Commercial flooring maker Tandus said it has finalized a five-year, $83 million deal to provide flooring for the largest community college district in the U.S. The agreement with the Los Angeles Community College District, which oversees nine colleges in L.A. and the San Fernando Valley, gives Tandus exclusive rights to supply environmentally sustainable contract carpeting for all construction projects in the district. According to Tandus, the deal is the “largest such contract awarded, as well as the most environmentally sustainable [agreement], in the history of the flooring industry.”
to Glen Hussmann, president and CEO of the Dalton, Ga.-based company, Tandus’ won
the supply contract when it demonstrated that it could meet California’s strict “Gold Platinum Standards” and offer a
sustainable warranty. He added that environmental concerns were a major
priority for school officials.
honored to be embarking on such a positive path with LACCD, making a lasting
and positive difference in the quality of life for its students through
sustainable initiatives,” said Hussmann. “We are proud to be the supplier
chosen for our capabilities in design, technology and sustainability,” he said.
official Larry Eisenberg noted that the contract with Tandus is in keeping with
the LACCD’s mission to provide a “better quality of life” for students.
consciously challenged the flooring industry to significantly improve the
sustainable character and long-term quality of carpet for the numerous public
construction projects that will be using this contract,” he said. “Tandus not
only met the sustainable challenge, but offered a superior value to win this
Additional criteria used to meet the district’s
sustainability guidelines included: third party certification ensuring that no
antimicrobials have been added to the products, third party environmentally
preferred product certification, meeting all U.S. Federal Trade Commission
guidelines for environmental marketing, the use of backing materials containing
no less than 40 percent recycled content, and face yarns containing at least 10
percent recycled content.
Green focus gives Tandus ‘historic' contract for L.A. schools
June 1, 2007