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Halstead, Metroflor donate to Unidos Disaster Relief Fund

metroflor-newCalhoun, Ga.—Halstead and Metroflor have donated $100,000 to the Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. The contribution reflects the company’s deep historical commitment to philanthropy in a meaningful way, particularly in response to natural disasters. Over the years, the company and its owners, the Stone family, have donated significant funds and flooring product to help aid people in need resulting from such catastrophes.

“Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Hamilton, has been an emotional and galvanizing voice about the tragedy taking place in Puerto Rico,” said Michael Kaminsky, Halstead’s chief operating office. “Lin-Manuel has requested people consider donating to The Hispanic Federation and support their efforts to save lives in Puerto Rico. The Hispanic Federation has set up the Unidos Disaster Relief Fund with 100% of all funds raised to go directly to help the people of Puerto Rico. We are proud to support this urgent cause.”

In addition to the company’s gift, any donations made to the Unidos Disaster Relief Fund by Halstead & Metroflor employees will be matched dollar for dollar by Harlan and Sabina Stone. To date, an additional $6,000 has been raised.

For more information, visit hispanicfederation.org.

Donations can be sent to Unidos Disaster Relief Fund, c/o Hispanic Federation, 55 Exchange Place, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10005.

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MSI assists victims of Hurricane Harvey

gI_155355_AP_17244821529718Houston—M S International (MSI) has donated to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts through the American Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations.

MSI employees and the MSI Charitable Trust joined forces to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. “We were heartbroken to see the devastation caused by this catastrophic hurricane and knew we wanted to help,” said Manu Shah, CEO of MSI. “I’m proud and humbled by the generosity of our employees. Their thoughtful donations echo MSI’s deep-rooted commitment to humanitarian efforts.”

MSI is headquartered in Orange, Calif., but has dozens of showrooms and distribution centers across the United States including one in Houston. “Our Houston facility suffered only minor damage, but our employees, customers and partners weren’t all as fortunate,” said Rajesh Shah, president of MSI. “We hope this donation will support them—and others—as they begin to rebuild in Harvey’s aftermath.”

For more information, visit msistone.com.

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Armstrong Flooring supports Lancaster Day of Caring with largest employee team

Day of CaringLancaster, Pa.—More than 220 Armstrong Flooring employees and their family members volunteered for service projects during the annual Day of Caring sponsored by United Way of Lancaster County. The Armstrong Flooring team was the largest group of volunteers from a single business at the event on Sept. 8 and 9.

The Armstrong Flooring group volunteered at 11 nonprofit organizations, including a children’s museum, a school, an animal shelter, parks and service agencies. Projects included replacing flooring, cleaning, landscaping and painting. In addition, employees at company’s corporate headquarters in Lancaster recently pledged more than $130,000 to the annual United Way campaign. Contributions fund initiatives designed to provide education, preparation for employment, and access to medical care.

“One of our corporate values centers on support of the community, and our employees certainly demonstrated that in their generous response to United Way this year,” said Don Maier, Armstrong Flooring CEO and a member of United Way of Lancaster County’s board of directors. “I would like to congratulate our team and thank them for supporting United Way both through the campaign and their volunteer efforts.”

Employees at Armstrong Flooring plants around the country also conduct United Way campaigns and participate in volunteer service days throughout the year.

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Mohawk Industries' family of brands unites for hurricane relief

Mohawk Hurricane ReliefCalhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries is taking action to serve the communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Across the company, associates are banding together to help by collecting supplies, transporting water, donating financially and developing platforms to provide further assistance.

“Mohawk’s efforts to help in times of need are at the core of the company culture,” said Brian Carson, president of Mohawk Flooring North America. “We care deeply about the communities where our employees and customers live and work. The resiliency and hope expressed by those affected have touched our hearts and inspired our actions.”

As the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is fully realized, the need for flooring throughout impacted regions will be significant. Mohawk is putting programs in place to assist its customers in restoring their business operations and preparing for the recovery.

“The heart of the rebuilding effort will take place at the local level, and we want to offer guidance and support,” Carson said. “We have developed tools for customers in these regions that allow impacted consumers to get new flooring in their homes and small businesses quickly.”

These tools include enhanced financing and advertising programs along with increased products available for immediate shipment.

“Many organizations in the healthcare, workplace, education, hospitality sectors and beyond were greatly impacted by these catastrophic storms,” explained Michel Vermette, president of Mohawk Group, Mohawk’s commercial division. “Here lies an opportunity to leverage our strengths quickly and efficiently to meet the very specific needs of our neighbors in Florida and Texas. Together, we will help all of those affected to begin the process of mending and bettering communities after great tragedy.”

Customers are rallying behind Mohawk’s programs. Florida-based retailer Mark Compston, owner of Mark’s Floors, said, “Thankfully, our store is stable but many homes in our region suffered immense flooding and damage. By partnering with Mohawk, we can help put their lives, businesses and homes back together.”

After each hurricane, Mohawk’s top priority was to make sure its associates were sheltered and stable. To provide continued support for associates’ most pressing needs, Mohawk and Dal-Tile, Mohawk’s ceramic tile business, started a GoFundMe page so employees can provide donations to directly assist their co-workers.

“We moved quickly to ensure that employees had cash in hand to help make things a bit easier for them,” said John (J.T.) Turner Jr., president of Dal-Tile. “Very few of us can imagine what someone who survives a hurricane goes through emotionally. Our hope is that this immediate assistance will not only be a financial resource, but it will also reassure them that Mohawk and Dal-Tile have their backs as they begin to rebuild.”

After Hurricane Harvey, Dal-Tile also put together a Care Team that created customized help lists with items such as food, clothing, baby essentials, toiletries, cleaning products and pet supplies. Employees in Dallas donated designated items or sponsored entire families, providing each of the requested necessities to their colleagues.

“Some people lost everything, and you are still seeing them trying to accept this catastrophic reality,” Houston-based Mohawk truck driver Keith Lister explained. “I just encourage people to do whatever they can to help. Every little bit helps. Even the small things like bottled water and gas are important. It is hard to know where to start. So many people are going to need so many things.”

As more information becomes available about the extent of Hurricane Irma’s damage, Mohawk will also aid employees affected by that storm’s devastation with a focus on meeting essential needs first and then supporting their families’ recoveries over time.

Rebuilding communities
The company’s first concern is for the safety and stability of those affected, and Mohawk is working around the clock to help rebuild the communities that these catastrophic storms impacted.

Extending its ongoing partnership with United Way, Mohawk is increasing its 2017 corporate donations targeted to the Texas and Florida chapters. The company plans to raise additional relief funds to support United Way’s effort through targeted social media campaigns and an accompanying landing page experience. To date, United Way has raised more than $29 million for hurricane relief.

Mohawkhurricanerelief.com is where employees, customers and consumers can donate to United Way to support localized relief efforts in the areas devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The site also activates Mohawk’s Friends and Family program, which provides a discount to assist consumers in these hard-hit regions. Consumers can visit the website for an easy, one-click stop to donate to the cause or find retailers that are providing discounts and special financing.

“Full recovery from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma will take time,” Carson added. “We want to create a sustained platform for people to continue supporting these communities as they work to rebuild and recover. We also want them to have a resource to locate Mohawk retailers in their respective areas.”

The company’s logistics team will also continue partnering with Calhoun-based Nature’s Big Springs Water to donate and deliver bottled water to communities impacted by the storms. Together, the companies have already provided more than 100,000 bottles of water to the Houston area, utilizing Mohawk’s fleet to deliver the bottles to local shelters.

To learn more about Mohawk Industries’ Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief efforts and how to help, visit mohawkhurricanerelief.com.

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Fantasy Football for a Cause: 12 charities included in FCNews’ annual fundraiser

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7

 

The Floor Covering News Fantasy Football for a Cause league closed this year with 12 teams. All are playing for worthy causes as seen in the box below.

Each team pledged $5,000 for a total of $60,000, which will be divided as follows:

  • $10,000 to the winner’s charity
  • $7,500 to the runner-up’s cause
  • $5,000 to the third-place team
  • $4,000 to the fourth-place team
  • $3,000 to the fifth-place team
  • $2,000 to the sixth-place team
  • $1,500 to the seventh-, eighth-, ninth-, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-place teams

In addition, the top player of every week will receive $1,000 and the runner-up will earn $500. The best part is all of the charities are guaranteed to receive a donation.

Following are snapshots of each cause represented by the league’s participants. FCNews and all teams encourage contributions from our readers to any charity that resonates with them.

All-Tile
The Friendship Circle of Illinois
fcil.org
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.52.16 PMThe Friendship Circle of Illinois provides assistance for families with special-needs children and involves them in a full range of social and Judaic experiences. The organization is committed to creating a supportive Jewish community for special-needs children, their families and high school volunteers. Since 2006, The Friendship Circle has developed a network of programs and services for children with special needs as well as provided workshops, lectures and programs for the parents.

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In Christy’s Shoes
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Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.52.23 PMIn Christy’s Shoes was created to honor the life of Katrina Levy Zidel’s twin sister, Christy, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2006. The organization is committed to providing awareness and funds for programs that support women on their journeys of personal growth. Events such as annual Sole Celebrations provide aid to programs assisting women experiencing homelessness, unemployment, domestic abuse, substance abuse, human trafficking and brain cancer.

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Houston Habitat for Humanity
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Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.52.30 PMSince 1987, Houston Habitat has brought people together to build homes, communities and hope. Through shelter, the organization aims to empower people to build a better future for themselves and their families by completing financial and home maintenance training, building homes with volunteers and purchasing an affordable mortgage.

Cali Bamboo
Local Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter
sandiego.surfrider.org
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.52.36 PMThe Surfrider Foundation is an environmental, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches through an activist network. The foundation was started in 1984 by a group of surfers from Malibu, Calif., and today has over 250,000 members and supporters with 84 chapters in the U.S. and affiliates in over 20 countries. Some of the foundation’s initiatives include beach cleanups, Rise Above Plastics day and a Blue Water Task Force.

Floor Covering News
North Shore Animal League America
animalleague.org
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.52.42 PMNorth Shore Animal League America’s mission is to rescue, nurture and adopt animals as well as educate potential adopters. It is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, and is a leader in the no-kill movement—rescuing and rehabilitating animals instead of euthanizing them. Since 1944, the organization has saved the lives of more than 1 million animals. The organization is headquartered in Port Washington, N.Y., with 2,000 shelter partners across the country and around the globe.

Metroflor
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
ccfa.org
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.52.57 PMThe Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Since its founding nearly five decades ago, CCFA has remained at the forefront of research. The organization serves more than 600,000 patients annually and provides national education and support programs.

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Susan G. Komen
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Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.53.03 PMSusan G. Komen has transformed how the world treats and talks about breast cancer, and it has helped turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. Since 1982, the organization has funded more than $920 million in research and upwards of $2 billion in medical care, community education and psychosocial support. The organization serves millions of people in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Mohawk Residential
Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD)
sunshineonaranneyday.com
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.53.09 PMSunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to renovating homes for children with special needs. Founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney, SOARD is a licensed general contractor that specializes in wheelchair accessible bathrooms, dream bedrooms, in-home therapy rooms and wheelchair ramps/lifts. SOARD’s makeovers—which are facilitated through partnerships with local companies and donors—are provided to the families at no cost.

Nonn’s Flooring
Blessings in a Backpack
blessingsinabackpack.org
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.53.14 PMBlessings in a Backpack is a nonprofit organization that coordinates communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who are at the risk of facing hunger. Blessings in a Backpack is currently feeding over 93,000 children in nearly 1,100 schools in 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. According to the nonprofit, $100 feeds one child on the weekends for one 38-week school year through the program.

Raskin Industries
American Red Cross
redcross.org
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.53.19 PMThe American Red Cross’s mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies through the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross is currently providing financial assistance to Texas households severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey as well as those in areas affected by Hurricane Irma. In addition to collecting donations, the organization also hosts blood drives, assists members of the military and their families, responds to global disasters, and it provides healthy and safety training and education.

Salesmaster Distributors
American Cancer Society (ACS)
cancer.org
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.53.23 PMAmerican Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. With approximately 2.5 million volunteers, ACS is able to provide multiple services to those facing cancer. Thanks in part to ACS’s contributions, more than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the U.S. in the past two decades.

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Harford Family House
harfordfamilyhouse.org
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.53.29 PMHarford Family House helps families and unaccompanied young adults who are experiencing homelessness transition into permanent/stable housing. In addition to shelter for families, the organization provides education in life skills, job readiness and personal growth, individualized case management to help families overcome the root cause of their homelessness, referrals to partner agencies and personal connection to the community.

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Industry lends a hand in providing disaster relief

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7

By Reginald Tucker

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 2.24.32 PMThe toughest of times often bring out the best in people. That time-tested mantra certainly applies to the flooring industry, which is stepping up in a big way in response to the natural disasters that have stricken Houston and Florida this month.

The support from the industry—on top of what has already been pledged by various charities, associations and independent donors—is sorely needed. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott puts the damage from Hurricane Harvey between $150 billion and $180 billion, making it more costly than Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy. Meanwhile, Karen Clark and Co., a Boston-based firm that analyzes risk, estimated total losses from Hurricane Irma, including the Caribbean, at $25 billion. Florida accounts for most of the $18 billion in estimated damages in the U.S., followed by Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

Following are several ways industry suppliers and individuals are providing assistance in the wake of the hurricanes.

Armstrong
Armstrong Flooring has pledged to donate 250,000 square feet of flooring to support rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters. The company will contribute flooring through a new partnership established with Good360—a nonprofit group that matches product donations with community organizations, many of which are engaged in disaster recovery in local communities.

The flooring donated through Good360 will be provided to several, thoroughly vetted non-profit organizations, including those helping with rebuilding efforts after disasters. Good360 provides products for all stages of disaster recovery and works with its on-the-ground non-profit partners to assess needs and respond accordingly.

Emser Tile
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 includes a significant corporate donation to the Red Cross from Emser Tile along with a match of all Emser Tile employee donations.

Emser Tile, based in Los Angeles, operates four showrooms and a major distribution center in Houston and employs more than 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.

Gerflor
Following the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Gerflor USA—which includes the Gerflor, Connor Sports and Sport Court brands—announced it will match employee donations for hurricane relief efforts. The company and its brands are committed to helping rebuild Texas, Florida and all communities impacted. Match-eligible donations to several non-profit organizations providing relief to affected communities in/around Houston will be accepted through Oct. 11.

Karndean Designflooring
As the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma continues to be assessed, Karndean has announced plans to expand its Hurricane Harvey relief program to include those affected by Hurricane Irma as well.

After offering free freight services to its customers in Texas, Karndean Designflooring will also extend free freight to include customers in the state of Florida through Oct. 31. The company is also in the process of reaching out to dealers throughout the state to assess showroom damage and provide assistance.

In addition to the company’s current Hurricane Harvey donation drive to benefit the Houston Food Bank and City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, Karndean is also accepting donations for United Way of the Florida Keys, which will distribute funds to non-profit groups throughout Monroe County. The donation drive is open to Karndean employees as well as members of the general public.

Mohawk
Mohawk Industries and Nature’s Big Springs Water have partnered to offer a helping hand to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The two Dalton-based companies teamed up to donate and deliver more than 100,000 bottles of water to the Houston area. The companies will split the cost of the water and Mohawk will deploy its trucking fleet to make the delivery once the roads are passable.

Mohawk employs approximately 130 people in the Houston area—all of whom have been identified as safe and sheltered, although some of their homes have been severely compromised. In addition to the water delivery, the company will provide further assistance to affected employees.

Patcraft
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.

Shaw
Shaw Industries is committed to supporting the response and recovery efforts of communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and other natural disasters as part of the company’s corporate vision of creating a better future. The safety and well being of Shaw’s associates and customers directly affected by these events are a top priority.

Working alongside the American Red Cross, Shaw is listening to and addressing the needs of victims and volunteers as disasters strike and challenges continue to unfold. The company has chosen to partner with the American Red Cross due to the organization’s far-reaching network to effect meaningful change and their track record of transparency, donating an average of $0.90 of every dollar to the programs they service.

Shaw’s strategic plan for assisting with natural disasters is as follows:

  • Connect with affected associates and customers to ensure their safety and well being.
  • Address property damage of associates and customers to explore needed physical and financial support.
  • Make corporate donations to the American Red Cross immediately following natural disasters.
  • Organize efficient and practical ways Shaw associates can donate money/supplies as needed.
  • Listen to the needs of first responders and the American Red Cross to ensure that supply donations make logistical sense and offer significant benefits.
  • Organize Shaw associate blood/collection drives as needed.
  • Donate flooring products for recovery and rebuilding efforts as needed.

To date, Shaw has provided the following support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey:

  • Made a corporate contribution to the American Red Cross.
  • Invited associates and the community to support the Red Cross’ efforts by making monetary donations—the most efficient way to most quickly assist those impacted.
  • Offered grants to assist with expenses are available to Shaw associates who lost their homes.
  • Donated and transported bottled water as requested by the American Red Cross.
  • Enabled Shaw retailers to use Capture The Spirit points for American Red Cross donations with a corporate match for donations during a specified time period.
  • Extended sample/showroom replacement support and other special offers to retail customers.
  • Provided a dedicated customer service group to handle calls and expedite service.

Shaw will continue to evaluate needs and take a similar long-term, strategic approach with Hurricane Irma.

For more information, visit shawinc.com.

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 2.24.47 PMSwiff-Train
Texas-based Swiff-Train Co. is rallying team members from all over Texas to help in multiple aspects. At the same time, the company has established a YouCaring Fundraising account to aid in the recovery efforts. (Visit youcaring.com and search “Swiff-Train” for details.)

To assist their customers with their showrooms needs, Swiff-Train created product, display and showroom floor promotions. The support from its business partners and vendors has been instrumental in its efforts to meet current supply demands.

Swiff-Train itself was heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Three of its distribution centers—Houston, Corpus Christi and Victoria—were in the storm’s path. Despite extensive damage to employees’ homes and property, all personnel are safe and distribution operations are back to normal, Swiff-Train reports.

 

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Karndean expands hurricane relief program, donation drive to victims of Hurricane Irma

Karndean-Designfloor_logo-2-col-on-white-background-1024x270Export, Pa.—As the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma is uncovered, Karndean Designflooring will expand its Hurricane Harvey relief program to include those affected by Irma as well.

After offering free freight to customers in Texas, Karndean will extended free freight to include customers in the state of Florida through Oct. 31, and is in the process of reaching out to dealers throughout the state to assess showroom damage and provide assistance.

In addition to the company’s current Hurricane Harvey donation drive to benefit the Houston Food Bank and City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, the company will also be accepting donations for United Way of the Florida Keys, who will distribute funds to nonprofits throughout Monroe County, Fla., who may not have the capacity to generate their own funds.

“At Karndean Designflooring, ‘people matter’ is one of our core values,” CEO Larry Browder said. “After watching the devastation unfold in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, we feel compelled to provide support to our customers, retail partners and residents in those areas in any way that we can.”

Karndean Designflooring will continue to match monetary donations from employees.

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Karndean Designflooring assists hurricane relief programs, hosts donation drives

Karndean-Designfloor_logo-2-col-on-white-background-1024x270Export, Pa—Karndean Designflooring plans to work closely with hurricane relief organizations and impacted customers and retailers to aid in cleanup and rebuilding efforts in the coming months.

The company has waived its freight fee for customers in the impacted areas and is assisting retailers who have sustained showroom damage. In addition, the company has opened its showroom and distribution centers in Pittsburgh, Dallas and Las Vegas to receive donations for the Houston Food Bank and City of San Antonio Animal Care Services through Oct. 31. The donation drive is open to both Karndean Designflooring employees and to members of the public who wish to contribute. Wish lists of desired goods can be found on each organization’s website.

“We are committed to helping hurricane-impacted areas and our customers get back on their feet in any way we can,” said Larry Browder, CEO. “We are very grateful that our employees in those areas are safe and sustained minimal damage, but many others were not as fortunate. We realize that this is a long-term recovery effort and people who were impacted may not be able to rebuild for months.”

Internally, Karndean Designflooring has implemented a program to match monetary donations made by Karndean Designflooring employees, and additional gifts will be made to each organization in the company’s name.

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Armstrong pledges to donate flooring for disaster recovery efforts

Armstrong Logo 2016Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has pledged to donate 250,000 square feet of flooring to support rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters. The company will contribute flooring through a new partnership established with Good360—a nonprofit that matches product donations with community organizations, many of which are engaged in disaster recovery in local communities.

“Our hearts go out to the families and communities that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding it unleashed,” said Don Maier, CEO, Armstrong Flooring. “Launching this new program with Good360 enables us to provide flooring to help rebuild communities. Through this effort, we can focus on helping those who are most vulnerable to begin the recovery process and restore their homes.”

The flooring donated through Good360 will be provided to nonprofit organizations, including those helping with rebuilding efforts after disasters. Good360 provides products for all stages of disaster recovery and works with its on-the-ground nonprofit partners to assess needs and respond accordingly.

“Good360 is extremely pleased to be partnering with Armstrong Flooring to assist with the long-term recovery of Texas and Louisiana from Hurricane Harvey,” said Richard Barney, executive vice president of partnerships for Good360. “While disasters only remain in the public eye for a few days or weeks, the recovery process for an event as devastating as this will take several years. Armstrong Flooring and Good360 are committed to helping this region recover long after Harvey has disappeared from the evening news.”