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News: Fletco taps carpet industry veteran

Anthony Minite to lead Denmark mill’s North American expansion

October 24/31, 2016: Volume 31, Number 10
By Reginald Tucker

anthony_minite1Fletco, one of Denmark’s leading carpet manufacturers, has named industry veteran Anthony Minite managing director of its new United States and Canadian operations. Minite, who successfully ran Bentley Prince Street for 11 years and ultimately was part of the team that purchased the company from its parent, Interface, in 2012, will lead a strategic plan to expand into the U.S. and Canada.

“We have been wanting to expand into the U.S. and Canada for some time, and we knew we needed someone with proven success in this market to lead us,” said Brian Jensen, president, Fletco. “Anthony has a reputation as a leader and his strengths and values align perfectly with those of Fletco. We believe this expansion, under his leadership, will be a tremendous success.”

Minite cited Fletco’s rich history and legacy of product development as a key draw. In particular, he cited the potential of the Fletco’s flat weave products—which have been a staple in Europe for many years. “For me this represents an opportunity to get back into an industry I love with a solid, forward-thinking company that has been a leader of flat woven products in Denmark. The company has been operating for 70 years in Europe, but it has only tip-toed in the United States and Canada.”

Minite has long been intrigued by the quality, style and design of the flat woven style product. “It’s something that you don’t really see in the U.S., not in significant quantities anyway. I truly believe our product offerings will invigorate this marketplace.”

Utilizing his 25 years of industry experience, Minite plans to leverage his skills in relationship building to create alliances with key distributors in the market. To that end, Fletco plans to partner with Spartan Surfaces and Sustainable Surfaces to expedite its expansion in North America. That expansion, which is already under way, is being executed simultaneously throughout the United States and Canada starting with Spartan Surfaces on the East Coast, Southeast and part of the Midwest and Sustainable Surfaces on the West Coast.

“We have aligned with really good strategic partners that have been known to focus on the dealer side as well as the architect and designer side,” Minite said. “We’ve already started that process of getting the product into a multitude of segments such as corporate, retail and hospitality.”

At the same time, Minite is mindful of the challenges of building a brand in a new market halfway around the world. “Anytime you’re trying to establish something new and compete with long-standing companies here in the States inevitably there are going to be some challenges. But I do think the uniqueness of this product will open new doors and opportunities. All of the major players are using the same solution-dyed nylons and everybody is purchasing ColorPoint machines. Although there are great designs out there, they are limited in terms of technology. Clearly, as we evolve and get some of the new designs out there, we will overcome that challenge.”

In the meantime, Minite is staying focused on the job at hand. “Fletco is allowing me to strategically build what that company looks like in North America. That’s the exciting part.”

Fletco Carpets will officially launch at NeoCon East in Philadelphia this month.

 

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Fletco taps Anthony Minite to spearhead North American expansion

anthony_minite1Los Angeles—Fletco, one of Denmark’s leading carpet manufacturers, has named industry veteran Anthony Minite managing director of its new United States and Canadian operations. Minite, who successfully ran Bentley Prince Street for 11 years and ultimately was part of the team that purchased the company from its parent, Interface, in 2012, will lead a strategic plan to expand into the U.S. and Canada.

“We have been wanting to expand into the U.S. and Canada for some time, and we knew we needed someone with proven success in this market to lead us,” said Brian Jensen, president, Fletco. “Anthony has a reputation as a leader and his strengths and values align perfectly with those of Fletco. We believe this expansion, under his leadership, will be a tremendous success.”

Minite cited Fletco’s rich history and legacy of products as a key draw. “The company is forward thinking with a commitment to innovation and responsible manufacturing, and I truly believe our product offerings will invigorate this marketplace. Together with our strategic partners, we have the passion and ability to design innovative products to meet the demand of our end users and exceed expectations.”

Fletco plans to partner with Spartan Surfaces and Sustainable Surfaces to expedite its expansion in the marketplace. Fletco Carpets will officially launch at NeoCon East in Philadelphia next month. The expansion will begin simultaneously throughout the United States and Canada starting with Spartan Surfaces on the East Coast, Southeast and part of the Midwest and Sustainable Surfaces on the West Coast. Both partners have extensive experience and success in their respective markets.

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Minite leaves Bentley Prince Street

Industry vet Bridger named interim CEO 

Volume 26/Number 17; January 7/14, 2013

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF.—Approximately five months after helping purchase Bentley Prince Street (BPS) from Interface, Anthony Minite, CEO, resigned from the company he had been associated with for 21 years.

Gary Binning, managing partner of Dominus Capital, BPS’ controlling shareholder, said since joining Bentley in 1991, Minite has “helped build BPS into an iconic brand in the carpet industry—one widely recognized for its design excellence, innovative manufacturing capabilities and industry leading sustainability practices.” Continue reading Minite leaves Bentley Prince Street

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Bentley Prince Street purchased by Minite, senior management

Mill returns to entrepreneurial roots

by Steven Feldman

The senior management team of Bentley Prince Street (BPS) has acquired the company from its parent, Interface, returning the commercial carpet manufacturer to a privately owned entity. The transaction, valued at $35 million, is expected to close in the coming weeks. Continue reading Bentley Prince Street purchased by Minite, senior management

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GSA recognizes Bentley Prince Street with 3rd Evergreen Award

City of Industry, Calif. — Bentley Prince Street, an industry leader in commercial carpet design, quality and sustainability, is honored to receive its third Evergreen Award from the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center (IWAC) since 2001. Every year the GSA IWAC invites environmentally conscientious business partners to participate in its Evergreen Award program, which was developed to recognize efforts in recycling, affirmative procurement and waste reduction that can set an example for other IWAC business partners to follow. The Evergreen Award itself “closes the recycling loop” in that it is made from recycled glass. Continue reading GSA recognizes Bentley Prince Street with 3rd Evergreen Award

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Holly DeBrodt named director of sustainability for BPS

City of Industry, Calif. – Bentley Prince Street, Inc., an industry leader in commercial carpet design, quality and sustainability, is pleased to introduce Holly DeBrodt as the company’s new director of sustainability. DeBrodt has been with Bentley Prince Street since 2009 and previously served as a sales representative based in Portland, Oregon. Her background in sales will be beneficial to both associates and customers, as she will bring a valuable perspective to Bentley Prince Street’s multi-faceted sustainability philosophy and programs. Continue reading Holly DeBrodt named director of sustainability for BPS

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If it’s Good for the planet, it’s Good for Profits.

Anthony Minite, President, Bentley Prince Street, Inc.

After reflecting on our first big trade show of the year, I think we all need to come clean about sustainability. It seems every manufacturer is claiming to be the leader in sustainability and backing it up with huge advertising and marketing campaigns. It’s time to talk about making an honest commitment to sustainability. You can talk all you want and blast it on the biggest billboards and in the glossiest magazines, but without proof, it’s all just talk.

Since Bentley Prince Street is committed to responsible manufacturing, we have nothing to hide and see no need to confuse the marketplace with an inundation of green claims and labels.  For this reason, we provide third-party verification of our sustainability claims with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Continue reading If it’s Good for the planet, it’s Good for Profits.