In 2009, as part of an effort to show how an industrial enterprise can co-exist with the agricultural & farming community & positively contribute to both, Mannington’s New Jersey corporate site began to house honeybees.
A most valuable insect, honeybees are critical pollinators for plants & help farmers increase fruit, nut, & vegetable harvests. Honeybees are critical to 15 to 30% of the U.S. food supply. The Honeybee population has been on the decline worldwide. Some estimates are that 50% of the world’s honeybee population has been lost over the last 50 years.
The New Jersey site is home to as many as 5 honeybee colonies & with the management of an experienced beekeeper, honey production as high as 22 gallons. Additionally another Mannington site joined in the efforts. The Burke wall base facility in Florida started its own colony in 2012. This colony was immediately strong & healthy as the facility is very close to an apple & orange orchard.