Our Strong Commitment to the Environment


In the year 2000, Horizon realized it was time to recognize and formalize our already strong commitment to sustainable forestry and the environment. It was a time when the Green trend was starting to pick up speed around the world. We watched the global embrace of all things environmental and thought, “Huh, that’s pretty much how we have been operating since day one.” We know there are many different bodies out there attempting to measure our industry’s standard of being environmentally sound. We realize their intentions are good, but fear they are lost in the muck of rules and regulations. We like to do things our own way.

We love our forests and for us, without a doubt, they are our future. We have always operated in a way to make an enhancement, not a detriment. But in our minds the entire effort of doing good work, and working well requires way more than just taking good care of our wooded lands.

Please take a minute to review our focus and pledge. Horizon’s Evergreen program applies to everything we do: from our raw materials, to our production, our people, our communities, our ethics and our honesty.

And so, Horizon’s Evergreen Initiative became our official, formal statement of our beliefs and practices. It is still in the forefront of our focus and going strong.

Our focus

The Evergreen Initiative Promotes:

  • Constant vigilance over the use of raw materials
  • “Smart” practices in production
  • Investment in responsible growth
  • Respect for our industry, our workforce and ourselves
  • Community involvement
  • Ethical Practices
  • Financial Honesty

Our pledge

To use our raw materials wisely

  • We value each log for all the potential that hides within
  • We follow manufacturing practices that maximize the hidden beauty of each log by analyzing it individually and opening it in such a way that it’s best characteristics are enhanced
  • We carefully use all parts of the wood, there is no such thing as “waste”

To follow smart practices in our production

  • Our technologically oriented equipment is the most current and efficient available – we cut with a small curf, close dimensions and clean lines
  • We keep a constant measurement of our resource and energy consumption and streamline our processing to keep it to a minimum
  • We enjoy the efficiencies produced by properly maintaining our equipment and keeping our facility spotlessly clean

To treat our people and customers with the same respect we give our products

  • We value their input and suggestions
  • We grow from their energy and enthusiasm
  • We are honest, open and fair in our relationships
  • We provide our employees with a safe, comfortable and interesting working environment
  • We treat our customers like our friends, because that’s what they are

To make the world just a little better than we found it

  • We approach our jobs with interest and curiosity
  • We share our uniqueness and creativity with our coworkers and customers
  • We give back to our communities by supporting causes we believe to be worthwhile

Horizon Wood Products has been passionate about sustainable forestry from our very beginning. We constantly implement environmentally-friendly practices with our EverGreen program. It runs the gamut from community involvement and financial honestly to ethical behavior and “smart” practices in production.

EverGreen is a company wide initiative which has been embraced by many in the industry. Horizon depends on the forests to operate. Sustainable forestry and environmentally responsible practices make sense in ensuring our future.

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