CRI to Extend VPS for Third Year
Dalton, GA, November 17, 2016—The Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Annual Meeting was held November 16 in Dalton, Georgia and included updates on two important 2016 group initiatives: extension of voluntary product stewardship (VPS) funding and back printing carpet with information about the face fiber type.
The VPS program was established in 2014 and was planned to last for two years, but CRI voted to extend the payouts to recyclers for another year.
In addition, over the course of 2016, CRI established product performance and standards, including new standard for back printing on carpet. The group also noted that it plans to issue a revision of CRI 104 and 105 installation standards in 2017.
CRI successfully worked with state legislators in states of Illinois and Minnesota with pending carpet-specific Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation. No EPR laws passed in U.S. in 2016.
At the event, the CRI bylaws were updated to allow up to eight members on the policy committee rather than the current six and to limit the definition of rugs to include carpet that is cut and bound, and not designed specifically for the purpose of being a rug.
The annual budget of $8.6 million ($8,594,990) includes $4 million for a voluntary product stewardship program, which provided monetary support for the collectors and processors of post-consumer carpet.
The board of directors for 2017 is as follows:
Six permanent seats
- Dan Frierson, Dixie Group (immediate past-chair)
- Bob Shaw, Engineered Floors
- Michael Pollard, Beaulieu Group
- Jay Gould, Interface Americas
- Jeff Lorberbaum, Mohawk
- Vance Bell, Shaw
Associate manufacturer seats
- Franco Rossi, Aquafil
- Chip Howalt – Textile Rubber
- Marc Amman – Universal Fibers
- Mark Clayton, Phenix Mills (new manufacturing member)
- Len Ferro, Tandus/Centiva
- Jack Ganley, Manningon Mills (vice-chairman)
- Jim McCallum, Milliken & Co, incoming shairman
- Ralph Grogan, Bentley Mills
Over the course of 2016, CRI undertook a pro-active blogger communication campaign with the hashtag: #beautyofcarpet that has led to 1700 new followers.
In 2016, the group recognized Tom Pendley, former VP of operations and finance for J&J Flooring Group and currently chief financial officer for Engineered Floors, with the Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award. Pendley is the chairman of the Strategic Issues Leadership Council of CRI, called the SILC.