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N.J. family flooring firm focuses on the environment

Keith Campbell, the fourth-generation chairman of Mannington Mills Inc. in Salem County, N.J., has been working to reduce his flooring company's environmental impact, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The article said the company is

restoring 12 acres of native habitat on its 500-acre Mannington Township property and by striving to use more recycled materials in vinyl floor tiles and other products than it generates in waste that gets shipped to landfills.

In 1924, Campbell's grandfather moved the company from Salem city to an area of wetlands and farmlands bordering the Salem River. Campbell told the Inquirer:

"We've been doing some remediation work here. What my grandfather did in 1924 is different than the world is today."

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has named Mannington Mills one of its Environmental Stewardship leaders, a designation given to companies "that go beyond what is required by the laws to protect the environment," the article said.

Because of the economic downturn, the company has reduced its employment ranks by a third, the Inquirer noted. Campbell "is a fervent advocate for U.S. manufacturing," the article said. (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, June 6, 2011.)

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