Green Business Bureau
Lewes, DE – By committing to going green, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry is focused on future growth that will make the building materials supplier and distributor more competitive in the residential and commercial housing and building materials marketplace. The company strongly believes sustainability takes into account how we might live in harmony with the natural world around us, protecting it from damage and destruction. Having been an environmentally conscious company since they opened their doors in 1991, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry has taken major steps towards increasing commitment to being green and recently joined the Green Business Bureau (GBB), which is a national membership organization that uses an online assessment to certify green businesses.
With the aid of a grant from the Rural Energy for America Program that covered 25% of the cost, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry commissioned The CNC Solar Company to install a 143 kW DC system on the southern facing upper roof of their warehouse. The 550 panels system has taken the company nearly off the grid and provides nearly 95% of the electricity it takes to operate their offices and warehouse.
A small business in a small town makes big news with solar energy. Atlantic Millwork and Cabinetry is a family owned small business in Lewes specializing in windows, doors, cabinetry, decking, millwork products and more. Recently, they hosted Senator Tom Carper (D) from Delaware and Kathy Beisner, the acting director for USDA Rural development in MD/DE for a tour of their facility and their new solar energy system.
Mark Woodruff, President of Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry, Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, Richard Reed, Co – Owner of Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry
With the aid of a grant from Rural Energy for America Program that covered 25% of the cost, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry commissioned The CNC
Solar Company in Rehoboth Beach to install a 143 kW DC system on the southern facing upper roof of their warehouse.
Our mission at USDA Rural Development is to help increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in Rural America,” said Beisner. “One way we do that is through the Rural Energy for America Program that has helped roughly 55 rural small businesses and farmers in Delaware improve their bottom line by installing renewable energy systems and energy efficient equipment. Through Federal loan guarantees and grants the program helps cut carbon emissions, creates jobs and saves families hundreds of dollars on their utility bills each year.”
Small businesses across the United States are using USDA financing in innovative ways as a means to creating more sustainable communities and the enhancement of economic competitiveness.
Bethany Beach Renovation
This oceanfront project in Bethany Dunes, Bethany Beach Delaware is considered a Bethany Beach renovation even though it’s a new house. DNREC moved their beach preservation line west after the existing house was built. If demolished the existing house would be relocated approximately 30 feet west of the existing house. Shifting the house west would have severely diminished the ocean front view and eliminated this house’s unique view to the south.
Is your home prepared for hurricane season? Peak hurricane season is from late August to late November. Currently, the National Hurricane Center is projecting Matthew, the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007, could take a path toward the Delmarva Peninsula. These storms are unpredictable and residents of Sussex County, especially coastal residents, should be on heightened awareness.
Big Storms = Big Damage
In 2016 (as of July), there were eight weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included two flooding events and six severe storm events. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 30 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.
Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry, a family-owned small business in Lewes, opened its doors 25 years ago in the fall of 1991. Owners Mark Woodruff and Richard Reed envisioned starting a company to be Delmarva’s premier building supplier, specializing in windows, doors, cabinetry, decking, millwork and more. At the time, Mark had limited prior experience in owning a business and Richard growing up on a Sussex County farm had none. However, both men were passionate about their dream and filled with entrepreneurial spirit. Today the company is one of Delmarva’s top building suppliers and boasts a show room in Lewes with 20 employees, a state of the art website, and pages on all major social media accounts.
Starting the company in 1991 was a huge risk for Mark and Richard. At that time they were working for the same business and were the company’s top two salesmen. Starting their own business meant quitting their jobs and giving up a steady income when both were starting families; a risk most people would never consider. But Mark and Richard had a dream and faith that with hard work and determination they could make it a reality.