Category: CRI News Releases

Dalton, GA - September 16, 2020 - Peter Richman Spirer, one of the early leaders in the carpet industry, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2020, at his home in Cartersville, GA. Mr. Spirer represented the best of the entrepreneurial spirit of the carpet industry for decades. His work was and will be recognized as pushing the carpet industry forward and is responsible for many trends that exist to this day. “Peter, as one of the first chairmen of CRI, was a special leader and figure in our ind [...]

April 23, 2020 - Funded by CRI members, the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) program was created in 2014 as a voluntary, nationwide program to help fund sorters and recyclers that divert post-consumer carpet from landfills. As dynamics rapidly evolve with the significant economic impacts brought about by COVID-19, CRI has made the difficult decision to terminate funding of the VPS program on June 30, 2020. A $2.5 million cap has been placed on the program [...]

Dalton, GA - September 4, 2019 - The newest edition of NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet, released August 2019, continues to promote the highest standard of environmentally-responsible carpet products. NSF/ANSI 140 was the first multi-attribute sustainability standard for carpet to allow architects, designers, building professionals, and consumers to identify sustainable carpet products. The original standard was created in 2005 by a multi-stakeholder group, including The Carpet [...]

Dalton, GA. - January 9, 2018 - UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) today announced that The Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI’s) Green Label Plus™ certified carpet, cushion and adhesive products will be added to SPOT™, UL’s web-based product sustainability information tool. The addition of Green Label Plus products will provide SPOT users with access to more than 600 additional flooring products that have low chemical emissions, enhancing their ability to identify healthi [...]

Dalton, GA - (November 27, 2017) – The Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Green Label Plus-certified (GLP) products will now be included on the Origin platform developed by Global Innovations Green Algorithms (GIGA). “Green Label Plus is the gold standard for indoor air quality testing,” CRI President Joe Yarbrough said. “This partnership furthers the GLP brand by giving greater access to architects, designers, specifiers, and professional builders.” CRI is committed to providing the greatest valu [...]

Dalton, GA - (November 20, 2017) – The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) presented the Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award to Troy Virgo, director of sustainability and product stewardship for Shaw Industries Inc., at the trade association's annual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in Dalton, GA.  Mark Strohmaier of Milliken & Company made the presentation of this year’s award. “CRI is grateful for Troy’s deep industry expertise and his willing support of CRI. His participation o [...]

Dalton, GA - March 27, 2017 – The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels now includes The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus (GLP) certification program. CRI’s NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainability Assessment for Carpet was included in the same EPA guidelines as a multi-attribute standard earlier this year. The EPA’s recommendations guide U.S. government procurement practices. The EPA conducts evaluations through their Independent [...]

Dalton, Ga. – February 15, 2017 - The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc. (CRI) recently launched instructional videos and a Spanish translation component to support its 104/105 installation standards for commercial and residential carpet. These updates will enable CRI to more effectively reach carpet installers and ultimately enhance customer satisfaction. “CRI and its members are very proud of the wide use of the 104/105 carpet installation standards,” said CRI President Joe Yarbrough. “The new vid [...]

Dalton, GA - November 12, 2014 - The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) held its Annual Membership Meeting on Wed, November 12, 2014, in Dalton, GA. CRI Treasurer Jim Kirkpatrick reported a clean audit for the carpet manufacturing trade association and presented the 2015 budget. CRI Board Chairman David Jolly welcomed Jim McCallum, president of the Floor Covering Division at Milliken & Company, to the Board of Directors and recognized appointments to the Policy Committee.

Dalton, GA - October 1, 2014 - Carpet and Rug Institute President Joe W. Yarbrough traveled to Washington, DC on September 17-18 for two days of back-to-back meetings with congressional representatives and the presidents of two allied trade associations. Though active in government relations for many years on behalf of his former employer, Mohawk Industries, Yarbrough said the recent trip was notable as his first opportunity to meet with congressional representatives on behalf of the entire CRI [...]