June 24, 2008

Giles & Kendall’s CedarSafe Cedar Closet Liners Receive Forest Stewardship Council Certification

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Giles & Kendall, manufacturer of the #1 CedarSafe closet liner brand in the United States, has received the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification. CedarSafe is the only cedar closet liner brand to receive the certification.

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"The FSC certification is essential in understanding the care we take in making an eco-friendly product, from maintaining well-managed forests to the final result: giving builders, remodelers and consumers a practical green solution," says Giles & Kendall President Blake Austin. "This certification builds upon the integrity of our company in the growing area of environmental responsibility."

The FSC has established internationally recognized standards for forest management. CedarSafe closet liners bearing the FSC Chain-of-Custody stamp means that aromatic Eastern Redcedar wood in specially marked boxes has been tracked from well-managed forests and controlled sources as a raw material, all the way through processing, manufacturing and packaging. The SGS Group, the world leader in the specialized fields of inspection, testing and certification, conducted the Giles & Kendall chain-of-custody certification on behalf of the FSC.

FSC-certified forests, which are the source of some of this wood, must comply with 10 principles and 57 criteria including federal and local land use laws, community relations and workers rights. The forests must be managed in such a way to have minimal impact on natural resources and wildlife.

"We work to ensure that the chain of custody is maintained, which in turn has a positive impact on the environment, the local economy and the people in the community," says Denise Dawsey, business development manager for SGS' Midwest Region.

The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-governmental, not- for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. It provides standard setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry. Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. Visit http://www.fscus.org/ for more information. To find out if a product is FSC-certified, visit http://www.fsc-info.org/ .

CedarSafe Natural Closet Liner is the #1 cedar closet liner brand in the United States. Certain CedarSafe planks and panels have received the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody Certification. CedarSafe products are manufactured by Huntsville, Alabama-based Giles & Kendall, an environmentally responsible company that utilizes the entire cedar log in its manufacturing process. The company is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Giles & Kendall and its predecessor have specialized in manufacturing 100 percent aromatic Eastern Redcedar products for nearly 125 years. CedarSafe Natural Closet Liner naturally repels and resists moths, roaches and silverfish, as well as mildew. CedarSafe Natural Closet Liner planks and panels are available in most lumberyards and home centers throughout the United States and Canada. Manufacturing facilities are located in Huntsville, Ala., and Gainesville, Mo. For more information and installation instructions, visit http://www.cedarsafeclosets.com/ .

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