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RiteRug donates $350,000 of carpet to hurricane victims

image001 3Columbus, Ohio—In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, RiteRug Flooring has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to donate over 4,000 carpet remnants, totaling nearly $350,000, to provide comfort to hurricane victims in Texas and Florida. Carpet remnants are brand-new, first-quality pieces of carpet that are left over after cutting a roll of carpet in preparation for an installation job. The donated products can act as either temporary flooring while homeowners wait for their homes to be rebuilt or can be installed permanently.

After hearing about the damage left in Harvey and Irma’s path, Mickey Goldberg, RiteRug’s COO and president, knew something had to be done. “Our hearts go out to those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Irma,” he said. “Our hope is that the carpet can provide those affected by the hurricane with some comfort and relief during this difficult time.”

RiteRug Flooring employees in nine markets—Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Ohio, Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Greenville, S.C., Nashville, Tenn., Indianapolis and Lexington, Ky.—will be working hard over the next few weeks loading hundreds of carpet remnants on trucks heading to Houston and Florida Habitat for Humanity facilities.

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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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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.”

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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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Gerflor USA boosts hurricane relief efforts with donation program

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 1.46.22 PMChicago—Following the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Gerflor USA—including the Gerflor, Connor Sports and Sport Court brands—announced it would match employee donations for hurricane relief. The company and its brands are committed to helping rebuild Texas, Florida and all communities impacted.

“It’s heartbreaking to know millions of people are suffering because of natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” said Lauren Gillian, director, social responsibility, Gerflor USA. “We’re a people-first company. Giving back and supporting communities where we work, live and play is an important part of who we are as people—and as a company. By matching donations, we’re supporting those in need while also recognizing our employees’ generous spirit.”

Match-eligible donations to several non-profit organizations providing relief to affected communities in/around Houston will be accepted through Oct. 11.

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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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Mohawk, Nature’s Big Springs Water partner to help Houston

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 10.14.01 AMCalhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries and Nature’s Big Springs Water have partnered to offer a helping hand to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The two local companies teamed up to donate and deliver more than 100,000 bottles of water to the Houston area. They split the cost of the water and will leverage Mohawk’s fleet to make the delivery once the roads are passable.

“When we saw the devastation the hurricane caused, we knew we wanted to help, and we also knew we had the means to do so with our trucks,” said Dan Flowers, vice president of logistics, Mohawk. “Each month, Mohawk trucks travel more than a million miles transporting products across the country. Even though Mohawk is headquartered in Calhoun, our drivers have many strong connections to communities throughout the United States where they have built relationships with customers and suppliers. That’s true in Houston, where we operate a satellite warehouse and our ceramic division operates several sales service centers. Thanks to our partnership with Nature’s Big Spring Water, we were able to make a difference.”

This is the second time Mohawk and Nature’s Big Springs Water have partnered to provide disaster relief.

“It’s not every day you see two locally-based companies come together and help people in need half way across the country,” said Julian Jones, owner, Nature’s Big Springs Water. “Being in the water business means we have access to an essential relief item when a disaster occurs. Mohawk had the trucks and resources to make this delivery a possibility. Helping others is important to us and we were glad to partner with Mohawk to make this happen.”

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 additional assistance to employees affected by the hurricane.

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Emser Tile organizes Red Cross donation for hurricane relief

Emser LogoLos Angeles—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 will include a significant corporate donation from Emser Tile and a match of all Emser Tile employee donations to the Red Cross.

The Los Angeles-based tile and stone company operates four showrooms and a major distribution center in Houston, and employs over 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.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey,” said Carl Delia, president of Emser Tile. “Emser Tile is a family, and the safety and well-being of our associates and communities are our top priority.”