USF Contract

19
September

09.19.2012 – DALTON, GA – USFContract, the leading supplier of cork, bamboo and hardwood for contract commercial interiors announced today the launch of the newly, rebuilt company website located at usfcontract.com.

The newly released website is designed with a clean, fresh look and user-friendly navigation features, updated with the latest information about USFContract products and specifications. The site contains information about existing products as well as new products like the Citadel and Bretagne FSC® Certified hardwood collections. Comprehensive information about Natural Cork™, Natural Bamboo™, and Natural Wood™ for commercial markets is now available under one “roof”.

The site features product photos with several perspectives, accompanied by complete technical specifications and related technical data easily accessible on each product page. In addition, samples of the products can be ordered quickly and easily from the product page.

“Our primary goal was to build a user-friendly site that is simple to navigate,” stated Mark Brunelle, USFContract National Sales Manager. He continued, “With the new site, clients and prospective clients are provided access to extensive product information and product visuals which will allow for exceptional quick reference for presentations and specifications. This site will no doubt increase and strengthen our business relationships with the specifiers and end users.”

Piet Dossche, President and CEO of parent company USFloors Inc., commented, “As the only commercial supplier of a complete line of sustainable cork, bamboo, and FSC® Certified hardwood floors, our new website allows commercial interior designers to have one stop shopping for the largest selection of sustainable flooring designed for commercial applications. The new website confirms our commitment to serving commercial markets and targeting them for additional growth opportunities.”

About USFContract
USFContract is a division of USFloors, the only US-based cork, bamboo, and FSC® Certified hardwood 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 manufactures and distributes the industries widest assortment of cork, bamboo, and distinctive hardwood products engineered for specified commercial applications. USFloors is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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7
July

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.

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21
June

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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15
November

USFloors is the largest producer of solar energy in Georgia.

November 12, 2010, Dalton, GA – USFloors has commissioned its third solar photovoltaic (PV) project intended to supply half of the facility’s energy. This installation of 365.04 kw is the largest solar array in Georgia, eclipsing the record once held by the Georgia Tech Natatorium, installed for the 1996 Olympics. Alpharetta-based United Renewable Energy installed 1521 Suniva solar panels and an SMA Sunny Central Inverter for this ARRA, GEFA Grant funded project . The combined output of all three USFloors solar arrays will total over half a Megawatt, and makes USFloors the largest producer of solar energy in the state of Georgia. USFloors is producing enough solar energy to power 54 average American homes, offsetting 11,400 tons of CO2 and nearly 23 million vehicle miles.

Commerce in Dalton has thrived for decades, providing jobs, growth and a competitive marketplace. In recent years, the manufacturers that made Dalton the Flooring Capital of the World have been challenged to survive changes in the economy. USFloors, a distributor and manufacturer of eco-friendly cork and bamboo, has “greenstreamed”

their operations, adding jobs while much of Dalton struggles with unemployment, and making investments in renewable energy. USFloors has installed over 540 kW of solar panels and is in the process of developing a LEED certified facility and has emerged as a leader in sustainable flooring. Now, they have commissioned the largest solar array in the state. USFloors is reducing its carbon footprint by walking the talk.

Piet Dossche, President of USFloors, Inc., began his green campaign in 2007, becoming the only cork and bamboo flooring supplier with manufacturing capability in the country. A recipient of the Green Step Award in 2010, the company is committed to exclusively using sustainable resources for its flooring, and complying with rigorous U.S. and European environmental standards. By following strict Forest Stewardship Council guidelines, USFloors avoids clear cut or non-managed plantations, and promotes green building through renewable energy and LEED initiatives. This has earned them a position of respect within the sustainability community. USFloors is now the largest producer of solar energy in the state of Georgia. To install this solar array, the company took advantage of a 30% Federal Grant and a 35% State Grant given by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.

USFloors’ expansion of their solar investment sets an example as a cleaner, greener way to power a manufacturing business. According to Dossche, “USFloors strives to be an example of how a privately-owned company can be a part of the effort to contribute to the solution of cleaner power.” In building the state’s flagship solar array, USFloors partnered with local, Georgia-based companies to ensure that the state’s economy was benefitted as well. Norcross-based Suniva provided the solar panels for the array. Georgia-based United Renewable Energy expanded its Dalton workforce to maintain a commitment to developing skilled labor in the communities it services.

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4
October

The blog at naturalinteriors.com features an article about USFloors’ patent pending Corboo – a hybrid strand woven bamboo and cork floor – being installed the Campus Commons at Miami University of Ohio. Campus Commons is a complex of 18 duplexes and 3 single family homes, still under construction. The project was designed by Architects Plus in Cincinnati and is being built LEED for Homes standards.

Throughout the project, Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors of Milford, OH, has installed Corboo from USFloors. Read the entire article at http://www.naturalinteriors.com/2010/07/customer-gallery-2/

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30
September

The largest solar array in the state is breaking ground this week, and you can visit it from 9 am – 2  pm on October 2nd, as part of the National Solar Tour. Visitors may see a portion of the array at the USFloors Headquarters located at:  3580  Corporate Drive, Dalton, Georgia, 30721.                 

Dalton, GA. – USFloors, a nationwide leader in sustainable flooring, will commence the installation of a 365 kw solar array on its facilities. This array will be the third for USFloors and will bring their total to well over half a Megawatt. This installation will make USFloors the largest producer of solar in the State of Georgia.

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9
September
An amazing Natural Bamboo installation!

An amazing Natural Bamboo installation!

Cincinnati, OH – Here’s an interesting Natural Bamboo flooring installation if I’ve ever seen one. These photos come courtesy of Ben Lanich, Store Manager of Carpetland Carpet One in Cincinnati, an independent retailer who carries USFloors Natural Bamboo flooring line. The customer, Evergreen Holistic Learning Center, created a one-of-a-kind custom installation by mixing Natural, Spice, and Stained Cognac Horizontal Bamboo.

According to Mr. Lanich, “[Evergreen Holistic] is a learning center for local colleges and high schools with a main focus on green continuous building and farming practices. The customer wanted a unique, sustainable floor that they could use as a teaching tool and a conversation piece. I think they got exactly what they wanted!”

Located on 8 1/2 acres in the Spring Grove Village community, Evergreen is strongly dedicated to serving people throughout all stages of life, and particularly emphasizes the support and advancement of the urban community.

For more photos of Evergreen’s beautiful Natural Bamboo floors, click here to visit our Flickr site.

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21
April

USF Contract was featured in a product focus in the April 2010 edition of Contract Magazine’s Green Scene. The product focus notes USF Contract’s 36 colors of strand woven bamboo as well as the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification attained by USF Contract’s Natural Bamboo floors. The Natural Bamboo line by USF Contract, and it’s parent company, USFloors, is the only bamboo line with the stringent GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification, a reference standard for credit EQ 4.3 Low Emitting Materials – Flooring Systems under LEED v.3. For more information on USF Contract visit usfcontract.com.

USF Contract is showing at Neocon 2010. You can find us in the Merchandise Mart on the 8th Floor, Space 6054.

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22
March

USFloors latest solar array installation was featured in a article published in the March 20 edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The article features interesting facts about the solar array, the largest commercial solar array in the state of Georgia. Click here to view the article in its entirety.

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19
March
Royce Epstein of Kling Stubbins

Royce Epstein of Kling Stubbins

USFContract, the specified commercial division of USFloors Inc., was recently profiled on “REPEAT NO REPEAT” a blog about materials, finishes, and interior design. Royce Epstein, a veteran Resource Specialist at Kling Stubbins, profiles the USFContract product line in her blog, making special note of Corboo, USFC’s exclusive patent-pending strand woven bamboo and cork hybrid plank, and Cork Decor, a heavy commercial cork floor with unique and distinctive visuals. Kling Stubbins, located in Philadelphia, is one of the largest architecture and interior design firms in the country. To read the article in its entirety CLICK HERE. For more information on USF Contract and to view the USFC product line visit usfcontract.com.

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