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Mohawk Industries raises over $90,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County

Mohawk_Industries_logoCalhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries is committed to bringing comfort, fashion and durability to homes across the world. Thanks to the generosity and dedication of many Mohawk volunteers, a deserving Gordon County family will soon enjoy a new home all their own.

On Sept. 18, Mohawk’s finance and logistics teams hosted the company’s annual Habitat for Humanity charity golf tournament, which, combined with a generous Mohawk donation, will help a family in Calhoun, Ga., obtain a home through Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County.

“This year’s tournament was a great success because of the generosity and dedication of many company volunteers and corporate sponsors,” said Renée Lockhart, tournament chairperson. “A total of 30 teams played in the event, and we also generated additional funds through an on-site raffle. I appreciate all of the people who made this event a success, including our volunteers, players and sponsors.”

Through entry fees, sponsorships, donations and the Mohawk corporate gift, the 2017 golf tournament raised more than $90,000—an all-time tournament record. The event’s title sponsor was Wells Fargo, gold sponsor was SunTrust and silver sponsors were US Bank and Xpress Global Systems. Bronze sponsors included C2F0, FifthThird Bank, MUFG, XPO Logistics, Mizuho, PNC Bank, Alston & Bird, Liberty Mutual, Navigant and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.

After a number of years organizing the event to assist a variety of local non-profit organizations, this was Mohawk’s fourth year partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County to raise funds for local builds.

“Mohawk Industries was the prime sponsor of our last home build,” said Lana Young, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County. “They gave us the proceeds from last year’s golf tournament to help fund construction, and many of their employees rolled up their sleeves and helped with that house. We appreciate their leadership in making home ownership a reality for deserving local families. We’re continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of Mohawk, and we’re grateful for the company’s continued support.”

Mohawk provides financial assistance to dozens of non-profit organizations in the northwest Georgia region, but the golf tournament has taken on special significance due to the connection with the company’s position as a global leader in flooring.

“At Mohawk, we are pleased to support the Calhoun/Gordon County community in many ways, but this event is special to us because working with Habitat for Humanity reflects our commitment to safe, stable housing,” said Shaila Bettadapur, treasurer, Mohawk Industries. “We appreciate the importance of having a place to call home, and, as the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, we take great pride in making those homes more beautiful and comfortable. Thanks to the sponsors and participants in this year’s tournament, we will be able to help make home ownership a reality for a local family, and we look forward to adding Mohawk flooring products throughout the house.”

Young expressed excitement about the family that will benefit from this year’s golf tournament. “We began working with our current partner family several months ago, and they have patiently waited to find a home that will accommodate their family,” she said. “The parents and their oldest daughter work in Calhoun, and they have two other children—a son and daughter—who attend Calhoun Middle and High School, so we’ve been exploring properties within the city limits.”

Most Habitat homes are built from the ground up, but Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County is making this home a “green” project.

“For this particular family, we feel that modifying and upgrading an existing home would be the fastest and most cost-effective solution,” Young said. “We plan to purchase a property, renovate the house, then sell the property to our partner family at a no-profit selling price with a 0% loan.”

Given Mohawk’s commitment to sustainable products and practices, the Habitat solution of renovating a home was a welcome announcement.

“Part of what makes Mohawk special is our connection to our communities, particularly Calhoun, our corporate hometown,” said Michel Vermette, president, Mohawk Group. “We challenge ourselves and others to believe in better, and partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide a new home to a deserving family is one example of how we translate that philosophy into results that make a difference. As the industry leader in sustainability, we’re particularly pleased this project focuses on renovating a current residence, which reinforces the value of revitalizing a community’s existing homes.”

For more information, visit gordonhabitat.org.

To support the organization through a donation, visit gordonhabitat.org/Donate.html.

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Laticrete, The First Tee partner for 2017 Presidents Cup Golf Tournament

IMG_4426 2Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete has partnered with The First Tee of Essex County to invite the program’s junior golfers to attend the 2017 Presidents Cup Golf Tournament at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. The First Tee is a national youth development program that focuses on shaping children’s lives by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.

“Part of our culture at Laticrete is investment in our local communities to help develop a healthy, well-equipped workforce for the future,” said Edward Metcalf, president and COO Laticrete N.A. “The First Tee very efficiently, and with limited resources, delivers outstanding services to less-advantaged youth, so we are happy to help them however we can. It’s wonderful to see kids of all ages and socioeconomic levels exposed to the game [of golf] and to the mental and physical discipline that can result from learning how to play.”

The First Tee junior golfers and their parents will experience two tournament practice days at this top-tier international sporting event. Additionally, two First Tee participants will have the opportunity to attend, along with many of the largest Laticrete distribution partners and end-users, the final day of the tournament.

The First Tee of Essex County chapter is owned and operated by Metropolitan New York First Tee, which includes five other chapters. Through after-school and in-school programs, The First Tee not only aims to develop players who can excel long-term in a golf career but also in life. This is achieved by providing private school scholarships, SAT tutoring, general school tutoring and more to keep children academically on track. Many players who have entered The First Tee program have left with full-ride golf scholarships to play in college.

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Hurricane Harvey disrupts Houston’s flooring businesses

By Ken Ryan

Screen Shot 2017-08-30 at 1.09.27 PMHurricane Harvey’s catastrophic tear through southeast Texas turned Houston into a life-threatening flood zone with a record-breaking rainfall, shutting down most commerce, including flooring businesses. The immediate impact on the industry is palpable as Houston is home to three top 20 flooring distributors and a major 10-store retail chain.

For Houston-based wholesalers T&L Distributing, Reader’s Wholesale and Swiff-Train Co., as well as Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors, the immediate concern was accounting for the safety of their employees and family members. Jonathan Train, president and CEO of Swiff-Train, told FCNews the company’s Houston facility is threatened with more flooding, but he feels it should not be affected. “Houston remains closed; all other locations are up and running. We have a lot to do over the next several days to get back to normal working conditions.”

In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane and subsequent flooring, Train penned a letter to customers, vendors and business partners stating many of its employees lost power and suffered significant property damage, and many evacuated the area. Fortunately, he said, all workers have been accounted for and are safe. The road ahead, however, will be long.

“There is more to come and it will take days and weeks to assess the damage. Conditions are changing every hour so we all have to stay vigilant.”

At T&L Distributing, offices were understandably closed. Bob Eady, president, assessed the safety of his staff. “At this time we have only one employee that I am aware of that has been flooded,” he told FCNews. “We had an employee who made it to our facility Monday morning and sent some beautiful pictures of it being high and dry, thank God. The building just to the south of us was completely flooded at their docks.”

Reader’s Wholesale, a member of the 14-distributor Bravo Services Group, reported that all was well in their neck of the woods. But just to be cautious, the operation will remain closed for the week. Should circumstances change, Reader’s said it can rely on its Bravo members. “Bravo is a tight group,” said John Carney, executive director. “I’m sure if Reader’s does end up needing something it would have unlimited resources at their fingertips.”

John Sher, president of Adleta, in Carrollton, Texas, near Dallas, related that the sister of one of Adleta’s sales managers had to be rescued off the roof of her home by canoe. “It is very bad down there. We have offered to do anything we can to help Lucky and Adam Burke at Reader’s. Right now they are just hanging tight.”

Compounding the problem for distributors is the fact many roads are damaged or flooded, making routes treacherous or in some cases altogether impassible. At press time, several major highways—including some sections of I-10 in Texas—were under water.

The situation is equally troubling for retailers. Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors has 10 stores scattered about the Houston market. As of Aug. 29—just two days after the storm rolled in—Sam Roberts, owner, said he was still awaiting word on his businesses. “Believe it or not it’s still too early to get a good accounting on everything. Hardly anything in the city is open. I don’t know how many of our employees have flooded homes. We still haven’t gotten to a couple of our stores. Even for stores that didn’t flood there will probably be some power, phone and Internet outages.”

Roberts expects to reopen for business as soon as the staff can get to the stores. “We can work through minor damage,” he told FCNews. “It is also worth pointing out that large areas have no or intermittent power. We can’t operate if the stores don’t have electricity. We can’t get to our main office and distribution center so it is impossible to send any out installation crews at present—even if it weren’t raining.”

Massive scale
The natural disaster that was Hurricane Harvey is likely to turn into an economic disaster as well, with early estimates of the damage exceeding $30 billion. That would make Harvey one of the 10 most damaging hurricanes on record. In fact, it has already set a record for most rainfall—50-plus inches—from a tropical system in the continental U.S. According to Planalytics, which provides weather analytics for businesses, lost revenue to area restaurants and retailers alone is expected to reach $1 billion.

While those directly affected say the impact of the event will likely play out over the course of the coming months, if not years, many remain hopeful and optimistic the city will ultimately recover. Roberts, for instance, looked on the bright side, saying the situation could be much worse. “What if all 10 stores had 2 feet of water inside? Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors may yet emerge relatively unscathed. We’ll have to wait and see.”

T&L Distributing’s Eady added, “We are in uncharted territory logistically, but we will get through this and T&L will be stronger because of this.”

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Centiva donates recycling bins to local community

Florence, Ala.—As part of their Earth Day commitment, Centiva has donated 400 recycling bins to citizens here who have taken a pledge to recycle. The recycling bins were available at the WC Handy Music Festival to residents who were willing to take a pledge to make the world a better place by living a litter free lifestyle. They were asked to make recycling and waste reduction a habit for life, and pledged to be an example to family, co-workers, and friends by recycling in their home, school, or workplace. Continue reading Centiva donates recycling bins to local community