Mannington Commercial is a finalist for the Georgia Manufacturer of the Year award. The award is part of a Manufacturing Appreciation Week developed by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Technical College System of Georgia.
Mannington was nominated by Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, for providing quality jobs and exemplifying corporate citizenship.
According to the company, Mannington provides jobs to more than 1,000 employees in three communities across the state– a number that is growing as the result of a concerted effort by Mannington to return flooring manufacturing jobs to the United States. In its Madison, Ga., manufacturing plant, The company reports that it has grown the number of jobs by 30% through "on-shoring" the production of LVT from Asia, and is expected to double the total employment at the facility by the end of this year. In 2013, Governor Nathan Deal’s office recognized Mannington for its decision to grow business in Georgia as “a direct reflection on the high quality of our workforce and the ease of access we provide to its global markets.”
Mannington's environmental leadership was also recognized. In addition to pioneering reclamation and recycling of carpet and hard surface flooring, Mannington is also known for incorporating waste streams such as drywall and automobile windshield glass into its flooring, diverting major waste streams from landfills. Other contributing factors include leadership awards from the US Department of Energy and US Environmental Protection Agency, Green GOOD Design Award and GreenStep awards.
Mannington's community involvement ranges from education partnerships with schools to support of the United Way, American Cancer Relay for Life and Susan G. Komen Walk. In 2013, Mannington launched "Choices for Good," a program designed to help school systems that need renovations but are suffering under budgetary shortfalls by providing the flooring industry's first "pay what you can" program. Carpet, resilient sheet, and rubber tile inventory that meet the performance, styling and budget needs of K-12 schools are set aside to help create change for schools – and the students they serve – from the floor up.