Archive for 2011

31
October

USFloors Solar Array featured in Solar Tour Article

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USFloors was featured in article in the Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, covering United Renewable Energy’s (URE) solar tour that took place in Dalton, GA on Friday, Oct. 28.

United Renewable Energy, which has installed many of Dalton’s solar energy sites, hosted a tour for Dalton leaders, business owners from across the state and officials involved in promoting renewable energy in Georgia.

The tour included a rooftop solar array at USFloors, a newly installed array on top of a landfill at Textile Rubber and Chemical Co., Dalton Utilities’ solar system and a solar tracking panel at IVC.

Piet Dossche, CEO of USFloors, told the group that for him solar isn’t just about the environment — it makes good business sense for his company.

The company has saved 40 percent on utility costs since installing the panels, he said.

“I’m not a tree-hugger; I’m a business person,” he said, amidst laughs from his listeners. “And the numbers do make sense.”

Dossche said he also prides himself in being a leader, creating a more diverse economy in Dalton’s carpet-heavy manufacturing world and helping the county become more energy independent.

To read the entire Times Free Press article, click here.

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7
July

Georgia Trend Magazine Spotlights USFloors’ Solar

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July 7, 2011-Dalton, GA- USFloors’ investments in solar power generation were included as part of an article on Georgia’s solar industry in the July 2011 issue of Georgia Trend, a magazine focusing on Georgia business, politics, and economic development.

USFloors 350 kilowatt rooftop solar array in Dalton, GA

The article highlights USFloors’ tremendous contribution to Georgia’s renewable energy supply, in spite of the state’s lethargic embrace of its growing solar industry. Notable are the 1701 solar photovoltaic panels which cover a large portion of the 100,000 sq. ft. roof of USFloors’ Corporate Center and Manufacturing facility in Dalton. The system generates 350 kilowatts of clean, renewable solar energy and is a significant portion of the 500 kilowatt total system that makes USFloors the largest commercial solar power producer in the state of Georgia. According the USFloors President/CEO Piet Dossche, the companies commitment to solar power “takes our commitment to sustainability another step further.” USFloors is the leading supplier of sustainable cork, bamboo, and FSC-certified hardwood floors in the US.

USFloors 500 kilowatt system captures enough energy to power 54 homes and will offset more than 11,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the 25 year lifespan of the panels.

To read the Georgia Trend article in it’s entirety, click here.

Category : Articles | USF Contract
21
June

USFContract’s Cork Decor Captures Best of Neocon Gold

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06.14.2011– CHICAGO — USFContract, a leading cork, bamboo and hardwood flooring supplier for contract interiors, announced today that the company’s new Cork Décor, Volume 2, captured a Gold Best of NeoCon Award in the resilient flooring category.

Mark Brunelle of USFContract with BON Gold award

Cork Décor is a vinyl-encapsulated cork tile that carries a 15 year heavy commercial warranty, likely the only commercial cork floor with such a warranty. Cork Décor Volume 2 made its debut at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart during NeoCon 2011, the National Exposition of Contract Furnishings.

Best of Neocon, presented by Contract Magazine, is awarded by the Best of Neocon jury, composed of 45 corporate, government, and institutional facilities management executives, interior designers, and architects, who are responsible for selecting and buying furniture and furnishings for their specific organizations or clients. The seven jury teams visited Merchandise Mart showrooms and temporary market suites to judge each product in person. Manufacturers or product designers had the opportunity to explain and discuss details of the entered product and answer jurors’ questions.

A mere two years in existence, USFContract has managed to capture this coveted award which has eluded many mature contract commercial companies with many more years in the contract market. Other companies with products entered in the resilient category included Mannington, Johnsonite, Amtico, Centiva, and Karndean among others.

Cork Décor:
USFContract’s Cork Décor from Natural Cork® takes traditional cork flooring and adds extreme durability to create a collection of eco-friendly flooring designed to perform in the most demanding commercial applications. The high performance attributes are achieved by applying an acrylic nano bead lacquer finish to the surface of the vinyl clad cork core. The nano beads are embedded into the top layer to provide improved scratch, scuff, stain, and slip resistance. Cork Décor also utilizes Acrodur®, a water based binder that significantly reduces the level of emissions without compromising the technical performance of the

Best of Neocon Gold winner Cork Decor Volume 2 from USFContract

floor. The vinyl backing provides dimensional stability and strength to the Cork Décor tiles making it highly resistant to tearing and moisture. Natural Cork® Cork Décor Tiles are certified by the very stringent GreenGuard® Children and Schools Indoor Air Quality certification program for low emitting interior building materials, furnishings, and finish systems. GreenGuard Children & Schools Certified products can also be used as a strategy to earn valuable credits in the CHPS Best Practices Manual for K-12 schools, U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System, Green Guide for Healthcare, NAHB Green Building Guidelines, Green Globes, Regreen and many other local green building codes.

About USFContract
USFContract is a division of USFloors, the only US-based cork and bamboo flooring supplier with manufacturing facilities located in the U.S. Founded in May 2001, USFloors features state‐of‐the‐art finishing and profiling lines for flooring and moldings. USFloors’ manufacturing facility is the only manufacturing facility in Georgia utilizing photovoltaic panels to generate clean, renewable energy. USFloors also manufactures a wide assortment of bamboo and distinctive hardwood products. USFloors is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

To learn more about Cork Décor or order samples, visit usfcontract.com.

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21
February

Natural Cork Floors: A New Way to Get the Kids to Sleep

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Occasionally we get testimonials about how much people love their Natural Cork floors that we just have to share with you. This is another of those.

In the interest of full disclosure, Jim Ed Oberst works for a company called Brewco Marketing Group. Brewco designed, built, and manages the Decor[k] mobile cork showroom that is touring home shows across America, educating consumers about the unmatched beauty and virtues of cork flooring. Decor[k] is an outreach of APCOR, the Portuguese Cork Association, of which USFloors is a member. If you want to know more about the Decor[k] tour and mobile showroom, or you want learn about cork flooring, or your interested to see what HGTV celebrity designer Candice Olson thinks about cork flooring, or you just want to browse a really cool website, visit www.realcorkfloors.com. Now back to the story…

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