Shirley J. Lorberbaum, who along with her husband Alan co-founded Aladdin Mills, has been inducted to the World Floor Covering Association Industry Hall of Fame. The posthumous honor was accepted by her son, Mohawk CEO Jeff Lorberbaum, during a reception at Surfaces 2003 in Las Vegas.

Lorberbaum, who passed away in Oct. 1999, became the 30th inductee of the WFCA Hall of Fame and only its second female member, sharing that distinction with the late Rose Blumkin of Nebraska Furniture Mart.

Lorberbaum served as vice president of manufacturing for Alladin. She later became director of sales and marketing, followed by a variety of executive positions in accounting, product development, distribution, and customer relations, including vice president of public relations. In the mid-1990s, Alladin merged with Mohawk Industries.

She served on the board of directors of the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), and was an ardent supporter of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation. Lorberbaum was also active in her community, serving on the board of directors for the Dalton, Ga.-based Oscar Jonas Foundation, as well as president of the Dalton/Whitfield Chamber of Commerce.