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AHFA Presents 2008 Environmental and Safety Awards

Hooker and C.R. Laine Recognized for Environmental Leadership

High Point, NC. -  The American Home Furnishings Alliance presented its 2008 Leadership Awards for environmental and safety professionals during its November Sustainability Summit in Greensboro, N.C.

Recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award was David Davis of Hooker Furniture, Martinsville, Va. This award is presented each year to an individual who demonstrates leadership within the AHFA environmental committee, takes an active role in task groups, participates in committee projects and demonstrates proficiency in the skills required to manage their company's environmental programs.

Hooker and C.R. Laine, Hickory, N.C., both received an Environmental Excellence Award for corporate environmental performance. This award recognizes an AHFA member company that embraces the AHFA message of excellence and, as a company, is on the leading edge of environmental compliance and performance.

Earlier this year, Hooker, together with subsidiaries Sam Moore and Bradington-Young, announced a long-range commitment to environmental stewardship through sustainable business practices. The Company is seeking EFEC (Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture) registration for all of its facilities. EFEC is an environmental management program developed by the AHFA. EFEC stresses better management of resources and raw materials, energy conservation and reduction of a company's environmental impact.

Last year, Hooker formed a Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee to guide Hooker, Bradington-Young and Sam Moore through the process of developing and implementing a sustainability strategy. Facility sustainability teams were formed for each company, and David Davis is serving as the corporate director of the EFEC sustainability initiative.

The American Home Furnishings Alliance located in High Point, N.C. and Washington, D.C. is the largest association of home furnishings companies in the world and represents more than 200 leading furniture manufacturers and distributors, as well as 225 suppliers to the furniture industry worldwide.

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