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Mannington and Starnet Partner to Create Starnet Healthcare Solutions
Calhoun, GA (April 27, 2012) – At its 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting earlier this month, Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership unveiled Starnet Healthcare Solutions, a new partnership with Mannington Commercial. Starnet Healthcare Solutions is the industry's first coordinated, holistic approach to how healthcare products are designed, bundled, delivered, installed, maintained and sustainably removed at the end of their useful life.

“Starnet developed the Healthcare Solutions line with our partners at Mannington Commercial to fill a void in the commercial market, “states Jeanne Matson, President & CEO of Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring. “This is a well-designed collection developed for those healthcare facilities which want beautiful interiors without extensive design services.”

Starnet Healthcare Solutions includes a portfolio of Mannington products designed to meet the demand's of today's healthcare spaces. All of the products emphasize high performance and low maintenance, as well as aesthetics that coordinate with healthcare finishes and engineering for smart, smooth transitions between surfaces. Starnet brings its full suite of services in purchasing, installation, service and reclamation to the products, leveraging its worldwide network of contractors and affiliates.

“We believe this is a unique business-building opportunity for both Starnet and Mannington Commercial, “adds Fred Williamson, Vice President of Operations, Starnet. “The design work and product quality is outstanding and we are proud to present this collection as a Starnet initiative.”

The two carpet collections in Starnet Healthcare Solutions are unique to the program. The Affinity Collection and Composition Collection from Mannington Commercial are offered with a full range of coordinating products from Mannington Commercial – LVT, homogeneous sheet, heterogeneous sheet, rubber tile, wall base, and VCT. Each product in the offering is designed complement the others, as well as transition together within a space.

"Mannington Commercial is known for providing an incredibly wide range of flooring solutions that never compromise between performance, styling and sustainability, all from a single point of contact," said Kurt Topp, Vice President–Sales at Mannington Commercial. "Starnet Healthcare Solutions unites our ability to bring so many products to the table with Starnet legendary service, creating long-term, mutually beneficial relationships for healthcare end users."

"As product manufacturers, we're always looking for ways to ensure that our products are delivered, installed, maintained and reclaimed according to their highest and best use," said Jack Ganley, President of Mannington Commercial. “It's hard to imagine a better partner than Starnet in this effort, and we're delighted to be teaming up with them on this program.”

"Starnet and Mannington Commercial share values all along the supply chain – bringing performance, aesthetics, sustainability and customer support together to create the best possible experience for facilities managers,” said Ganley. “Starnet Healthcare Solutions allow us to do this in ways that are even more responsive, reliable and suited to meet today's facility demands."

The carpet products in the program are constructed of Antron 6,6 nylon to resist soil penetration, wear, matting and crushing. XGUARD® stain resistance technology defies color fading and reduces maintenance, keeping the carpet’s colors vibrant longer, while ColorSafe® bleach resistance technology resists color fade-out from bleach spills and splashes. Because indoor air quality is such an important consideration, Mannington designed Classics to be a low-emitting carpet to LEED standards, as well as being certified CRI Green Label Plus. The hard surface floorings also include Quantum Guard™ HP, Mannington's patented high performance wear layer with urethane aluminum oxide cured by a UV process, to further increase stain and slip resistance, cleanability, appearance retention and overall durability. Extended warranties are also available through the program. Thanks to Mannington's Xpress service program, orders of the carpet products up to 1,000 square yards are available to be received within five business days. Orders of hard surface of up to 1,800 square feet are available within seven business days.

For more information, please visit starnethealthcaresolutions.com and/or contact your local Starnet Member via the Member Locator at starnetflooring.com.

# Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring is comprised of over 170 locally owned full-service flooring contractors representing more than 300 service locations throughout North America. With over $2 billion in annual sales, Starnet is the single most influential force in the contract flooring industry. http://starnetflooring.com

A fourth-generation family owned company, Mannington Commercial offers a wide range of flooring solutions from a single point of contact – so its customers need never compromise between styling, performance, sustainability and customer service. The range of choices that work in carpet and hard surface categories is unparalleled, and its sustainability platform is built upon innovative measures to close the recycling loop, reduce waste streams, reuse waste materials and continue its leadership position in energy efficiency. http://manningtoncommercial.com
(c) 2012 Mannington Commercial. a business unit of Mannington Mills, Inc. All rights reserved.