Thursday, December 15, 2011

Randy on Sustainability

Randy Weis speaks about what sustainability means to him personally and for his business.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Project: Farm Family

Farm Family is in Glenmont, NY, in the Albany area. We used 400 square yards of Lees Tie, color Belt Loop, in the middle building main hallway and reception area. They needed a good quality carpet that will last a long time, improve the image and appearance of the building and also not become “dated” over time. Ongoing appearance was important and RD Weis was awarded the maintenance of the newly installed carpet and the rest of the Middle Building. Next phase will be 1100 square yards and will begin soon.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Back to School with RD Weis, November 22

Earn one AIA CEU credit. Join us Tuesday November 22nd at our Manhattan office.

Program: Innovations in Carpet Recycling: 1 HSW/SD and USGBC 200


Sheri Gorman, LEED AP and

Sean Ragiel from CarpetCycle


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


RD Weis Companies' Manhattan office
260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500
New York, NY 10001


Sheri Gorman
ph: 212-376-5355 X 202

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Come visit our booth at the ALA Metropolitan Detroit Exposition

Come visit our booth at the ALA Metropolitan Detroit Exposition this Friday Nov. 11

Club Venetian

29310 John R. Road

Madison Heights, MI 48071

Date: Friday, 11/11/11

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Exhibit Hall Open

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Spirit of Hope Foundation

Our very own Kevin Kingsland is on the board of the Spirit of Hope Foundation. This foundation awards a "scholarship to financially aid an extraordinary student who has overcome hardships as a child that once lived in a group home or foster care system, has given back to his or her community and aspires to obtain a higher education."

Congratulations Kevin!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Join us at the Retail Design Institute's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Join us at the Retail Design Institute's 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Hudon Terrace in Manhattan this Wednesday, October 26th. Enjoy cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to win a variety of prizes and membership discounts. This party is not to be missed! Click here for more information and to register. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Flu Season is here!

From the CDC, three important steps to take in protecting yourself and others from the influenza virus:

Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.
  • The 2011-2012 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic....
Read the whole article here.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

RD Weis Companies Welcomes Mark Arbogast and Joe Pedalino to Sales Team

Please join RD Weis Companies in welcoming two new members to our sales team: Mark Arbogast and Joe Pedalino.

Mark Arbogast joins RD Weis Companies as Vice President of Strategic Services, reporting out of our Port Chester office; he will also be the company’s Mondo representative for the New England area. Mark began his flooring career with Mannington as a Strategic Account Manager and then moved on to Bentley Prince Street where he was the US VP of Sales. After Bentley, Mark moved on to Mondo where he headed up their US introduction of commercial rubber flooring.

Joe Pedalino joins RD Weis Companies as Manager, Business Development for the New Jersey area. Joe is a 20-year veteran of floor covering, working with Milliken and Patcraft/Shaw. During his time with both of these mills, Joe and RD Weis Companies worked together on several large projects, including Verizon World Headquarters, Toys R Us, and ETS.

Please join us in welcoming Mark and Joe to RD Weis Companies and wishing them a long and successful future.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pratt / Tri-State League of Facilities Professionals GREEN EXPO

Come visit with RD Weis Companies and friends at the

Pratt / Tri-State League of Facilities Professionals


Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

From 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Pratt institute

144 West 14th Street, New York, NY

For registration information, please visit

Attendance is free!

Food and drink will be served

Pratt Institute has partnered with the Tri-State League of Facility Professionals to host a GREEN EXPO on Thursday September 22, 2011 from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Exhibitors in the Facilities and Construction industries have been screened to make sure that they use and promote products and services meeting the highest standards of sustainability. Attendees will be Students, Faculty, and Facilities and Construction Professionals from across the Tri-State area. Attendance to the event is free.

The special Guest Speaker will be Jack D. Zencheck, Chief Procurement Officer for Yeshiva University. His topic will be: “Yeshiva University's Sustainability Initiatives, how to implement a sustainability program and maintain a green procurement policy in the age of budget cutbacks.”

In addition, tickets to the Tri-State League of Facility Professionals' spectacular Casino/Boat Ride aboard the beautiful World Yacht Princess will be raffled off to both exhibitors and attendees.

Four tickets to the tri-state league casino boat cruise will be raffled off!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 11, 2001, Worcester, MA, from Christine Lee

The following remembrance is from our own Christine Lee, Business Development, Sales, Rochester NY:

I was driving back from an errand to my school, Abby Kelly Foster Charter School, where I was the media specialist, when my older son, Michael called and told me what was happening in New York City. I ran into the school and found administrators and teachers who were also receiving phone calls from their family members. While we were talking, word came of the second crash- we knew then that we were under attack.Then followed the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania crash.

We cobbled up a television in my library and the adults watched in horror. At that point, we had no idea what tomorrow would bring. The decision was made not to tell the students - to give them what might be the last "normal" school day they might ever have.

Alarmed parents called, but by and large they let their children stay in school. The teachers spent the day in trepidation and despair.

The school day was normal on the surface. However, every transition time between classes became for the adults, a time of hurried whispers. Asking what happened to people, "Have you found?" "Have you heard?" I would run to a quiet place and place urgent calls to Michael to hear the latest news. When the word came that Boston was the origin city of the flights, another wave of fear and great sadness hit.

My youngest son, Connor, was a 9 year old student in my school. When this overwhelming tragedy was unfolding, I walked down to his classroom and stood outside the door and watched him at work. He looked so young and vulnerable. All I could think was- is this our Pearl Harbor? What will happen to him and the children surrounding me. Will New York ever be the same? (We are a "theatre family" so New York is our favorite city, and we were just back from a family vacation there.) That horrific day, watching the death and devastation I didn't think it was possible for New York City to recover.

Well, it is ten years later, and Connor is now sophomore at Fordham University and not only is he living in NYC, (with our blessing) he is singing at a 9/11 Memorial. This is something that on September 11, 2001 that I never could have envisioned, happening in a city I didn't believe would ever recover...

As Winston Churchill said, "if you are going through Hell, keep going." Or maybe it is better to remember Emerson's words, "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

Christine Lee
Thank you, Christine.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

An email sent on Wednesday, September 12, 2001

We got the following stunning, heartbreaking email about 9/11 from a NYC designer friend, Ginger Gilden, who is now an Associate at Swanke Hayden Connell Architects on Lafayette Street, and here post it in its entirety:

Maybe someone would be interested in reading my email from the perspective where I was standing, under the Towers, on 9/11. This is the email I sent out the next day…..feel free to share it.

Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 9:40 AM
Subject: September 11, 2001 email

Hey. I'm trying to update everyone on what happened. I don't like to send mass e-mails, but I think this is a unique situation. I don't have all my e-mail addresses at home. They blew up in the WTC explosion. You guys are the only ones I have. So pass on any information you want along with my e-mail address.

It is all a horrible tragedy. I just started my new job at Mancini Duffy in Tower 2 on Aug. 6. I loved it! I was so excited to be in that building. Now I look out my window as I'm typing this, and there's nothing but smoke there. It's so frustrating! I've talked to some people from work, and it seems that everyone got out.

We were on the 21st floor. I had stayed at work until 9 the night before, so I took the late train in on Tuesday morning (which is 30 minutes later than my usual train). I got off the subway right under Tower 1 as it got hit. We heard something, and people started running through the subway corridor.

Everyone got settled down, and then we exited through a different way to get out into the street.

When I got out, debris was falling everywhere and smoke was all over the place. Policemen were directing us away from the building. I ran across the street from Tower 1 and looked up to see a big hole on the north and east side. Fire was coming out the east side. I ran across another street to get away from the panicking crowd, and I started trying to call my husband on my cell phone. I couldn't get through to anyone. I got to an inside corner of a building facade and looked up at Tower 1.

People were jumping from the building and landing on the roof of the building below. That was a difficult moment. Then I saw the other plane heading for Tower 2. I thought maybe it would miss, but I saw it hit and I saw the explosion. It was like watching a movie. I couldn't believe I was in the middle of all this. People started panicking more and trying to get inside the building I was in front of so they could get out of the way of the falling debris. I just covered my head and got as close to the building as I could. A minute or so later, the crowd started running. I stayed put long enough to let the crowd get past me so I wouldn't get trampled.

I saw people lying everywhere, but I didn't look close enough to see what was wrong with them. I did notice one guy on the ground, and the policeman next to him was yelling at him not to move. His legs were bent the wrong way. I didn't look very long. I just kept moving and tried to call anyone to tell them I was OK. The cell phone was useless. There were shoes and watches everywhere, along with people's bags and briefcases. I just kept trying to call home and started walking north to get away from the falling debris. I didn't know if I was hurt or cut or anything. I just wanted to get away from that area.

I finally got through to my parents' answering machine and told them to call Flynn to let him know I was OK. Later they told me that they never could get through to him. He was scared to death for an hour until I was able to get through to him. He could see what was happening from our apartment balcony, and he didn't know that I wasn't in the building. I walked and walked to try to get to a train station that was working, but all the public transportation was suspended, so I couldn't get to my apartment in Queens.

Midtown was being evacuated in case the Empire State Building was struck.

When I got to the Flatiron Building, I could look back and see Tower 1, but Tower 2 was blocked from smoke. At Times Square, I watched the big screen and saw that both towers had collapsed. That was a moment of finality for me. I had to stop and regroup.

Flynn's uncle lives on 61st Street, so I walked there. It was four miles from the WTC to his apartment, so I was exhausted. I was able to make some phone calls from there. I stayed there and watched the news to see when the trains would start running.

So I made it home at 6:30 p.m. I slept fitfully. I was exhausted. I am getting lots of calls from the people in my office and the people I used to work with at Gensler. The principals of my new firm are getting together today to discuss what the next step is. We have offices in Parsippany, N.J., as well as a few other places, so I'm hoping all the computer files are safe. I'm still waiting to see where to report to work.

If I would've been on schedule, I would've been at my desk in Tower 2 when the first plane hit. It was really bad watching it all happen, but I'm OK now that I'm at home. The footage on TV is hard to watch.

Hope all is well with all of my friends.

Ginger DeForest Gilden, New York City

Our deepest thanks for sharing this.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

IAQ for schools, help from the EPA

Great info resource on indoor air quality (IAQ) for schools here, from the EPA:

The IAQ Tools for Schools Program is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting, and preventing IAQ problems. Poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance. In addition, if schools fail to respond promptly to poor IAQ, students and staff are at an increased risk of short-term health problems, such as fatigue and nausea, as well as long-term problems like asthma.

Also, specifically for facilities staff, a FAQ here on school IAQ.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Remembering 9/11: Artist Peggy Weis discusses her paintings

This week, all of us at RD Weis Companies remember our and our loved ones' experiences during -- and after -- the attacks on the World Trade Center.

We want to hear your story of your 9/11 experience - where you were, where your loved ones were, how you got home...

If you would like to share your story publicly, please comment below.

If you would find it easier to share your story in email, please write us at and we will blog your story for you.

Feel free, of course, to tell us in your email that you prefer to be anonymous and we will respect your privacy by posting your story with no name.

Here, artist Peggy Weis discusses her paintings commemorating 9/11:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

USGBC Emerging Professionals

Mariah Howard-Porath, Social Media Coordinator, Earth Day New York, is one of the USGBC's Emerging Professionals and has a lovely post on the USGBC Blog:

Imagine having the ability to gather a village of engineers, architects, designers, lawyers, teachers and advocates of green building practices in one place for a week...

Read her whole article here.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

CARE Annual Report

More great work from Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) in their Annual Report. Click here for the pdf.

An excerpt:

• In 2009, CaRE introduced a new aligned Dealer program, to provide additional benefits and support to Commercial Dealers and Residential Retailers across the United States. Members of the Aligned Dealer program receive a number of special benefits, including marketing materials to display in their showroom, highlighting their support of CARE. We are especially grateful to the 111 members of the Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership who have signed up for the program, and the 97 members of the Resource Commercial Flooring network, who are now registered members of CaRE.
• In addition to the marketing materials enjoyed by all CaRE members, CaRE created a Dealer members’ website page on the CARE Website. The webpage includes a state-by-state roster of CARE dealer members to highlight their involvement in the CaRE organization. The listing is also used as a reference for customers looking to purchase flooring from an organization actively supporting the carpet reclamation movement.
• For the past year, a dedicated team of CaRE bOD members, representatives of the carpet industry, suppliers, entrepreneurs and government representatives have been working on strategies to sustainably grow carpet diversion and recycling. While there has been an intense amount of time and effort devoted to this challenge, the CARE BOD believes that it will ultimately contribute to the long-term growth and health of CaRE members and the CaRE organization. Although it is too early to report on the results of the Strategy Team efforts, we will keep our members updated on our progress as soon as possible.
• In 2009, CaRE established a working relationship with the Canadian Carpet Recycling Effort (CCRE) organization whose mission is to facilitate industry led and market driven solutions for the diversion of post-consumer carpet from landfills and the advancement of secondary markets using recycled content. CARE shared information and perspective with the Canadian team as they establish their post-consumer carpet recycling efforts.
• Our CaRE Entrepreneur network continues to grow and expand. In 2009, we increased our collector network by 7 new collectors, for a total of 65 collectors nationwide.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thank you for joining us at our 4th Annual Flooring Expo

Thank you

for joining us

at the

4th Annual RD Weis Companies Flooring Expo

RD Weis Companies, friends, and colleagues met at the Innovant showroom in NYC to wrap up NeoCon 2011!

Manufacturers attending included:

Atlas Carpet Mills




Mannington Commercial



The Mohawk Group


mats inc


NY Surfaces featuring Capri Cork and Alumafloor

Teragren Bamboo





Thursday, July 28, 2011

Send Videos! Greenbuild NEXT Video Campaign Launches

This looks fun -- the US Green Building Council is calling for short videos about what's next for green building:

The Greenbuild NEXT video campaign calls upon the USGBC community and idealists everywhere to submit short videos depicting what you think is NEXT for green building, sustainability and our planet's prosperity. Videos will be posted on the Greenbuild website, and could be featured on the big screens at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Flooring Industry stats, 2010

Floor Covering News has the 2010 flooring industry stats here:

While total industry sales in 2010 did actually rise to $16.221 billion after three straight years of decline, the $32 million increase over 2009’s $16.189 billion, barely registers on the meter, making for what most called a “flat” year. In terms of the actual amount of flooring sold, total square footage fell slightly between 2009 and 2010 from 16.807 billion square feet to 16.625 billion square feet, or down 1.1%.

Again, on paper 2010 looks to have been a rough copy of 2009. But as any sports fan will say, championships are not won on paper. Which would explain why most people were eager to see the year end. Like any time period, there were winners and losers, and when examined from more of a macro level, it seemed that last year produced more losers as companies struggled to capture whatever business was out there.

The fact is, those who thought the bottom had been reached at the end of 2009 saw otherwise. And those who expected a quick turnaround after two dreadful years were given a harsh dose of reality.

Shortly after it was officially announced the country was mired in a recession the likes of which had not been seen in over 75 years, it was noted when the economic pendulum hits rock bottom, businesses should not expect it to immediately start swinging upward. In fact, many economists and experts said once the nadir of the trough is reached there was a very good chance the economy would labor along the bottom, showing some signs of life but not truly picking up steam, for a period of time before things begin to steadily go uphill.

So it was for 2010, as the economy basically sputtered—at times allowing people in the industry to believe the recession might truly be over, while other times making them wonder if the country’s economic ship would ever right itself.

Read the whole thing.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

USGBC Expands LEED Volume Program to Building Operations

Journalist Evan Dick in the always terrific and useful BuildingGreen has an interesting article on the USGBC expanding LEED Volume Program to Building Operations:

Large property owners and managers are increasingly turning to LEED to certify not only their new buildings but also their operations, through LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM). To meet that need, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) now offers volume LEED-EBOM certification through its LEED Volume Program, introduced in 2010 (see LEED Volume Certification Program Launched). The program streamlines the certification process for larger LEED customers—those seeking certification for 25 or more buildings within three years.

Read the whole thing here.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Amazing product: floating porcelain tiles

We love porcelain, it's beautiful and sturdy -- but is often difficult to work with. Recently we saw that Avaire is offering interlocking floating porcelain tiles. Avaire says about themselves:

Winner of Best of NeoCon 2009, Avaire interlocking floating porcelain tiles offer outstanding resistance to water, stains, scratches, bacteria and odors — and because porcelain is harder and denser than most tile, Avaire Commercial is ideal for high traffic areas:

· Installs two to five times faster than traditional tile

· Multi-directional assembly allows multiple installers to work simultaneously

· Self-aligning system ensures symmetrical 1/4" grout lines while eliminating need for spacers and grids

· Minimal floor prep -- installs over VCT, vinyl, and existing ceramic floors

· No thinset or grout mixing -- no grout sealing

Nice! Looking forward to hearing more about this product.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Design tradeshow, RD Weis Rochester!

Dear friends and colleagues

Did you miss Chicago? Or not see everything there?

Please join us

at the

Co-Sponsored RD Weis Companies


Rochester City Center IIDA


Wednesday June 29, 2011

4 to 8 p.m.

Register online here. Come enjoy drinks and food, and check out wonderful new products from all your favorite manufacturers, including:

  • FreeAxez
  • Mondo
  • Mannington
  • Armstrong
  • Forbo
  • J&J Invision
  • InterfaceFlor
  • Interior Resource Group
  • Merkel Donohue
  • Milliken
  • Bentley Prince Street
  • Kraus Floors
  • DesignTex
  • Koroseal
  • Tantus
  • Roppe

We look forward to seeing you! Click here for a map.

Please RSVP to Christine Lee 585-334-8570 or email clee at

245 Summit Point Drive

Suite 1

Henrietta, NY 14467

Office: 585-334-8570

Fax: 585-334-8597

Cell: 508-353-1350

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Floor Covering News: Ceramic practices patience during slow recovery

Louis Iannaco in Floor Covering News has an interesting story about the ceramic tile situation during this slow economic recovery:

...The consensus among executives currently has commercial sales representing approximately 40% of the total ceramic tile market, and most saw this trend continue during the first quarter of the year with commercial actually outperforming residential.

As Bettiga noted, bidding is slowly improving and the second half of 2011 and first half of 2012 will result in slight increases for our members in work. “Backlogs (future projects) are definitely healthier compared to a year ago. The companies that are surviving are being flexible, ready to work in areas outside of their normal comfort zone, such as traveling, partnering with other contractors on projects, and diversifying their offerings into specialized niches such as maintenance, restoration, remodeling, etc.”

There is a sense that the field has been “cleansed to some degree,” he added, “and those who have stayed fluid and financially healthy are poised to reap the benefits in the next 12 to 24 months.”...