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9/20/2012

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Johnsonite Earns Platinum and Gold Environmental Certifications



Johnsonite®, the commercial arm of Tarkett and provider of the world’s most integrated high-performance flooring systems, recently received two important product certifications for sustainable manufacturing, including NSF-332 Platinum level certification for the company’s iQ™ Natural Vinyl Flooring line, and NSF 332 Gold level certification for its Harmonium xf™ Linoleum Flooring line.

“Johnsonite was the first in the flooring industry to receive NSF 332 Platinum certification,” said Diane Martel, vice president, environmental planning and strategy for Tarkett North America.  “Achieving an additional Platinum certification reflects the company’s rapid progress and ongoing commitment to sustainability.”

The NSF 332 certification process evaluates a product’s life cycle, from its inception to its repurposing or recycling. Using a point-based system, the NSF 332 standard measures six key areas: product design, manufacturing, long-term value, end-of-life management, corporate governance and innovation. When audited against the NSF 332 standard, a product may achieve up to 100 possible points. Based on point values, products can be awarded Conformant, Silver, Gold and Platinum level certifications.

Johnsonite is dedicated to creating sustainable products in an environmentally responsible manufacturing process. To date, Johnsonite has received several NSF Gold and Platinum certifications.

    NSF Platinum: Ecolibrium™, iQ products (Optima®, Granit™, iQ Natural)
    NSF Gold: Circulinity™, Folio™, Mesto™, Mesto Configurations™, Prima® Marbelized, Prima® Olio®, MicroTone™ and Solid Rubber Tile;  Aria, Melodia™ and Contract Plus Vinyl Sheet & Tile; Harmonium xf™ Vento, Etrusco, Toscano, Allegro, Lenza and Tonali Linoleum, and Azrock® VCT and TexTile™ VCT

In addition to NSF-332, Johnsonite products are manufactured in ISO 14001 facilities and are certified under FloorScore. The company’s popular linoleum is currently C2C silver and bio-preferred labeled.  The breadth of certifications, ranging from material use to manufacturing conditions to end-of-use practices to occupant health, ensure customers that Tarkett is focused on every aspect of sustainable production.

The company is currently working toward their goal of having all product categories certified under the NSF 332 standard— which would be a first for the industry.

For more information about Johnsonite products and their many green certifications and sustainable initiatives, visit www.johnsonite.com or www.johnsoniteenvironment.com.

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About Johnsonite

For more than 100 years, Johnsonite has been a leading provider of innovative flooring solutions that integrate function, design, life safety, and sustainability to enhance productivity in commercial spaces. Johnsonite is the North American commercial brand of the Tarkett Group, which manufactures and markets integrated flooring, flooring accessories, wall base and sports surface solutions to professionals and end users in 100 countries, from 30 production sites.  And, with 2010 revenues of €1.9 billion, Tarkett Group is a leading global flooring supplier. Since January 2007, Tarkett has been owned by the Deconinck family (50%) and private equity funds affiliated with KKR (50%). Tarkett and its Johnsonite brand are committed to providing solutions that balance each component of the triple bottom line: people, the environment and economics. Johnsonite‘s mission is geared toward enhancing the productivity and well being of the people who design, manufacture, distribute, live and work with their products daily. Johnsonite is headquartered in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with operations located throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.johnsonite.com and www.tarkett.com. Follow Johnsonite online via Twitter, @Johnsonite, and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/johnsoniteflooring.

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