Formica achieves FSC certification for high pressure decorative laminates manufactured at Evendale, Ohio, and St. Jean, Quebec plants

CINCINNATI , June 20, 2011 (press release) – Formica Corporation's high pressure decorative laminates are now available with full Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certification at no additional charge. FSC-certified Formica® Brand Laminate joins the recently unveiled e Series Solid Surfacing by Formica Group, the first major branded solid surfacing to contain post-consumer recycled content, as the latest surfacing options on the market designed to minimize environmental impact.

"Achieving this certification further cements Formica Corporation's position as a sustainable resource in the building industry," states Gavin Todd, Formica Group Development Manager. "This FSC measure guarantees that our decorative laminates manufactured in our plants in Evendale, Ohio, and St. Jean, Quebec, Canada, meet stringent environmental standards, providing customers in North America and Canada with environmentally responsible purchasing decisions that support their sustainability initiatives."

Formica Corporation attained FSC Chain of Custody certification in 2010. FSC-certified Formica® Brand Laminate may contribute towards LEED® projects under MR Credit 7: Certified Wood and will eliminate the need for minor component derogations or exceptions.

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. "We're proud to add this internationally recognized standard-setting accreditation to our products," Todd adds. "The full range of Formica® high pressure decorative laminates will be available to customers as FSC-certified upon request."

In addition to FSC certification, Formica® Laminates are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute under the GREENGUARD Standard for Low-Emitting Products, including the requirements for Children and Schools.

Visit the sustainability section on formica.com to learn more about Formica Corporation's commitment to sustainability, product certifications, Life Cycle Assessment, LEED credit contributions, sample reuse initiative and more.

About Formica Corporation

Founded in 1913, Formica Corporation, part of the Formica Group of companies, is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. For more information about Formica Corporation, its products, special programs and promotions, visit www.formica.com or call 1-800-FORMICA™.

About Formica Group

Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada, Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Formica (Asia) Ltd., among others.

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