Social Responsibility

Our American-made hardwood floors support individuals and families in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee. In a time when more than 50% of hardwood manufacturing has moved overseas, we founded our company in Nashville, not because it was easy, but because it was the right thing to do. Maintaining manufacturing in the United States is critical to our nation’s economy and global standing.

Our vision is to make the highest quality hardwood floors from American raw materials, made by Americans, for use in American homes and businesses.

Prison Industry Enterprise

Hearthwood’s socially responsible business model uses a Prison Industry Enterprise program to employ incarcerated individuals and to help them gain practical, real-world job skills. Located on the campus of the Turney Center Industrial Complex in Only, Tennessee, our plant provides opportunities for offenders and civilians alike. Participation in our program is entirely voluntary.

Since 2000 we have proudly operated manufacturing plants within prison walls. Our manufacturing model provides on-the-job training, helps rehabilitate incarcerated individuals, and offers hope for the future. Our facilities provide offenders with the opportunity to earn a civilian wage so they can save for their release and support their families while serving their debt to society.

Inmate Income

A generous portion of the income earned by offender workers goes to the State of Tennessee (25%) and to the victims of their crimes (25%). This allocation of earned income minimizes the financial burden on the state’s taxpayers, helps make restitution, pays taxes for room and board, pays for child support or alimony as necessary, and contributes to the offenders’ personal savings accounts to facilitate a smoother reentry process.

With this program we have the honor of teaching life skills, instilling pride, and adding meaning to the lives of those who are incarcerated. Notably, recidivism rates for offenders in our program drop to less than 10% as compared to a more than 50% rate of recidivism for those who are not enrolled in a program such as ours.

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Gary Sinise Foundation: R.I.S.E

Working with the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) program we help provide specially adapted smart homes to severely wounded veterans and their families.

By donating hardwood floors we help America’s most severely wounded heroes overcome some of life’s day-to-day challenges. Many wounded veterans prefer the comfort and enduring stability of hardwood over other surfaces because hardwood floors are easier to maneuver on and navigate. We participate through our partnership with the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA).

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