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Boa-Franc receives highest honor at the Grand Prix Québécois de la qualité Awards

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 4.02.56 PMSaint-Georges, Quebec, Canada–For the second time in a row, Boa-Franc has received the highest award bestowed by the Quebec government on businesses and organizations that successfully apply best business practices.

A Grand Prix in the small to medium-size independent manufacturing company category was presented to Boa-Franc in a ceremony at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Nov. 16. This award is on par with the Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award in the United States.

The award recognizes organizational excellence and outstanding results, but Boa-Franc was further singled out by the jury for the quality of its strategic planning process and its attentiveness to both customers and markets.

“I’m accepting this award on behalf of all our employees, clients and suppliers, who share the same dedication to quality that’s been driving our organization since it was founded 35 years ago,” said Jacques Beaudoin, Boa-Franc executive vice president and CEO, who accepted the award for Pierre Thabet, Boa-Franc president, and the company’s 475 employees. “It’s proof positive teamwork, continuous improvement and making everyone accountable for quality really do pay off.”

The company has been accruing distinctions for quality in recent years. Retailers and other flooring professionals have voted it No. 1 for quality over 27 times in surveys conducted by trade magazines; Boa-Franc was named Best Employer in Canada in 2016 and 2017, took gold at the 2013 Canada Awards for Excellence and got top honors at the 2012 Grands Prix Québécois de la qualité Awards.

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Daltile awards winners of sixth annual Interior Design scholarship competition

Daltile Interior Design ScholarshipPhiladelphia—Daltile, in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation and the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center, has awarded Baileigh Petty the grand prize of the sixth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation. A panel of experts from the design industry and beyond used their experience to judge and award scholarships to Petty and three finalists.

This year’s challenge was to reimagine the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center using Daltile products and incorporating Fitwel components to create a stimulating, comfortable and futuristic space for employees. Students were asked to look at the entire Innovation Center space and identify areas of opportunity throughout the floor plan that could be redesigned to increase occupant health and comfort, while adhering to a $25,000 to $50,000 budget limitation.

Petty, a senior at Utah State University majoring in Interior Design, was named this year’s grand prize winner during a special event at the Daltile Philadelphia Design Studio on Nov. 15. In her winning project, Petty transformed the Center’s recharge room, a space for employees to take a break from their work, enjoy healthy snacks and coffee, and network with their colleagues in a relaxed environment. Her winning design showcased a variety of products from Daltile, including Fabric Art, Amity, Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces and Volume 1.0.

In addition to Petty, three runners-up were each awarded $2,500 scholarships. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Grand-prize, $10,000 scholarship winner: Baileigh Petty, Utah State University
  • First runner-up, $2,500 scholarship winner: Brianne Brooks, Utah State University
  • Second runner-up, $2,500 scholarship winner: Amanda McRae, Utah State University
  • Third runner-up, $2,500 scholarship winner: Sasitorn Wangspa, Utah State University

Similar to last year’s competition, the school or university with the highest number of completed entries was awarded a $10,000 grant for their interior design program. For the second year in a row, Utah State University won the grant, with 70 students entering the competition.

For more information, visit daltiledesign.com.

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Nancy Jackson receives Woman of Distinction award

DSC002771San Antonio—Nancy Jackson, president of Architectural Systems, received Shop! Association’s inaugural Women of Distinction award during Shop!X Annual Meeting held at the La Cantera Resort, here. The prestigious award was created as part of the mission of the Shop! Women’s League to promote leadership, education and networking opportunities.

The association honors the inspiring recipients who “have put their hearts and souls into the industry and their companies.” Jackson is well-deserving of this award from a career filled with leadership roles, professional accomplishments and commitment and contributions to the welfare and advancement of women professionals within the design industry including the retail segment.

As a pioneer in the building products industry and a founding principal and president of a leading global distributor of interior finishes, Architectural Systems (ASI), Jackson has established ASI as a one stop shop for translating global brands through materials. Recognized by the A&D community as an advocate of design, Jackson collaborates with design professionals by introducing award winning and distinctive interior finishes to successfully realize their vision. Involved in a broad range of design and education initiatives for professionals and students, Jackson is an affiliate member of AIA and an AIA continuing education passport provider and has lectured nationwide on the advancements and trends in materials with accredited courses.

Jackson also served as an IIDA NY (International Interior Design Association) board member and co-chair of the Hospitality Forum for 14 years and is the 2016 recipient of their Spirit award for dedication to the chapter and the design industry.

She is a vice president emeritus of PAVE (Planning and Visual Education Partnership) and created the Rising Star award, to recognize the achievements of young professionals under 40 within the retail space. Over the past decade, Jackson is a recipient of two PAVE Passion and Dedication awards and is still a dedicated sponsor of the event.

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Dalton innovator receives GaMEP 2017 Faces of Manufacturing Award

Marten Hutchison (left), lead innovation manager at Shaw Industries, and John Zegers, GaMEP at Georgia Tech northwest Georgia region manager.
Marten Hutchison (left), lead innovation manager at Shaw Industries, and John Zegers, GaMEP at Georgia Tech northwest Georgia region manager.

Dalton, Ga.—The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) has named Marten Hutchison a 2017 Faces of Manufacturing Award recipient.

Hutchison, lead innovation manager at Shaw Industries Group, headquartered here, is one of four Georgians who are being recognized for their respective contributions and commitment to the manufacturing industry, which is a key driver of the state economy.

Hutchison has been with Shaw since 1993. He accepted his award Oct. 3 during a special ceremony at Shaw’s MakerSpace.

Since joining Shaw, he has held numerous positions, including one where he led a team to build one of the largest plastic bottle recycling facilities in North America. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering, Hutchison has focused on equipment and technology to improve processes and incorporate automation into Shaw’s plants.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a Face of Manufacturing in Georgia,” Hutchison said. “I’m proud of how Shaw’s approach to manufacturing has become increasingly innovative.”

GaMEP is a federally funded economic development program of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. It works with manufacturers across the state to help them remain viable and economically competitive.

Collectively, more than 10,000 manufacturing companies operate in Georgia. Those companies, which span all sizes, employ more than 365,000 people and produce a total manufacturing output of $53 billion per year.

The Faces campaign showcases the sector’s importance to Georgia’s economy. Hutchison and the other three award recipients were selected from an initial pool of nominations and chosen through a public voting contest consisting of 10 finalists. Following more than 4,500 votes cast, Hutchison emerged as one of the top four.

In addition to his Shaw duties, Hutchison is a FIRST Robotics team coach at Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy, where he helps students conceptualize, prototype, design, build and program robots for competition. The team recently was awarded one of four Rookie Inspiration awards at the world competition.

“We are very proud of Marten and grateful to him for his dedication to educating students in the STEM disciplines and exciting them about manufacturing, as they are the future of our industry,” said David Morgan, Shaw’s executive vice president of operations.

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Mohawk honored as Silver Stevie award winner in 2017 American Business Awards

mohawkCalhoun, Ga.—Mohawk was recently named the winner of a Silver Stevie Award in the Videos Category in the 15th Annual American Business Awards.

Selected for its motivational message, Mohawk’s Cushion the Fight video was shot during last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day. For the event, Mohawk donated more than 6,000 pieces of SmartCushion to help weary walkers and crew members rest in all seven participating cities. The video captured personal stories from participants and spread brand awareness for Mohawk—all while being authentic to the cause. The video was a tremendous hit on Komen and Mohawk social sites with one share receiving almost 80,000 views on Facebook.

“We are honored to win this prestigious award for a cause near and dear to our hearts,” said Laura Bartley, director of public relations and communication for Mohawk. “We are passionately committed to contributing to the lifesaving work in the fight against breast cancer, and we will Cushion the Fight again this year.”

Mohawk SmartCushion_KomenIn addition to supplying cushions during the annual 3-Day, Mohawk has donated $10 million to date to the Susan G. Komen Foundation through the sale of SmartCushion and KaraStep.

Nicknamed the Stevies from the Greek word meaning “crowned,” The American Business Awards is the nation’s premier business awards program. More than 3,600 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including marketing tactics such as videos.

More than 190 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

“Each year, the judges find the quality and variety of the nominations to be greater than the year before. The 2017 competition was intense, and every organization that won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2017 Stevie winners are available at stevieawards.com/ABA.

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Jaeckle Distributors wins Mannington’s 2016 President’s Award

2016 Mannington Award PhotoMadison, Wis.– Jaeckle Distributors, a Madison based third-generation, family-owned company was recently awarded the prestigious 2016 President’s Award for its residential sales performance in 2016 from Mannington Mills at the recent Surfaces trade show serving the floor covering industry. This is the second year in a row that Jaeckle Distributors has won this award.

“Mannington is our largest supplier and we are honored to be a top performer amongst our peers,” said Jeff Jaeckle, president of Jaeckle Distributors. “Achieving this award two years in a row directly reflects the dedication and commitment to excellence of our entire staff and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Mannington.”

 

Pictured accepting this award is Jeff Jaeckle, president of Jaeckle Distributors (left), Ed Duncan, president of Mannington Residential (center) and Torrey Jaeckle, vice president of Jaeckle Distributors (right).

 

 

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WFCA seeks submissions for Industry Hall of Fame

WFCA logoDalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) is now accepting applications for nominations to the Floor Covering Industry Hall of Fame.

The current roster of 45 inductees is a virtual “Who’s Who” of the floor covering industry. Winners include professionals—all dedicated to the field of floor covering—from all walks of life including: retail, manufacturing, service and installation, to name a few. They all have one thing in common, they were visionaires who made their mark and changed the face of the flooring industry for the betterment of all.

To join the distinguished list of luminaries, a candidate must be nominated by a sponsor who will complete a thorough application process detailing the nominee’s work history, industry, trade, governmental and civic accomplishments. As stated, nominees can come from any sector of the floor covering industry.

If you know of someone who is deserving of this honor please take a moment to submit an application on their behalf. Forms can be found by visiting WFCA.ORG. For more information or a list of inductees contact the WFCA by calling 706-217-1183. The deadline for submitting completed Hall of Fame applications for 2018 is March 31, 2017.

Nominations will be sent to a special committee for review and consideration. All nominations will be kept confidential. Following the selection process, an award presentation and formal induction ceremony will take place in early 2018.

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Aquafil USA awarded a 2017 Green Good Design award

Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 10.47.30 AMCartersville, Ga.—The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design awarded Aquafil USA a 2017 Green Good Design award for its Econyl fibers, made of 100% regenerated nylon using the Econyl Regeneration System.

The Econyl Regeneration System is an intelligent and sustainable way to create Nylon 6 fibers from waste in a continuous loop production cycle. As part of the process, waste containing high levels of Nylon 6, such as fishing nets and carpets, is transformed back into raw material without any loss of quality.

Green Good Design’s goal is to bestow international recognition to those outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments and institutionstogether with their products, services, programs, ideas and conceptsthat have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a healthier and more sustainable universe.

“Aquafil USA continues to invest valuable assets into creating high quality, sustainable products,” said Franco Rossi, president of Aquafil USA. “We were thrilled our company was recognized by Green Good Design as an exceptional leader in sustainable manufacturing.”

The full list of awards is posted on the European Centre’s website.

 

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Michael Halebian & Co. receives American Biltrite’s 2016 Outstanding Performance Award

haleiban-outstanding-perf-2016Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada—American Biltrite, a North American manufacturer of specialty commercial flooring products, presented its Outstanding Performance Award for 2016 to Michael Halebian & Co. at their offices in Carlstadt, N.J. on Dec. 20. The award is presented annually to the American Biltrite distributor that achieves the highest growth during the year.

“The decision to present the award to Michael Halebian was an easy one,” said Jean-Pierre Benoit, general manager for American Biltrite. “They had an outstanding performance in 2016 in all product categories and we look forward to our mutual success in 2017.”

Michael Halebian & Co. distributes American Biltrite products throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Pictured from right to left: Lou Soscia, commercial sales manager, Halebian; Jean-Pierre Benoit, general manager, American Biltrite; Michael Halebian, president; Joe Choflet, general manager, Halebian; John Kronemeyer, VP sales & marketing, American Biltrite.

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Voting open for Award of Excellence contest

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13         

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-9-08-14-amVoting for FCNews’ Award of Excellence contest is now open. Now in its 21st year, the Award of Excellence has become the premier manufacturer recognition program in the floor covering industry. Why? Because they are voted on by customers whose only motivation is to recognize those who perform flawlessly in every aspect of their business.

Last year a record number of ballots were counted—nearly 2,000—which almost tripled the previous high.

As the years have evolved, so too has the Award of Excellence. New this year is the Commercial Carpet category to recognize those manufacturers that either focus on the contract side of the business or provide flooring retailers with solid Main Street solutions.

Cosponsored by the Informa, the owners of The International Surface Event, the Award of Excellence is a way for manufacturers’ customers to honor the companies they feel consistently provide the best design, service, value, performance, quality, professionalism of sales force, management responsiveness, customer service, handling of claims, B2B and ease of doing business. In other words, which manufacturers they believe best help them in running successful, profitable business operations.

“The manufacturers covet these awards,” said Steven Feldman, publisher and editorial director of FCNews. “So much so that last year some actually campaigned and developed strong ground games. We encourage all dealers to vote because the more ballots cast, the more significant these awards become. And that makes all manufacturers stive to improve the value they provide.”

Voting is open through March 31, 2017.