The Adventures of the Steinhafels’ Bees: It’s Honey Time!

There’s a lot happening here on the grounds of the Steinhafels Corporate Center in Waukesha. Hundreds of orders processed daily, dozens of trucks coming and going, and more than 3,000 pounds of honey being produced.

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Umm.. wait.. huh?! Honey? This is a furniture blog, right?!

It is, but at Steinhafels we value being a part of the community, and reaching out beyond the doors of the stores.

So when Indian Summer Honey Farm in Germantown asked us if we’d like to house a few bee hives on our campus in an effort to help grow the local honey bee population we said sure! After all, we are lucky to sit on a beautifully vast piece of land–it seemed to be the least we could do.

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Well, just a few months later, beekeepers at Indian Summer are getting the chance to harvest the fruits of the bees’ labor… all 2.4 million of them!!! (Remember how I said 3,000+ pounds of honey? That takes a lot of bees!)

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Here’s how the numbers break down:

-40 hives with 60,000+ bees in each.

-160 boxes, equaling anywhere from 3 to 4,000 pounds of honey!

So what’s going to happen to all of that delicious nectar? Caleb Werner with Indian Summer explains, “We will extract the honey and sell the majority of it wholesale to either Sprecher or one of our other accounts. We also have a small store that we sell honey from at our farm.”

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And even though we love hanging out with our buzzing buddies… they can’t endure the Wisconsin winter in their present hives. They will remain here for another month as the crew prepares them for their winter getaway–Florida! Caleb and his crew will treat them for mites, and make sure that they are healthy and ready to head south. What a bunch of lucky bees!

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I can write all about what it was like to watch the workers pull the honey from the hives, but it’s much more exciting to SEE it. Check out a video of the process.

And stay tuned to our blog for more unexpected adventures–from bees to bookcases–we got you covered!

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Customer Service Goes Green!

Steinhafels has been committed to sustainability and environmental sensitivity for years.  Thanks to advances in modern technology, we are continuing to stay ahead of the curve.  We have put several best practices into place to be sure we are operating as cleanly and efficiently as possible.

The main improvement our customers will see is that our Customer Service vans are now powered by natural gas!  Currently, we have multiple natural gas service tech vehicles.  We are also exploring the possibility of using natural gas trucks as we phase in new delivery trucks in the future.  Natural gas is a cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuels.

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We are also working to save energy at an internal level.  We use the latest technology to make sure our HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible, and to monitor energy use.  Overall, we are seeing a savings of 38% on our energy usage.

Recycling continues to be one of the most effective ways to prevent waste, and cut down on pollution.  Steinhafels’ distribution center in Waukesha recycles cardboard, plastic, wooden skids, paper, mattresses, and florescent light bulbs.  Steinhafels also recycles furniture, and donates usable parts to charitable organizations.

Check out some of these fun facts:

-Steinhafels recycles almost 1,000 tons of cardboard annually.  That is equivalent to 17,000 trees!

-Recycling 1,000 tons of cardboard saves more than 9,000 cubic yards of landfill space.

-One thousand tons of cardboard recycled saves enough energy to power a TV for 31,000 hours.

-Recycling corrugated cardboard cuts the emissions of sulfur dioxide in half, and uses about 25% less energy than making cardboard from virgin pulp.

-Steinhafels currently recycles more than 80,000 lbs. of plastic each year!

-Much of the recycled plastic ends up as low-grade plastic lumber, which may be used in furniture.

Steinhafels is excited to see what the future holds as we continue to do our small part to help protect our planet for future generations. Thank you for your interest in this important topic.