Responsibility To Our Employees and Clients

No business objective transcends our commitment to employee safety.  To that end, a comprehensive safety program is followed in order to maintain or improve every safety variable at our fabrication facilities and installation sites.  A company safety director ensures that we are attaining consistent, recordable improvements.  A Preston safety manual and procedures is required reading for all employees.  Job applicants must pass a drug test and newly hired employees must complete several on-line safety modules before they are allowed to begin work.  In addition to periodic reviews, employee incentives help keep good safety practices at the forefront and reward those employees who faithfully observe them.  These and other activities have helped Preston Woodworking achieve an  outstanding safety “mod” factor of 0.81.  To consumers and contractors alike, this is an indicator that our employees will be careful and responsible when working at your home or work site.  Peace of mind for you – and us.

Responsibility To Our Community

The Tri-Cities, Tennessee/Virginia community is a great place to live and raise a family.  We are blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and resources.  The Preston Woodworking family is proud to be a part of this community and we are committed to doing our share to foster opportunities for enhancing the well-being of its citizens.  Presently we are actively supporting the following organizations:

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COALITION FOR KIDS

Every afternoon, kids come by the vanload to The Rock, a community center under the direction of the Coalition for Kids, Inc.  The Coalition is a non-profit organization with a mission to help children in need.  Here they find a safe place, help with homework, reading and math assistance, music and art lessons, athletics, special preventive programs for violence and substance abuse, and a free snack and dinner.  Through the Coalition staff and a network of volunteer counselors, we are eyewitnesses to something wonderful…lives changed, one child at a time.

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DOE RIVER GORGE

The mission of Doe River Gorge Ministries is to glorify God by loving people; to help them discover their value and purpose; to guide them in reaching their God-given potential; and to cultivate in them a passion to intimately know God, which results in a genuine heart of worship, a desire for personal purity, and a Christ-centered vision for their lives.

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ETSU FOUNDATION

ETSU boasts a long tradition of success in its fund-raising nucleus, the ETSU Foundation.  The Foundation is a separate, legally incorporated, not-for-profit entity founded in 1970 to generate and receive private support for the university.  Gifts to the Foundation are invested into a general investment portfolio handled by professional money managing firms and monitored by the organization’s standing Investment Committee.  The Foundation receives private gifts for the University in accordance with its agreement with ETSU.

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APPALACHIAN FAIR

Preston Woodworking is pleased to support the Appalachian Fair, our region’s premier annual event showcasing the myriad industries, organizations and talents that make this a wonderful area in which to live and work.  Preston Woodworking’s expertise is displayed annually at the “Pick Tennessee Products” exhibition.

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JOHNSON CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT

Preston Woodworking is a recipient of the Community Service Award for taking an active interest in the fire safety education of our community.

Responsibility To Our Environment

The entire Preston Woodworking team is earnestly committed to being good citizens through environmentally responsible business practices.  To help ensure our environmental stewardship we are continuously seeking ways to improve all facets of our fabrication processes.  This includes actively embracing technologies, materials and business practices that have a reduced or limited impact on the earth’s resources.  Additionally, we are committed to educating our staff, our clients, and the community at large on the collective benefits of “going green”.

RECYCLING

We have long supported our city’s commercial recycling program.  We collect all discarded paper from our offices and return it for recycling rather than adding tons of a re-usable product to our local landfill.

In addition to our support of community programs, we consistently seek opportunities and methods to reclaim as much of our scrap by-products as possible.  For esxample, Corian countertop remnants are transformed into cutting boards.  Wood remnants may be utilized to build bookstands, shelving and other useful items.  Since 2009 we have reduced our industrial waste pickups by over 30%.

ENERGY

Numerous opportunities were identified via energy audits to significantly reduce our energy draw.  This ranges from simply turning lights off when not in use to beginning the process of completely upgrading our lighting to high efficiency, low energy technology.  As we work towards completing the upgrades at all office and fabrication facilities, we anticipate a reduction in light energy usage of at least 40%.

WATER

Granite and quartz fabrication requires a lot of water.  In February 2009, our stone fabrication facility was equipped with its own water treatment and recycling process.  In doing so, we are recycling over 3,000,000 gallons of water as well as stone effluent that was previously being recycled through municipal treatment facilities.  The expense of the system is more than off-set by the enormous reduction to our monthly water bill.  A true win-win situation.

ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS

We only utilize materials and u;;iers that meet or represent the highest industry standards for quality, safety and environmental integrity.  Additionally, we seek to provide a highly selective assortment of products for our environmentally conscious consumers.
Some examples:

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Bamboo Cabinets and Countertops

Bamboo is visually appealing, versatile, and extremely durable.  One of the most important benefits is that it is extremely eco-friendly.  Technically a variety of grass, it is easily harvested without harming the plant and quickly renews itself.  Although it is light relative to most construction materials, it is harder than most “regular” woods.

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IceStone® offers cutting-edge design and environmental results.  It is made from 100% recycled glass in a cement matrix and is a Cradle to Cradle Certified™ durable surface.  IceStone surfaces are strong, heat-resistant and scratch-resistant.  It is fabricated, installed and maintained like granite or marble.  Because no petrochemicals or resins are used in its manufacture, it will not fade in direct sunlight.

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Cosentino, the world’s largest manufacturer of quartz, provides an eco-friendly countertop call ECO.  ECO contains 75% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled raw materials, as well as 25% natural elements.  ECO is a durable product with high stain, scratch, and scorch performance.  ECO by Cosentino is GREENGUARD certified for low chemical emissions and can help contribute toward LEED certifiation.

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VT Industries’ EQcountertops provide beautiful, durable environmentally friendly countertops.

  • Contribute towards U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification criteria
  • Meet National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building Initiative criteria
  • Low-emitting GREENEGUARD-certified laminates from all major laminate manufacturers protects indoor air quality
  • Bio-degradable, water-based adhesives eliminate Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • 100% pre-consumer recycled SkyBlend core material has no added urea formaldehyde

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