FCN Award of Excellence 2021 winners named
Garden City, NY—Mohawk brands took home six awards, including Best Overall Manufacturer, in FCNews‘ 25e annual Award of Excellence competition, voted on by floor sellers and distributors.
It was the fifth time in six years that Mohawk took home the honors for Best Overall, with Shaw claiming the title in 2020. Mohawk’s other first places were in Laminate A and Hardwood, where he took first place with Shaw in Category A. Meanwhile, the Daltile (Ceramics), Marazzi (Ceramics) and Aladdin (Main Street Commercial) brands won in their respective categories.
Trey Thames, SVP of residential sales for Mohawk, said of winning Best Overall Manufacturer for the fifth time in six years: “This honor is not taken lightly given the challenges we have all faced over the past 18 months. Without the dedication of our employees, from the beginning to the production to the shipment of the product, we would not be where we are today.”
Shaw was also a huge winner in the Award of Excellence competition, winning six first prizes. Shaw won for Carpet-A, tied with Mohawk for Hardwood-A and took top honors for Resilient-A. The COREtec brand was the top voter in both the Wood/Hybrid and WPC/Rigid Core categories, while Anderson Tuftex was a repeat winner in Carpet-B. “Thank you, on behalf of all of us at Shaw, to our valued customers who have chosen our home brands as their favorite floors in today’s most in-demand categories,” said Nina LoCicero, vice president of marketing and digital commerce, Shaw Residential. “All of these huge awards confirm and affirm our mission to be your total flooring solutions provider, and we thank you for your partnership and your business.”
Among the repeat winners were Mirage, Hardwood-B; Mannington, resilient leaf; Karndean, LVT-B; and Inhaus, Laminate-B. “Receiving an award for quality and excellence is a testament to the quality of the employees, suppliers and customers we have at Mirage,” said Brad Williams, vice president of sales and marketing at Boa-Franc. “We are grateful to the many retailers who have been loyal to our brand over the years and who have helped us win this prestigious award again.”
Mannington is the only company to win Resilient Sheet since the vote took place seven years ago. “The entire Mannington team is humbled by this recognition, and we thank everyone who voted for us, as well as the people of News about carpeting for continuing to champion these awards and the vinyl record category,” said David Sheehan, vice president, residential resilient business.
Also, Karndean has been a repeat winner in the LVT-B category for several years now. “As a family business, we strive every day to be your best partner,” said Bill Anderson, CEO. “We are very humbled and grateful to be honored by your votes.”
Inhaus thanked its retail partners for yet another recognition as a top player in laminate. “Our entire organization is constantly working to improve and deliver the best possible products and programs,” said Derek Welbourn, CEO. “Recognition of these efforts by our community of dedicated retailers motivates our ongoing efforts and is truly appreciated.”
After a two-year hiatus, Stanton returned to the winner’s circle with a first-place finish in Area Rugs. “Stanton really appreciates our retail partnerships and is honored that our customers have chosen him as their preferred rug manufacturer for 2021,” said Jonathan Cohen, CEO.
This year’s competition also featured a first winner in the Hardwood C category: Harris Wood. Southwind (not pictured) took home the Carpet-C award.
For the full list of winners who will receive their prizes, see the October 25/November. 1 print edition of FCNews.