Lumber Liquidators responds to federal investigation
Lumber Liquidators spokesman Clint Roberts responded to HCN’s requests for comment regarding the ongoing federal investigation into its sourcing practices. Multiple reports have suggested that the investigation is linked to the Environmental Investigation Agency, which claims the retailer is purchasing wood illegally in protected forests in Far East Russia.
“We are reviewing the report and, while we cannot yet comment specifically on its contents, we believe there are numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims," said Roberts. "Lumber Liquidators is committed to uncompromising integrity in how the Company operates, across all areas of the business. The Company has policies and procedures in place for the sourcing, harvesting and manufacturing of all of its products, monitored by professionals located around the world. Quality and sustainability are key components of Lumber Liquidators’ value proposition, and the Company invests significant time and resources to safeguard quality control and compliance. Lumber Liquidators seeks to ensure that the Company conducts business ethically and acts in all arenas as a superior corporate citizen. We support the protection of the environment and responsible forest management, and if we find that any of the Company’s suppliers are not adhering to our standards, we will discontinue sourcing from those suppliers.”
Evidence gathered by the EIA alleges that Lumber Liquidators was aware of the wood’s origins.
Tarkett adds Luxury Floors Collection to iSelect program
Tarkett has added its Luxury Floors Collection to its iSelect program, making the entirety of its luxury offerings available in one comprehensive location.
The iSelect program is a digital shopping tool that helps homeowners match flooring options to their preferences.
"Most homeowners have a vision for their room décor or color scheme – but are not sure of how that translates to flooring," said the company in a statement. "iSelect helps consumers choose the perfect color and design using the iSelect Coordination System."
The luxury collection features four construction levels based on overall thickness and warranty, all of which are built to withstand damage with Tritonite surface protection. They include Transcend, Premiere, PermaStone and Origins.
Transcend is a floating plank collection with FreeSpan Locking Technology and 16 available visual varieties. Premiere is a new collection offering 14 tiles and 13 planks. PermaStone now includes planks, though it was once a tile assortment. Today, it has the largest assortment of design options in the Luxury Floors Collection. Origins features both tiles and planks.
3M’s new gloves hold electricians and contractors in mind
3M has unveiled the 3M Comfort Grip and Gripping Material work gloves, a new line of hand protection products that are designed to meet the needs of electricians and contractors.
The Comfort Grip gloves provide increased dexterity and grip while protecting against cuts, punctures and abrasions, addressing the dual (and sometimes competing) needs of electricians.
The collection includes the General Use Comfort Grip gloves for light- to medium-duty jobs requiring precision handling; the Cut Resistant Comfort Grip gloves for handling sharp materials; and the Gripping Material Work Glove, which includes thousands of micro fingers for enhanced grip in dirty, wet or oily conditions.