Chicago—Gerflor USA expands its efforts to help those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with a water donation. The resilient flooring company, made up of the Gerflor, Connor Sports and Sport Court brands, sent 7,200 bottles of water to the Houston Food Bank.
“In times of need, monetary support always helps,” said Lauren Gillian, director, social responsibility, Gerflor USA. “Our employee match donation program will aid families financially in their efforts to rebuild their homes and lives in the wake of this summer’s natural disasters, but we knew we could do more. Our water donation initiative is one way to provide more immediate relief to those who may be still without basic necessities.”
Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft, working in conjunction with its parent company, Shaw, has established a donation program to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts led by the Red Cross. Over the next 90 days, the company will donate 2% of every sale of product shipped to Texas to the humanitarian organization. This donation program was designed to provide support to the affected areas and began with purchases made on Sept. 4. Patcraft is currently exploring opportunities to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts as well.
“Our Patcraft team has been shocked by the Hurricane Harvey devastation and we feel strongly that our company has an opportunity and duty to give back where it is needed most,” said Jeff West, vice president of marketing. “Through this donation program, our customers and our team will support the Red Cross as the city works to rebuild, uplift and provide safe havens for thousands of children, parents, grandparents and friends who need help.”
Los Angeles—Emser Tile has arranged a company-wide donation program to support disaster relief in Houston and southeast Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The program will include a significant corporate donation from Emser Tile and a match of all Emser Tile employee donations to the Red Cross.
The Los Angeles-based tile and stone company operates four showrooms and a major distribution center in Houston, and employs over 200 associates in the area. A separate fund has also been organized to provide financial assistance to those Emser Tile employees directly impacted by this disaster.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey,” said Carl Delia, president of Emser Tile. “Emser Tile is a family, and the safety and well-being of our associates and communities are our top priority.”
Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries, an official supplier of the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, will be supporting some of the world’s most elite athletes as they gather Sept. 9–10 in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the competition of their lives. More than 4,500 athletes representing more than 90 countries, regions and territories and ranging in age groups spanning 18 to 89 will participate in the world-famous long-distance triathlon.
Mohawk Group’s Spectrum V30 commercial broadloom carpeting in Blaze Red will greet participants at all transition areas. Competitors completing their race will stride across a finish line covered in Durkan Synthesis Ripple PDI carpeting featuring Ironman 70.3 and Mohawk Industries logos.
“Competing in an Ironman 70.3 is a true challenge for athletes seeking to push their limits,” said Michel Vermette, president of Mohawk Group, the commercial division of Mohawk Industries. “We at Mohawk believe in better and understand that commitment to excellence. Our flooring products stand for the relentless pursuit of durability and outstanding performance. As the leading global flooring manufacturer, Mohawk is honored to support these amazing athletes and to partner with a world-class name in sports, health and fitness.”
Mohawk will not just be providing the carpet. Employees have volunteered to spend a portion of their weekend to staff one of the aid stations along the racecourse. There they will distribute water and nutrition while cheering on athletes as they take on a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run.
Salem, N.J.—Mannington Mills, the parent company of San Jose, Calif.-based Burke Industries, has donated $10,000 to the local nonprofit organization Silicon Valley FACES, as part of its commitment to being a good corporate citizen in all of the communities where it has operations.
Silicon Valley FACES is dedicated to creating and promoting an empathetic and inclusive community free of bias, bigotry and violence. Mannington’s donation will support Camp Common Ground (CCG), which is a three-day summer enrichment program. CCG is designed to ease the transition from elementary to middle school, and middle to high school—critical junctures that can be daunting for young people. The program directly addresses the need to engage students by creating an early and effective shared space—the “common ground.” It emphasizes a commitment to learning, positive values, social and relationship management and promotes positive self-esteem.
“It’s both a duty and an honor to support the local San Jose community,” said Keith Campbell, Mannington Mills chairman. “Especially where children are concerned, we need to make sure we are fostering a positive atmosphere and providing a bright future.”
Mannington Mills has a long history of communityinvolvement across its entire organization. Founded in Salem, N.J., in 1915, it is in its fourth generation of family leadership. The company operates under the values: Care, Do the Right Thing, Work Hard-Play Hard and Control Our Own Destiny.
Manchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home store owners and employees participated in the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in New York City on Sept. 25. The efforts of independently-owned stores across North America as well as employees in the company’s two corporate offices generated $103,457 in donations.
The annual event honors the sacrifice of Firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on Sept. 11, 2001. The Tunnel to Towers foundation supports first responders and military through the Building for America’s Bravest program. This program builds customized smart homes for injured veterans.
In appreciation for their sacrifice and service to their country, Carpet One Floor & Home members and Mohawk Industries partnered to furnish and install all the flooring for the homes built by the Building for America’s Bravest program. “For the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we wanted to bring our store owners together to participate in the T2T 5K Run & Walk. We’re proud that over 200 members of our cooperative participated and that even more have helped raise funds for Building for America’s Bravest,” said Howard Brodsky, CEO of CCA Global Partners (the parent company of Carpet One Floor & Home).