Tarkett links Tandus, Centiva

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Volume 26/Number 19; February 4/11, 2013

Glen Hussmann

Chagrin Falls, Ohio—Tarkett’s Tandus and Centiva divisions are joining forces, leveraging their resources to jointly market and support soft surface and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) solutions in the commercial market.

“The 2012 acquisition of Tandus was completed with the vision of delivering a full portfolio of products and services across soft and hard surface to commercial specifiers and end users,” said Jeff Buttitta, president of Tarkett North America. “For several months, I have been working closely with Thomas Trissl, president of Centiva, and Glen Hussmann, president of Tandus, regarding how we capitalize on the substantial strengths of their respective companies. It is an exciting time where we see great opportunity to enhance the experience of all our commercial customers.”

Trissl will leave Centiva on March 31. He will remain president of Centiva until his departure, after which Hussmann will serve as president of both Tandus and Centiva. Trissl will continue to work with Tarkett on a variety of strategic initiatives that include accelerated domestic and international growth, sustainability and new product development.

“Thomas’ assistance with a smooth transition of responsibilities and operations within Centiva has been invaluable,” Buttitta said. “I am looking forward to continuing working with him on a variety of ventures.”

“Over the past two years, Centiva has expanded its product portfolio, further developed its sustainability and operations practices and expanded its production capacity,” stated Trissl, who grew Centiva from a bankrupt manufacturing facility to a nationally recognized brand. “While leaving the day-to-day operations of Centiva is difficult, I believe that with our strategic relationship with Tandus, the opportunities for our customers and people have never been better. I am motivated about the future.”

Hussmann added, “The re-sources of Tarkett combined with the winning cultures of both Tandus and Centiva, create a terrific platform to enhance our customers’ flooring experience. We are at the start of an exciting period of growth.”

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