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NWFA completes 25th home with Gary Sinise Foundation

St. Louis—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has provided flooring for its 25th home in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds custom, specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. The home dedication for US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Bottrell took place in San Diego, Dec. 12. Flooring for the project was donated by NWFA member Mullican Flooring.

EOD1 Bottrell attended Explosive Ordnance Disposal school in 2008 and reported to EOD mobile unit 3 a year later. In 2011, he was deployed to Afghanistan with Seal Team 10. His injuries occurred on Oct. 1, 2011 when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in the loss of both legs, and his left arm.

“EOD1 Bottrell has an amazingly positive attitude,” said Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO. “He embraces the belief that we all have control of our lives and that if you don’t like your situation, it’s up to you, and you only, to change it. He’s an inspiring individual who leaves an impression on everyone he meets. We’re honored to partner with Mullican to provide flooring for his new home.”

In addition to the 25 homes already completed, NWFA currently is working with its members to source wood flooring for 19 additional R.I.S.E. homes in various stages of planning and construction. Currently, 52 NWFA member companies have donated product, logistics and installation services in locations throughout the United States, with a total value of more than $3.52 million. A list of all NWFA R.I.S.E. partners is listed at nwfa.org/giving-back.aspx.

By the end of this year, 59 specially adapted smart homes will be completed or underway through the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program. To learn more about the program, contact the NWFA at 800.422.4556, or e-mail anita.howard@nwfa.org.

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Carpet One Floor & Home stores install flooring for injured veterans

Warren’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Amherst, N.Y., and Floors Inc. Carpet One Floor & Home in South Lake, Texas, recently installed flooring in two new smart homes for injured American veterans.

USMC CPL Mark O’Brien, along with his wife and two children, moved into their donated smart home this past fall. In late November, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, USMC SSGT Marcus Burleson and his family were likewise presented with a custom-built smart home.

CPL O’Brien, now a resident of East Aurora, N.Y., was severely injured in 2004, after a rocket propelled grenade struck his Humvee during a combat mission in Iraq. He sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost both his right arm and his right leg.

Warren’s Carpet One Floor & Home donated the flooring installation throughout the O’Brien home, while both Madison Carpet One and Tontine Carpet One provided assistance.

SSGT Burleson, now a resident of Dublin, Texas, was severely injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan—his third deployment—in late 2011. He lost both arms in the explosion and sustained a broken neck, multiple broken bones, and the loss of vision in his left eye.

Floors Inc. Carpet One Floor & Home donated the flooring installation throughout the Burleson home.

“This is a season when many of us pause and reflect on all we are thankful for,” said Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One Floor & Home. “During this time of giving, we’re especially honored to show our gratitude by helping provide smart homes for some of the selfless individuals who gave so much of themselves.”

Since 2014, Carpet One Floor & Home has been a proud partner of Building for America’s Bravest, a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The national floor covering cooperative has assisted in the completion of several dozen smart homes, all provided at no charge to veterans who’ve sustained life-altering injuries in the line of duty.

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Quick-Step featured on Operation Build’s ‘I’m Coming Home’ renovation

Muse_-7910_previewCalhoun, Ga.—Operation Build, A&E’s home improvement series, has selected Quick-Step flooring for its nationally televised “I’m Coming Home” show, which is dedicated to providing lifestyle solutions for military heroes and their families.

Quick-Step donated Eligna Heritage Oak laminate flooring, a weathered look with a natural authentic texture in an extra-long plank style, for the project. It was installed in the Concord, N.C. home of Susan and Mark McClamrock. Their 22-year-old son, Army Pfc. James F. McClamrock, was killed in action in Iraq in 2010.

“We are so grateful that we could help the McClamrocks and pay tribute to their brave son through our involvement with ‘I’m Coming Home,’” said Jason Sims, director of brand marketing, distribution. “Operation Build is about Americans helping Americans, and in this case, it is neighbors helping neighbors. Quick-Step flooring is made in North Carolina by American craftsmen.”

The makeover of the McClamrock home included several rooms and the relocation of their master bedroom downstairs to make it easier on Susan McClamrock, who has recently suffered some health issues.

Episode one of Operation Build’s “I’m Coming Home” featuring the McClamrock renovation aired on A&E Network on Nov. 4. It will air again on FYI Network at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. Episode two will air on A&E at 7:00 a.m. on Nov. 11 and on FYI at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 18.

MUSE Residential was the designer on the project, and Todd Monroe of JJ Haines and Travis Spicer of Integrity Flooring donated their time for installation.

For more information, visit quick-step.com.

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Tile & Carpet Town Carpet One Floor & Home installs flooring for new smart home

Syracuse, N.Y.—Tile & Carpet Town Carpet One Floor & Home in Dewitt, N.Y., recently installed flooring to help complete a smart home for SPC E-4 Matthew Leyva. The home was built through Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB) and marks the 33rd completed home since Carpet One Floor & Home partnered with the program in 2014. The home will be dedicated Sept. 11 to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives to protect America’s freedom since the attacks on the World Trade Center. The dedication ceremony will be live streamed via Upstream and can be accessed by visiting ustream.tv/channel/visual-technologies.

“Sept. 11 is a day that always makes us reflect on our freedom and the price many have paid to protect it,” said Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One Floor & Home. “I can’t think of a better way to remember this sacrifice than helping to provide a smart home for one of these brave individuals.”

Army SPC E-4 Matthew Leyva was severely injured when he stepped on a pressure-plate improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Aug. 9, 2011. The complex blast injury resulted in Leyva losing both his legs, four of his fingers (his pinky and ring fingers from each hand) and a shattered left elbow.

Carpet One Floor & Home has committed to install the flooring, provided by Mohawk Industries, for all homes built through the BFAB program. The cooperative of independent retailers has also supported the program through fundraising events and will participate at the upcoming T2T 5K Run/Walk organized by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

To learn more, visit: carpetone.com/ourbravest. 

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Carpet One Floor & Home donates to the Travis Mills Foundation retreat

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.53.36 AMRome, Maine—Carpet One Floor & Home, in support of the Travis Mills Foundation, has donated the flooring installation for a Maine retreat. The foundation is dedicated to helping injured veterans and their families, and this new retreat will provide a place for them to get away.

The Travis Mills Foundation was founded by Travis Mills, a retired United States Army Staff Sergeant of the 82nd Airborne. In 2012 Mills lost major parts of both legs and both arms to an explosion during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Mills is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. In 2013, after returning home and participating in recovery, Mills founded the Travis Mills Foundation. Mills lives and operates the foundation by his personal motto: “Never give up. Never quit.”

The Travis Mills Foundation purchased a Maine property in 2015 with plans to build a retreat for other combat-injured veterans and their families. The estate had previously been owned by Elizabeth Arden and was an operating spa for much of the 20th century. An estimated $2.75 million was needed to renovate the estate and install the necessary features to make the retreat and all of the activities accessible for injured veterans. To aid these renovation efforts Carpet One Floor & Home installed flooring that is both functional and complementary to historic building. Mohawk provided the LVT and carpet tiles used in the project.

Carpet One Floor & Home has partnered with Building for America’s Bravest for over three years. In October 2014, Mills, his wife and daughter received a smart home through Building for America’s Bravest. Since then Carpet One Floor & Home has actively followed Mills’ foundation and was thrilled to contribute to the retreat.

For more information, visit travismills.org

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INSTALL, H2H partnership brings veterans to industry

install_logo_2color_pathsGlassboro, N.J.—In April 2016, INSTALL and Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) forged a partnership calling on INSTALL contractors to sponsor veterans with the goal of bringing new skilled workers into the floorcovering industry through an apprenticeship program. The partnership has since been actively recruiting veterans in both the U.S. and Canada, and has seen tremendous results.

At the outset of the partnership INSTALL and H2H set a goal of enrolling at least one veteran into the INSTALL apprenticeship program per month in 2016. Since April, INSTALL has entered 13 veterans into the program, meeting its goal by 163% with a little over a month left in the year. Additionally, more than 80 vets have shown interest in an apprenticeship and INSTALL is connecting them to contractors for possible career opportunities.

“This is a situation where justice, patriotism, and good business are all served,” said John McGrath, executive director, INSTALL. “Our veterans are disciplined, team- and goal-oriented and deserve all the help in re-entering civilian life that can be provided. INSTALL and our contractors appreciate their service in defending our freedom and liberties and are eager to embrace our veterans.”

H2H operates in both the U.S. and Canada with two complimentary, but independent programs that connect National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.

INSTALL is a training and certification program dedicated to putting highly skilled floorcoverers to work in an industry that is suffering from a shortage in skilled labor. The two programs, recognizing the great potential to help each other, established the partnership with the ultimate goal of putting more veterans to work.

“H2H is a fantastic program and has been a huge hit,” Thomas Sommers, training director of Thomas C. Ober Carpenters Training Center, said. “We have and always will, welcome and support all applicants from our Armed Forces. We have a special provision that allows an H2H applicant to jump to the top of the list during the application process.”

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-52-38-amThe partnership is gaining traction throughout the U.S. and Canada and is successfully bringing veterans into the workforce with the right skills and training. Veterans are able to apply to the program year-round and INSTALL is helping them succeed in all stages of the program, from application to completion.

“Entering the H2H program was a broadening experience,” said Tim Guinns, floorcovering installer at Strahm Inc. “I learned new skills and new ways of dealing with people, a sharp contrast from military routine. Through H2H I was put on the fast track in the INSTALL apprenticeship program to become a journeyman and was able to develop the skills I needed to perform in the field.”

“The program has helped me to support my family and become recognized as a professional,” Guinns continued. “Because I have INSTALL training, people notice and that goes a long way.”

Derek Palase, a new Northeast Regional Council INSTALL apprentice will start his apprenticeship in the coming weeks. “I’ve had experience with a lot of different jobs, but have never considered entering a trade,” Palase said. “I know a lot of union workers and they are all experts in their field. This opportunity will develop my floorcovering skills allowing me to become an expert as well.”

Flooring contractors interested in this program should contact John McGrath, INSTALL executive director, info@installfloors.org.

Veterans interested in pursuing a career in floorcovering through the INSTALL program should begin the process by contacting Helmets to Hardhats:

United States: rschwartz@helmetstohardhats.org
Canada: info@helmetstohardhats.ca