Aug 10 - For Furniture Maker, a Planet Saved is a Penny Earned

Environmental conservation starts in the workshop for Oakland's Metropolitan Furniture Manufacturing Co.  The furniture maker, with over a century of work behind it, finds that its green commitment to reusing its waste has a sizeable payoff.  Janis Mara of Inside Bay Area reports:

WEARING a full face mask, Antonio Bermudez sprays powder finish on a table leg at the factory of Metro, a 101-year-old Oakland furniture manufacturer. As he works, every puff of powder that doesn't stick to the metal is sucked into a vacuum chamber to be captured and reused.

The $44.4 million, 200-employee company has created one of the country's first energy-saving, environmentally friendly furniture finishing systems. Metro's annual saving from this and other conservation efforts: more than $150,000.

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