Leading flooring manufacturer earns carpet, ceramic tile, laminate and wood awards from nation’s independent retailers
Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company, took home top honors at FCNews’ annual Awards of Excellence at the May 12 ceremony.
Reflecting the strength and diversity of its product collections, Mohawk Industries captured the Best Overall Manufacturer title for the fourth time. Brian Carson, president of Mohawk’s Flooring North America segment, was on hand at the event at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, N.Y., to receive the honor on behalf of the company.
“I appreciate the outstanding work of thousands of Mohawk employees whose talent and dedication earned our company these prestigious awards,” Carson said. “I am grateful to our retail partners for their resounding endorsement of Mohawk’s people and products. Honors like this reflect our ability to deliver great products, exceptional value and superlative service for our customers.”
The company also claimed five additional awards in specific flooring categories:
Mohawk – Best Carpet Manufacturer (Group A, which consists of larger manufacturers)
Dal-Tile – Best Ceramic Tile Manufacturer (Group A)
Marazzi – Best Ceramic Tile Manufacturer (Group B)
Columbia Flooring – Best Laminate Manufacturer (Group B)
Mohawk Hardwood – Best Hardwood Manufacturer (Group A)
Dal-Tile’s win was its eighteenth consecutive award in Group A, while Marazzi earned its ninth honor in Group B, illustrating its dominance in the North American ceramic tile market.
“The Awards of Excellence are particularly meaningful because they reinforce how thousands of customers feel about their relationship with our business as well as how they value our Daltile and Marazzi collections,” said John “JT” Turner, Jr., president of Dal-Tile. “Each of our team members plays a critical role in ensuring that we forge relationships with our customers through superior service and products that lead the industry in innovation, design and quality. Our long history of success in this awards program illustrates our commitment to excellence and the meaningful partnerships we enjoy with our customers.”
Mohawk recaptured the top carpet prize the company last claimed in 2014 while the laminate award for the Columbia brand follows five consecutive wins for the company’s Quick-Step brand, highlighting the depth of Mohawk’s laminate collections. The award for hardwood flooring was Mohawk’s first and reinforces the company’s momentum in this flooring category.
Though much of the night’s focus was on Mohawk’s multi-category wins, the company ensured the spotlight was shared with the host publication. Mohawk surprised the Floor Covering News staff with a special thirtieth anniversary cake and a celebratory toast to recognize the magazine’s significant impact within the industry.
Sponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa Exhibitions, proprietors of The International Surface Event (TISE), the Awards of Excellence were established as a way for manufacturers’ customers—retailers, distributors, designers, installers and specifiers—to honor the companies that they feel consistently provide the best service, professionalism of sales force, management responsiveness, value, design, B2B, handling of claims and ease of doing business.
The prestigious industry awards are voted on by independent retailers beginning at the annual Surfaces flooring trade show in January through March. Nearly 2,000 ballots were cast for the Awards of Excellence, a record for the twenty-year-old event.