KronotexUSA Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Barnwell, S.C., January 22, 2014 — KronotexUSA is proud to announce that its quality management system has been certified and found to be in conformance with procedures listed in the International Quality System Standard. The scope of this registration and the approved quality management system applies to the design and manufacture of laminate flooring in Barnwell, S.C. ISO 9001:2008 is a set of international standard and guidance documents for quality management and quality assurance. The standard represents an international consensus on good management practices with the aim of ensuring that the organization can, time and time again, deliver the product or services that meet the client’s quality requirements. “This certification further strengthens our commitment to our customer and supports our management philosophy of continual improvement,” said Jody Smith, the Quality Manager for KronotexUSA. The certificate is accredited by American Systems Registrar, a provider of third-party system registration and accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. To maintain certification, ASR will perform audits to ensure compliance and to assess initiatives for continued improvement. Customers can be confident that KronotexUSA will continue to provide the high quality products they have come to expect well into the future. To learn more about KronotexUSA, visit... Read More

Laminate Flooring Maker Dramatically Reduces Waste

Barnwell, S.C., March 18, 2013 – KronotexUSA has begun a company-wide recycling and waste reduction program that will have a tremendous impact on waste that would normally be sent to a landfill. KronotexUSA is working with Pratt Recycling, a subsidiary of Pratt Industries on the project. KronotexUSA’s recycling program will involve complete separation of all waste streams, including paper, clear plastic, green strapping, corrugate, bottles, cans, metal and general waste. The paper and corrugated products collected will be used as raw materials for one of Pratt’s paper mills — and returned in the form of sustainable, 100% recycled content packaging. Non-paper recyclables are transported to end users, while non-recyclables are used as fuel for Pratt’s clean energy plant which powers the paper-making process. “We are undertaking this initiative, not to save cost, but to act as a good corporate citizen by making an internal, cultural shift and doing the right things to lessen our environmental footprint in our community,” noted George Kelley, KronotexUSA president and CEO. “Jody Smith, our quality manager, championed this major recycling program while two other Kronotex employees — Tim Horton and Charlie Jenkins — are working with Pratt Recycling to manage the project internally,” added Kelley. ”Pratt Recycling has perfected a very unique zero-landfill solution for Kronotex as well as other manufacturers throughout the country,” Myles Cohen, the president of Pratt Recycling, said. “Kronotex’s commitment to environmental sustainability made it easy for us to customize our close-the-loop program that turns a company’s waste stream into new packaging – all from Pratt’s fully integrated recycling, waste-to-clean-energy, and converting capabilities,” added Cohen. By using 100% recycled cartons... Read More

KronotexUSA Obtains GREENGUARD Certification

Barnwell, S.C., March 20, 2012 – Laminate flooring manufacturer KronotexUSA has announced its product line has earned GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification issued by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of “green” building programs, including the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® green building rating system. The not-for-profit GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) establishes product emissions standards to help reduce people’s exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. Products that achieve GREENGUARD Certification have met these rigorous standards and help create healthier indoor environments. With adults spending nearly 90% of their time indoors – where pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than outdoor air – achieving good indoor air quality (IAQ) has become a concern for many home and building owners. Elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can cause short- and long-term health issues ranging from triggering asthma and allergy attacks to neurological and respiratory disease. GREENGUARD Certified products show significant reduction in both the individual chemicals emitting from the products as well as the overall levels of chemicals being released. “We are very excited to make this announcement,” said Norm Voss, KronotexUSA’s president and CEO. “We take tremendous pride our ability to manufacture high quality laminate flooring in Barnwell, S.C., that is able to achieve such stringent standards for low chemical emissions, with regular and rigorous testing and verification.” An online guide of GREENGUARD Certified products is available at no charge at greenguard.org. For more information on flooring collections manufactured by SwissKronoUSA, visit... Read More

Expansion Increases KronotexUSA Capacity, Capability

Barnwell, S.C., April 5, 2011 – KronotexUSA Holdings Inc. is moving closer to completion on the expansion of its Kronotex Flooring LLC manufacturing facility in Barnwell, S.C. The construction project, which began last fall, will enhance clean-energy development and increase production capacity by 60% with the installation of a third set of high-speed laminating and profiling lines. “We are very pleased that we’re progressing ahead of schedule,” said Norm Voss, the president and CEO of KronotexUSA Holdings Inc. “The new distribution warehouse and offices will be complete within the next two weeks, the profiling line will be in production by July and the laminating line soon thereafter.” The expansion of KronotexUSA’s Barnwell facility will enable the company to produce a complete line of high-end laminate flooring products with improved design, which were previously only produced in the company’s European factories and imported by KronotexUSA. The increase in both capacity and capability will create new jobs in Barnwell while providing KronotexUSA customers with higher-value products more quickly and reliably, in addition to reducing their delivery costs and working capital requirements. KronotexUSA’s expansion project, which includes 225,000 square feet of additional warehouse space and new factory, administrative and sales offices, will create 40 new American jobs with a capital investment of $45 million. “This significant investment during a time of weak economic growth is a testimonial to the excellent quality of our products and our work force in Barnwell,” Voss said. “We could not have continued to grow our business during these tough economic conditions if it weren’t for the close working relationships we have developed with our customers and critical... Read More

KronotexUSA to Expand S.C. Laminate Flooring Factory

Barnwell, S.C., August 30, 2010 — KronotexUSA Holdings Inc. announces the expansion of its Kronotex Flooring LLC manufacturing facility in Barnwell, S.C. The construction project, expected to start immediately, will enhance clean-energy development and increase production capacity by 60% with the installation of a third set of high-speed laminating and profiling lines. “The expansion of our Barnwell facility will enable us to produce a complete line of high-end laminate flooring products with improved design, which were previously only produced in the company’s European factories and imported by KronotexUSA,” said Norm Voss, the president and CEO of KronotexUSA Holdings, Inc. “The increase in both capacity and capability will create new jobs in Barnwell while providing our customers with higher-value products more quickly and more reliably, in addition to reducing their delivery costs and working capital requirements.” KronotexUSA’s expansion project, which includes 225,000 square feet of additional warehouse space and new factory, administrative and sales offices, will create 40 new jobs with a capital investment of $45 million. “This significant investment during a time of weak economic growth is a testimonial to the excellent quality of our products and our work force in Barnwell,” Voss said. “We could not have continued to grow our business during these tough economic conditions if it weren’t for the close working relationships we have developed with our customers and critical vendors.” For more information on KronotexUSA, call (866) 334-9923 or visit... Read More