Mannington Commercial Pioneers Domestic Production of Click LVT

Mannington Commercial, a leader in flooring for commercial interiors, has become the first and only manufacturer to produce click installation system commercial LVT in the United States. By manufacturing the LockSolid lines of LVT entirely in its Georgia facilities, Mannington is able to deliver higher quality standards, better customer service, and shorter lead times.

The patented floating floor system provides easy and reliable installation over subfloor, existing surfaces, and areas where moisture is a challenge or asbestos removal is a problem. Installation of the tile and plank products saves time and money, with 20-50% in cost reduction as a result of reduced floor prep time, faster installs, no time required for adhesive to cure, and less workplace downtime. Once installed, LockSolid floors ensure superior strength, no seam separation, and durability under heavy rolling loads.

The glueless installation system not only cuts costs, it also reduces environmental impact, including improvement of air quality through the elimination of VOCs from adhesives.

Since beginning on-shoring production of Mannington and Amtico LVT products in 2013, Mannington has already seen a 30% increase in jobs in its plants in Madison and Conyers, Georgia, with more than 200 additional jobs to be added by the end of 2014. Not only is domestic production of the product category good for the communities where Mannington’s facilities are located, it’s also better for customers. Domestic manufacturing enables the company to deliver LVT with drastically shorter lead times – seven business days as compared to an industry standard of fourteen weeks – and higher levels of customer service.

“Our LockSolid LVT is the highest performing click system in the industry,” said David Sheehan, Vice President – Commercial Hard Surface. “By manufacturing products here, rather than in Asia, we are able to control every aspect of the customer experience, from production to customer service.”

Mannington began production of LockSolid LVT with its popular Nature’s Path line, and is expanding the technology to other product lines in its portfolio.

Mannington launches Touchstone, a New Look at Premium VCT

Mannington Commercial, a leader in flooring for commercial interiors, announced today the launch of a new VCT portfolio of products, featuring Touchstone. An integrated system of VCT choices that work for education, healthcare, retail, and Main Street – Touchstone,  brings a premium visual to a value product.

“There is no doubt that VCT’s appeal is in its durability, low cost, color and design flexibility that make it a best value flooring options,” said Reese Moore, Mannington’s Director of Commercial Business–VCT. “However, over the course of 2013, our product designers stepped back and looked at it with fresh eyes. The result is a new portfolio of VCT, with three distinct visuals and one amazing color palette.”

Touchstone is a monolithic, more modern aesthetic constructed with finer particles making up the surface visual, and a streamlined palette of the right color choices for today’s projects. Progressions offers a sophisticated, nondirectional pattern, and Essentials brings a traditional VCT visual.

The updated palette of 40 colors ranging from the sophisticated classics expected of VCT, to a smart set of fresh pop and accents colors. A mix of warms and cools is offered in step-down values, so that the right coordinating option is always available. All three of the products coordinate to Mannington’s nine integrated product categories, from cove base to resilient sheet to carpet.

Smart product design and investment in reclamation technologies enabled Mannington to launch the industry’s leading VCT into VCT recycling program, five years ago. Touchstone and Progressions contain post-consumer recycled content. Touchstone is also NSF/ANSI-332 certified as an environmentally preferable product, to the Gold level. Along with the Progressions and Essentials lines, it is also FloorScore certified.

Mannington has a long reputation for exceptional levels of service and quality, as well as for supporting the local communities and economies where it manufactures. The Salem, New Jersey facilities where VCT is products are ISO-14001 certified, use energy generated on-site by the flooring industry’s largest solar array, and provide critical jobs to the surrounding community.

Mannington Commercial Launches Bouclé: A Fashion Classic for the Floor

Bouclé by Mannington Commercial brings visually rich texture to broadloom and modular carpet, reinterpreting a classic fashion textile into a modern, luxe aesthetic for the floor. An Interior Design 2013 Best of Year finalist, the collection builds on premium performance characteristics while staying true to its textile inspiration. Because it takes both substance and style to be a classic.
Using a proprietary, ultra-large denier yarn with patented variable twist technology to bring a gorgeous, chunky, yarn-centric, heavily textured look and feel, with construction that stands up to heavy foot traffic.<br><br>
The colorways deliver a beautiful complexity that grows out of the texture—in a palette ranging from intense and vibrant hues to timeless neutrals. Engineered with Ultron fiber for long-term performance, and on backing that is third-party certified by NSF/ANSI as Environmentally Preferable Products.

Bouclé was created as a companion piece to the Redefined Collection, which reinterprets houndstooth, tweed, and other fashion classics as 18″ x 36″ modular carpet. The collection also coordinates with products across Mannington’s entire portfolio of hard and soft surface flooring. Also available in 24″x24″ modular tile. Made in the USA.

Launches mid-March 2014.

Mannington Releases NSF-Verified Environmental Product Declaration for Infinity®RE Carpet Tiles

Mannington has released a second environmental product declaration (EPD), for its Infinity®RE modular carpet tiles.

Infinity RE is a revolutionary carpet backing that diverts carpet tile, one of the largest construction waste streams, from landfills. All carpet backed with Infinity RE is manufactured in Calhoun, GA and contains a minimum of 30% total recycled content, including 10-14% post consumer recycled content by total product weight. Because it has been engineered to Mannington’s high standards of performance, it is warranted never to edge ravel, delaminate, zipper, dome or dish.

Already NSF/ANSI certified as an Environmentally Preferable Product, to the platinum level, Infinity RE has now also been subjected to a full life cycle assessment, verified by two third party reviewers – Sustainable Solutions Corporation and NSF International.

“Many product manufacturers in the building and contraction industry are looking for ways to communicate the environmental performance of their products and services in the marketplace,” said Dave Kitts, Mannington’s VP–Environment. “EPDs have become one of those methods, offering an internationally standardized means of describing a product’s environmental impact, throughout its entire life cycle.”

Recognized in the new LEED V4 Green Building Rating System as well as in GBI’s new Green Globes for New Construction rating tool, EPDs are used by government purchasers, green builders, architects and interior designers to help make more informed product decisions in selecting products that meet their environmental goals. Mannington’s third EPD will be released before year’s end.

Mannington Awarded Gold, Silver at Healthcare Design

Nightingale Awards Recognize Enlighten Sheet and Design Classics Carpet

Mannington Commercial, a leader in flooring for commercial interiors, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Gold and Silver honors for product design, in the 2013 Nightingale Awards. Sponsored by Contract Magazine, The Center for Health Design, and Healthcare Design 2013, the awards showcase the best in product design that contributes to the quality of healthcare.

Winning the Gold award for innovative design for healing environments is Enlighten, a groundbreaking development in the category of resilient sheet. An example of Mannington’s commitment to make the right choices available to customers, Enlighten’s polyolefin/rubber composite formulation – the result of several years of research and development – provides a vinyl alternative choice in a homogeneous sheet ideally suited to the demands of healthcare spaces.

Enlighten combines a strong aesthetic in the right gloss level with high performance, low maintenance, comfort underfoot, and enhanced acoustical properties, as well as 5% post consumer recycled content and 4% rapidly renewable resources.

The Silver award was given to Design Classics, a collection of textured, high-performance modular and broadloom carpet for healthcare and senior living facilities. Designed to work without overwhelming other design elements in a space, the collection brings together lyrically beautiful, large scale patterns in classic and contemporary motifs, paired with a small-scale, modern interpretation of woven fabric. All in a palette of sophisticated colors that help make spaces livable, calming, and luxurious. <br><br>
The collection is offered on Ultrabac® broadloom backing, with minimum of 10% post-consumer recycled content, and on Integra HP® broadloom and Infinity modular backings, which contain pre-consumer recycled content. Each option is certified NSF/ANSI-140 Platinum or Gold, as environmentally preferable products.

Mannington Announces Relaunch of Classics Collection

Carpet for Senior Living and Healthcare

Mannington Commercial, a leader in flooring for commercial interiors, announces the launch of Classics II, a collection of lyrically beautiful, high-performance broadloom and modular carpets.

The traditional and transitional designs were inspired by nature and historically relevant patterning, stylistically translated to bring a sense of luxury and calm to today’s senior living and healthcare spaces. Three patterns from the highly popular original collection – Kipling II, Yeats II, and Arnold II – are modern takes on classic motifs; for the relaunch, three alternate styles have also been added – Rossetti, Tennyson, and Shelley.

The collection is designed to coordinate with other Mannington broadloom and modular carpets in small, medium and large scales – from the curvilinear subtlety of Kami to the small-scale texture of Serikos. The high performance backing of each carpet can also be chemically welded to resilient sheet, LVT, and other carpet from Mannington, creating coordinated and truly seamless transitions from surface to surface. The collection’s palette of 12 colorways has also been updated, presenting a mix of sophisticated hues.

Antron 6,6 fiber and Infinity®Modular, Integra HP®, and UltraBac®RE backings come together in a performance integrated construction, creating a low maintenance, high durability carpet. Colorsafe bleach warranty, Xguard stain warranty, and other lifetime warranties apply.

Mannington Expanding Domestic LVT Manufacturing, Jobs, and Innovative Reclamation Initiatives at Georgia Location

Mannington Expanding Domestic LVT Manufacturing, Jobs, and Innovative Reclamation Initiatives at Georgia Location

Mannington Mills has announced plans to expand its existing LVT manufacturing plant in Madison, Georgia, into an integrated manufacturing, research and development campus. The company is ready to break ground immediately, to double the size of the facility in footprint and add more than 200 jobs.

In 2012, Mannington Mills, a leader in the American LVT market, acquired Amtico International, a leader in LVT in both Europe and the USA. As a fourth generation, family-owned company that is deeply committed to supporting local economies and communities, as well as preserving domestic jobs, Mannington was drawn in part to Amtico’s LVT manufacturing facilities in Madison. Since the acquisition, Mannington has been bringing its LVT products back from China to the U.S., and has already seen a 30% increase in the number of jobs at the Madison facilities.

“Mannington’s decision to grow its business here in Georgia is a direct reflection on the high quality of our workforce and the ease of access we provide to its global markets,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “These are the most critical components of the portfolio we are building in support of our goal of making Georgia the No. 1 state for business.”

“LVT is the flooring industry’s fastest-growing product category, both residentially and commercially,” said Mannington CEO Russell Grizzle. “Through the recent economic downturn, it continued to experience double-digit growth annually, and demand for LVT is forecast to remain on a strong upward trajectory. We believe that expanding the Madison facilities is the right thing to do, to help us better serve our customers, as well as helping us continue our global leadership position in the LVT market.”

As a result of this expansion, Mannington’s domestic LVT manufacturing capacity will have quadrupled since March of 2012. This move establishes Mannington as an early leader in the new trend of “onshoring” – bringing more jobs back to American shores – and also brings faster, more responsive customer service, including a 7 day turnaround for products, as opposed to the industry standard of 14 to 17 weeks.

However, Mannington is not only creating new jobs through capacity–building; the company is also creating jobs through innovation, building infrastructure for the industry’s first LVT reclamation and recycling program. Mannington pioneered the reclamation and recycling of post-consumer carpet as well as of VCT; today, Mannington recycles more than 15 tons of used VCT into new products, every month.

Building upon this success, the company has established a new program to take reclaimed LVT from renovation and demolition products, and closed-loop recycle it back into new LVT. Mannington also has the ability to utilize the LVT post-consumer waste stream into other products in their portfolio.

The new facilities will also extend Mannington’s commitment to smarter, more energy-efficient plant construction, which began with construction of the flooring industry’s largest solar array, 3.3 acres of panels that power resilient manufacturing at Mannington’s New Jersey headquarters. The Madison facilities will be constructed as energy-efficient buildings.

Mannington will maintain its current excellence in product, quality, and service during the expansion, without interruption, and the facility will be fully operational by January 2015.

Mannington Launches Pay-What-You-Can Program for K-12 Schools

‘Choices for Good’ Helps Schools Create Change, from the Floor Up

Mannington Commercial announces that it has launched Choices for Good, a pay what you can for flooring program designed to make a difference for public schools across America. A fourth generation, family-owned company manufacturing in eight communities across the US, Mannington is deeply committed to the communities where associates, suppliers, and customers of the company live and work.

“Too many times, we saw public schools in these communities, and many others, struggling with budget shortages,” said Jack Ganley, President of Mannington Commercial. “Without the funds necessary to perform much-needed renovations, facilities suffered, and so did teachers and students who learn in them. Inspired by initiatives we admired in other industries, we decided to do something about it.”

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Mannington set aside dedicated flooring inventory that would be available to K-12 school systems, at a “pay what you can” price – including carpet, resilient sheet, VCT and rubber tile goods that meet their performance and design needs.

As a Choices for Good customer, schools can pay more or less than the suggested price, which is substantially discounted from retail and wholesale pricing. To sustain the program for other communities in the future, the company asks that schools pay the suggested price, if they are able. To qualify, all sales must be direct to the school district, business, or non-profit.

To learn more, visit <a href=”http://www.choicesForGood.com” target=”_blank”>ChoicesForGood.com</a>.

Mannington Commercial Evolves Abstract Aesthetics in Hetereogeneous Sheet

Mannington Commercial continues its leadership in expanding resilient flooring beyond nature-inspired aesthetics, toward unique patterning that brings visual interest and warmth to the floor. With the launch of the Paradigm Collection at NeoCon this year, Mannington creates a sense of movement, of momentum and evolution, while building on the legacy of performance expected from Mannington Commercial resilient.

“Rather than bring another faux natural pattern to heterogeneous sheet, we wanted to create a visually appealing look that is just as durable as other Mannington heterogeneous sheet,” said Roby Isaac, Creative Manager with the company. “The Paradigm Collection brings the sense of warmth and calm that comes with natural materials, but is entirely rooted in man made and abstract patterning.”

Listening to and working with A+D, to understand what marketplace needs, the team developed three patterns that create a rich visual on the floor without overwhelming other design elements.

Streamline is a wood-inspired grain stripped down to basic forms; Intersect is a spin-off of classic woven materials, yet more delicate and active than standard broadcloth looks. Flow is particularly unique, bringing horizontally linear, pivoted grains that give a soft and undulating feel.

“There is typically a distinctive direction in heterogeneous products, where the grain runs north-to-south,” said Isaac. “We believe that there are real benefits to having a product with an east-to-west grain, including fewer seams and a truly unique pattern distinction.”

Strong yet easy to maintain, with stain-resistant properties and Mannington’s patented QuantumGuard HP wearlayer with a urethane aluminum oxide topcoat cured by an ultraviolet process.

Available in 6, 9 and 12 foot widths for ease of installation and reduced waste, the products can also be welded to other Mannington flooring, including high performance carpet, resilient sheet and LVT, for aseptic transitions that are also mobility-friendly. The product has been certified as a NSF-332 Gold environmentally preferable product, is fully recyclable and Floor Score certified, and manufactured in ISO-14001 certified facilities powered by the industry’s
largest solar array..

Made in the USA; in fact, Mannington is one of only two domestic manufacturers of heavy commercial hetereogeneous flooring.