Bert Green is a classic Renaissance man. When it comes to his company, SolarMill, the Virginia Tech graduate does it all. With only one apprentice to help him, he does the engineering, design, graphics, and accounting needed to manufacture cutting boards. And he loves it.
The decision to have his products made stateside came from his interest in environmentalism. “I wanted to create something I felt good about,” he said, going on to explain that when he started there was nothing about manufacturing with clean energy. He decided his company would be carbon neutral and it was the best decision he made. “You appreciate what you have so much more when you do it yourself.”
Mr. Bert does almost everything himself. SolarMill got its start in his mother’s kitchen. Mr. Bert was remodeling it for her and discovered he enjoyed working with his hands. He moved to Richmond and built custom cabinets for bars and restaurants. “It was a natural evolution from custom work to manufacturing,” he said, while tinkering with a piece of machinery. He built his own machinery and by the time he was ready to produce something, he had a full shop.
In the meantime, you can pick up a cutting board from Amazon, or from any of the retailers that sell them, including All Things Virginia. Mr. Bert would “like to encourage everyone to commit to helping the economy by buying American products for Christmas.” Purchasing American-made items will be an investment in your country, and you’ll be able to able to give something unique. If you’re not sure what to buy for the holidays, consider buying American. Specifically, consider a cutting board. You’ll be glad you did.