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Young Custom Furniture
Solid soft maple. Solid eastern white pine. Solid yellow poplar. That's the beginning. The end is custom-made, unfinished solid cabinets and built-ins. And it all comes from a company who has combined good old-fashioned New England Yankee craftsmanship with common sense and modern technology to create cabinetry that as Andrew Young, president and founder of Young Furniture, says, "Will last a lifetime - and then some."
Young Furniture is one of only two companies in the United States to build FSC COC certified, solid wood, unfinished cabinets. Customers can choose from kitchen cabinets to wall cabinets, tall cabinets to medicine cabinets, bedroom cabinets to bathroom cabinets. There are built-in bookcases, entertainment centers, wine racks, plate racks, vanities, and broom closets. Let's say it this way, if you want to store it in style and have it last until almost forever, let us humbly suggest a product from Young Furniture.
The folks at Young Furniture have learned a thing or two over the years about their customer's tastes. Designers and homeowners very often want to choose a finish that matches their decor. That's why Young Furniture specializes in unfinished custom cabinets. But unfinished doesn't mean undone. Every inch of a Young cabinet is beautifully handcrafted. Customers can decide what doors they want, what hardware, mullions, moldings, panels, drawers, trims and accessories. As Sandra Morgan, FSC coordinator, emphasized, "If you can draw it, chances are we can build it." It doesn't get more custom than that. That's every cabinet, every time. And from their customer's response, they're true to their word.
Young began in 1980. It all started with one father, Kenneth, and one son, Andrew. Soon after they were joined by Tom, another son. From the Merrimack River Valley in Bow, New Hampshire, they built a 30,000 square foot facility that is a source of family pride and employee pride. There's just something about family-owned companies that evoke a sense of loyalty, trust, and respect. After all, it's their name and their reputation that's at stake.
For those who care about reducing their impact on the World's natural resources, the LEED certification program, developed and monitored by the US Green Building Council, is the gold standard for environmental leadership. The only organization that is recognized by the LEED program, in the forest products sector, is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). No other forest products certification system is independently reviewed, held to a strict set of forest practices, regulated to ensure economic and social benefits to forest communities, and has the endorsement of the world's largest environmental groups.
To support those principles, Young Furniture has gone through the costly, detailed, and stringent process to become FSC-certified. To their customers it means a commitment, not just in words, but in verifiable, measurable actions that they will leave as small a footprint on the earth as possible.
Design professionals, who want their projects to be eligible for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits, can rely on Young Furniture. Developing a LEED building results not only in minimizing the use of scarce raw materials, it also encourages contractors to use local suppliers. In this, Young Furniture relies on The Collins Companies and their FSC-certified Kane Hardwood Division in Pennsylvania.
"I am very excited over the new relationship being formed with Collins. Their willingness to work with us in developing a new product line is an experience like none other we've ever experienced in our 28 year history. Being able to offer an FSC maple line in the Northeast is fantastic. The short term response from our dealers is very positive. This partnership puts Young Furniture in the driver's seat for green alternative building options." -Andrew Young (President - Young Furniture)
Additionally, LEED Credits are enhanced because Young buys their raw materials locally or regionally and sells their products locally and regionally whenever possible (within 500 miles of their Bow, New Hampshire headquarters). And their cabinets contain no added urea-formaldehyde, so there's no potential for VOC off-gassing.
The sawdust and scrap wood that is not consumed in their wood-fired boiler system is used in other industrial processes or is donated to local residents for use as kindling in their homes. The list goes on. Fore more details, check out their website at www.YoungFurnitureMFG.com. In recognition of their efforts to provide a truly sustainable product, Young Furniture has been included in The GreenSpec, a registry of environmentally preferred products used by LEED accredited design professionals and consumers to locate "green" building products and home furnishings.
From the time you place an order from any of their 400 plus locations across New England and upstate New York, you will have delivery within 14 days or less. That's because every order received is a special order.
"We never put a finished product in inventory. We make it exactly as the customer requested. To eliminate any chance of error, interior designers can sign off on their custom order prior to production."
-Paul Oppold (Sales & Marketing Manager - Young Furniture)
Frankly, it all boils down to the hands, minds, and talents that are doing the building. They're either good at what they do, care about what they do, feel responsible for what they do - or not. Young Furniture takes pride in controlling all the aspects of production from doing their own molding, millwork, mullions, and then delivering their own products.
"Every component of every cabinet is inspected and assembled by one of our people. When you buy Young furniture, you don't get mass produced boxes; you get unique cabinetry built by skilled craftsmen." -Paul Oppold
Young Custom Furniture
35 River Road
Bow, New Hampshire 03304