Purpose Story: Rustbelt Reclamation

In recent years, cities across the “Rustbelt” have experienced a renaissance of sorts. Focusing on new industries and capturing new markets, great strides have been made in returning the region to its former glory. Unfortunately, the remnant structures from yesteryear often times stand in the path of the “right-sizing” of these great cities. While removal and disposal of these structures can be an extensive and expensive endeavor, governmental, private, and non-profit entities are spearheading the cause. As a partner with all, Rustbelt Reclamation creates value by harvesting and repurposing lumber from these structures prior to their demolition thereby reducing both the cost of disposal and, perhaps more importantly, the amount of refuse bound for local landfills.

What is more, the old adage, “They don’t build ‘em like they used to” is absolutely true.   Simply stated, the lumber stock Rustbelt Reclamation harvests from these structures is both old growth and has cured for over 100 years. Meaning the wood tends to be denser with spectacular figuring and is more stable when compared to virgin lumber of the same species.   These qualities allow Rustbelt Reclamation to make a product that is both beautiful and long lasting.


Rustbelt’s vision is as ambitious as it is unique. Rustbelt Reclamation combines the ethos and attention to detail found in small artisan workshops with a scalable manufacturing model. They endeavor to create the highest quality product at the most competitive price possible. Additionally, they believe their product should be as sustainable as humanly possible; that’s why all offerings from Rustbelt Reclamation are crafted entirely within the United States utilizing locally salvaged materials. Equally important, they believe products should be built to last, not to be thrown away. They pride themselves on building heirloom-quality products that are designed and built to endure for generations, just as the materials they use have endured for generations.


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