West Coast Furniture – City of Industry, CA
West Coast Furniture is a multi-faceted manufacturer, supplier, and distributor to the upholstered furniture industry, mainly in the Western US and California. The facility manufactures and assembles seating products, sleeper mechanisms, and recliner and motion hardware for its customers. They also distribute many other products for the furniture industry in general.
In 2013, West Coast Furniture exceeded an initial goal of reducing electricity consumption by 3.5%. They started the project by moving wire production to a 4-day work week, increasing employee awareness, installing lighting sensors, and changing thermostats. They built upon this goal through 2014 and achieved a 10.8% reduction in energy consumption by further reducing hours of operation by 2 hours per day.
To reduce landfill waste and save money, the facility began reclaiming pallets from customers for reuse. This has saved the facility over $6,000, and 30% of their pallets do not end up in the landfill. West Coast Furniture saved 48 trees in 2013 by recycling paper through a company called Shred-It. The recycling efforts have continued to grow and the facility realized a 70% reduction in landfill waste in 2014 compared to 2013.
In 2014, it was observed that the water sprinklers were dropping mud in the walkway used by employees and visitors. Through continuous inspections, many broken sprinklers were discovered, along with over-watering of lawn and plants. The broken sprinklers were fixed and the facility adjusted the water schedule accordingly. Within five months, West Coast Furniture noticed a reduction of 44% CCFs water usage, exceeding the initial 20% target. This project saved $835 so far this year!
The facility has been able to reduce their landfill waste by 92.4% since initial implementation of their EFEC program!