Practicing Corporate Social Responsibility: OFM Completes Solar Farm at N.C. Headquarters
Initiative one of state’s largest renewable energy efforts among small businesses
Holly Springs, N.C. –OFM, one of the nation’s leading office and school furniture manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers, announced today the completion of a 250-kilowatt rooftop solar farm project at its headquarters in Holly Springs, N.C., a key part of the company’s corporate social responsibility goals. OFM recently celebrated with a festive inauguration attended by North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Walter Dalton and Congressman David Price. At the event were other business, political and energy industry leaders from around the Tar Heel state.
“We have a responsibility as a company to avoid harming the environment whenever possible," said Abel Zalcberg, chief executive officer of OFM. “When we act more responsibly, we are happier, our employees are happier and, most importantly, our customers are happier.”
The solar farm consists of 1,042 solar panels on the roof of OFM’s main building in Holly Springs. The 322,500 kilowatts of energy generated each year through the solar farm system will be sold to Progress Energy as part of their SunSense Commercial Solar PV program. This is a new initiative inspired by the North Carolina General Assembly, which mandated Progress Energy obtain three percent of its power from renewable energy sources in 2012 and up to 12.5 percent by 2021.
Through this initiative, OFM is now carbon neutral and a certified renewable energy facility. Earlier this year, the company also swapped out its light bulbs in its main warehouse from 400w Metal Halide Lights to energy efficient 200w Induction Lights. With corporate social responsibility a top priority, it’s no surprise that OFM is also looking at manufacturing future furniture products with green materials such as castor bean oil.
“OFM is a family-owned company, so we take a longer view, because I want to know that what the company is doing today will help protect the environment that my children and their children will grow up in.” adds Zalcberg. “Generating renewable energy and using greener materials are two great ways to make that possible.”
About OFM, Inc.
Founded in 1995, OFM is one of the nation’s leading office and school furniture manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers with headquarters in Holly Springs, N.C. and operations in Phoenix, Ariz., and Taiwan. OFM contracts with manufacturers in Mexico, Taiwan and China to design furniture and products that meet the highest industry standards. It specializes in providing affordable, quality furniture through a dealer network to businesses, government offices, health care and educational facilities. OFM products are sold through a variety of retailers, mail-order catalogs and online dealers including Officefurniture.com, Corporate Express, and National Business Furniture.