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CRI taps industry veteran Richard Turner as technical director

richard-turner-010317bDalton, Ga.—Richard Turner, a 45-year veteran of the carpet industry, will be joining The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) as director of technical services and programs.

“Richard is an expert in many aspects of the flooring industry and he will be a great addition to our team at CRI,” said Joe Yarbrough, CRI president.

Turner most recently served as the senior manager of sustainability & regulatory affairs at Mohawk Industries. He also has work experience in laboratory management and quality assurance for Mohawk. Turner has been active with CRI, serving on a number of committees and panels, including the Product Performance and Standards panel that oversees the organization’s testing programs and standards.

“I am honored to join this influential organization in a new capacity,” said Turner. “I look forward to helping CRI support the carpet industry’s continued growth and innovation.”

Turner also served in several leadership roles as a company representative with the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM). He was awarded ASTM’s 2002 Certificate of Appreciation for the development of a “Guide for Testing Pile Yarn Floor Covering,” which was developed to aid architects, specifiers and buyers in evaluating carpet for the intended end use application. He also was awarded the 2014 ASTM “Honorary Membership Award,” for his years of leadership.

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CRI hosts Annual Membership Meeting

CRIDalton, Ga.—The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is holding its annual meeting Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at Rock Bridge in Dalton, Ga. The CRI Annual Membership Meeting is an opportunity to update the industry and its members on the activities of CRI from the past year.

If you are unable to attend in person, CRI will have a live webinar at the following link: http://www.carpet-rug.org/2016am

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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’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 first ebook for retailers

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

Dalton—The Carpet & 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.

“This ebook is aimed at a particular audience—retailers—providing them with an easy training resource for their sales force as well as a convenient fact book to use with customers who visit their showrooms,” said Werner Braun, CRI president. “Dealers need to be able to give customers on-the-spot answers without having to wade through a lot of extraneous information. This ebook provides a wealth of talking points to help retailers pull up those answers seemingly out of hand.” Continue reading CRI publishes first ebook for retailers

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CRI's Mendez attends second Obama inauguration

CRI’s Mendez Attends Second Obama Inauguration

Written by  Jennifer Mendez, Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) vice president of government relations

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 03:30 AM PST | carpet-and-rug-institute-blog.com

Living in Washington, DC offers opportunities that no other city allows. I live inside the Capitol Beltway, so I can be on Capitol Hill in less than 15 minutes, traffic permitting. I believe in taking advantage of every unique opportunity that living in the DC metropolitan area offers. Continue reading CRI's Mendez attends second Obama inauguration

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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