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EDENTON, N.C. — Upholstery manufacturer Lee Inds. has been awarded Gold Exemplary recognition by the Sustainable Furnishings Council for environmental commitment and implementation of a range of best practices for sustainability.

Lee successfully completed the SFC’s Exemplary Manufacturer Requirements by submitting audited evidence of achievements in operations, production, and outreach. Lee is the only Gold Exemplary upholstery company among SFC’s nearly 400 member companies.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the Sustainable Furnishings Council with Gold Exemplary status,” said Bondi Coley, a Lee spokeswoman. “As a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Lee has been committed to their mission since its inception.

“Norman Coley set a sustainability vision for this company and it became his passion to earn the gold status,” said Coley. “A lot of hard work went into obtaining this level of certification and with the guidance of Patrick Beard, our engineering manager, and his team leaders, we were able to achieve it.”

Lee has been involved with SFC since the organization began in 2006 as a founder and as an early recipient of Silver Exemplary recognition.

“SFC is proud to announce that Lee Industries has achieved the Gold Exemplary status, showing a company-wide commitment to sustainability,” said Steve Freeman, board president. “Through their leadership, we will all breathe easier and look forward to a healthier planet for all.”

The SFC furnishings companies reduce energy consumption and minimize harmful chemical inputs in their production processes. The organization also directs consumers to products and sources that are healthy for families and for the environment.

“We are particularly proud of Lee’s achievement of this recognition,” said Susan Inglis, SFC executive director. “It is personally touching to see the excellent team at Lee carry on Norman Coley’s vision for the company. We at SFC benefited from his working closely with us to develop guidelines and sustainability standards for the entire industry.”


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