Mannington Commercial has become the first and only manufacturer to produce click installation system commercial LVT in the United States. By manufacturing the LockSolid lines of LVT entirely in its Georgia facilities, Mannington is able to deliver higher quality standards, better customer service, and shorter lead times.
The patented floating floor system provides easy and reliable installation over subfloor, existing surfaces, and areas where moisture is a challenge or asbestos removal is a problem. Installation of the tile and plank products saves time and money, with 20 to 50 percent in cost reduction as a result of reduced floor prep time, faster installs, no time required for adhesive to cure, and less workplace downtime. Once installed, LockSolid floors ensure superior strength, no seam separation, and durability under heavy rolling loads.
The glueless installation system not only cuts costs, it also reduces environmental impact, including improvement of air quality through the elimination of VOCs from adhesives. Since beginning on-shoring production of Mannington and Amtico LVT products in 2013, Mannington has already seen a 30 percent increase in jobs in its two Georgia plants, with more than 200 additional jobs to be added by the end of 2014.
Not only is domestic production of the product category good for the communities where Mannington's facilities are located, it's also better for customers. Domestic manufacturing enables the company to deliver LVT with drastically shorter lead times—seven business days as compared to an industry standard of 14 weeks—and higher levels of customer service.
"Our LockSolid LVT is the highest performing click system in the industry," said David Sheehan, vice president of commercial hard surface. "By manufacturing products here, rather than in Asia, we are able to control every aspect of the customer experience, from production to customer service."
Mannington began production of LockSolid LVT with its Nature's Path line, and is expanding the technology to other product lines in its portfolio.