Mark Richey Woodworking honored with FSC Leadership Award

Mark Richey, president of Mark Richey Woodworking, stands on a dust collection silo beside the roof of the Newburyport, Mass., factory. A solar array can be seen on the roof and the company’s wind turbine is in the background. (Submitted/Mark Richey Woodworking)

Each year, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recognizes uncommon excellence that advances responsible forest management and forest conservation with FSC-US Leadership Awards. This year, Mark Richey Woodworking was unanimously chosen for the award.

Based in Newburyport, Mass., Mark Richey Woodworking operates a 130,000-square-foot, approximately 100-person factory that is powered by wind and solar and collects and burns manufacturing waste for heat in a biomass furnace. The company, which also owns and manufactures WallGoldfinger corporate furniture, has been an FSC Chain of Custody supplier since 2011.

Ted Wright, executive director of the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands, nominated Mark Richey Woodworking for the award.

“I met (company President) Mark (Richey) through the FSC certification process of a small property in New Hampshire,” Wright wrote in his nomination letter. “Mark was influential in driving the FSC certification of the property … . “I had several conversations with Mark and through that process I realized Mark’s deep passion for responsible forestry, especially FSC. I knew an FSC Leadership Award would be a good fit for this company. I am honored to nominate them.”

Mark Richey (in green), president of Mark Richey Woodworking, stands before yellow cedar, sourced for an FSC project: the Harvard Art Museum. (Submitted/Mark Richey Woodworking)

The FSC first shared the news of the award informally at a green building event earlier this fall in Washington, D.C., and officially on Nov. 2 in a press release recognizing the company “for bringing green manufacturing and sustainable practices to complex corporate, institutional and residential interior and exterior architectural millwork and furniture projects across the U.S.”

Mark Richey Woodworking has done, and is doing, a variety of high-profile projects utilizing FSC sustainably harvested woods. While high profile projects often come with non-disclosure agreements, a couple notable projects that can be named include the Obama Presidential Center now under way in Chicago and Novartis’ corporate headquarters, the Harvard Art Museum wooden exterior and the Shalin Liu Performance Center, all in Massachusetts.

A Mark Richey Woodworking past project, the Harvard Art Museum FSC yellow cedar clad exterior is shown in progress. (Submitted/Peter Vanderwarker Photographs)
A large-scale Cambridge, Mass., project for Novartis featured FSC quartered elm veneer. Shown here is the company’s auditorium with millwork by Mark Richey Woodworking. The company also did substantial other work throughout the building from lobbies to the boardroom. (Submitted/Iwan Baan)
A Mark Richey Woodworking past project, the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center in Rockport, Mass., recently featured in the movie CODA, featured intricately weaved FSC Douglas fir with solid walnut trim. (Submitted/Robert Benson Photography)

Mark Richey Woodworking has been in business since 1981, carrying out architects’ visions for stunning interiors and exteriors in collaboration with general contractors. Its WallGoldfinger Furniture division, based in Vermont, has been in business since 1971, making some of the world’s most beautiful, often elaborate and technology filled boardroom tables and more for office projects around the world. The company is also minority and woman owned, Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) certified in Massachusetts and New York City, and nationally Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified.

To reach Mark Richey Woodworking, including to inquire about utilizing FSC woods, call (978) 499-3800 or email To reach WallGoldfinger to inquire about furniture projects, including utilizing FSC woods and substrates, call (802) 278-5800 or email Learn more at and

The FSC is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of forests. Created in 1993, the FSC sets the standards by which forests are certified, offering assurance to consumers and businesses that the wood products they buy originate from well-managed forests. More than 4,000 companies and 160 million acres of forestland are FSC certified in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit

About Mark Richey

Founded in 1981, Mark Richey Woodworking crafts and installs high-end architectural woodwork. Mark Richey’s work enhances the experience of performing arts centers, museums, corporate headquarters, academic institutions, restaurants and residences across the country. Craftspeople first, the customer-focused Markey Richey team has a passion for quality, reliability, tradition and innovation. The company is additionally renowned for its sustainable approach, namely the use of wind, solar and biomass, as well as its high-tech equipment, including the nation’s first robotic finish sprayer of its kind and two 5 axis CNC routers.

About WallGoldfinger Furniture

Founded in 1971, WallGoldfinger collaborates with leading architects and furniture dealers to design, engineer, manufacture and install the world’s finest executive furniture, including custom boardroom and conference tables, lecterns and credenzas and meticulously crafted Arbor and Summit reconfigurable table lines. Nationally known for its work with Fortune 500 corporations, leading financial and insurance institutions, large law firms, universities and government agencies, clients include the White House, New York Stock Exchange, International Monetary Fund and the United Nations.