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Tandus Centiva introduces wood and stone architectural folders

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 11.06.49 AMDalton, Ga.—Tandus Centiva has introduced two new luxury vinyl tile (LVT) architectural folders, reinforcing the company’s commitment to designing extensive product offerings in this flooring category.

With the introduction of the wood and stone architectural folders, Tandus Centiva expands the company’s breadth of luxury vinyl tiles and planks in the marketplace. “The Tandus Centiva approach to product design is to provide fit–for-purpose solutions for every aspect of a space,” said Terry Mowers, vice president, Design Commercial Products. “It’s extremely important for our team to design flooring that is beautiful, high-performing and the proper context for our customers.”

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Tandus Centiva partners with West Zephyrhills Elementary, Joshua House, Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 10.27.09 AMDalton, Ga.— As part of its annual sales meeting, Tandus Centiva partnered with West Zephyrhills Elementary, Joshua House and Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter to offer service hours. Employees performed facility improvement tasks such as painting, new floor covering installation, assembling of playground equipment and gardening.

“Tandus Centiva strives to be a positive force in our local communities,” said Erin Istanbulluoglu, director of environmental and social stewardship for Tandus Centiva. “United in our team efforts, we were thankful and honored to have the opportunity to give back.”

Tandus Centiva Community Service Day began in 2009 as part of the company’s annual sales meeting. Rather than spend the day doing traditional team building exercises, the company selected teams to work together to benefit the hosting community. Each year, projects are identified and organized through various partnerships.

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Tandus Centiva and Desso to collaborate in North America

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 11.31.04 AMDalton—Tandus Centiva and Desso, both Tarkett companies, will collaborate to provide customers in North America with an unprecedented commercial flooring product portfolio and level of service.

Tandus Centiva will represent and service Desso modular carpet products in North America, featuring the exclusive AirMaster products. In addition, the North American Desso hospitality group will have access to select Tandus Centiva products for the hospitality market to complement Desso’s custom designed Axminster and printed carpet portfolio.

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Top flooring manufacturers continue Training record

trainingFlooring companies were well represented in Training magazine’s annual list of top training organizations, with Mohawk Industries ranked 14th, Shaw Industries 54th and Tandus Centiva 66th.

The Top 125 ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives. Mohawk was the highest-ranked manufacturing organization. Its standing was based on a multitude of corporate initiatives including Mohawk University, which provides retailers with world-class training, education and business management resources.

“The value of continued education, product knowledge sessions and installation excellence cannot be overstated,” said Mike Zoellner, vice president of marketing services for Mohawk. “Continual learning is the key to success in a highly competitive economy and Training magazine’s Top 125 ranking gives retailers total assurance that partnering with Mohawk provides them with industry-leading training.”

Training magazine noted Mohawk’s manufacturing facilities require employees to maintain up-to-date certifications as a component of productivity, quality and safety goals. “While Mohawk values external certification programs, the company also develops internal certifications,” the magazine stated. “For instance, the Analytical Methods of Training program certifies each employee as a ‘master’ of his or her job, requiring demonstrations of proficiency for each component task that constitutes the job.”

Shaw Industries’ inclusion on the Training list marks the 11th consecutive year in which the Dalton-based manufacturer was named. “Shaw’s associates are at the heart of the company’s success and our ability to create great products and provide superb service,” said Danny Crutchfield, Shaw’s director of corporate training and organizational development. “We’re honored that Shaw and the Shaw Learning Academy have been recognized again for our ongoing efforts to advance and invest in our associates’ personal and professional development and the success of our customers.”

The magazine wrote, “With more than $1 billion invested in new equipment, new technology and new processes over the last few years, almost every job at Shaw—from designers and data scientists to machinists and managers—requires a higher skill level than before. As a result, Shaw has helped develop an array of education programs to ensure the company has the highly skilled workforce necessary to meet current and future business demands.”

Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company, was cited by the magazine for a strategic account-selling course that “reaped outstanding sales results by creating a shift in the way the sales team thinks about the selling process. This three-day program, customized to fit Tandus Centiva’s business and selling model, allows salespeople to evaluate a business opportunity and choose an appropriate strategy.”

All three companies also made Training’s list in 2014.

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Antron teams with Tandus Centiva and Suzanne Tick to support Publicolor

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 3.18.32 PMDalton—Tandus Centiva has announced the Antron brand as a contributing supplier in its support of Publicolor to raise funding and awareness for the Publicolor Summer Design Studio. Suzanne Tick (STI) designs a collection of soft surface flooring products for Tandus Centiva. When a product from this collection is specified and purchased for an education project, Suzanne Tick and Tandus Centiva have each committed a $0.10 per square yard donation to Publicolor. Antron has committed to matching an additional $0.10 per square yard donation to Publicolor for products using Antron fiber.

“We are pleased to join Suzanne Tick and Tandus Centiva in supporting Publicolor,” said Marc Ahrens, vice president of Invista’s Antron brand. “We are committed to adding value to society, and Publicolor’s efforts to increase student achievement align with our vision and values.”

“We are thrilled and grateful to partner with Tandus Centiva, Antron and Publicolor’s trustee, Suzanne Tick, on this program to benefit Publicolor’s Summer Design Studio, our unique 7-week literacy and math immersion program for high-risk students whom we teach through the scaffold of product design,” said Ruth Lande Shuman, Publicolor’s founder and president.

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Tandus Centiva expands TandusTape usage, receives two Good Design Awards

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 1.02.08 PMDalton—Tandus Centiva announced the introduction of TandusTape for Flex-Aire Modular products. Previously limited to use with ethos Modular, the convenience and cost savings made possible by the TandusTape Installation System has now been expanded to include the Flex-Aire Modular product platform.

In addition to providing more flexibility in installation options, TandusTape eliminates the need for wet adhesives. Low VOCs and faster turn around times make TandusTape an attractive choice to the end user. The introduction of TandusTape for Flex-Aire Modular expands the installation options for this backing system and enhances the opportunity to choose the installation method that is most advantageous for specific projects.

Tandus Centiva received two Good Design Awards in the flooring category for Thin Lines and Code Series. The Good Design Awards program is an international design award organized by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Hundreds of entries from across the globe were submitted for consideration and judged by a panel of distinguished design professionals, industry specialists and design press.

“As the world’s most prestigious and oldest design awards program, the Good Design designation affirms our commitment and purpose to create floor coverings that communicate better, simple and clear form and function,” said Terry Mowers, vice president of design, North America Commercial Products.

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Tandus Centiva expands LVT collection

lvt-landingDalton—Displayed in innovative new architectural folders, Tandus Centiva has introduced two new styles, Substrate and NuGrain, to its luxury vinyl tile products portfolio.

Substrate features a 32-mil wear layer and deep embossing technique, while NuGrain provides the look and patina of stained or washed specialty floors without the expense and time consumption required by the natural materials.

As part of the Tandus Centiva Contour Series, both Substrate and NuGrain were developed for heavy commercial use such as retail stores, restaurants, health care facilities, offices and learning environments.

NuGrain and Substrate are the first luxury vinyl tile products available as part of the Tandus Centiva removable and recyclable portfolio system.

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Tandus Centiva honors Chattanooga Airport for sustainability

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 9.20.07 AMDalton—Strengthening the sustainability goal of Chattanooga, Tandus Centiva recognized Chattanooga Airport with an award for recycling 47,000 pounds of Powerbond back into new material.

With over 640,000 people traveling through the Chattanooga Airport campus annually, the facility needed flooring that was beautiful, durable, long lasting and sustainable. With Tandus Centiva Powerbond installed for the past 23 years, the decision to reinstall Powerbond was unanimous.

“Sustainability wise, the airport is trying to become the greenest airport in the world, and in doing so, we wanted a product we can put down on the floor, keep it for 23 years and at the end of those 23 years, be able to recycle it,” said John Naylor, the airport’s vice president of planning & development.

Helping Chattanooga build on sustainability, all of the Powerbond that was removed from the airport terminal was brought back to Tandus Centiva’s third-party certified reclamation facility 21 miles away. It was closed-loop recycled into new flooring including ER3 Modular tile that is now in the airport’s LEED certified Wilson Air Center.

“Tandus Centiva is honored to recognize Chattanooga for its commitment to environmentally responsible products and practices. We value the partnership we have developed,” said Erin Istanbulluoglu, director of environmental & social stewardship.

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Tandus Centiva hosts Greenbuild Legacy Project

Legacy PERSPECTIVEDalton — Tandus Centiva hosted a ribbon cutting and reception at the Greenbuild Legacy Project in New Orleans. This year’s project is the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development’s (CSED) Energy Efficiency Education Center. Located in the Lower 9th Ward, an area devastated by Hurricane Katrina, CSED is educating residents on the benefits of rebuilding with sustainable practices.

With design being led by Amanda Rivera at Eskew Dumez Ripple Architects, the space showcases energy efficiency upgrades and will serve as an educational and training center for the community. The house is being remodeled keeping with its original barge-board design. The center is equipped with truth windows, giving visitors the ability to ‘peak through’ the construction and see types of energy efficient upgrades made to the house. Tandus Centiva luxury vinyl tile was also featured. In addition, the center is hoping to achieve LEED Silver Certification.

“We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Greenbuild Legacy Project. Our commitment to education on sustainable practices and design is an essential part of our corporate responsibility,” said Erin Istanbulluoglu, director of environmental and social Stewardship.

For more information on the CSED Energy Efficiency Education Center or to make a donation for continued development, please visit:

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Tandus Centiva launches new Code Series design

CodeSeries_Editorial4CDalton — Tandus Centiva said it has launched a new design, Code Series from designer Suzanne Tick.

Technology and the power to work at a new pace have changed the way a space is defined. Today’s spaces demand flexibility. Suzanne Tick takes the idea of digital connection and creates a design language that allows for agile transformation from one color to another. The company said this ability to connect is celebrated by the Code Series giving architects and designers endless opportunities for dividing or defining a space.

Available in several distinct styles, Code Series delivers innovative ways to combine large and small-scale patterns.

Code, tip-shear and tonal shifts strip away the hard edges associated with technology while maintaining the 90-degree angles that provide a timeless architectural aesthetic. The Code palette provides color stepping for modular gradations and new tertiary brights for pops of accent color.

MegaCode takes Code up a notch in scale, designed for use in lobbies and other large open spaces or in combination with Code and Code Transition to create even larger modular designs.

Code Transition is specifically designed as a connection piece to combine products and colorways and is available in a range of tones.

Code Series is enhanced by the introduction of new yellow, green, magenta and orange solution-dyed Tandus Centiva Dynex yarns.

Like all Tandus Centiva soft surface products, Code, MegaCode and Code Transition are 100% recyclable through Tandus Centiva’s ReStart Program, the industry’s first to be SCS-certified.