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Mohawk Group names Bandy Jr. as VP of Sustainability

Mohawk Group Names George Bandy VP Of Sustainability
George Bandy Jr.

Calhoun, Ga.–Mohawk Group announced that George Bandy Jr. has joined the organization as its vice president of sustainability. Bandy has spent over 22 years working in the sustainability field, and has amassed a rich experience within the discipline’s concepts and practices as they relate to positioning environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for business.

“George is a seasoned sustainability leader who will bring a wealth of knowledge and valuable industry relationships to Mohawk,” said Michel Vermette, president of Mohawk Group. “Over the past few years, our company has made significant strides in our sustainability journey, embracing new ideas and leading the building materials industry in transparent manufacturing. We are confident that George will bring a fresh perspective to our approach and catapult us to new levels of leadership in the industry. We are incredibly proud to have him join the Mohawk team.”

He comes to Mohawk Group following 16 years with Interface, where he most recently served as the flooring company’s VP of Sustainability, and was also a member of Interface’s Americas Sustainability Council. In his role at Interface, Bandy traveled extensively as a highly sought after presenter on key topics including the business of sustainability, innovation in relation to nature, social sustainability and changing mindsets to a greener focus.

“Mohawk’s sustainability ethic already sets a high bar for businesses around the world at a time when the stakes for our efforts have never been higher,” said Bandy.  “As a manufacturing powerhouse, we can continue to make outsized contributions to solutions that ensure our children’s future. At the same time, we nurture the communities in which we live and work through our environmental stewardship, inspire actions that advance our society and provide the innovation that drives growth for our shareholders.  I am excited to join the Mohawk team and contribute to the company’s success.”

Before working at Interface, Bandy was employed as the University Sustainability Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is the immediate past board chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and has also served on the board for Second Nature, a non-profit that champions for higher education institutions to make the principles of sustainability fundamental to every aspect of learning.

When asked what truly sets Bandy apart, the sustainability industry’s most notable leaders point to his experience, charisma and depth of understanding. “George Bandy is the consummate sustainability leader on every level you can name,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC.  “As chair of the USGBC board of directors during a time of explosive growth and change, his amazing ability to lead others to consensus and action was so critical to advancing our work to create a healthier, more sustainable built environment.  He deeply understands what needs to be done, and is brilliant in sharing with others why it matters in ways that are both inspirational and instructive, and we’re all better for it.”

 

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Interface appoints Gould president

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 10.03.22 AMAtlanta—Interface has appointed Jay Gould as president of the company. Gould, who joined Interface as COO in January 2015, oversees global operations, marketing and organizational development for the carpet tile manufacturing company that is a recognized leader in sustainability worldwide.

“This appointment recognizes that in the past year, Jay has been a great partner as well as a good cultural fit at Interface,” said Dan Hendrix, chairman and CEO of Interface. “He has earned the confidence of our board of directors with his strategic vision, operational talents and business acumen. I’m especially grateful to Jay for his leadership around our brand and purpose.”

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Interface expands ReEntry recycling program

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 9.19.26 AMLaGrange, Ga.—Building on the success of its ReEntry recycling operation, which has yielded the diversion of more than 309 million pounds of carpet from landfills over the past 20 years, Interface is creating a new network of regional recycling allies. First among them is Oakland, Calif.–based reThink Green; this initial alliance is expected to increase the amount of carpet that is annually recycled for use by Interface by 40% to 50%.

“It’s been our mission since 1994 to wean Interface production off non-renewable materials so that we only use recycled or bio-based raw materials and fully close the loop,” said Interface President and CEO John Wells. “To that end, ReEntry has been essential, enabling us to capture the nylon ‘fluff’ as a result of separating backing and face fiber that is recycled back into our products. Now we are turning our attention to increase overall recycling, and to the high quality separation and harvesting of backing from carpet tile that advancements in the technology and process are yielding.”

Since its founding in 2011, reThink Green has recycled over 10,000 tons of carpet and recently acquired state-of-the-art machinery for separating backing from carpet tile. The company covers a territory that encompasses all of California and much of the Western U.S. including Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Washington.

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Interface collections earn top honors

EM551and552and553_PARK_ASHLARLaGrange, Ga.—Interface’s Equal Measure and Near & Far have received top industry honors this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Equal Measure received Interior Design magazine’s signature Best of Year award in the Flooring: Carpet/Modular category and a Product Innovations Award from Architectural Products magazine in the Surfaces category. Equal Measure was also the recipient of a Silver prize in the IIDEXCanada Innovation Awards competition and Near & Far took home the program’s Bronze prize.

“Even before Equal Measure and Near & Far debuted at NeoCon, we knew that we had created two very special collections,” said Interface executive creative director Chip DeGrace. “But it is incredible to be honored once again by some of North America’s most prestigious programs, and for collections that embody our ongoing commitment to beautiful thinking, sustainability and biophilic design principles.”

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Interface unveils online Lifecycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) calculator

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 4.05.35 PMDenver, Colo.—Interface has unveiled a new online Lifecycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) calculator that will help builders, architects, facility managers, designers and other specifiers conduct an LCCA on hard, resilient and soft flooring choices.

The calculator follows a 2015 LCCA report written by Dr. Debra Harris, who was commissioned by Interface. The report is the first in 12 years to address lifecycle cost analysis for flooring choices. It is an updated tool for those looking to make informed decisions around flooring specifications.

The LCCA calculator is available at http://info.interface.com/Calculate. Interface will be sharing the LCCA report and its new calculator this week with IFMA World Workplace attendees in booth #238.

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Interface dedicates Thailand factory to CEO

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Chonburi, Thailand—Interface, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of carpet tiles, has dedicated its Thailand factory to Daniel T. Hendrix, CEO and chairman of the board. Business associates, friends and family came together for the ceremony, held Aug. 14 at the Amata Nakorn Industrial Park here. Hendrix joined Interface in 1983 and has served as the company’s CEO since 2001.

“This factory and its people hold a special place in my heart,” Hendrix said. “It has been gratifying to watch the business grow and even more gratifying to watch our local Interface associates integrate their own beautiful culture with the culture of Interface.”

 

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Interface expands Net-Works program with third collection hub

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.52.49 PMAtlanta—Interface has expanded its Net-Works program, through which discarded fishing gear is turned into recycled nylon fibers. Following the successful pilot of the net collection hubs established in Danajon Bank and the Bantayan Islands in the Philippines, Net-Works has announced both local and global expansion with a third collection hub activated in Northern Iloilo in the Philippines and a hub currently being established in the Lake Ossa region of Cameroon, where nets used for freshwater fishing create an environmental challenge.

“Within Interface, sustainability goes beyond reducing the environmental impact of our products,” said Rob Coombs, president of Interface Asia-Pacific. “It is about creating a new way of doing business that is more sensitive, inclusive and, ultimately, more successful.”

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Interface introduces Silver Linings

silver liningsLaGrange, Ga.—Interface has introduced Silver Linings, a new carpet tile collection designed to remind end users of nature’s ever optimistic outlook. A versatile, flexible design choice offered in a 25cm x 1m skinny plank format, the collection features 12 color options across three patterns: SL910, SL920 and SL930.

The elongated, narrow shape presents an elegant shift in scale when installed in a herringbone or pattern by tile method, or a graceful, monolithic effect in an ashlar installation. Silver Linings embodies Interface’s commitment to sustainability, with up to 62% recycled content, including 100% recycled content fiber that combines reclaimed carpet fiber with salvaged fishing nets. Join the conversation online with the hashtag #skinnyplanks.

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Interface awarded LEED-CI Gold for new Atlanta showroom

interface_atlanta_showroom_Square1_FinalAtlanta—Interface, the global manufacturer of modular carpet tile and thought leader in sustainability, has been awarded LEED-CI Gold certification for its flagship Atlanta showroom which opened this past July.

Occupying a 6,900-square-foot space in Brickworks Atlanta, a restored industrial building dating back to the 1880s, the facility posed unique challenges as Interface’s design team sought to meet the energy efficiency criteria set by the USGBC while preserving the foundation and original historic character of the interiors. Some noteworthy solutions that earned Interface its Gold certification include reduced lighting power, Energy Star rated equipment and reduction in water usage.

 

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Pei joins Interface as product designer

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 4.29.54 PMAtlanta—Textile industry professional Kari Pei has joined Interface as product designer, a newly created position under chief innovation officer Nigel Stansfield, as part of the company’s evolving global product strategy. Pei will work alongside internal product design and development teams as well as David Oakey Designs from her office at the company’s LaGrange, Ga. warehouse.

“For the past 25 years, Kari has created printed and woven textiles for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including our friends at Knoll and Starwood Hotels,” Stansfield said. “She’s equally at home in the design studio and on the factory floor and we are drawn to her unique perspectives on texture, depth and color as well as her collaborative nature.”