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Milliken’s Chicago Showroom achieves WELL certified Platinum

Spartanburg, S.C.—Milliken’s Chicago Showroom, located inside the Chicago Merchandise Mart, has been awarded WELL Certification at the Platinum level by the International WELL Building InstituteTM (IWBITM). The prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building StandardTM (WELL), which is the premier building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work and play. With this certification, Milliken becomes the 100th WELL Certified project in the world. It is also the first showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart to receive WELL Certification along with being the first WELL Certified Platinum space in Chicago.

Created through seven years of rigorous research and development working with leading physicians, scientists and industry professionals, the WELL Building StandardTM is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based scientific research. Milliken’s showroom on the 11th floor of the Chicago Merchandise Mart earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance: Air, Water, Light, Nourishment, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. Milliken’s showroom incorporated all 26 preconditions and 43 of the 51 available optimizations to achieve WELL Certified Platinum status.

“The health and well-being of our employees has been something Milliken has been focused on for a very long time,” said Jim McCallum, division president, Milliken Floor Covering. “WELL has given us a vocabulary and a set of guidelines to ensure we’re optimizing everything we can in the built environment, while also addressing behavioral and internal policy changes to maximize the health and well-being of our customers and employees. But it’s even more than that—it’s a mindset.”

This was celebrated in a plaque ceremony in the Milliken Showroom during this year’s NeoCon show, one of the largest commercial design events in North America.

“This milestone achievement not only marks the 100th certified project, but is an example of commitment to improving health and well-being at scale,” said IWBI chairman and CEO, Rick Fedrizzi. “The growth of WELL is advanced by projects like Milliken, who are going above and beyond by improving not just the health and well-being of their employees, but supporting their clients and customers as well.”

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Milliken appoints Hutchison VP of global design for flooring division

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 9.31.19 AMSpartanburg, S.C. — Milliken announced that Bob Hutchison has been appointed vice president of global design for the Milliken floor covering division.

Hutchison will join Milliken effective immediately and will be located at the Milliken corporate headquarters and design center in Spartanburg, S.C. He will report to Jim McCallum, president of the Milliken global floor covering division, and aid in continuing to position the company as a leader in modular and broadloom carpeting.

Hutchison will spearhead product design and development for Milliken’s broadloom, modular carpet and entryway matting solutions, and will continue to bring forth innovative design solutions from Milliken with unparalleled aesthetics and performance.

“Bob carries with him extensive industry experience and incredible design expertise,” McCallum said. “He has developed and managed product platforms to a high degree of excellence throughout his career. His innovative approach to the product development and design process, combined with Milliken’s industry-leading technological capabilities, will undoubtedly lead Milliken to significant breakthroughs in its product portfolio as we continue to provide innovative floor covering solutions to the architecture and design community.”

Hutchison joins Milliken with more than 30 years of experience in the textile and carpet industry, including senior leadership positions at Mannington, Mohawk and Lees Carpets.

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Milliken names McCallum president of floor covering division

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 9.20.48 AMSpartanburg, S.C. — Milliken & Company announced that Jim McCallum has been named floor covering division president. The industry veteran will join Milliken effective immediately and will be located at Milliken’s corporate headquarters and design center in Spartanburg. He will report directly to Joe Salley, Milliken president and CEO, to continue to move Milliken forward in providing industry leading products.

“Jim’s experience in the global floor covering industry is unparalleled,” Salley said. “His deep knowledge and proven track record of developing products combined with his passion for world-class customer service will make him an excellent leader for our floor covering division. Milliken is committed to providing superior floor covering products for the architecture and design industry, and Jim’s expertise will bring a new perspective that will continue to carry the division forward.”

McCallum joins Milliken with more than 30 years’ experience in the textile and carpet industry, including senior leadership positions at Interface, Mohawk and Lees Carpets.