Regarding the CBS 60 Minutes Report on Lumber Liquidators

Posted March 3, 2015 by | Leave a Comment »

As many of you may have heard, CBS reported on Lumber Liquidators use of Formaldehyde in the production of their laminate flooring (View article). Formaldehyde is used in wood flooring as a binding adhesive where multiple layers of wood are fused together.

In 2011 the State of California adopted regulations to address formaldehyde exposure from composite wood products through the establishment of emissions controls. The new requirements set upper limits on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products sold in California or used to make finished goods offered for sale in California. The regulation is known as California Air Resources Board (Carb) – phase 2.

For further information, please see the link below.
http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/compwood.htm

At Kashian Bros – we work closely with our mills and our distributors. In fact, We make trips to the factories to see the production ourselves. Upon hearing about this issue, we immediately reached out to our suppliers to make sure that all products we carry meet the guidelines. See one example of letters received as further confirmation that all products we carry are Carb 2 compliant.

All Products are CARB 2 Compliant

March 3, 2015

To Kashian Bros,

We all experienced quite a bit of phone traffic yesterday over a 60 Minutes report on Lumber Liquidators. In the report, Lumber Liquidators was accused of not being in compliance with the California Air Resources Board Level 2 (CARB 2) regulations regarding formaldehyde emissions.

This standard is defined at: www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/compwood.htm

While we had assurances in the past that each manufacturer was CARB 2 compliant, we received written confirmation again today from each company that they were in compliance.

We are pleased to report that all of the hardwood and laminate flooring products that we sell are CARB 2 compliant. In fact, many of our manufacturers are governed by European standards for formaldehyde emissions that are even more restrictive.

These events demonstrate the importance of partnering with a trusted supplie. It is with great pride and confidence that I can report that you and your customers can be assured that our products are compliant to CARB 2 standards.

Sincerely,
Robert Weiss
President and C.E.O

At Kashian Bros, we believe it is our role to be an advocate for our customers. We would never carry an inferior product just to make a sale. We believe in long term relationships which are developed by putting the customers interest first.

If you have any questions about products that we carry, please give us a call at 847-251-1200.

Sincerely,

Doug Stein
President
Kashian Bros

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