Hayneedle Customer Distribution Center Earns LEED Silver Certification

Eco-Sensitive, 500,000+ Square Foot Facility at Monroe Logistics Center Employs Up to 110 Associates During Peak Seasons

Mar 03, 2011, 12:42 ET from Hayneedle.com

MONROE, Ohio, and OMAHA, Neb., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hayneedle.com, a leading online retailer of home furnishings and lifestyle products, today announced that its Customer Distribution Center at the Monroe Logistics Center has been granted LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is the internationally recognized and nationally accepted benchmark that defines the standards for high-performance and environmentally responsible development.  Features of the Hayneedle Customer Distribution Center at the Monroe Logistics Center include increased natural lighting with skylights and windows, reduced energy and water usage, motion-sensor lighting, low-emitting adhesives, sealants, coatings, and early suppression fast response (ESFR) sprinklers.

The Hayneedle Customer Distribution Center, located about 20 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, opened in July 2010 and serves as Hayneedle's primary customer distribution and fulfillment center.  Hayneedle employs up to 110 associates at the 501,357 square-foot facility during peak seasons.

"We are constantly evaluating our business to minimize our footprint on the earth, which benefits our bottom line, our employees and the customers we serve," said Jon Barker, Chief Operating Officer, Hayneedle.  "The environmentally conscious design of our Customer Distribution Center provides an optimal work environment, while providing us with energy savings for years to come.  The LEED Silver certification is a wonderful recognition and consistent with who we are as a company."

About LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 37,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 9.7 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, nearly 10,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 30,000 more homes registered.  By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.  For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About Hayneedle

Established in 2002, Hayneedle.com offers an extensive selection of high quality home and lifestyle products, far surpassing what is available in the traditional retail world or from other online retailers. By providing a rewarding shopping experience, exceptional service, true product variety and the right content to buy with confidence, Hayneedle.com helps customers find what they love and love what they find. The company has been recognized by Internet Retailer and Inc. Magazine as one of the top online retailers and fastest growing companies in America. Hayneedle.com is privately held and funded by Insight Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. For more information, visit http://www.hayneedle.com.

SOURCE Hayneedle.com