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OPERATION REBUILD: The end of August saw five states—Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut—hit by Hurricane Irene resulting in extensive damage to residential and commercial establishments. To assist dealers in these states, Mohawk has launched Operation Rebuild, in which sales and credit teams from Mohawk and its Karastan division have been instructed to work together to help rebuild stores and provide retailers with the necessary credit to continue operations. In addition, an aggressive finance offer, complete with buy downs, has been prepared for both Mohawk and Karastan, allowing consumers to finance their flooring needs at essentially no cost. Both soft and hard surface products are included in the promotion. For more information, contact your Mohawk or Karastan territory manager or call 877.275.6648.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Along the lines of being a good corporate citizen is Shaw Industries, which announced it was helping sponsor the Special Olympics Georgia 2011 State Fall Games, which take place in Dalton, Oct. 21 to 23. More than 1,500 athletes are expect- ed to descend on the city for the competition, which will consist of a variety of contests, including softball, bocce, cycling, golf, and long distance walking and running. Shaw’s sponsorship includes the Opening Ceremony at the Dalton Trade Center and awards presentation support for all sporting competitions. In addition, Shaw associates will volunteer during competitions at select venues throughout the city, including Heritage Point Park, Knob North Golf Club and Down- town Dalton Square. For more on the Special Olympics, call 800.866.4400.

WORKING IN L.A.: The weather may be beautiful, but working in Los Angeles is no picnic. That is, unless you happen to work for Bentley Prince Street. For the fifth straight year, the carpet manufacturer has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Adding to the achievement, this was Bentley’s first year in the large category, 250 employees or more. The previous four years, the mill was in the medium category. This means the company has not only grown during a tough economic climate, it has maintained its standards in the process. Winners are chosen based on an evaluation of workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics combined with employee surveys that measure their experience.

AMERICAN HERO: With the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 just passed, we want to extend our congratulations, and thanks, to Thomas Morrissey (Sgt. Major Ret.). Morrissey, who is vice president of sales for window treatment company Hunter Douglas, was honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation at its In the Company of Heroes gala, where he received The Courageous Spirit Award on behalf of all wounded warriors. In 2006, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, Morrissey was ambushed and shot eight times (both legs, both arms and twice in the chest) with an AK-47 rifle.

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Miraculously Morrissey did not lose a limb, and, after three years in recovery, he returned to work where he heads the Key Accounts Sales Group for the company. He not only went back to his full-time job, he began working tirelessly for wounded warriors with the Wounded Warrior Care Project in Augusta, Ga. As an example, Morrissey organized an appearance by “CSI: NY” actor Gary Sinise, who supports troops overseas and stateside through the USO program as well as personal initiatives, at an Augusta fundraiser. Marv Hopkins, Hunter Douglas’ president and CEO, said of Morrissey, “We are enormously proud of [him] and what he has done for our country and for those injured in the line of duty, and he is richly deserving of this honor.”

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