Sustainability

Efficiency and environmental sustainability are a proud part of our culture at both Integrity and Marvin. Through waste reduction, the wise use of resources, and long-lasting, energy-efficient products, we will be agents of change for the future. Marvin has a long history of green-minded initiatives with recycling efforts, employee awareness and incorporating green components into our processes.

Honors & Awards

Minnesota Waste Wise Program

Member and Honoree

TP3 Performer Award

Ripley, Tennessee Plant

The Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Facility Operational Award

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Minnesota Governor’s Award

1996, 1999 and 2005

2007 Greener North Dakota Award

Grafton, North Dakota Plant

2005 Company of the Year

North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling

Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT)

Designation from the EPA

ISO-9001-2000 and ISO-14001-2004 Certified

Fargo Facility

Environmental Goals

The environmental goals of the Marvin family of companies are to meet or exceed applicable environmental laws and regulations and to protect our environment. This commitment is fulfilled by incorporating environmental priorities into the design of products, services and facilities, and by minimizing the environmental impact during the production of products and manufacturing operations. It is our priority to continually improve in pollution prevention, waste management and recycling, and to educate employees, communities and customers on responsible environmental practices.

Jake Marvin

Chief Operating Officer

Marvin Lumber & Cedar Company

Sustainability Programs

Integrity’s commitment to sustainability extends past the walls of our facilities to help create greener communities.

  • Regional Forest Education A children’s program about the environment and forestry in which 4,000 seedlings are distributed to kids.
  • Community Emergency Management Marvin employees share in this public-private emergency preparedness program.
  • School District Recycling A public-private partnership with Warroad, MN, schools that helps promote recycling.
  • Solid Waste Reduction Partnership Scrap wood from our manufacturing operations and local businesses is used for boiler fuel to prevent landfill disposal.
  • Minnesota50-Voluntary Pollution Prevention Marvin exceeded the goal to reduce releases and offsite transfers of 17 chemicals. We maintain our achievements today.

Sustainable Forestry

Marvin has a genuine appreciation for the critical role forests play in the quality of life within the global ecosystems. We continue to support sustainable forestry management and are committed to conserving natural resources, including efforts to preserve old growth and ancient rain forests.

This Commitment is Reflected in Our Actions

  • Integrity utilizes pine in the manufacture of Wood-Ultrex windows and patio doors, a resource not associated with rainforests.
  • Integrity purchases from reliable raw lumber suppliers with sound forest management practices, which subscribe to the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) promoting good forest stewardship.
  • Marvin is a Charter Member of the Forest Products Management and Development Institute at the University of Minnesota.
  • Marvin supports the WDMA Green Task Force Statement of Beliefs.

Recycling Efforts

Recycling is part of the fabric of Integrity. The goal of the Integrity Recycle/Re-Use Program is to reduce our waste stream to “zero waste” and we’re getting closer every year. In fact, our garbage volume has been reduced by one-third, despite an increase in production and employees.

Integrity Recycles All of the Following Materials:

  • Cardboard – 300 tons annually
  • Polyethylene Films – 4,000 pounds annually
  • Metal Scraps and Metal Drums – 3,300 pounds annually
  • Aluminum – 800 tons annually
  • Paper – 90 tons annually
  • Ultrex Material
  • Fiber Drums
  • Office Materials
  • Florescent and Metal Halide Lamps
  • Wood – scraps used to heat our facilities

Ultrex

One of the key components to our sustainability initiatives is our patented Ultrex pultruded fiberglass construction material. It’s made from silica sand-a safe and abundant natural resource-and takes considerably less energy to create than most other window and door materials. And because Ultrex is built to last considerably longer than vinyl and aluminum windows, the energy that does go into its creation is put to more efficient use.

Ultrex is produced in the only pultrusion facility to completely comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1990 Clean Air Act, and has been designated a MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) facility. 95% of Volatile Organic Compounds created during the manufacturing process are destroyed.