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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 [...]

Dalton, GA - April 8, 2014 - The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has welcomed a new international adopter of its rigorous Seal of Approval (SOA) testing and certification program for carpet cleaning products and equipment. Dansk Fashion and Textile of Denmark will be the first international trade organization to adopt SOA standards for that country's carpet cleaning equipment, solutions and service providers.

Dalton, GA - March 13, 2014 - The chairman and board of directors of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) announce that Joe W. Yarbrough has been selected to lead the non-profit carpet industry trade group as president. He will begin his duties March 31, replacing current president Werner Braun, who is retiring. Yarbrough comes to CRI from Mohawk Industries, where he most recently served as senior vice president for advanced manufacturing engineering. Earlier in his career, he spent six years with [...]