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Mohawk employees go above and beyond

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10

By Lindsay Baillie

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 2.02.36 PMOver a month has passed since hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastatingly tore through Houston and parts of Florida, respectively. It is often said that natural disasters such as these bring entire communities together. People spring into action, sometimes forgetting about their own troubles to help those in greater need.

Mohawk Industries employees Jannelle Wilson, operating manager in Houston, and Julio Reyes, regional operations manager in Florida, as well as their respective teams are prime examples of those who willingly helped others before themselves.

A few days before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Wilson and her entire facility initiated a response team and distributed emergency contact numbers for every employee. In addition, the team covered up materials and equipment to make sure the building was secure.

“Our main responsibility was making sure the people were going to be OK,” Wilson explained. “We offered everyone an evacuation route. We offered up the water we had at the facility in gallons to make sure their families were taken care of.”

During the first day Harvey it, Wilson recalled one employee was not responsive and actually lost some material items. However, she later heard from him after he found safety at a family members house not too far from his residency. The following day brought more rain and Wilson heard from two other employees whose homes were impacted.

“The third day of the storm, I did identify that everyone was secure. The city of Houston decided to relieve some of the levies and my home was directly impacted. I had some water in my master bedroom which led to a bathroom, but I have insurance so I wasn’t too concerned with what was going on in my home. My biggest worry was making sure everyone else was secure.”

Despite facing destruction in her own home and being landlocked for a couple of days, Wilson traveled to the Mohawk facility after the hurricane to assess any damages. Luckily, the materials and equipment were fine. Wilson, who has been the operating manager in Houston for only eight months, explained Hurricane Harvey brought all of the employees at her facility together as a family. Once the hurricane ended the facility even opened its doors to the community.

“We had received some water from the corporate division, but a lot of the team came together and decided this was the time to reach out to the community,” Wilson explained. “We opened our doors and were able to help a couple of organizations. Despite our own losses we still managed to come together and help those who needed it more.”

The team collected pet supplies, hygiene products, clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc. “We had people coming to gather supplies for an elderly group, a kids group, etc.,” Wilson added. “It was pretty awesome to watch in the wake of the storm everyone coming together to help other people and put our own needs aside.”

A helping hand in Florida
Reyes and the facilities he manages in Florida began preparing for Hurricane Irma days before it hit the state. In fact, the facilities have hurricane manuals with the updated names of the storms, emergency contact numbers for the employees as well as the contact information for local authorities, certain vendors and utility companies. This manual is something that is updated every year around hurricane season.

“When Irma got close to us I reached out to my superiors up in corporate and started having regular calls,” Reyes recalled. “We made the decision to close a couple of days before the hurricane’s arrival to Florida so we could prep the building and give employees time to prep their own homes.”

After the hurricane hit Reyes reached out to employees to make sure they were all safe. He explained that the areas he is responsible for received a lot of wind and faced power outages, downed gas lines and fallen trees but hardly any flooding. The facilities Reyes manages also saw little damage. While they did experience outages with their computers, the facilities were running on backup and able to manage.

“Our No. 1 focus was our employees,” Reyes said. “A lot people in South Florida lost power and lost food in their refrigerators. We talked with Mohawk’s human resources department to get those employees some help.”

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Mannington Mills provides continued support for hurricane relief efforts

Screen Shot 2017-10-03 at 10.00.07 AMSalem N.J.—Mannington continues to find ways to reach out and help residents struggling to return to normal life in hurricane-ravaged areas of the United States. Last week, the company sent a $25,000 donation to Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational Christian organization that has been providing spiritual and physical aid to people around the world since 1970.

The donation is earmarked for hurricane relief and will help those in need in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The organization last week was able to reach 1,200 households in Puerto Rico to provide plastic shelters, blankets and hygiene kits.

“In times like these, it’s our responsibility to step up and help those in need,” said Keith Campbell, chairman of the board. “Mannington has always talked about caring for others and this is just one of the ways we are able to put those words into action.”

Over the past month, Mannington associates contributed $13,000 to the American Red Cross, which Mannington matched for a total of $26,000. The company also has plans to donate flooring for the rebuilding efforts in those areas.

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Patcraft starts Red Cross donation program for Hurricane Harvey relief

Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 11.58.11 AMCartersville, 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.”