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Milliken & Company named to Forbes Best Employers list

Spartanburg, S.C.—For the second year in a row, global diversified manufacturer Milliken & Company was included among America’s Best Mid-Size Employers. Compiled by Forbes magazine, the 2019 list recognizes the top 500 highest-rated employers with 1,000 to 5,000 U.S.-based employees and spans 25 different industries.

“We strive to be a company where every associate feels empowered, valued and engaged,” states Halsey M. Cook, president and CEO for Milliken & Company. “Being recognized as a foremost employer in the U.S. helps affirm our ongoing commitment to provide a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.”

Fostering this culture requires a multi-faceted approach, the company said, from developing associates’ professional careers to promoting new inclusion activities. In the past year, Milliken has expanded its associate network programs to connect with minority groups, including women and veterans, as well as highlighting minority associates through internal initiatives. The company has also implemented unconscious bias training for managers, an addition to its regular trainings and learning modules. Milliken’s commitment to engaging with associates is an ever-evolving initiative that reflects the needs of its associates and allows the company to remain on the forefront of important leadership and inclusion conversations.

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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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My take: Random ramblings from NeoCon

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2

By Steven Feldman

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 3.46.11 PMHow can 2017 have less than half of it remaining? Time really does fly. Walking around NeoCon last month made me realize just that. There was no way we could be five months removed from Surfaces. Then again, show management is probably saying there is no way it’s been five years since they changed the name to TISE, or The International Surface Event, and I still refer to it as Surfaces. (That’s because most of you do, too.)

Anyway, as the ADD kicks into high gear as the years go by and my brain goes in 100 different directions, here was what I was thinking about on the plane ride home from NeoCon:

If only I booked the 1:30 or 4:30 and not the 2:30, we wouldn’t have been stranded an extra day in Chicago… Kudos to Metroflor for going the extra mile in creating awareness for its Aspecta brand with a public area on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart where attendees could stop in and get a smoothie. This in addition to a well-attended party at the Godfrey… Encryption, the subway tile-looking carpet tile planks from Milliken, is an innovative design… Does anyone know how to fold a fitted sheet?… Great to see old friend and former Bentley boss Anthony Minite heading up the U.S. operations for Denmark-based Fletco. There’s a good story there…

Impressed with the huge Tarkett/Tandus Centiva/Johnsonite/ Desso space on the third floor. Bringing everything together makes all the sense in the world…Speaking of the third floor, there may be more attendees per square foot in the Mohawk space than anywhere else… And speaking of Mohawk, Gavin DeGraw headlined its annual NeoCon soiree. Great performance, but would have preferred Earth Wind & Fire… I think Aquafil is one of the best-kept secrets in this industry. What they do with fiber from a color and sustainability standpoint is unmatched…

Always love the Bentley showroom design on the 10th floor… Speaking of high floors, no more elevator waits for me. Take a non-NeoCon elevator to a non-NeoCon floor, like 12 or 13, and walk down. I should have thought of that 20 years ago… They may not be a household name, but Taj Flooring has some innovative designs. With the right exposure they could make some noise in the next few years… I miss not seeing Don Miller at the Roppe booth. Hopefully next year… I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent an idiot from cutting in at the front…

The Raskin purchase of To Market is sure to pay dividends… I like what companies like Gerflor and American Biltrite are doing in the U.S…. Gibson’s vs. Mastro’s vs. Gene & Georgetti. Who wins?… I am expecting Atlas to be more visible going forward with rumors of some new branding on the horizon… While carbon neutral is the buzzword for many, Interface is moving forward with the first carbon negative carpet tile a few years down the road… Noticed more companies with Declare labels than years past…

At the end of the day, though, one of my favorite aspects of NeoCon is seeing executives of competing manufacturers visiting each other’s showrooms and spaces. There is a certain camaraderie unseen at other events. It’s more than just checking out the competition. There is a palpable level of respect and friendship. I like that.

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Milliken to increase prices for commercial carpet

Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 10.25.11 AMSpartanburg, SC—Milliken will initiate a 4% to 6% price increase for its commercial soft surface flooring to take effect August 7.

The initiative includes its North American portfolio of commercial broadloom and modular carpet collections to respond to the rising costs of raw materials.

Milliken’s resilient luxury vinyl tile (LVT) offerings will not be affected by the price increase.

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Milliken enhances Imagine collection with new patterns

Milliken's Casual Craft.
Milliken’s Casual Craft.

Spartanburg, S.C.—Milliken has expanded its Imagine Figurative collection for residential interiors with four texture-based designs.

The new designs—Casual Craft, Grayton, Slimline and Somerton—are small-scale broadloom patterns that are easy to pair with additional patterning in residential interiors, such as upholstery. Color options range from light warm and cool neutrals to complimentary mid tones and deeper hues.

These patterns were specifically designed to work with the entire Imagine Figurative program, which includes: custom capabilities to recolor designs to fit personal design aesthetics using Milliken’s inspiredesigner tool—with only a 25-yard minimum; a new inspiredborder program to add up to an 18-inch border, using one of the 105 inspiredesigner color options, to connect or define spaces; commercial weights for Main Street applications using designforbusiness; a range of sizes, including 13’6” broadloom and five sizes of area rugs

Designed with performance and longevity in mind, Imagine features a durable high twist, PVC-free construction, AlphaSan antimicrobial defense and Stainmaster Active Family protection to extend the life of the carpet. The collection is also backed with a Stainmaster Premier warranty.

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Milliken publishes second annual sustainability report

milliken-logoSpartanburg, S.C.—The Milliken floor covering division released its second annual sustainability report with detailed insight and metrics addressing the company’s global operations, product offering and their impact on the environment.

To create the report, stakeholders confirmed the material issues pertinent to architecture and interior design: chemical and human health impacts, recycled content and recyclability, resource consumption, supply chain impacts of products and employer of choice. The report meets the requirements of the LEED v4 MRc3 credit.

“This report confirms that the most environmentally responsible action Milliken can take is to design high-performing products with healthy materials that last,” said Philip Ivey, global sustainability leader for the Milliken floor covering division. “By doing so, we reduce the need for replacement—which in turn inhibits a chain reaction of environmental impacts. It protects our customers, their investment and the environment.”

To view Milliken’s sustainability report, visit: http://bit.ly/2dPJ1LG

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Milliken & Company names J. Harold Chandler chairman, president and CEO

Photo by Mark Olencki
Photo credit: Mark Olencki

Spartanburg, S.C.—Milliken named J. Harold Chandler as chairman, president and CEO, effective immediately following the resignation of Joseph M. Salley as president, CEO and a member of the board of directors. Chandler has served as a member of the Milliken’s board of directors for 14 years and as its chairman for the past five years.

“We sincerely thank Joe Salley for his service to Milliken which covers a span of 20 years, the past eight as its president and CEO,” Chandler said. “I am honored to take on the additional roles of president and CEO. I look forward to working with a uniquely qualified group of executives, associates and board members.”

Chandler is a South Carolina native and a veteran of the diversified financial services industry where he has served as chairman, president and CEO while also contributing to the boards of directors of eight public and family-owned companies over the past 30 years.

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Milliken introduces Obex entryway walk-off modular carpet

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 12.07.48 PMSpartanburg, S.C.—Milliken has expanded its Obex entryway solutions with Quadrus, an innovative modular floor covering system for safe and effective building entryways. Engineered for Zone 3 indoor entryway applications where moisture absorption is critical to protect against elements that post safety hazards, Quadrus combines superior textile construction with ComfortPlus cushion backing.

“Building owners and facility managers are challenged to keep facilities clean and safe while optimizing their ever-shrinking maintenance budget,” said Donald Hooper, regional manager, commercial entry systems for the Milliken floor covering division. “Quadrus greatly expands options to create a beautiful, durable and safe entryway while keeping performance top of mind.”

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Milliken appoints Graves to vice president of sales

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Spartanburg, S.C.—Milliken has appointed Bill Graves to vice president of sales for the company’s global floor covering division, effective April 13.

“Bill brings a wealth of floor covering industry knowledge to his role at Milliken,” said Jim McCallum, president of the Milliken global floor covering division. “His deep experience and understanding of sales, markets and service uniquely position him as a valuable vice president of sales.”

A veteran of the floor covering industry, Graves will beacon sales initiatives across all market segments in his new role to ensure customer needs continue to be met. He most recently served as president of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services, a national flooring contractor.