Interface, Inc.

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Interface, Inc.
Type Public
Traded as NASDAQTILE
Industry Textile industry
Founded LaGrange, Georgia (1973)
Founders Ray C. Anderson
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Number of locations 33 manufacturing plants
Area served Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific
Key people Daniel T. Hendrix
(Chairman, President, CEO)[1]
Products Carpets
Revenue Decrease US$ 932.02 million (2012)[2]
Operating income Decrease US$ 64.6 million (2012)[2]
Net income Decrease US$ 5.9 million (2012)[2]
Total assets Increase US$ 789.36 million (2012)[2]
Total equity Increase US$ 295.70 million (2012)[2]
Employees 3,146 (2013)
Divisions Heuga Home Flooring
Subsidiaries FLOR
Website www.interfaceinc.com

Interface, Inc., is the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet for commercial and residential applications. It was founded in 1973, and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.[3]

Historical[edit]

In 1973, Carpets International was founded by Ray Anderson. In the same decade, Interface introduced GlasBac, a patented structured backing system that has become the industry standard for high-performance modular backings. They also introduced Intersept, a proprietary antimicrobial preservationsless.

  • In 1982, Carpets International becomes Interface Flooring Systems, Inc, and Compact Carpet of Canada was acquired and named Interface Flooring Systems Canada, Inc.
  • In 1994, Interface began designing products utilizing a "Less is More" philosophy, and reduces average consumption of fiber by 10% per square yard in just 12 months. That year founder Ray Anderson read Paul Hawken's book The Ecology of Commerce, and then delivered his first environmental speech, which began Interface's journey to sustainability. Interface then launched ReEntry, a carpet reclamation program.
  • In 1998, Interface introduced a carpet tile product made with 100% recycled nylon face fiber and a layer of 100% recycled vinyl material in the backing. The company also introduced NexStep polyurethane cushion backing. Interface introduces the Portable Creel System, resulting in yarn savings of one million dollars per year.
  • In 1999, Interface introduced the first online product catalog for carpet - TheSampleCenter.com.
  • In 2003, Interface becomes the first carpet company to receive Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification for its products and the first company to introduce Climate Neutral product offering through its Cool Carpet program. The company also announced a partnership with Tricycle Inc. to dematerialize their product development and sampling processes on a global basis.
  • In 2008, Interface sold its commercial upholstery fabrics division and took a huge write-down.

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Company information[edit]

Interface sells commercial and residential carpets. Its founder and chairman, Ray Anderson, was featured in the documentary film The Corporation discussing environmental sustainability in modern business. Interface's initial innovation was manufacturing "the first free-lay carpet tiles in America".2 Then, starting in 1994, Interface focused on environmental sustainability, especially in reducing the use of petroleum.[4] Since 1996, Interface chose to adopt an innovation-based green strategy.[5] In a short period, it managed to reduce its impact on the environment by one third[citation needed]. In 2006, Interface announced a program called Mission Zero with a goal of eliminating any negative impact the company may have on the environment by 2020.[6]

On May 9, 2007, Interface was recognized as Recyclers of the Year by the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE).[7] Interface was voted number one in Globespan's survey of environmentally sustainable businesses.[8] They are also the recipient of a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.[9]

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader has heralded Ray Anderson and Interface for their sincere commitment to sustainability and protecting the planet's natural resources.[10]

InterfaceFLOR[edit]

InterfaceFLOR manufactures carpet squares or carpet tiles. The squares are unlike conventional rolled carpeting, as they can be easily removed or replaced.[11]

Heuga Home Flooring[edit]

Heuga Home Flooring is a European carpet company and a division of Interface. The company is headquartered in Scherpenzeel, Gelderland.[12]

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