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Carpet recycling stewardship program to be extended for third year

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-9-33-46-amDalton—The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) announced an extension of the voluntary product stewardship (VPS) program to assist sorters of post-consumer carpet diverted from the nation’s landfills. After having supported the program for two years, 2015 and 2016, this extension will provide funding for one additional year through 2017.

The VPS program is market-based and designed to accept and manage all applicable post-consumer carpet, regardless of polymer type or primary materials or construction. The program will provide financial assistance to qualified U.S. sorters who divert post-consumer carpet.

Dan Frierson, chairman of CRI, said the association was pleased to continue to offer financial support for the VPS program. “Our members are participating voluntarily as part of our government relations activities and have committed $4 million for the program’s third year. The VPS program will serve as a bridge for sorters as new technologies and applications are developed to increase market-driven demand for all post-consumer carpet.”

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-9-33-55-amCARE will act as the stewardship organization for the VPS program. Since 2002, CARE members have diverted more than 4.2 billion pounds of carpet from U.S. landfills.

“The VPS program has been a key step in our mission to divert more carpet from U.S. landfills,” said Brendan McSheehy, CARE’s chairman. “Sorters may use funds from the program to partner with their customers to divert carpet and recycle carpet back into useful consumer products, such as recycled carpet fiber, carpet cushion, broadloom, carpet tiles and a wide range of plastic products.”

The VPS program launched in January 2015 and will complete the initial two-year term at the end of 2016. This extension of the program will end Dec. 31, 2017. Sorters who qualify for financial assistance can expect to continue receiving funds without interruption, and the Q4 2017 fund payments will be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

Sorters may qualify for funds by completing all required documents and submitting quarterly reports on their business results to CARE.

Visit carpetrecovery.org and click on the VPS tab for more information.

 

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CRI unveils key changes to carpet installation standards

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Joe Yarbrough

Dalton—The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has updated its installation standards for carpet 104 (commercial) and 105 (residential). Developed by a team of industry leaders, these changes address innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation.

“Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a flood of new carpet products, materials and technologies in the market,” said Joe Yarbrough, CRI president. “Carpet installers need updated guidance to ensure customers fully benefit from these advances and receive high quality installation.”

To update CRI’s carpet installation standards, industry leaders drew upon practical experience and research and information obtained from carpet manufacturers, retailers, installers, customers, testing laboratories and other experts. Woody Belflower, technical support manager, carpet for Shaw Industries and task force chair for CRI, said the new standards were five years in the making. “With all the new innovations in the marketplace, it was time to upgrade; we needed a good refreshing to be current with what all of us are doing. If you don’t do anything, you become stagnant.”

CRI’s refreshed standards emphasize proper planning and preparation and testing of subflooring to ensure high quality commercial and residential carpet installation. The organization worked on the new installation standards with representatives from 10 carpet mills. “Industry leaders worked together to enhance flooring’s most widely regarded standards to ensure installers, retailers and builders have the best guidelines for commercial and residential carpet planning and installation,” said Jim Walker, founder of International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) and president of the American Floor Covering Institute. “If it doesn’t start right, it will not finish right. This is an industry that supports all parties working together for the common goal of customer satisfaction, starting at the time of the sale through the finished installation.”

The document containing the standards is accessible via carpet-rug.org. If desired, it can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet. CRI is also planning to package some how-to video tips with the document. “With the mobile app installers can have it readily available at the jobsite and refer to it whenever they want,” Yarbrough said. “We think this is a big deal and that the installation community will appreciate the effort we are putting forth, which is ultimately intended to meet the needs and expectations of the consumer.”

 

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CRI president meets with Congressional, trade leaders

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Yarbrough, right, with Ga. Rep. Rob Woodall

Dalton — Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) president Joe Yarbrough traveled to Washington, D.C., Sept. 17-18 for two days of meetings with congressional representatives and the presidents of two allied trade associations.

Though active in government relations for many years on behalf of his former employer, Mohawk Industries, Yarbrough said the recent trip was notable as his first opportunity to meet with congressional representatives on behalf of the entire CRI membership. Yarbrough retired from Mohawk in March 2014 as senior vice president for advanced manufacturing engineering.

During his visit, Yarbrough met with Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson and 10 current and former congressmen from Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as several key congressional staff members.

In addition to his congressional activities, Yarbrough held separate meetings with counterparts Paul O’Day and Joseph McGuire, presidents of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), respectively, to discuss issues those associations have in common with CRI.

“While things have eased somewhat since the lows we saw in 2009 and 2010, the carpet industry is still feeling the impact of the distressed housing industry,” Yarbrough said. “The industry’s strength, however, is exemplified by the billions of dollars CRI member companies have invested in carpet production assets and innovative technologies over the past several years. To help ensure a strong industry going forward, one role of the Carpet and Rug Institute is to maintain close relationships with our congressional leaders and inform them of the impact that laws and regulations have on this industry.”

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CRI launches Green Label Plus program for carpet cushion

CRI logoDalton — The Carpet and Rug Institute, in conjunction with the Carpet Cushion Council, said it has launched the Green Label Plus program for carpet cushion products.

Currently, the Council participates in Green Label, CRI’s original indoor air quality testing program, but not in the more recent and more comprehensive Green Label Plus.

 Both programs measure compounds, including volatile organic compounds, but Green Label Plus is the more comprehensive of the two programs.

“Green Label Plus is the recognized leader for indoor air quality,” said Jeff Carrier, CRI’s director of Regulatory Systems. 

”This offers cushion manufacturers the opportunity to qualify their products according to these more stringent standards and provide additional assurance for consumers concerned about indoor air quality or potential VOC emissions.”

The history of the Green Label programs dates back to the early 1990s, Carrier said, when the carpet industry and CRI established a program to test for compounds that may or may not be present in carpet, adhesives and cushion.

 The initial goal was to help builders and specifiers identify products with very low emissions of VOCs.

In 2002, as California introduced its sweeping CA 01350 emissions standard test method, the carpet industry followed shortly afterwards with its CA 01350-compliant Green Label Plus program.
 
Preparations are underway to have the Green Label Plus program for cushion products accredited by the American National Standards Institute. That process is expected to take several months to complete, CRI officials said.

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CRI names Yarbrough president

YarbroughDalton – The Carpet and Rug Institute has named Joe Yarbrough its new president, effective March 31. Yarbrough replaces current president Werner Braun, who is retiring.

Yarbrough was previously at Mohawk Industries, where he most recently served as senior vice president for advanced manufacturing engineering.
He spent six years with Coronet Industries and was later vice president for manufacturing for Aladdin Mills when that company merged with Mohawk in 1994.
Yarbrough is a current member and immediate past-chairman of CRI’s Strategic Issues Leadership Council.

David Jolly, president and CEO of J&J Flooring Group and current CRI board chairman, said, “With his 40-plus years of carpet industry experience, Joe brings an unprecedented array of knowledge, experience, and insight regarding our customers, markets, and opportunities.”

An active supporter of CRI’s volunteer leadership, Yarbrough is a current member and immediate past-chairman of CRI’s Strategic Issues Leadership Council. According to Jolly, Yarbrough’s depth of experience with CRI will benefit the organization as well as the industry as a whole.
“With Joe there will be no ramp-up time in assuming his duties, as he is very knowledgeable of the CRI mission, staff, and goals,” he said.
A Georgia native, Yarbrough has resided in Dalton since 1972. He and his wife, Nanette, have five children and eight grandchildren. He is an active member of Grove Level Baptist Church and participates in a number of humanitarian and industry organizations, including Ross Woods Adult Day Services. He is also a member of the board of Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), chairman of the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia, and member and past chairman of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of commissioners for Dalton Utilities.
“I sincerely look forward to working with the CRI member companies and their representatives and the dedicated CRI staff in order to advance the mission and objectives of this great organization, while helping everyone recognize the excellence and value of the products our industry is sending to market,” Yarbrough said.
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CRI’s Mendez, CARE's Peoples spotlighted as “People Driving the Industry”

From the CRI blog

Posted: 06 Jun 2013 03:30 AM PDT | carpet-and-rug-institute-blog.com

For their efforts on behalf of the carpet industry, Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) vice president and government relations director Jennifer Mendez and Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) executive director Dr. Robert (Bob) Peoples were two of several carpet industry people named to Floor Covering News’ list of People Driving the Industry in the magazine’s May 13/20, 2013 edition. Continue reading CRI’s Mendez, CARE's Peoples spotlighted as “People Driving the Industry”

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Letters: One standard simplifies carpet installation

Volume 26/Number 19; February 4/11, 2013

Carpet and rugs create a quieter, more comfortable, safer and sustainable environment in homes and businesses. But the carpet value chain consists of a lot more than merely manufacturing the product. Soon after distribution and sale, carpet has to be installed.

In past years, carpet installation was a trade handed down from employer to employee. But the quality of installation work was highly dependent on the quality of on-the-job training programs, as well as how receptive an aspiring installer was to that training. Continue reading Letters: One standard simplifies carpet installation

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CRI publishes ebook for retailers

DALTON — The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has released its first ebook designed to help retailers better serve their customers. “The Carpet Chronicles: Highlights from the CRI Blog for Retailers and Their Customers” is a three-section interactive electronic book that should prove to be a “handy” tool for the thousands of carpet retailers across the U.S. and beyond. Continue reading CRI publishes ebook for retailers

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New look for CRI’s GLP Logos

For more than 20 years, the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label and Green Label Plus program logos have been two of the most familiar labels in the flooring market. Recent updates to the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides Part 260: Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims necessitated minor alternations be added to the GLP logos in order for them to remain in compliance with FTC requirements. The new logos for the GLP Carpet and GLP Adhesives programs now contain the phrase, “Indoor Air Quality Carpet/Adhesive Testing Program” as well as the Carpet and Rug Institute web address, www.carpet-rug.org.

CRI welcomes the changes as ways to continue to provide its purchasing partners with the most reliable and recognizable sign that GLP carpets, adhesives, and cushions have the best Indoor Air Quality performance available.

Contact Jeff Carrier at jcarrier@carpet-rug.org or 706.428.2115.