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SPADD awards Shaw 2018 Employer of the Year

Dalton, Ga.—Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD) recently presented Shaw Industries Group the 2018 Employer of the Year award for the company’s commitment to creating an inclusive workplace.

Shaw was nominated for the award by Cross Plains Community Partner (CPCP), a local group supporting men and women with developmental disabilities in Northwest Georgia. Since 2012, Shaw has partnered with CPCP to organize Project SEARCH, a nine-month employment preparedness program for individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities. Participants receive invaluable training and workplace skills, preparing them to enter the workforce. Upon completion, graduates may be placed into jobs within their local community that fit their skills and abilities. Shaw has a long history of offering mutually beneficial employment to participants; each of the three most recent graduates are currently employed with Shaw Industries.

“Shaw is proud to be recognized as a champion of inclusivity in the workplace, especially through Project SEARCH,” said Mike Fromm, Shaw Industries’ chief human resources officer (CHRO). “We’re dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities learn integral workplace and life lessons because it gives them renewed purpose and confidence, while allowing us to deliver on our vision to create a better future in our community.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Shaw was Leigh Groves, HR manager trainee; Deanna Mathis, director—community outreach and corporate giving; Heather Canada-Smith, director—HR compliance.

Shaw actively seeks to empower its workforce and make a difference in the community. The company ranks among Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of America’s Best Large Employers.

 

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Made in the USA: U.S. production trends to watch

April 30/May 7, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 23

By Lindsay Baillie

Approximately eight in 10 American consumers say they would rather buy an American-made product than one that’s imported, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey. This is great news for manufacturers already in the U.S. manufacturing game as well as those just now entering. What’s even better is the same survey found that over 60% of consumers are willing to pay 10% more money for American-made goods.

U.S. manufacturing is important to the U.S. economy because it not only has the potential to increase business growth, but also add value to the power of the country’s economy and is an essential component of gross domestic product (GDP).

When looking at U.S. manufacturing trends, domestic production was actually a larger component of the U.S. economy than it is today. Products made in the U.S. drove approximately 11.7% of economic output in 2016. Back in 1970 it was 24.3%. This change, experts say, is the result of multiple factors, including a shift to a service-based economy, growth in the healthcare sector and the high U.S. standard of living—to name a few.

Despite this decrease, U.S. manufacturing is currently the largest in the world, producing 18.2% of the world’s goods, according to Kimberly Amadeo, author and president of worldmoneywatch.com. While U.S. manufacturing is still on the rise, it is continuously threatened by high operating costs, which provides an advantage to other countries. For example, China is currently producing 17.6% of the world’s goods.

One major benefit to producing goods in the U.S. is it is easier for manufacturers to reach the North American market, proponents say. In fact, according to a survey by AlixPartners, 37% of manufacturers prefer the U.S. precisely for this reason. Interestingly, that percentage is the same for suppliers who prefer Mexico.

Looking ahead, manufacturing is forecast to increase faster than the general economy, according to Amadeo. Production is estimated to grow 2.8% in 2018 and is expected to slow to 2.6% in 2019 and 2.0% in 2020.

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Metroflor to highlight new Engage Genesis looks at TISE

PastedGraphic-8Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor has expanded its Engage Genesis LVT line with on-trend narrower, longer, wider-width and multi-length plank formats and a new “painted” accent bevel that heightens definition and authenticity. The company will also introduce its first Engage Genesis tile collection in the 16 x 32 format during The International Surface Event in Las Vegas, Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

“Metroflor is fortunate to have a design staff that is continually pushing the envelope on not only color and design, but also with our plank and tile formats,” said Gary Keeble, director of marketing. “With the new additions to our Engage Genesis portfolio, we have multiple plank formats and large format tiles that provide retailers with a seemingly limitless array of options to present to consumers. These unique formats provide a canvas for Robert Langstaff, director of design, to create the industry’s best styled and most authentic looks designed specifically to enhance the format’s distinctive characteristics.”

New to the Engage Genesis 1200 Vol. 2 series are 7.48 x 47.64-inch planks with multiple embossings including in register and enhanced grain, and a “painted” accent-bevel for more realistic plank definition than micro-bevel. The bevel is painted a complementary color for heightened plank definition and realism. Also new is a narrow, 5.59 x 47.64-inch plank in a new nominal 6-inch width. Natural timber embossing and a painted accent-bevel complement the product color to achieve heightened realism.

The Engage Genesis 1200ML Multi-Length series extends the narrow plank format featuring new 5.75-inch wide planks in varying lengths of 23.82 inches, 35.43 inches and 59.45 inches to achieve more dimension to the floor, complemented by the Natural Timber embossing and a painted accent-bevel.

For the Engage Genesis 2000XL Vol. 2 series, the 8.66 x 59.45-inch planks feature in-register emboss and the new painted, accent-bevel to bring dimensionality and interest to the floor.

The new Engage Genesis 2000T collection features a tile format in a 16 x 32-inch size, with linen emboss or rough concrete emboss (varies with SKU) and micro-bevel edge.

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Crossville hosts private plant tour for congressman

Screenshot_2015-08-26_12.01.04Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville recently hosted Congressman Diane Black for a tour of the company’s tile manufacturing facilities. Congressman Black, U.S. representative for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district including Crossville, requested the opportunity to tour the plant following a meeting with the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) regarding import and trade issues.

Mark Shannon, Crossville’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Sam Dryden, vice president of manufacturing for Crossville, hosted the private tour, sharing perspectives of the company and the domestic tile industry and answering questions regarding the domestic tile business in Tennessee.