Lamson & Goodnow is ahead of the Curve With Green Technology

Green Technology
Green is the New “Rally Cry” for Companies to make Money.  Everybody claims they are green and a percentage of those companies are actually GREEN.  Here is what Lamson & Goodnow is doing:

1. Hydropower:  Pre-Grid Hydroelectric Power

Hydroelectric power is renewable, produces no waste, does not burn fossil fuel, hydroelectric power and does not produce “greenhouse gas”.  Deerfield River, where the factory sits adjacent is one of the most heavily used rivers in the country and yet it is one of the most pristine rivers in Massachusetts, and a nationally renowned destination for canoeing, kayaking, and fly fishing.

2. Recycled Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is one of the world’s most recycled materials—in fact, it is recycled more frequently than either paper or glass. Stainless steel does not lose any of its inherent physical properties during recycling.  It takes much less energy and fewer raw materials to recycle stainless steel, than it does to refine iron ore. The high quality stainless steel Lamson & Goodnow uses to produce some of the finest cutlery in the world contains 30% recycled content.  Lamson & Goodnow works hard to use or recycle 100% of the stainless steel used in the manufacture of our fine cutlery.

3. Wood Handle Materials

Lamson & Goodnow purchases all our wood handle materials from vendors who are active members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Tropical Forest Foundation, the Society for Tropical Foresters, and other sustainable forestry organizations. These organizations manage and protect the magnificent trees that produce the world’s most distinctive lumber through responsible forestry. When you see one of these groups’ logos on a wood product, you can be confident that you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests.

4. Laser Cutting Technology

In 1999, Lamson & Goodnow purchased a Trumpf laser station that allows faster and more precise cuts than traditional cutting methods. Our laser cutting machine offers many advantages, including reduced scrap, lower costs, and a healthier workplace due to reduced risk of worker injury, and decreased noise levels.  Since the only off-gas produced by the laser station is nitrogen, it has virtually no carbon footprint.

History of Lamson & Goodnow goes back to General Grant of Civil War Fame
A scythe is a hand tool used for cutting and mowing grass, grain, or other tall, thin crops. The scythe is based the sickle, which had a short blade and handle and was worked with one hand. The scythe has a long wooden shaft (called a snath) with two handles: one handle at the end and the other roughly in the middle.  A long curved blade is mounted at the other end. A scythe is used by holding both handles and swinging the scythe from side to side in a wide sweeping motion. 

Silas Lamson was the inventor of the curved scythe snath, an innovation that allowed workers to stand fully erect while mowing, making the operation much easier on the back. The curved scythe snath had a dramatic impact on agriculture. In 1834, Silas Lamson opened a small manufactory in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts specifically to produce his curved scythe snath. 

In 1837, Silas Lamson’s two sons, Ebenezer and Nathaniel Lamson, together with partner Abel Goodnow, became interested in making knives. Together, they started the business that has retained the name of Lamson & Goodnow from that time to the present.  The partnership was successful and enjoyed a steady growth during its early years. Extensive new buildings were erected in Shelburne Falls. Experienced cutlery workers were recruited from both Sheffield, England and Solingen Germany, Europe’s two great champions of quality cutlery. Descendants of those workers are still employed by the company. During the Civil War, the company became one of the largest United States cutlery manufacturers, employing more than 500 workers to meet the demand for their products. It was during this time that Lamson & Goodnow added tableware to their line of professional and agricultural cutlery. Old Lamson & Goodnow catalogs depict a vast variety of items with ivory, horn, and other exotic wood handles. The company became known for their quality cutlery.  
In 1869, the workmen of Lamson & Goodnow produced a dinner set of 62 pieces for President Ulysses S. Grant. Half of the pieces were set in pearl handles and half in ivory, with American maple leaves engraved on the handles. The workers stated that they felt a “national pride in presenting [the set] to one who will appreciate the perseverance that aims at nothing short of perfection.”  

President Grant responded in a letter dated November 17, 1869, expressing his thanks for the gift set of cutlery designed and produced expressly for the President as “a testimonial of their respect and esteem.”  Today, Lamson & Goodnow cutlery is still handcrafted in Shelburne Falls by American workers. We’re proud to say that Lamson & Goodnow still produces the cutlery and kitchen tools that aim at nothing short of perfection.



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2 responses to “Lamson & Goodnow is ahead of the Curve With Green Technology

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