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Armstrong donates sheet vinyl for hurricane relief

Lancaster, Pa.—Lancaster-based Armstrong Flooring is donating 270,000 square feet of flooring through Good360, a nonprofit that matches product donations with community organizations, many of which are engaged in disaster recovery this holiday season and throughout 2018. Employees at Armstrong Flooring’s Lancaster distribution center loaded two tractor-trailers with rolls of vinyl sheet flooring being donated to help with the rebuilding efforts in areas of the country that were devastated by hurricanes this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Karndean hurricane relief program raises $16,000

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 10.59.20 AMExport, Pa.—After announcing hurricane relief plans in September, Karndean Designflooring has raised $8,000 to assist with rebuilding efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the company for a total contribution of $16,000. The proceeds will benefit the Houston Food BankCity of San Antonio Animal Care ServicesUnited Way of the Florida Keys and United for Puerto Rico.

In addition to implementing an internal gift-matching program, Karndean Designflooring used its US-based distribution centers in Pittsburgh, Dallas and Las Vegas as collection centers for goods requested by the Houston Food Bank and City of San Antonio Animal Care Services.

“Through the generosity of our employees and the outside community, we sent a total of seven pallets of supplies to our partner organizations,” said Bill Anderson, chief operations officer. “Our goal was to get supplies to the affected areas to be put to use as soon as the next pallet was filled.”

Members of the surrounding communities contributed to the company’s program as well. Students at St. Edmund’s Academy, an independent Pre-K through eight school in Pittsburgh, raised nearly $1,100 for the program by paying for “dress down days” and the Westmoreland County Humane Society contributed excess pet supplies.

“The response from both Karndean Designflooring employees and the surrounding communities was extraordinary,” said Larry Browder, chief sales and marketing officer. “Our employees have taken our core value of ‘people matter’ to heart, and we hope that this allows people to get back on their feet.”

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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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Dal-Tile continues to support Texas teammates

DT_Relief_06Dallas—The unique corporate culture of Mohawk’s Dal-Tile division is driving continued care and support for fellow Texas teammates in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Houston and the surrounding areas.

“The Mohawk Dal-Tile division is headquartered in Dallas, so our fellow teammates affected by Hurricane Harvey are right in
our backyard,” said John Turner, Jr., president of Dal-Tile. “This proximity, our company’s
deep Texas roots and the
prevailing Dal-Tile corporate
culture have helped drive
continued care for fellow
colleagues. Hurricane Harvey
impacted a large number of our Dal-Tile Texas teammates and we have all been very focused
on helping them get completely back up on their feet.”

Following Hurricane Harvey, Dal-Tile created a Care Team at the division’s corporate headquarters in Dallas. The company’s first goal was to make contact with employees living in the affected areas.

“Our Care Team manned the phones continuously and within the first 24 hours, we knew that all 123 Dal-Tile teammates in the areas affected by Harvey were physically unharmed,” Turner explained. “Although the material losses were truly grave in many cases, we were so heartened to know that, most importantly, everyone was safe and stable.”

After the disaster, the company instantaneously forwarded funds to every employee who was affected. In addition, Dal-Tile employees nationwide as well as employees of parent company Mohawk Industries joined together to provide further financial support to teammates affected by all of the recent
hurricanes. Employees generously
contributed to a Go Fund Me page established specifically for affected colleagues. Together, employees raised $70,000 for their teammates in need. Parent company Mohawk Industries then essentially triple-matched the money raised by employees for their fellow teammates, bringing the grand total of money available to help employees affected by all of the recent hurricanes to $300,000.

The Mohawk Dal-Tile division’s Care Team has been tracking with each affected family on an ongoing basis so the company can continue helping in the ways that are most needed. Last week, several Care Team members made a round of personal visits to the Dal-Tile team members in Houston who suffered the greatest monetary losses from Hurricane Harvey, ranging from literally losing everything to losing cars or incurring substantial damage to homes. The purpose of last week’s visit was to present additional money to these team members, giving them much needed additional help while they are trying to put their families’ lives back together.

“Our visit to distribute additional funds to the employee families with the greatest needs was met with hugs, tears of gratitude, and descriptions of how the money will help ease the burden of trying to move forward amidst circumstances of loss that can feel so daunting,” said Tena Boyd, HR support services manager for Dal-Tile. “This type of moment is why I have worked at Dal-Tile for 39 years. It brought my heart so much joy and pride to have our Dal-Tile team helping those of ‘us’ who are down right now. That’s just who we are as a team. We take care of each other.”

Early on, the Mohawk Dal-Tile division’s Care Team in Dallas spoke at length with each affected employee to assess in detail their family’s specific needs. The Care Team created customized “Help Lists” for each family. These lists included items such as food,
clothing, baby essentials,
toiletries, bedding, bath items,
cleaning products and pet
supplies.

Armed with the lists,
the Care Team launched a “Personalized Donation Drive” among employees at the Mohawk Dal-Tile division’s Dallas headquarters. The families’ lists were posted in a central location in the campus’ main building and employees signed up to purchase items on the lists. Some employees donated item-by-item and others adopted an entire family. The Care Team then personally trucked these items down to one of Dal-Tile’s main Houston facilities shortly after Hurricane Harvey hit.

“In addition to helping from a material stand-point, we wanted the arrival of these donated items to be one more reminder for our Texas teammates of the concern that we have for them,” said Mike Carroll, regional human resources manager for Dal-Tile.

Teammates from Dal-Tile’s nationwide network of plants and distribution centers also held donation drives, resulting in over 20 pallets of supplies being shipped down to one of Dal-Tile’s centrally-located Houston facilities. Teammates from across the country showered Houston-area employees with clothes, bedding, toiletries, paper goods, cleaning supplies, bottled water, non-perishable food items and more.
“Although rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey won’t happen overnight, we are making sure that our employees affected by this natural disaster know that Mohawk, Dal-Tile, and their teammates nationwide are thinking of them and have their back,” concluded Turner.

 

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Florida Tile assists in hurricane rebuilding efforts

Go2 Truck vrs 3Lexington, Ky.–Florida Tile’s management and employees are helping those impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Immediately after the storms, employees initiated a “week of giving” to raise money for the American Red Cross, helping to provide emergency supplies for those affected.

In addition the company has donated tile for rebuilding efforts. The first of 10 full truckloads of donated tile recently left the company’s Lawrenceburg, Ky., distribution center, according to Ashley Donaldson, director of customer care. Working in partnership with Operation Compassion, Florida Tile is delivering the product to charities in the path of the storms to help residents and businesses rebuild.

“When our team gathered and discussed the scenes we were witnessing on the news, we became very mindful of our blessings and decided that we wanted to help those facing these unimaginable hardships,” Donaldson said.

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Reader’s helps Houston recoup after Hurricane Harvey

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9

 

The following is the 10th installment in a series highlighting the 14 distributors that constitute Bravo Services, a group comprising many of the top flooring wholesalers in the country. Here we focus on Reader’s Wholesale, based in Houston.

Screen Shot 2017-10-17 at 9.58.35 AMReader’s Wholesale has been a fixture in Houston for eight decades, so when Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on southeastern Texas in late August—flooding large swaths of towns and rendering roads impassible—it was only natural for Reader’s and its employees to want to give back.

And it did—in a big way. “Since the beginning of September, Reader’s Wholesale and its top management have made charitable contributions totaling $275,000 and we expect that to rise to $350,000 by the end of the year,” said Lucky Burke, chairman and CEO. “We’ve been in business for 82 years; it is incumbent upon us to support the communities. There are very few companies that will see anything positive coming out of the devastation. However, floor covering will be one of them. We just want to do everything we possibly can to facilitate the recovery.”

In addition to the monetary contributions, Reader’s employees helped their neighbors and fellow Houstonians in a number of ways. One employee, in fact, spent two days on his boat rescuing people from rising floodwaters.

Screen Shot 2017-10-17 at 9.58.29 AMAs a company Reader’s was extremely fortunate. Its building remained intact throughout the storm, and only one of its 90 employees suffered property damage. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Reader’s worked closely with its suppliers and ordered extra inventory. The distributor also added space to an existing warehouse to accommodate the materials. “We are thankful to our suppliers who stepped up and worked with us,” Burke said. (One of them, Armstrong Flooring, donated $250,000 in flooring to the cause.)

Adam Burke, president, said business is back to normal for Reader’s, and revenue is ahead of schedule. “We already have a nice uptick in our volume for September based on what we are seeing. It appears there is a lot of action [out there] but we have not seen a real increase in business yet. We’ve seen some but the real rush of business will start in about a month. Based on the flooding events the increase in business could last one to two years from the end of this year.”

 

For more information on Reader’s Wholesale, call 713.224.8300 or visit readerswholesale.com. For more information on Bravo Services,
contact John Carney at 214.215.2880 or visit bravoservices.com.

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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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Gerflor continues efforts for hurricane relief

image004Chicago—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.”

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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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Shaw Industries provides support for hurricane relief

ShawFloors_logo_276Dalton, Ga.—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 90 cents 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.

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

For more information, visit shawinc.com.