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2009 Antron awards: Function, sustainability in forefront

KENNESAW, GA.—Invista announced the winners of its Antron Carpet Fiber Designed to Perform Awards. Established in 1983, the awards recognize North American design firms that demonstrate creativity and innovation in commercial designs that feature Antron carpet. According to Invista, entries are evaluated on the ability to withstand the test of time, innovative use of carpet and how well the design met clients’ wishes relative to performance, aesthetics and sustainability. Continue reading 2009 Antron awards: Function, sustainability in forefront

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Mohawk University rolls out new programs for 2010

DALTON—Throughout 2010, Mohawk University is rolling out new programs to help dealers manage tough economic times and find new avenues for building business.

Tim Gray, director of Mohawk University, said one key value of being part of Training magazine’s Top 125 training organizations (FCNews, Feb. 22/March 1) is “looking at how other organizations address training— and seeing how those ideas could benefit Mohawk’s customers. Continue reading Mohawk University rolls out new programs for 2010

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ReSource members divert waste

AURORA, COLO.—Members of the ReSource Commercial Flooring Network diverted 6.8 million pounds of carpet waste from landfills last year, a drastic increase from the 1.7 million pounds the buying group did in 2008, according to officials. The initiative, Ecollect, promotes ReSource members to engage in sustainable business practices by taking a holistic approach to sustainability and eco-friendliness. Continue reading ReSource members divert waste

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Artistic Tile honored for industry contributions

SAN DIEGO—Artistic Tile was honored by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) with a special “Craft Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Tile Industry” during the group’s Executive Council meeting and awards ceremony here last month.

Artistic was given the honor for its collaboration on the design elements of the company’s new showroom in LuxeHome at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart in addition to, in the words of BAC president James Boland, the firm’s “remarkable and lasting imprint on the tile market and industry.” Continue reading Artistic Tile honored for industry contributions

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Obituary: Helene Eisner, Elias Wilf Corp. executive

BALTIMORE, MD.—She was more than a legend, she was an institution. The mother of two young children, she decided to return to work and began a career as a secretary for a flooring distributor that spanned more than three decades. Helene Eisner endeared herself to the company—Elias Wilf Corp.—and to the industry, where her friends were legion. After her retirement, she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and succumbed to the ailment on Feb. 8 in a home here. She was 78. Continue reading Obituary: Helene Eisner, Elias Wilf Corp. executive

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Mohawk, Shaw become charter members of Save Energy Now

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Aside from being the two largest flooring producers the industry has to offer, Mohawk and Shaw now have something else in common— both have recently gained membership to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Save Energy Now” Leader initiative as charter members in a recent ceremony held here. The companies have voluntarily pledged to reduce their energy intensity use by 25% over the next decade. Continue reading Mohawk, Shaw become charter members of Save Energy Now

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CTEF providing education, certification for tile professionals

PENDLETON, S.C.—Installing ceramic tile the correct way isn’t easy. Education in the proper techniques of installing tile is something many in the industry could use and are actively searching for. Well, their search may be over. According to Scott Carothers, executive director of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), the organization has just what the industry needs: education and certification. Continue reading CTEF providing education, certification for tile professionals

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NWFA helps procure FSC certification

ST. LOUIS—Under its Responsible Procurement Program (RPP), the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has formed the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Procurement Group to help private landowners gain FSC certification.

With around 270 million acres of forest under private ownership, only 2.5 million acres are certified to FSC standards, said Ed Korczak, CEO and executive director of NWFA. The Procurement Group will make FSC certification more attainable, thus bringing more FSC-certified products to market. Continue reading NWFA helps procure FSC certification