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Carpet: Mills step up efforts to lessen carbon footprint

May 12/19, 2014; Volume 27/Number 27

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.55.59 AMOne does not have to watch the news to know the planet continues to grow more environmentally conscious each day. With programs and initiatives designed to make products and processes increasingly sustainable, the flooring industry has been a major force in leading this Earth-friendly movement.

FCNews recently checked in with several carpet/fiber producers to discover the latest happenings involving their environmentally friendly efforts. Continue reading Carpet: Mills step up efforts to lessen carbon footprint

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Harley joins BPS as new COO

City of Industry, Calif.—Bentley Prince Street recently announced a key addition to its executive leadership team with the hiring of Jim Harley as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. Harley is a seasoned industry executive with approximately 35 years of manufacturing and operational experience in the floor covering industry, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for Tandus Flooring. In his new role, Harley will manage all aspects of the company’s manufacturing, operational and customer service activities. Continue reading Harley joins BPS as new COO

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Bentley Prince Street’s California facility upgraded to LEED-EB Gold

City of Industry, Calif. – In 2007, Bentley Prince Street became the first carpet manufacturing facility in the country to receive a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB). Today, Bentley Prince Street is proud to announce it is now certified Gold LEED-EB and remains the only carpet manufacturer to receive LEED certification by the USGBC. Achieving Gold certification was a goal shared by all associates, who actively took part in continuous sustainability education, energy conservation, waste reduction, community service and alternative transportation.  Continue reading Bentley Prince Street’s California facility upgraded to LEED-EB Gold

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Grogan named president of Bentley Prince Street

Volume 26/number 18/January 21-28, 2013

by Steven Feldman

Hicksville, N.Y.—Ralph Grogan has been appointed president and CEO of Bentley Prince Street, effective immediately. Grogan succeeds Anthony Minite, who recently stepped down after 11 years as president and CEO of the company.

Grogan brings more than 30 years of experience in the carpet industry having served in senior management positions with several manufacturers, most recently as vice president of business development and strategy for Antron, the carpet fiber brand for Invista Surfaces. In this role, he was responsible for sales, marketing and growth for the Antron brand worldwide. Continue reading Grogan named president of Bentley Prince Street

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My take: What I’ll be watching in 2013

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

Two weeks into 2013, and I’m feeling good. Sure, my pants could be a little looser, but I know I’m not alone there. I also know there’s a lot to be watching this year. Here’s what I’m going to be keeping my eyes on:

I’ll be watching the economy. I feel good right now. Retailers tell me 2012 closed on a positive note and I’m feeling things will not abate in 2013. A mild winter in much of the country has to have helped. Getting past the uncertainty of the election and all that fiscal cliff nonsense (that phrase needs to be retired, right next to “outside the box”) should have us all moving on with our lives.

I’ll be watching the housing market, the segment whose fortunes most impact our industry. Recent reports indicate the momentum is continuing in 2013, which bodes well for all of us. And remodeling usually parallels housing starts.

I’ll be watching what Mohawk decides to do with Pergo, the most recognized name in laminate flooring. Pergo has primarily become a home center brand throughout the last decade. Does Pergo remain in that channel as a complement to the Mohawk and Quick•Step specialty retail brands, or can Mohawk differentiate it enough whereby it can re-enter the specialty channel?

I’ll be watching the people who need early boarding on airplanes insist on also needing early exiting. I don’t get it; you need extra time to board so you don’t hold up the masses but the theory doesn’t apply to exiting? Sit yourself down!

I’ll be watching for the resurfacing of a longtime familiar name in the floor covering industry, someone who has been quiet for a while, with a new venture.

I’ll be watching for a rumored new installation system for Alterna, Armstrong’s popular premium LVT, which the company believes will be the industry leader by the end of 2014.

I’ll be watching to see if Surfaces attracts more attendees this year with the economy, housing and business on the upswing. Between the FCNews-sponsored education program and all the exhibitors, I think it’s time and money well spent.

I’ll be watching “Homeland” since every human to which I speak seems to be addicted. All I know is it won a bunch of Golden Globes and airs on Showtime. (I don’t even know if I pay for Showtime, let alone the night or time it’s on!)

I’ll be watching to see if the ever-popular LVT category starts becoming associated with the dreaded “c” word—commoditization—in the wake of everyone and their mother attempting to join the party with their versions of click systems. I worry because that new company is touting style and quality “with price advantages.”

I’ll be watching to see where my friend, Anthony Minite, former president of Bentley Prince Street, lands. The guy has talent and fosters a first-rate working environment. In fact, BPS was always listed among the best places to work in Los Angeles.

I’ll be watching what I’m now calling the “Soft Wars.” It may not rival the fiber wars of the mid to late ’80s, but we have something brewing here across all fiber platforms. SmartStrand Silk (triexta), Clear-Touch (PET), Anso Caress, Wear-Dated Embrace and TruSoft (nylon), now PureSoft Cashmere (solution-dyed PET). And I’ve left out many, many more. All I know is it’s great for the carpet industry as it gets consumers up to a higher price point and greater margin dollars for the dealer.

Speaking of soft, I’ll be watching if the mills make it vividly clear that certain vacuum cleaners do not work with soft carpet. People tell me Dysons are out of play. This is very important to ensure a satisfied consumer.                                                                                                                                                         Steven Feldman

 

 

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Marc Ahrens named Invista Surfaces’ vice president, commercial

Marc Ahrens

Kennesaw, Ga.  – Invista Surfaces, a segment of Invista Performance Surfaces & Materials (PS&M) and maker of Antron carpet fibers, is pleased to announce that effective immediately Invista’s Marc Ahrens has been promoted to take the helm as vice president, commercial, for the Antron brand. Concurrently, Ahrens’ predecessor, Ralph H. Grogan, will leave Invista to become president of Bentley Prince Street. Continue reading Marc Ahrens named Invista Surfaces’ vice president, commercial

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Bentley Prince Street names Ralph Grogan president and CEO

Ralph Grogan

City of Industry, Calif. – The board of directors at Bentley Prince Street today announced the appointment of Ralph Grogan to the position of president and CEO, effective immediately. Grogan brings more than 30 years of relevant experience in the carpet industry having served in senior management positions with several carpet manufacturers, including chief operating officer of Tandus Flooring. Grogan succeeds Anthony Minite, who stepped down as president and CEO of the company last week. Continue reading Bentley Prince Street names Ralph Grogan president and CEO

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Bentley Prince Street launches new area rug program

City of Industry, Calif. – Bentley Prince Street is thrilled to launch its new area rug program, designed to meet the growing demand for soft flooring options to complement hard surface flooring in corporate and residential design. Having offered custom area rug products since 1979, the company was inspired to go back to the drawing board in recent years to create a user-friendly area rug program for its customers. Now, designers, architects and homeowners may achieve luxury design space that reflects beauty, color, texture and function with award-winning, high-quality carpet products.  Continue reading Bentley Prince Street launches new area rug program

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Bentley Prince Street featured on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser"

City of Industry, Calif. Bentley Prince Street, California’s largest commercial carpet manufacturer, will be featured in an episode of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” airing Monday, Jan. 14 (8-10 p.m. ET).  Season 14 of the hit reality show is challenging America to get healthy and Bentley Prince Street is being featured as a U.S. company that is getting it right when it comes to corporate wellness.  In the episode, “The Biggest Loser” visits the company’s Los Angeles area carpet mill to showcase its Wellness Programs, which are designed to help associates live a healthier life. Continue reading Bentley Prince Street featured on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser"

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Bentley Prince Street announces new VP of Product Design

City of Industry, Calif. –- Bentley Prince Street, an industry leader in color and design, is proud to announce its new VP of Product Design, Todd van der Kruik. Van der Kruik is a former senior designer for Bentley Prince Street who has gone on to build a reputation as an artist and innovator in flooring and textile design. Bentley Prince Street is known for award-winning design and quality, and this move positions the company to be more competitive in all areas of commercial interiors.   Continue reading Bentley Prince Street announces new VP of Product Design