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CRI to participate in multi-industry group

DALTON—The Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) is taking a key role in the Product Management Alliance (PMA), an inter-industry partnership designed to promote market-based solutions for extended producer responsibility. According to the group, its mission is to “support voluntary, market-based, extended producer responsibility efforts and incentives for increased recovery and sustainable product and package design.” Continue reading CRI to participate in multi-industry group

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State of the industry: Carpet continues to bounce along at the bottom

As the third quarter of 2011 comes to a close, FCNews asked a few important questions of a few important players in the carpet industry: How has business been? Have this year’s challenges been different from those we saw in 2010? What are consumers buying? What is the deal with all this carpet-related legislation coming from California?

Overall, last year’s increase in spending from the first-time homeowners tax credit gave consumers a boost in confidence to remodel—though on a smaller scale than in years past—and has begun to wane. Commitment to new production technologies, new trends and a resilient frame of mind has kept residential carpet sales relatively flat over the last nine months and given a lift to the commercial market. Continue reading State of the industry: Carpet continues to bounce along at the bottom

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California rejects CRI offer to fund emissions research

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has rejected the carpet industry’s offer to fund additional research aimed at clearing up the controversy over OEHHA’s proposed reductions in caprolactam exposure levels.

According to Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) vice president Frank Hurd, OEHHA’s labeling of caprolactam as a potential hazard to humans is unfounded, particularly in light of the abundance of recent data proving otherwise. “OEHHA’s recommendation, which attempts to reduce the allowable exposure levels of caprolactam from 100 micrograms emitted per cubic meter of air down to 2μg/m3, would likely have far-reaching impact on the use of nylon 6 for carpet fiber.” Continue reading California rejects CRI offer to fund emissions research

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CRI's Mendez elected Secretary of State Government Affairs Council

DALTON—The Carpet & Rug Institute director of government relations Jennifer Mendez has been chosen to serve as the 2011/2012 secretary to the board of directors of the State Government Affairs Council (SGAC), a national association for multi-state government affairs professionals. Mendez, who has served on the SGAC board since 2008, was elected to the position by SGAC membership in August at the group’s annual meeting in San Antonio. Continue reading CRI's Mendez elected Secretary of State Government Affairs Council

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Energy, economy affecting fiber usage: Nylon still king, but lead is shrinking fast

It has been 25 years since the fiber industry has undergone the amount of changes that have taken place in the last five years—and this time is it not because of an explosion in technology, though there is still plenty of innovating going on.

Instead, sharp rises in energy and raw material prices, coupled with a steep, longer-than-expected economic decline mixed with changing consumer preferences—from wanting more value-based products to goods with a sustainable story—have been the main culprits. Continue reading Energy, economy affecting fiber usage: Nylon still king, but lead is shrinking fast

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Commercial carpet riding the wave of recovery

In most economic downturns the commercial sector will lag the residential market by three to six months both going in and coming out. By now, most people know the current economic condition is unlike anything anyone has seen. The result is the commercial sector, at least when it comes to carpet, has not followed the normal pattern and is enjoying a steadying improvement in sales, especially when it comes to modular products.

From mill executives to contractors, most executives feel that since the fourth quarter of 2010, business has improved in the mid single digits compared to the previous period. Continue reading Commercial carpet riding the wave of recovery

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CRI to sell head quarters

Dalton—At its most recent meeting in May, the board of directors of the Carpet & Rug Institute voted to sell the CRI headquarters building located at 730 College Drive here. The building is set to be purchased by neighboring Dalton State College, which has plans to expand its campus. The 15,506 square-foot CRI headquarters building was built in 1971 and was designed by Derthick and Henley Architects of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Continue reading CRI to sell head quarters

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Appealing to childrens’ health and development concerns: Kid's carpet is child's play

When you think of the messiest room in the house, the kitchen or bathroom is most likely the first that comes to mind. From mustard stains, raw chicken with salmonella, hair dye or paint brush cleaning in the sink, those rooms take some of the hardest hits. Luckily, they are designed for easy maintenance with smooth, non- porous surfaces.

Now picture that same house with the American average of 2.4 children. Bedrooms or other play areas are most likely the danger zones when it comes time to clean. Continue reading Appealing to childrens’ health and development concerns: Kid's carpet is child's play

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CRI adds 300th solution to Seal of Approval

Dalton—A solution pre-spray and six new vacuums have passed testing and been certified by the Carpet & Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval (SOA) program for carpet cleaning products and equipment. Industrial Paper Products, Inc., of Burlington, N.C., has earned SOA status for its Encaptivate LMC as the 300th solution with SOA. Continue reading CRI adds 300th solution to Seal of Approval

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State of the carpet industry: Category 'stable' as market share gains continue

Sales of carpet, like that of just about any other product, remain sluggish during the first eight months of 2010 though in comparison to most floor coverings the sector continues to gain market share as end users search for products they believe add more value for their money.

While the year so far has been described by many carpet executives as that of a roller coaster, going into the final quarter of 2010 they believe the category has “stabilized” to where they at least feel confident in their strategies and budgets going forward.

Confident may not be a good term to use considering the category will most likely end the year at roughly the same levels as 2009 in terms of overall dollar sales and units. And 2009 was widely touted as one of the worst anyone ever saw. Continue reading State of the carpet industry: Category 'stable' as market share gains continue