After METALCON International 2008 wrapped up on October 3, 2008, Kingspan Insulated Panels, Inc. donated its exhibit furniture to the Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The Baltimore branch received IKEA furniture, including four bar tables and eight bar stools.
Kingspan API, Kingspan ASI, Kingspan Benchmark, and Morin all featured products at the metal construction industry's annual conference and exhibition held at the Baltimore Convention Center. The furniture from the divisions' booth was taken to the Chesapeake Habitat ReStore and sold for a discounted price. All proceeds will benefit Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that works to rebuild homes in the Baltimore community. Additionally, recycling the furniture will have a positive environmental impact.
Do-it-yourself enthusiasts as well as contractors and property owners make up a majority of the store's customers. Cabinets, lights, building materials, and other used, low-cost housing items are available courtesy of community donors. According to ReStore Manager Chris Council, Kingspan is the first company to make a donation of this nature since the store opened in April 2008.
"At least 90 percent of our donations come from individuals, which makes Kingspan's contribution unique," says Council. "We appreciate the donation and hope to achieve a more balanced ratio of individual and corporate donors in the future."