Based on a simple belief that people, planet, and profit work to ensure a better future, Pioneer Millworks operates on the triple bottom line. We strive to keep our carbon footprint small; our roofs house 100kW solar arrays and our wood scraps keep us warm. One percent of our reclaimed teak sales are donated to conservation causes on the island of Borneo. Our American Prairie sales support domestic barn and historic preservation. Our products are FSC-certified, LEED point eligible, and in many cases diverted from landfills. Your purchases are what make this crazy ride possible, Thank you!
On Labor Day in 2017 we initiated a $15/hr sustainable wage program well ahead of the NY and OR mandates. We follow the Triple Bottom Line ethos of People, Planet, and Profit and we're investing in our people. We believe by supporting our coworkers with tools, including a living wage and benefits, to invest in their families and neighborhoods, we can enact change from the bottom up.
We're the proud owners of not one, but two Garn boilers. These huge wood-fired heaters enable us to burn our scrap wood and heat our shop, office,and kilns. Best of all, they burn at a very high temperature, so that particulate emissions are negligible.
Our Teak is reclaimed from retired structures — office buildings, homes, boats, factories — in Indonesia where it is also crafted in an approved facility. 1% of all of our Reclaimed Teak sales are donated to conservation causes in Indonesia and Malaysia. Currently we're supporting the BORNEO PROJECT in their fight to end the loss of habitat for the indigenous peoples of Indonesia.
We're committed to being active members of our community, be that the immediate towns in which we do business, or society at large. In the last few years, we've donated money, time, materials and skill to many worthwhile organizations and causes. These include VICTOR-FARMINGTON ROTARY, Office of Sustainability FLCC, Nicaragua Solar Oven Project, EQUICENTER, Wild Water Derby, SEWPPORTIVE, THE BORNEO PROJECT, a variety of local organizations and clubs near/dear to our co-workers, national organizations including the USGBC, NESEA, TIMBER FRAMERS GUILD, Green America, and more.
Green America is a non-profit defining environmentally and socially responsible companies with a dedication to a number of green and socially responsible practices. We're proud to be a certified company, dedicated and proven in our environmental responsibility. LEARN MORE ABOUT GRENE AMERICA HERE.
All of our products are Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) point eligible. Many points are dependent on your project and should be determined by your local LEED AP. Potential points include recycled content, resource reuse, low-emitting materials (paints & coatings as well as composite wood) and regional materials (where applicable).
The sawdust we create is sold to a pellet company, and any remaining shavings are donated as animal bedding.
We appreciate and admire the agricultural barns that are an iconic part of our landscape and history. We've worked hard to find sustainable and alternative sources for our American Prairie (Barn Wood) lines. We're doing our part to help out as members of:
•RESTORE OREGON - HERITAGE BARNS
•NEW YORK STATE BARN COALITION
•NATIONAL BARN ALLIANCE
In addition to green investment options for the employee 401K, we have designated areas to encourage our employees to recycle — even to bring items from home. Everything from lights, to batteries to electronics are recycled for free. And for any employee that switches to a 30% more efficient vehicle, they'll receive a $500 gas card to make their wallets more efficient, too.
We are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody certified in three categories. The categories include 100%, Mix, and Recycled. Certified companies go through a rigorous and yearly review. The FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.