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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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September

A Bright Future for Solar in Dalton, GA

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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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29
July

USFloors Receives GreenStep Award

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Floor Covering Weekly Honors Company for Contribution to Renewable Energy

Dalton, GA – USFloors has been awarded the GreenStep Award in the Process category as presented by Floor Covering Weekly for its 144 kw photovoltaic solar array and their newest warehouse in Dalton, GA. The Process Category refers to companies that implement a practice or process improvement that reduces negative environmental impact or promotes sustainability. The awards are selected by an independent panel that includes industry professionals from trade associations, retailers, and environmental experts.

The 144 kw array is currently the largest commercial solar installation in the state of Georgia. The system generates 100% of the power required for the buildings energy needs. This is not the first array for USFloors, a sustainable flooring manufacturer, but for now its largest.

Other manufacturers receiving awards included Mohawk, Interface, Anderson Hardwoods, Crossville, Mannington Commercial, and Mullican. USFloors’ President and CEO Piet Dossche commented, “We are honored to be among the leaders in the flooring industry who are working diligently to accelerate our contributions to sustainability and environmentally responsible practices. We will continue to expand our efforts in promoting sustainable flooring and in clean, renewable solar energy.”

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June

USFloors Achieves GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification for Natural Cork Floating Floors

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Dalton, GA – USFloors Inc. has achieved GREENGUARD® Children & Schools Certification for it’s line of Natural Cork® Floating Floors with the Endura AR™ finish as well as it’s entry level Ecocork® Floating Floors. Earlier this year, USFloors achieved the Children & Schools certification for its Natural Bamboo® flooring line, the only bamboo flooring line to achieve this stringent certification standard for indoor air quality. With the addition of the Natural Cork® floating floors, USFloors is the only flooring supplier to have both cork and bamboo flooring lines with GREENGUARD Children & Schools certification in it’s product portfolio.

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January

USFloors Commissions Georgia’s Largest Commercial Solar Array

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The Sun is Shining in Dalton, GA

January 19, 2010– The largest commercial solar array in the state was commissioned today in

USFloors New Solar Array is Visible from Interstate 75

USFloors' newest solar array is visible from Interstate 75

Dalton, GA. USFloors, a nationwide leader in sustainable flooring, installed an 144.48 kW solar array on their facilities. USFloors President Piet Dossche explained, “The array is expected to more than cover the energy needs for our green building, producing enough energy to power 10 Georgia homes. As part of USFloors’ ongoing sustainability mission, we have more than quadrupled the amount of solar energy we provide to the community.” The array covers approximately 14,500 square feet, and is visible from I-75.

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December

USFloors Earns First-Ever GREENGUARD Children & School Certification for Bamboo Floors

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The following press release was distributed by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a third-party organization that administers the GREENGUARD certification programs.

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Rigorous Indoor Air Quality Certification Augments USFloors’ Sustainability Credentials

ATLANTA (December 10, 2009) – The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is proud to announce that USFloors, Inc. has achieved the first-ever GREENGUARD Certification for a complete line of bamboo flooring. Though bamboo flooring has long been considered a sustainable choice because it is a rapidly renewable material, it now helps create healthier indoor environments by meeting the stringent chemical emissions standards of the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM. continue

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November

USF Contract Wins Greenbuild Exhibitor Award

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Phoenix, AZ – USF Contract, the commercial division of USFloors, was awarded the Green Exhibitor Award for the Partner Level at the 2009 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held recently in Phoenix, AZ. The Green Exhibitor Awards are based on points accumulated by using the Green Exhibition Scorecard provided by Greenbuild and the USGBC. continue

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2
July

Four At USFloors Achieve LEED AP Status

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DALTON, GA Four on the management staff of USFloors have achieved accreditation as a LEED AP certified by the Green Building Certification Institute. Those four include: Deborah Hardin, VP of Sales and Marketing; Patty Ward, West Coast Regional Sales Manager; Bruce Graye, Northeastern Regional Sales Manager; Gary Keeble, Jr., Marketing Manager.

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28
June

USFloors Enters Contract Market at NeoCon 2009

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New Introductions Include Naturally Sustainable Cork, Strand Woven Bamboo and Corboo™
Color, Innovation and Design Define USFloors’ Product Offering for Contract

Chicago – For leading cork and bamboo flooring manufacturer USFloors, the company’s product introductions for NeoCon 2009 represent the company’s foray into the contract market and the culmination of nearly a decade of design and innovation. Opening today in Chicago, NeoCon is the world’s largest market event for interior designers, architects and facility management professionals.

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April

Sustainable Flooring and Solar Power Fuel Growth in Georgia

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Georgia based United Renewable Energy, LLC and US Floors Inc. complete the first phase of a 94.5 kw solar electric power generation system

Dalton, GA based US Floors Inc. a leading sustainable flooring manufacturer, has completed the installation of the first phase of what is likely to be the largest privately owned solar power generation system in the State. The system is mounted on the rooftop of their new sustainable flooring plant in Dalton, which began production of unique and sustainable flooring products in late 2008.

The rooftop array currently consists of 180 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that generate electricity directly from sunlight. The completed system is rated at 31.5 kilowatts, and generates enough electricity to power four Georgia homes. When the next two phases are installed, the total output of the system will exceed 94 kilowatts, powering a significant portion of the building’s electrical requirements.

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