Masonite International Corp. was recently recognized by Green Builder Media as a 2016 Eco-Leader. Masonite was one of 11 companies to receive the honor for its creative solutions that help limit a company's environmental impact.

Green Builder Media, the building industry's leading magazine focused on green building and sustainable development, selects companies for the annual Eco-Leader List based on several criteria, including inventing new ways to manufacture products using renewable energy, designing homes that are net-zero for water and waste, reducing waste by finding new applications that benefit other industries, and creating products that use energy more efficiently.  

"Congratulations to these eco-leading companies for daring to be different, for accepting the responsibility of making the planet a better place and for taking the risk to create positive change in the world," said Sara Gutterman, Green Builder Media CEO. "We commend their efforts."

Masonite was selected as an Eco-Leader for its innovative new uses of waste to improve material production and benefit local industries. The company was also recognized for improving the design of fiberglass doors to look like exotic wood species, saving rare wood from being harvested.

"Masonite has incorporated sustainability into the company since it was formed over 90 years ago," said Frederick Lynch, president and CEO of Masonite International Corp. "While it has always been a part of the Masonite business model, we are continually looking at ways to create more sustainable products, reduce waste and improve sustainable processes. We are honored to be recognized as an Eco-Leader and will continue to strive to find new and innovative ways to ensure we reduce our impact on the environment."

Every year, Masonite encourages its approximately 65 manufacturing plants around the world to enter its Environmental Excellence Awards competition. The competition recognizes plant initiatives that improve the environmental impact of Masonite's products and manufacturing techniques. In 2015, one of Masonite's North American plants won for developing a process to reuse leftover scrap boards by grinding them up and adding them back into the production process.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Masonite is one of the world's leading manufacturers of interior doors and entry door systems, employing more than 7,000 people worldwide.

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