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Green hotel chain partners with carpet tile manufacturer

BY Brae Canlen

Adoba Eco-Hotels and Suites, a growing chain of environmentally responsible architecture and design, has designated Interface Hospitality carpet tile its floor covering of choice for the brand’s properties.

"The flooring is the first big step toward sustainable interior design, and Interface — known for the highest of sustainability standards — is the ideal partner to deliver great design,” said James Henderson, CEO and president of the Adoba brand. "We encourage our property owners to source many of the decorative accessories locally, and we recommend the use of Interface carpet tile for its green construction as well as for the company’s ability to recycle the carpet at the end of a product’s life cycle."

The first Adoba Eco Hotel was converted in February in historic downtown Rapid City, S.D. The company is working on three other properties to open in Texas and Colorado in the near future.

Interface Hospitality is a division of Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tile. The 39-year-old company has promised to eliminate any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020, a goal it calls “Mission Zero.”

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June unemployment rate unchanged

BY HBSDealer Staff

According to the Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate held at 8.2%. Nonfarm payroll employment continued to edge up in June, with 80,000 jobs added. 

Professional and business services added 47,000 jobs in June, while health care added 13,000 jobs and wholesale trade added 9,000 in June.

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little or no change. 

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AHMA survey shows modest hiring plans

BY Ken Clark

A survey of members of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) members shows about 20% are expecting to add employees over the next six months.

In a supplemental question attached to the association’s June Confidence Index survey, 19% of respondents replied yes to the question: “Does your company have plans to add employees over the next six months?”

Most respondents, 54%, replied “no,” and 27% said “not sure.”

The survey question was prefaced with the statement: “Government data on the employment situation in the country points to manufacturing as a growth sector in terms of hiring.”

The survey also found that 31% of respondents found that, with interest rates at very low levels, banking partners are willing to provide new loans. However, 19% found that they weren’t, and 50% responded “not sure or not applicable.”

The AHMA’s Home Improvement Industry Confidence Index’s Current Situation Index fell in June to 304.2, down from 312.5 in May. The index was 100 in 2008.   

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