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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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Metroflor puts spotlight on transparency at Greenbuild

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-2-55-20-pmNorwalk, Conn.—Metroflor/Halstead’s chief sustainability officer Rochelle Routman will lead a panel during the Greenbuild Conference and Expo—“E13 The Path to Red List Free: Product Ingredient Transparency”—Oct. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. She will be one of four building product suppliers who will weigh in on their success in eliminating red list chemicals from select product lines.

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-2-55-28-pmOther panelists include: Tracy Backus, director of sustainable programs at Teknion, Bill Strang, president of operations and ecommerce at TOTO USA and Julian Crawford, CEO at Imperial Paints.

“Attendees will get an ‘inside look’ at how four diverse building products companies are sharing ingredients data and blazing a trail in red list free offerings,” Routman said. “From small to large and from on-shore to off-shore, you will hear from each company about their unique perspective on the challenges, and opportunities with regard to product transparency and their commitment to the elimination of red list ingredients in their products and supply chain.”

To register, visit http://bit.ly/2cNKNfQ

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Metroflor holds grand opening for new facility

Metroflor openingCalhoun, Ga.— Halstead International and Metroflor received the prestigious Green Globes certification for its Innovation & Design Center here. To celebrate, the company held a grand opening celebration for the facility—the third in Georgia and the first in Calhoun to have earned that distinction. Harlan Stone, CEO and president of Halstead, was joined by Russ Rogg, president and CEO, Metroflor, at the ribbon cutting ceremony on July 28. Joining staff were representatives from the company’s independent distributor network.

Green Globes is pioneering best practice in sustainable design, construction and operations. Its motivation is to embrace and harness principles of both creating the building and occupying it in an environmentally positive way—both externally and internally, and extending to climate and comfort—by providing an official, nationally recognized rating assessment and certification program.

The facility received a three out of four Green Globes score for the following:

  • Solar energy
  • LED lighting
  • Rainwater collection: A tank holds a large quantity used for lawn and landscape irrigation to reduce water consumption
  • All finishes, flooring, furniture, etc,  certified for low indoor air quality emissions by programs such as FloorScore and GreenGuard
  • A living wall in the entry foyer
  • Conference room constructed of reinforced concrete that doubles as a storm shelter