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JAPAN DISASTER: Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the citizens of Japan following the horrendous devastation imposed on the country from the triple whammy earthquake, tsunami and nuclear incident. While many companies in the flooring industry have nobly stepped up with donations, such as the $1 million in cash plus various home supplies like bath tissue given by Invista’s parent Koch Industries, some may wonder how the situation affects the domestic flooring industry. In Koch’s case, Invista, maker of Stainmaster and Antron fibers, has offices in Tokyo and Osaka. It also has a fiber-production venture in Shiga. All told, 75 employees and their families make their home in Japan and, thankfully, all were accounted for. Continue reading Al's column

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Invista puts flooring by itself: Integrates Stainmaster, Antron business units into Surfaces division

KENNESAW, GA.—Sometimes the old way of doing things wasn’t so bad after all. That’s what Invista has discovered with its flooring business, which resides within the company’s Performance Surfaces & Materials (PS&M) division.

As such, the company announced it is integrating its residential Stainmaster and commercial Antron business segments into a new organization within PS&M called Surfaces. As part of the reorganization, Dan Haycook, who has served as Asian Pacific executive vice president for Invista’s Apparel business, has been appointed Surfaces’ executive vice president. He will report to David Duncan, PS&M president. In addition, Steve Griffith, who is currently responsible for Invista’s residential business segments, will become chief marketing officer for the Surfaces business. Continue reading Invista puts flooring by itself: Integrates Stainmaster, Antron business units into Surfaces division