can remove about 13 tons of dust and gases from the atmosphere. Once a tree stops growing and the decaying process begins, the process reverses. For every pound of wood that decays, the tree uses 1.07 pounds of oxygen and releases 1.47 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.

Working with lumber vendors who are SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified, Kahle’s is assured that our lumber is being harvested from well-managed forests. SFI standards are based on principles which protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and forests with exceptional conservation value.

Kahle’s plywood suppliers are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. The FSC promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s