Press Releases


EARTHWERKS® Adds Florida Distribution
Houston, TX, July 21, 2016:

EarthWerks® is pleased that JJ Haines has extended their coverage of EarthWerks LVT to the Florida area. “JJ Haines has grown rapidly with our product line and adding it to their Wheeler, Inc. Division will make it even stronger,” said Amy Sadler, EarthWerks National Sales Manager.

“A&M Supply Corporation has supplied EarthWerks LVT to the Florida area for years and will continue its support. Under A&M Supply’s Distribution, the EarthWerks® LVT brand has grown significantly and will remain an important part of our network,” said Shane Calloway, EarthWerks Vice President of Sales.

Swiff-Train Company Helps Houston Storm Victims
Houston, TX, May 11, 2016:

Houston, Texas based Swiff-Train Company is happy to announce that the company has initiated a program to donate a portion of sales proceeds during the month of May to the Red Cross – Greater Houston Chapter for Flood Control to support recent storm victim. Swiff-Train Company has been a part of the Houston community for over 30 years and looks to offer directed support in this time of need.

“With the recent storms and flooding that affected residents of the Houston area, we wanted to find a way to create funds that we can funnel to the Red Cross as they assist our neighbors,” said Jonathan Train, President and CEO. Mr. Train stated, “Portions of sales program proceeds will be donated directly to the Red Cross and dedicated to those who need help recovering from the recent storms.”

Swiff-Train Company is a 78 year old firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. As a full service wholesale surfacing distributor, the sales area includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Swiff-Train Company distributes a full range of flooring and surfacing products, including: Carpet, LVT, Laminate, Engineered Hardwood, Ceramic, Glass, Countertop Laminate, adhesives, tools, cleaners as well as full lines of tools and sundries for installation professionals. The company owns and operates the EarthWerks® Luxury Vinyl Tile brand, which is sold in over 50 countries worldwide.

EARTHWERKS® Announces New Vice President of Sales
Houston, TX, August 26, 2015:

EarthWerks® EarthWerks® is delighted to announce that Shane Calloway has joined the company as its new Vice President of Sales. In this position, Calloway will manage all sales in all divisions of the Company and report to Jonathan Train, President and CEO.

Mr. Train stated, “Don Evans, along with many of our key leaders, have known Shane for many years. We strongly feel Shane is a great fit for our Company. We are all very excited to bring Shane aboard.”

Calloway brings to EarthWerks® nearly 20 years of sales management experience in the flooring industry. He joins the organization after 8 years with Unilin Flooring in Dallas, Texas, serving most recently as their Vice President of Sales. Shane will be based at the company’s Dallas location.

EARTHWERKS® adds new Western Division Sales Manager
Houston, TX, June 10, 2015:

EarthWerks® is delighted to announce that Alan Flanagan has accepted the position of Western Division Sales Manager for EarthWerks® LVT. Jonathan Train, President and CEO said, “With the substantial growth we have had nationwide, we see the need to increase our personnel to the EarthWerks® LVT national sales team.” According to Amy Sadler, National Sales Manager, “The two divisions will nationally provide more focus on specific areas of the country.” Alan brings to Earthwerks® extensive experience, with 19 years in the flooring industry at the manufacturing level. Alan will work with our existing sales team and look to increase our sales force over the next twelve months.

The Use of Phthalates in Earthwerks® Vinyl Flooring

April 30th, 2015.

There have been various health concerns recently addressed in the media regarding the safety of vinyl flooring products. One of these concerns is an incorrectly circulated claim that Phthalates – a chemical used in the production of LVT – is a health hazard. The information currently circulating does not look at actual exposure to Phthalates, but instead claims that the mere presence of Phthalates in flooring is enough to cause a long list of negative health effects. These reports lack any data or evidence to back up the dangers of Phthalate content in vinyl floors.

Phthalates are used in building and construction applications – including a wide range of vinyl surfaces – to aid in manufacturing longer-lasting, easier-to-maintain products. Certain Phthalates are used to soften vinyl because of their strong performance, durability, and stability. Vinyl manufacturers specifically use Phthalates for the many benefits they provide, investing significant resources to study and test their products on safe exposure levels, and to help ensure their performance meets our customers’ expectations.

Phthalate use in the production of LVT is not a “hidden danger;” in fact, government scientific agencies as well as regulatory bodies worldwide – including the RFCI (Resilient Floor Covering Institute) – have supported the safety of Phthalates in consumer products. The chemical has been thoroughly studied and reviewed by a number of agencies, and they have concluded that Phthalates used in commercial products do not pose a risk to human health at typical exposure levels. The use of Phthalates in vinyl flooring is not restricted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission nor by any other government agency.

We at Earthwerks® always strive to provide you with the best quality products that you can feel confident using; that’s why we proudly manufacture our products with recycled content, reusing good materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. It is possible to eliminate the use of Phthalates in LVT production. In order for Earthwerks® LVT to be completely Phthalate free, we would no longer be able to use recycled content. With this in mind, we work diligently to ensure that our products are always safe and comply with industry standards.

For LVT, the industry standard is to look at a much greater range of VOC emissions through a testing protocol known as California Specification Section 01350. We work with FloorScore® - an independent certification program - to certify 100% of our products under CA 01350. FloorScore® tests for many potential VOCs, CA 01350 is considered the gold standard for evaluating products in terms of their contribution to good indoor air quality; as such, it is recognized by LEED and other green building programs. Earthwerks® is diligent in ensuring that each and every one of our LVT products is FloorScore® certified. We believe this is the most recognized industry standard and it provides the best condition for our customers and their families.

Just as the proper level of Chlorine in swimming pools is a safe and effective chemical that is used to maintain a clean and healthy environment for your family, so Phthalates are used to provide you with the quality and durability you have come to expect from all Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Planks. Earthwerks® continues to make its customers’ safety and health a top priority, and our products will continue to meet or exceed all standards of health and quality.

Earthwerks® Indoor Air Quality Standards
March 5th, 2015.

We at Earthwerks® have received numerous emails about the indoor air quality of our products, due to a recent news feature on "60 Minutes" regarding Chinese laminate flooring. Laminate and LVT are completely different products and are regulated by very different standards. The "CARB" program referenced in the 60 Minutes piece applies only for specific types of wood products and focuses on a single VOC: formaldehyde.

For LVT, the industry standard is to look at a much greater range of VOC emissions through a testing protocol known as California Specification Section 01350. We work with FloorScore® - an independent certification program - to certify 100% of our products under CA 01350. FloorScore® tests for many potential VOCs, one of which is formaldehyde, and the allowable limit for formaldehyde emissions is actually under what CARB permits for wood. CA 01350 is considered the gold standard for evaluating products in terms of their contribution to good indoor air quality; as such, it is recognized by LEED and other green building programs.

Earthwerks® is diligent in ensuring that each and every one of our LVT products is FloorScore® certified. We believe this is the most recognized industry standard and it provides the best condition for our customers and their families. To see our FloorScore® certificates, please visit http://www.scsglobalservices.com/certified-green-products-guide. The easiest way to find our products is to search “Earthwerks”, and you can also add the specific product name if you know it (e.g. Innsbruck, Rapid Clic, Avante, etc.)

If you need additional information, please feel free to contact us. We hope this answers any questions you may have.

Earthwerks® Announces New Distribution Partner
Effective Feb 10th, 2015.

Houston, TX: As of Feb. 10th, 2015, EarthWerks® announces a new partnership for distribution with Longust Distributing, Inc. This partnership will allow EarthWerks® products to be distributed in the Southwestern part of the country through Longust.

Amy Sadler, National Sales Manager commented “EarthWerks® has been the leader and innovator in LVT flooring for over 3 decades. Our commitment to Style, Service and Availability is the backbone of our excellence, and we saw Longust as a group who shared our passion for excellence.” Longust Distributing, Inc. will cover the area of Arizona, Southern Nevada and Southern California for EarthWerks® stocking product at warehouses in Mesa, Las Vegas, Anaheim, and San Diego.

Earthwerks® is transitioning away from Big D Distribution and JH Freed. There will be an interim period where EarthWerks® will be available through both Longust and our previous distribution partners.

Matt Smith, Western Division Sales Manager for EarthWerks®, “Longust will provide exceptional service and a full team of dedicated outside sales, inside sales and customer service specialists. We feel that our mutual commitment and enthusiasm for the commercial, residential, and retail markets will prove a dynamic partnership.”

For more information regarding this distribution partnership change, please contact Matt Smith – mattsmith@earthwerks.com, ph. 949-230-8379 or Nathan Wohlrab – nathanwohlrab@earthwerks.com, ph. 619-980-5706.

Jonathan Train Discusses the Growth of the LVT Business From Domotex, Germany

January 20, 2015-Jonathan Train, the newly appointed CEO of Swiff-Train and EarthWerks, and Kemp Harr, discuss the growth of the LVT business since they got into it 30 years ago. Listen to the interview to hear more details about EarthWerks, the Global LVT market, and the value of Domotex as an international show.

Listen at FloorDaily.net

Killen Join EarthWerks®

Chris Killen has accepted a position with EarthWerks as national sales manager–Canada.

"As the company continues to expand, we have our sights set to grow the Canadian market. Chris will work closely with Amy Sadler, senior division manager, to create an EarthWerks LVT line catered for Canada. He will also work closely with our existing Canadian sales team," said Train.

EarthWerks® adds new head of Product Development and Marketing Strategy

Houston, TX, Nov. 4, 2014

EarthWerks® flooring has added an additional position for the company. Lindsey Nisbet will join as head of Product Development and Marketing Strategy.

Lindsey will be focused on designing and developing new LVT products as well as determining the best ways to market and merchandise our line with our distribution and dealer network.

She has an extensive flooring background as well as degree in Interior Design. She has worked with various customer segments within the industry and has a proven track record of making a positive impact in all of her past assignments. Her knowledge and experience will be a benefit to Earthwerks® while we continue to grow our market share. We welcome Lindsey to our team.

EARTHWERKS® Launches New Website

Houston, TX, May 12, 2014:

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Earthwerks website on May 12, 2014. We will use the same URL: http://www.earthwerks.com. The new site will continue to increase Earthwerks’ visibility and provide instant access to information not available in earlier versions.

New General Changes and Additions

  • Cleaner, more modern page design
  • Vibrant color scheme catches attention
  • Navigational “Quick Links” bar is static, allowing the dealer or consumer easy access to other important sections about Earthwerks from anywhere on the website
  • New search bar located on every page for ease of use and quick reference
  • Added “News” section to keep visitors up-to-date on EW events
  • Added “Accessories” section. Earthwerks adhesive and cleaner information is now available on the website with specs
  • Added “Brochures” section. All current brochures are now available for download on the website
  • Added “Installation” section. All Earthwerks Installation Instructions and other useful info located on one page. As it has always been, Installation Instructions also remain available on each product page

Home Page

  • Eye-catching slide show with room scenes of popular Earthwerks products
  • Customer comments and praise
  • Easy access to download the Earthwerks app for both iPhone and Android operating systems
  • Link to the Earthwerks Twitter account

Products

  • Easier navigation through product pages
  • Better showcasing of products with room scenes of different styles and colors
  • Bigger, higher quality images of swatches make it easy to compare colors between lines

This new website is important to help us continue to build the Earthwerks® brand. Additional updates are on the horizon, including links to: Floor Score information, Photo Gallery, new version of the International sites and a Room Visualizer.

EARTHWERKS® adds new Director of International Sourcing

Houston, TX, April 22, 2014:

EarthWerks® flooring has added an additional position for the company. Andy Goldstein will join as the new Director of International Sourcing.

Andy will lead our existing team in the Asia. This will help form a stronger link between the design and marketing efforts we do in the USA with the production management in Taiwan, Korea and China. Furthermore, he will be focused on scheduling and logistics to ensure we continue to have the best product availability in the industry. Earthwerks® prides itself on being able to offer over 300 skus in stock with ability to fill orders of any size.

Andy has extensive international background in both the garment and solar cell industries. He has been living in Asia for 10-years and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and English. His knowledge and experience will be a benefit to Earthwerks® while continuing to grow in the International markets.

EARTHWERKS® Names New Southeast Regional Manager

Houston, TX, January 3, 2014:

EarthWerks® flooring has named Mike McMackins as the new Southeast Regional Manager. Mike will be based in Georgia and covers Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Maryland, Central and Western Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, for the EarthWerks® LVT product line.

With over 15 years in the flooring industry, Mike brings a strong background in sales, account management and technical services experience. Additionally, Mike served our country with 5-years in the United States Army. He will be an excellent addition for EarthWerks®.

 

Product Releases


EarthWerks® Loose Lay LVT featuring the Aurora Collection:

Houston, January, 15, 2014:

Loved that floor so much you wished you could take it with you? Now you can! NEW EarthWerks® Loose Lay Luxury Vinyl Plank is your high quality portable flooring dream that just came true. Our Aurora Loose Lay Collection captures the stunning looks of natural hardwoods in a loose lay LVT – just what you would expect from EarthWerks® – Flooring Inspired by Nature®.

EarthWerks® Loose Lay is just that simple. Because it is a high quality flooring system specifically designed to fit together with no locking mechanisms or full-field adhesive required, the pieces simply lay in place quickly, usually requiring about half the installation time of other types of flooring -- and it can be installed over many existing floor coverings including properly prepared stained or sealed concrete and ceramic tile. And best of all, EarthWerks® Loose Lay can easily be removed and reused elsewhere. Imagine, commercially rated flooring that’s perfect for your home, office, retail environment, kids’ playroom or the beach house.

EarthWerks® Loose Lay is quieter to walk on than ceramic, laminate or hardwood and warmer and softer under your feet. It’s impervious to moisture and spills, and it’s 100% recyclable. Aurora has been engineered with our special backing and a glass fiber reinforcement layer creating additional dimensional stability. As an added benefit, it is made with our Tuff-est coating ever – Tuff ShieldTM, a double-coating method that adds extra strength to its urethane protectant coating. Because of EarthWerks® special construction and coatings, maintenance is a snap – simply sweep and damp mop -- that's it. And if you truly ding it - it's easily repaired - pop one plank out, pop another one in.

The EarthWerks® Aurora Loose Lay Collection comes in 8 SKUs and has a limited lifetime residential and 10 year heavy commercial wear warranty. Tough stuff. Loose lay technology -- Naturally, from EarthWerks® -- Flooring Inspired by Nature®. We ARE LVT!