The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized Mannington Mills as one of fifty Save Energy Now Leaders in the country. With an ambitious goal to improve energy efficiency by 25% over the next ten years, Mannington’s ongoing, rigorous energy management efforts are improving the energy efficiency of all of its operations, and so reducing related carbon emissions.

Manufacturing contributes more to the U.S. economy than any other sector and employs fourteen million workers – but also uses nearly one-third of all energy consumed in our country. Boosting industrial energy efficiency is a means to significantly reduce future carbon emissions in the United States.

One of Mannington’s many energy-efficient initiatives is highly visible: more than two acres of solar photovoltaic arrays installed at the company’s New Jersey facilities, to help power the site. Not only is this the largest solar array in the floorcovering industry, it generates seven times more energy from the sun than any other flooring company. But the company is not willing to rest on its laurels; it recently signed an agreement to expand solar generation in 2010.

For years we have been saying that actions speak. At Mannington, we are expanding our standing efforts to reduce energy used compared to product manufactured, to include this partnership with the Department of Energy. Energy is a critical resource for manufacturing flooring products, so we must be willing to make leadership choices that benefit our shared planet and our shared future.

Mannington offers a wide range of flooring solutions – all from a single point of contact – so its customers need never compromise between styling, performance, sustainability and customer service. The company’s range of choices that work in carpet and hard surface categories is unparalleled, and its sustainability platform is built upon innovative measures to close the recycling loop, reduce waste streams, reuse waste materials and continue its leadership position in energy efficiency. mannington.com.

- Dave Kitts, VP – Environment