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Glen Raven Lauded for Wildlife Efforts

Glen Raven’s manufacturing center here has been recognized by the state’s Wildlife Federation for an ongoing program to protect and enhance habitat areas on the company’s 180-acre site.

Glen Raven has installed bird boxes and bird feeders, established nesting areas for ducks and salt licks for deer, and created a “Fence Garden” near the plant entrance that features numerous plants native to the area. In addition, an employee-led task force has completed certification requirements under the non-profit federation’s Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT) program.

“WAIT certification requires a long-range habitat plan of three to five years,” said Rodney Jones, technical finishing section leader and task group chair. “Our long-term plan includes labeling of plants and trees around the plant and construction of a nature trail. We also envision creating an orchard that will provide a food source for wildlife.”

Tracey Sanders, quality engineer at the Anderson plant and a task force member, said many initiatives make up the company’s a long-term, ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.

“We have eliminated all waste going to landfills from our plant, and we have achieved certification under the internationally recognized environmental standard ISO:14001,” Sanders said.

The plant site contains more than 130 acres of undeveloped land that supports a diverse array of plant and animal life. The one-million-square-foot plant is the primary manufacturing center for Sunbrella performance fabrics.

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