Genesis Seating Case Study

Genesis Seating – Grand Rapids, MI

Genesis Seating was created as a subsidiary of Davidson Plyforms in 1993. Both facilities were acquired by Leggett & Platt in 2001 and are part of the L&P Work Furniture Group.

Genesis produces finished goods and capabilities, including a full-service upholstery shop with dedicated work areas for each product line. Genesis brings diverse world-class manufacturing capabilities together in the production and assembly of high-quality contract furniture products.

Genesis is currently in the final stages of becoming Eco Initiative-registered and should obtain registration before January 2017.

The following goals were established for 2016:

  • Energy Reduction – Lighting Project – Ongoing
    • Estimated savings of 75% after completion
    • Incremental replacement of all incandescent, metal halide, mercury vapor, and fluorescent and sodium light sources, installed in the 1980s, to LEDs.
    • Current usage per day: $6.02
    • LED usage per day: $1.17
  • Recycling Project – Goal of ZERO landfill by 2020
    • Increase recycling 5% in 2016
      • Evaluate and improve recycling collection stations
      • Current paper recycled: 8.78 tons per month
      • Projected paper recycled: 9.22 tons per month
      • Current plastic recycled: 2,435 lbs. per month
      • Projected plastic recycled: 2,557 lbs. per month
  • Styrofoam and paper cup reduction project
    • Decrease overall amount of disposable cups used at the facility by 66%
    • Each employee was given a reusable cup to promote the project
    • New cups purchased for visitors will be environmentally friendly

Genesis Spring held a friends-and-family recycling event in September 2016. Friends and family of all employees were encouraged to bring in any scrap metal for proper disposal. The event collected a total of 36,300 pounds of scrap metal for recycling.

The facility also donated four skids of scrap fabric to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.