Dalton, Ga.—Russ Delozier, director of environmental innovation for J+J Flooring Group, has been honored as one of America’s Top 75 Elite Executives for Environmental Leadership.
The recognition comes from Business Sector Media, LLC, (BSM) a thought leadership institute focused on energy and environmental management. Through its Colorado headquarters, the BSM hosts a multifaceted portfolio of events and high-growth digital media platforms.
Delozier was selected as one of the country’s Top 75 based on J+J’s attention to the potential impacts of every aspect of their business—and an ongoing commitment to measure environmental and social performance with as much stringency as financial performance.
“I have been fortunate to work with a corporate leadership team that not only embraces, but actively challenges me, and our product and operations teams, to think big and execute,” said Delozier. “I am proud of J+J’s progress on our environmental metrics. I am even more proud of our company culture and commitment to transparency, and believe we are making a meaningful difference.”
“We could not be more proud of Russ,” said James Lesslie, president of Engineered Floors’ commercial division, which includes J+J and Engineered Floors Contract. “Talking about sustainability is easy but taking the long, hard road to do what is right requires creativity, vision and relentless dedication. Russ has demonstrated these qualities for years, and it is gratifying to see him recognized in the industry for his leadership.”
Delozier has led J+J’s environmental performance strategies for seven years. Prior to leading J+J’s environmental initiatives, Delozier held a management position at another flooring manufacturer and worked as an engineer at DOW Industries.
Dalton—J+J Flooring Group recently introduced two new Kinetex products: Put a Cork in It and Tri-Plex. Both feature the human-centered properties for which Kinetex products are known, along with contemporary and appealing designs. This versatility offers unmatched flexibility for designers to create the commercial spaces they envision.
Boasting a name that matches its clever and quirky design, Put a Cork in It is an approachable yet distinctive 24 x 24 tile. Multi-tonal cork-like flecks appear through 16 colorways creating a pattern that brings an unexpected level of character and personality. Tri-Plex is a 24 x 24 modular tile and offers a balanced mix of modern patterning, crisp color and unsurpassed product performance. Tri-Plex features 12 colorways that can easily be mixed and matched for a unique installation. Both Tri-Plex and Put a Cork in It can be paired with the company’s new LVT or carpet products.
Through innovative design, construction and materials, Put a Cork in It and Tri-Plex contribute to better acoustics, greater comfort, improved traction (when compared to a hard surface) and enhanced indoor air quality, according to J+J. Both products come standard with PreFix, a pre-applied releasable adhesive allowing the ability to install over concrete with an RH up to 99%, reducing the need for costly moisture mitigation.
Dalton—J+J Flooring Group marked continued progress towards its environmental performance goals, according to the company’s fifth annual corporate sustainability report. The report covers the company’s environmental and social responsibility investments and progress during the 2016 fiscal year.
Highlights from the report include a 23% reduction in the company’s energy consumption since 2010—an achievement that exceeds J+J’s 20% reduction goal four years ahead of the company’s 2020 deadline. The milestone follows the company’s 2014 achievement of Zero Waste to Landfill Certification, six years ahead of its 2020 goal.
The milestones are part of J+J’s 20/20 Vision, an operational guidepost for managing J+J’s environmental performance through the year 2020, using the company’s 2010 performance as a baseline. The company’s 20/20 Vision goals include:
Eliminating use of landfills (achieved in 2015)
Reducing water usage by 66%
Reducing energy intensity by 20% (achieved in 2016)
Increasing the use of renewable energy to at least 10% of total consumption
Reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions by 20%
Increasing recycled, bio-based or renewable content in our products to 33%
Further progress towards J+J’s 20/20 Vision includes:
Off-setting more than 50% of direct energy consumption with Green E REC energy credits through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership, qualifying J+J as an EPA Energy Leadership Partner
A 34% water consumption reduction since 2010, including a 10.9% reduction in 2016
An 18% reduction in GHG emissions since 2010, including a 3.4% reduction in 2016
The report also highlights an expanding product mix and record number of new product introductions for J+J, along with the company’s focus on social responsibility, including an inclusive workplace culture, career development, employee health and wellbeing, and charitable giving (J+J employees gave their time and support to more than 20 local, regional and national charitable organizations in 2016 alone).
J+J Flooring Group’s 2016 corporate sustainability report is available as a hard copy by request or online.
Dalton—J+J Flooring Group has promoted Ginger Gilbert to director of product design.
Gilbert, who most recently served as director of product—Kinetex, will now assume responsibility for product design across J+J’s Invision brand and Kinetex brand. The move streamlines the company’s management structure and brings enhanced efficiency to the development of new products from J+J’s product design team.
“Ginger has proven to be highly successful at developing design-forward commercial flooring products that generate broad appeal and interest,” said David Jolly, president, J+F Flooring. “Her experience and ability to work effectively with other areas across the organization, including manufacturing, marketing and research, are great assets as she assumes this expanded role.”
Gilbert joined J+J Flooring Group in 2013. Prior to joining the company, she served in both leadership and key design roles at leading companies throughout the flooring industry. Gilbert also brings a decade of experience as an interior designer working with architectural firms including Taylor + Associates and FKP Inc.
Dalton–J+J Flooring Group is partnering with APPA to present a Facilities Drive-In Workshop, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, Ill.
In collaboration with APPA and Roosevelt University, J+J Flooring Group has developed a content focus that has strategic application to financial outcomes, student and faculty satisfaction and safety in education facilities. The session will consist of three topic areas: “Leveraging the Built Environments to Enhance Brand Power,” “The Emergence of Research-Based Design in Learning Environments” and “Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls.”
The workshop is geared to local area technical and non-technical facility professionals at all levels who work at public and private educational institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Facility professionals at museums and libraries are also welcomed to attend.
The registration fee is complimentary and includes a continental breakfast and lunch but space is limited. All registrants will earn 0.4 CEUs, 4 PDH units and 4 LUs. Each session will include the use of audience-response technology, allowing attendees to participate with individual feedback and personalized interactivity.
Dalton—J+J Flooring Group announced that it has established a new partnership with The Center for Health Design, the principal provider of healthcare design research and education.
The partnership includes the creation of a web-based toolbox dedicated specifically to the topic of Senior Living facility design. It will focus on two critical topics: Long Term Care Facilities and Aging in Place (Universal Design).
The Design for Aging Toolbox is free and open to all professionals and non-professionals alike, and is aimed at helping facility designers and medical professionals understand and implement the best possible solutions to support the challenges the increase of the senior population brings to healthcare environments.
Key components for the Design for Aging Toolbox will include: a comprehensive issue brief, an executive summary, design strategies, case studies, expert interviews, lessons learned, an assessment and planning tool and three webinars. A CEU course approved for AIA/EDAC credit will also be available. Similar to existing Center toolboxes, the content will be newly-created and curated by Center staff, all with the goal of connecting the built environment to better health outcomes and reduced cost of care.
The toolbox will be developed and released in phases. The completed product will be released by April 1, 2017 and will remain available to the public through Dec. 31, 2017. The Design for Aging Toolbox and all of its contents will be made available at the Center’s website: www.healthdesign.org
J+J Flooring Group has been a partner with The Center since 2012, sponsoring events, including its annual Research Coalition meeting, and contributing to its mission by providing technical information and research findings.
For information, visit jjflooringgroup.com or call 800-241-4586.
Dalton—J+J Flooring Group has named Mike Bowers regional vice president, Southeast Region. In this role, Bowers will provide leadership for sales teams throughout Alabama, Florida and Georgia and implement strategies to drive revenue growth for the Invision and Kinetex product brands. Bowers is reporting to Bill Blackstock, vice president, sales.
A 20-year industry veteran, Bowers brings a wide range of sales, strategy and management experience to the position. He has led global strategic business development across a variety of end-use segments and has held various sales and commercial sales training positions. Bowers began his career as a manager for a leading furniture retailer in metro Atlanta.
Dalton—J+J Flooring Group announced that it has promoted Josh Hall to vice president–manufacturing. Hall started his career with J+J Flooring Group in 2008 as a manager–process engineering and has since served in a number of manufacturing leadership positions, including his most recent role as senior director–manufacturing.
In his new position, Hall will assume responsibility for setting the overall framework and strategic goals for the manufacturing operations of the company. This includes the oversight of policies, personnel, equipment, technology, safety, sustainability and manufacturing processes for all products from J+J’s Invision and Kinetex brands. As part of the promotion, Hall joins the company’s senior leadership team and is reporting to David Jolly, J+J Flooring Group president.
Dalton—Kinetex products from J+J Flooring Group, a leading manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, have received National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) certification as a High-Traction Surface. As a credible third-party certifier, NFSI’s commitment to education, research and the development of standards reinforces J+J’s commitment to safety. A milestone for the Kinetex brand, having high-traction certified products enhances overall safety performance and is an added benefit to its portfolio of product attributes.
The NFSI certification involves two phases and measures both static and dynamic coefficients of friction under both dry and wet conditions. The first phase of testing is conducted on new flooring in a laboratory. Phase two testing is conducted immediately after an actual customer installation and again after 30 days, post-installation, to see if traffic and maintenance change the slip resistance.
“We have an obligation to our customers to understand the role flooring might play in preventing slip-and-fall accidents,” said Keith Gray, director of applied research, J+J Flooring Group. “Since its introduction in 2012, the Kinetex brand has firmly established itself as a unique high-performance product in the textile composite flooring category and this NFSI certification elevates the product to the next level.”
Dalton–Engineered Floors has announced that the merger with J+J Flooring Group has been completed.
“We are excited about the opportunities that the merger of these two companies will create,” said Bob Shaw, chairman and CEO of Engineered Floors. “During the due diligence process, we were impressed with their service levels, product quality and the overall performance of the J+J organization.”