Dan Cutrona

Over the years, Hart has seen environmental concerns grow, especially for fragile regions like Cape Cod. Several years ago, he founded Cape Cod Green Heat. In this part of his business, Hart produces briquettes from wood waste, creating a cost-effective alternative for heating homes and commercial spaces. The briquettes can also be used anywhere people burn cordwood, such as in fire pits or chimineas. “A lot of customers are thinking about recycling these days,” he says. “I saw the green trend and liked it.

Dan Cutrona Hart is proud of the practices that go hand-in-hand with his recycled-wood briquettes: the wood is formaldehyde free and waste is completely recycled. “We heat the entire facility with a boiler system that burns briquettes,” Hart says. At 7,500 square feet, it’s a substantial area.

Hart grew up with parents in the property management industry and opened Lewis & Weldon in 1994. He knew right away that success would be pegged on the details, design, and quality. “We created a nice niche dealing with architects, custom builders, and homeowners who understand the benefit of custom cabinet builders,” he says.

The prognosis for the future is a no-brainer for the Midwest native. Hart says, “It always has been, and always will be, about creative design and working outside the box, not being afraid to look beyond typical restrictions.”

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Mary Grauerholz

Mary Grauerholz is the communications manager of the Cape Cod Foundation and a freelance writer.

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