Fuse Alliance announced the recipients of the network's member and supplier awards, which were presented to the winners at the organization's annual conference. Fuse Alliance also announced the winners of its Second Annual Spark Awards, which are presented to network members for outstanding projects. With a record attendance of more than 300 attendees from the U.S. and Canada, the Fuse Alliance annual conference was held in New Orleans, La., and focused on connecting facility managers and other end-use customers with the network's flooring experts.
"We're always inspired by the energy and camaraderie among our members and suppliers at our annual Fuse conferences, and this year was no exception,” said Geoff Gordon, executive director for Fuse Alliance. “Connecting face-to-face with industry peers, recognizing the talent and expertise in our industry, and sharing best practices is truly the value that Fuse provides. In addition to honoring our members and suppliers, we were thrilled to recognize our members for extraordinary project installations through our Second Annual Spark Awards. We had 35 amazing entries across multiple categories."
Fuse Alliance network members were recognized for excellence in communication, reporting and follow up, loyalty, sustainability and spirit. Members received awards during a dinner and presentation which was held on during the network's annual conference.
Cutting Edge Flooring (Alberta, Canada) captured Excellence in Communication. Messina Floor Covering (Cleveland, Ohio) took home Excellence in Reporting and Follow-Up. Three network members received Excellence in Loyalty: Flooring Solutions (Livermore, Calif.); Business Flooring Specialists (Texas); and One Source Commercial (Texas). Legacy Group (Seattle, Wash.) was recognized for its contribution to Ecollect, Fuse Alliance's reclamation program. Finally, Floors (Neb.), received the Spirit Award.
Supplier Awards were presented to four of the network's preferred suppliers. Daltile received Best Product, Ardex received Best Service, and Karndean received Best Support. Schönox, HPS North America captured Supplier of the Year. Fuse Alliance conducts an annual member survey for the Supplier Awards.
The Spark Awards celebrate excellence in project design installed by its network members and is centered on flooring. Based on originality, quality of installation and design innovation, the awards represent outstanding craftsmanship, skill and expertise in the flooring industry. The awards were judged by the Fuse staff.
GP Flooring Solutions (Rochester, N.Y.) captured Best in Show for Del Lago Resort & Casino. Most Maximized Budget went to Signature Commercial Flooring (Calif.) for North Mountain Middle School Gymnasium. Two companies won the Greatest Space Challenge: Flooring Resources (Chicago, Ill.) for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Floors, Inc. (Neb.) for Orpheum Theatre. The Most Aggressive Timeline/Schedule went to Signature Floors for Murrieta Medical Office.
The Best Flooring Solution went to Noland Sales (Chicago, Ill.) for Saukview Middle School and Floors, Inc. for St. Elizabeth's Hospital. The Toughest Site Conditions award went to Floorz (Colo.) for McCarthy General Construction, and Commercial Interior Resources (Orange County, Calif.) for Skidrow Housing Trust. Finally, Best Branded Environment was awarded to Floors, Inc., for Settje Agri Services & Engineering, and Signature Commercial Flooring for Ventura Medical Office Building.
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