21 INSTALL partners are publicly recommending INSTALL-trained and certified flooring mechanics to install their materials, according to a recent statement from the organization.  Issuing written recommendation statements are Beaulieu, Bentley Prince Street, Burtco Enterprises, Cambridge, Couristan Carpets, Daltonian Flooring, Fortune Contract, Free Lay Carpets LLC, Healthier Choice Flooring, LLC, Junckers Hardwood, Kahrs International Hardwood, Kane Carpets, Mannington, The Mohawk Group, Moreland Company USA, Northwest Carpets, Omnimart Distributors, Inc., Orcon Products, Oscada Plastics, Signature Hospitality and Carpets, Tai Ping Carpets.

“We thank those who chose to join this rapidly expanding flooring community. We anticipate the addition of these 21 partners will further our technical expertise for a curriculum that centers on what is needed on today’s jobsites,” said INSTALL Director John McGrath.  

“We believe the 21 recommendations will help specifiers across North America make informed decisions regarding the installation of both commercial and residential flooring,” McGrath added.

INSTALL also expanded its industry-wide alliance in 2009, by securing 21 additional partners. Those companies joining the INSTALL partnership are: All Floor Supplies, Burke Flooring, Burtco Enterprises, Cambridge, Chemque/Fortane, CombiMix, Dramatic Surface Products, Fortune Contract, Gene’s Carpet Removal, Healthier Choice, InterfaceFLOR, Junckers Hardwood, Inc., Mats, Inc., Moreland Company USA, Northwest Carpets, Oscada Plastics, Pro Wood & Flooring, LLC, Snapstone, Supex Bond, Inc., Tai Ping, and Ufloor.

These 21 partners join 73 existing members of the INSTALL alliance. To date, a total of 94 mills, manufacturers, consultants and associations team to endorse, support, and offer technical counsel on the curriculum by which INSTALL professionals are taught. A complete list of partners and their reasons for joining can be found on www.installfloors.org.

As part of its plants for 2010, INSTALL will host a floor covering leadership conference April 5-8, where top flooring industry leaders, nationally recognized economic policy experts, training and certification experts, and several educational workshops in front of members of the INSTALL alliance will be held.

The event will be held at the Carpenters International Training Center (CITC) in Las Vegas, NV. The CITC is the 400,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art training headquarters of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC). The UBC represents the installers within the INSTALL alliance (www.installfloors.org). Hundreds of INSTALL contractors, as well as representatives from INSTALL’s partnering mill and manufacturers will join the UBC’s INSTALL business representatives and local leaders at the event. Six educational workshops will be offered on topics addressing technical, business, and marketing strategies. Guest speakers will address issues crucial to members of the flooring industry. UBC staff responsible for training and INSTALL certification will explain and demonstrate the curriculum and INSTALL certification process.

Attendance at the Leadership Conference is limited to members of the INSTALL alliance, including UBC signatory contractors who employ INSTALL-trained mechanics, and UBC staff and leadership. INSTALL mills and manufacturer alliance members have been invited to participate.

For more information about INSTALL, contact John McGrath at 215-582-4108, INSTALL@carpenters.org, or visit www.INSTALLfloors.org.