Mannington Commercial welcomed about 100 architects, designers, specifiers, facility managers and contractors to its 4th annual open house at its headquarters in Salem, N.J. on Tuesday. According to Zach Zehner, Mannington Commercial’s vp commercial hard surfaces, the event boasted the largest attendance yet.
This year’s event included a tour of the company’s vinyl flooring manufacturing plant, an environmental tour of the grounds, and CEU-accredited presentations on topics ranging from carpet recycling, to sustainable senior care living and an Antron color update.
Brian Rogaski, a field inspector for the State of New Jersey Schools Development Authority, said he was mainly at the event to “get some CEUs, and see the plant.” He added that the open house was a great way to get an idea of what’s new at Mannington Commercial.
The company showcased new products in both hard and soft surface flooring, including an 18” by 36” and 18” by 18” lvt collection called Rainfall, and a carpet tile collection called Blue Matrix. These products, which were finalists in last year’s tx:style design competition, were being presented so designers could help choose the final color palettes. Other products were in prototype, and were being shown to gauge the attendees’ interest.
Al Boulogne, Mannington Commercial dir. commercial sheet & lvt, said engaging with customers and end-users is an important part of product development. “We’re always doing our best to stay in close contact with our customers in the supply chain,” he noted. “We keep that loop of communication open, because new products are constantly in development.”
Milkman talked about LEED 2012, which will include two new credit areas in Integrated Process and Performance. She also mentioned that Greenbuild will be coming to Philadelphia in 2013. “This is an amazing opportunity to not only show off our region, but to show the world some of the amazing [green projects] that are going on here.”
Campbell closed out the day by showing the attendees the video from Mannington’s “Let’s Make Some Noise” campaign, which focuses on Mannington’s commitment to domestic manufacturing.
“Until we in the U.S. really concern ourselves with creating jobs here, we’re not going to see the U.S. economy turn around,” Campbell cautioned. “Renewed construction activity could take two points off the unemployment rate.”
“About 90 percent of our products are made in the USA. I’d like that to be 100 percent,” Campbell added. “Manufacturing is indeed part of our destiny as a country.”
Following his closing statements, attendees were invited to an evening reception at Campbell’s house.