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Mohawk expands into countertops

mohawk_logo1Mohawk Industries has announced the alignment of two key and growing business areas: countertops and laminate/hardwood. Each of these businesses represents opportunities for Mohawk to bring new value to the market and will play an important role in the company’s continued growth.

Matt Kahny will lead Mohawk’s expansion into the $3 billion countertop market where Mohawk will make significant investments in porcelain slab and other surfaces. Kahny will also manage and further develop the company’s existing natural stone slab business, which will be leveraged to distribute these new products.

Mohawk’s countertop expansion will be executed from within the Dal-Tile ceramic business. Kahny, who also will lead Dal-Tile’s home center and independent distributor teams, will report to John Turner, president, Dal-Tile.

As Kahny transitions into this role, Gary Lanser will become the president of Mohawk’s laminate and wood business, including the distribution of the Quick-Step and Columbia brands. In this capacity, he will drive the development of innovative products that will differentiate between the company’s Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo and Columbia brands. Lanser will also be responsible for completing the construction and start-up of the company’s new engineered wood and premium laminate plants. Lanser will report directly to Brian Carson, president of Mohawk Flooring North America.

Kahny’s flooring industry career began in 1983 with American Olean, which became a part of Dal-Tile in 1995. In 2009, he was tapped to lead Mohawk’s North American laminate and wood business, which grew substantially under his leadership and included the highly successful acquisition and integration of Pergo.

Since joining Mohawk in 2009, Lanser has taken on progressively greater responsibility including leading Flooring North America’s supply chain, customer experience, logistics and carpet cushion manufacturing. His experience has given him key insights into how the company can leverage its strengths in distribution, customer relationships and process management to deliver superior service, improve efficiencies and refine manufacturing processes.