Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sales Rising Slowly but Surely

From our friends at Floor Covering Weekly:

This year didn’t quite meet industry expectations on a number of fronts. First, after getting off to an encouraging start, sales began to fizzle come September — later though than when sales stalled in 2011. Industry executives reported that while sales remain in the low single digits, mainly between 3 and 5 percent, they are confident that the trend is heading back up.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Project - Free Axez for TEAL at Yale University

Check out our new project:

Free Axez for the Technology Enhanced Active Learning Center classroom (TEAL)

The use of Free Axez allows for the accommodation of cables, wires and sensitive equipment used to facilitate and organize this up and

coming higher education concept.

Rather than have a professor teach to a lecture hall of 130 students they break up into tables of nine and every table has a computer monitor on it. The professor can see the students on his computer, similar to skype, and the students can see the professor on their monitor. They engage and exchange spreadsheets, pictures, and documents with each other or with the group. It is a way to use technology to make the classroom experience more interpersonal.

We are currently working on another similar concept at Columbia called SCALE UP – Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

During this Thanksgiving Holiday, our thoughts are with those still in dire need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. As we continue to secure donations as part of our Rochester-area relief effort, we remain appreciative of all those that have stepped in to help and are hopeful for more positive steps on the road to recovery.

From all of us at RD Weis Companies, we wish you a warm, safe, and secure Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Charity Here at Home

Our very own Mike Pendergast from our Rochester NY offices is doing something about the situation many people are facing on the East Coast in the wake of Sandy. Mike sent out an email asking all the people on his mailing list to help gather food, clothing and other essentials to those in need. He has that he himself would take care of making sure that they got to those in need. As a result of this, a member of Starnet from Baton Rouge Louisiana has arranged something incredibly touching. With the help of several others, he will be driving an 18ft trailer loaded with relief supplies to the affected areas. From the bottom of our hearts we thank all our heroes for this incredible selfless act.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

RD Weis Companies Emergency Number

From all of us at RD Weis Companies, we hope everyone is safe and sound in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

RD Weis's internet provider has system failures and we are without email. If you have experienced damage and need emergency help with your flooring needs, we can be reached at our emergency number: 914-498-3551. RD Weis is available to meet your needs.

We wish everyone a safe and secure recovery.

Please call us at 914-498-3551.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Builder Confidence is on the Rise!

From our good friends at Floor Covering Weekly:

"Many builders are reporting increases in the number of serious buyers visiting their sales offices, and the overall confidence measure is much higher than it was at this time last year ..."

Read the full article.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Reminder: The next CEU class is this Thursday, October 11th

Come have lunch and continue your education with RD Weis Companies. Get one AIA CEU credit per class toward your relicensing and continuing education.

Thursday, October 11th. 

Program: From Tires to Flooring - Recycled Rubber

Presentation is from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm at our Manhattan office:

260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500 New York, NY 10001

Lunch will be served.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Interior Design Association (IIDA NY) announces its tenth anniversary of Color Invasion

The New York chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA NY) is proud to announce its tenth anniversary of Color Invasion; an annual theme party benefiting the IIDA NY student activities and awards programs.

This year,
IIDA NY will also be supporting The Pajama Program and will have a drop box for new, unwrapped pajamas and books for children from infants to age 18. Please bring your gift and help support this worthy organization.

For ticket info, please visit:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Come have lunch and continue your education with RD Weis Companies.

Get one AIA CEU credit per class toward your relicensing and continuing education. Here is our Fall class overview. First class is September 20th.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Starnet Membership Meeting in Texas, October 11 - 14

From Starnet:
The preparations for the upcoming Starnet Fall Membership Meeting are in full swing and we are really looking forward to a great session in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! The meeting will be held at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas from Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14. The focus of the meeting is Project Management and, as we did in 2011 with the Moisture Mitigation theme in Chicago, all topics will be covered in General Sessions.

More info on the Starnet Membership Meeting.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

See Our Recent New Project!

Financo in NYC:

We were doing the carpet maintenance for this financial investment firm in New York City. After relocating temporarily, they reached out to us to help them with their flooring needs. 

We chose the sustainable option of keeping the existing carpet and did a major cleaning of it. We replaced the conference room with Tandus carpet tile and replaced the reception area using Stile wood. The restrooms were cleaned using Siltanium, so all in all, a great all-around use of our products and services.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Message from Randy

As the summer and eventually the year come to a close, we remain optimistic that the economic recovery continues and that Americans WILL find work and businesses thrive.

Here at RD Weis Companies, based on the last two years' growth, we feel a strong sense of hope for 2013.

We continue with such products as our solution to bathroom tile and grout which restores the tile floor, placing a "glass" coating over the floor that unlike others in this category does not wear off and show traffic patterns.  Another segment that continues to grow involves products geared towards health care, namely rubber flooring and new products arising from a new partnership between Starnet and Mannington.

And as always, Sustainability remains our mantra. We continue to stay on the path toward a better environmental impact for our company and for our customers.

Stay cool through the remaining part of the summer - all of us at RD Weis Companies wish you and your business long-term and truly sustainable success!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Take a Tour of RD Weis Companies 2012 Projects

We've done a lot this past year and are very proud of our accomplishments. Below is a highlight of our 2012 projects. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

RD Weis Companies Welcomes New Team Member Bernard Vargas

Bernard Vargas joins us as Project Manager/Estimator working in our Port Chester office.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Missed NeoCon 2012?

Here's your chance to catch up with our Post NeoCon Review & Trade Show, Wednesday August 15th at our Rochester Office

Details below...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

12 Slip and Fall Legal Terms You Should Know

12 Slip and Fall Legal Terms You Should Know

If you are involved in a slip and fall claim, there are a few terms you should be familiar with so that you’re able to follow along and ask smart questions when speaking with your attorney. Below we have provided you with 12 key terms to better equip you for your slip and fall case.

Learn the full list of Slip and Fall Legal terms here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sheri Gorman speaks about 2012 NeoCon Expo

Sheri Gorman, LEED AD, Director of Healthcare, Education and Marketing for RD Weis Companies, gives a brief verbal and visual breakdown of the 2012 NeoCon Expo in Chicago. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top 10 Risk Factors for Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Being aware of risk factors that can cause a slip-and-fall accident is a major concern in all types of facilities. According to forensic reviews of dozens of slip-and-fall injury accidents, these are the 10 most commonly associated risk factors for slips and falls:

1. Surface composition: Refers to the type of floor surface and its slip resistance when dry and properly cleaned (Some hard-surface floors may be slip-resistant when dry, but slippery when wet or soiled.)

2. Foreign substances: Such as ice, grease, or water

3. Surface conditions: Raised or recessed edges, loose carpeting, soiling and overall cleanliness of the floor

4. Surface changes: For instance, walking from a carpeted floor to a tile floor

5. Level changes: Surface level changes; unexpected slopes or raises of three steps or less

6. Obstructions: For example, extension cords, hoses and other foreign items

7. Visibility: Poor lighting, but also glare, shadows, bright lights or color contrasts, which can impede visibility

8. Human factors: Different individual physical capabilities and physical challenges, shoe types and familiarity with a walk area

9. Stairs: Falls from stairs, which are defined as more than three steps. These typically result in the most serious injuries.

10. Unusual features: Out-of-the-ordinary conditions that might distract a walker, such as loud noises, strobe or flashing lights, etc.

"Of particular concern is ‘surface conditions' of the floor," says Matt Morrison, communications manager for Kaivac. "Conventional floor mopping methods can spread soils over floors and create a slippery situation, changing the floor's surface condition. Selecting alternative floor cleaning systems can enhance cleaning results and lower risks." 

Click here for tips to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

RD Weis and ETS to Milliken Design Center in Spartanburg, SC

A great pic of our visit with ETS to the Milliken Design Center in Spartanburg, SC. Fantastic trip!

Friday, May 11, 2012

CarpetCycle Opens New Facility in Newark, NJ

Congratulations to CarpetCycle on the Grand Opening of their new facility in Newark. From National Floor Trends:

CarpetCycle, a post-consumer recycling services provider, said it offers shearing technology that achieves 99 percent nylon purity, housed at the company’s new facility in Newark, N.J. 

Read the excellent news on CarpetCycle here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Interesting Article on Janitorial Services

The efficacy of janitorial services via Today's Facility Manager magazine:
If you were asked to make a list of people who promise more than they deliver, the list might include car salesmen, political candidates, creepy dates from Match.com, and cleaning companies. For facility managers (fms), it should come as no surprise that the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) recently ranked poor janitorial service as the third highest office complaint.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

RD Weis takes Honorable Mention at the 12th Annual Starnet Design Awards!

We are proud to announce that RD Weis won Honorable Mention in the Hospitality and Public Space category of the 12th Annual Starnet Design awards for our New City Library project! Here's the Starnet Design Awards story and a pic!

Friday, April 13, 2012

RD Weis Featured in Green Operations magazines's Spring Issue!

Randy and RD Weis Companies "walk the walk" when it comes to sustainability as featured in Green Operations magazine's Spring issue. Check it out!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

EDC Magazine "The Official Magazine for the LEED® Professional"

EDC magazine announced a new partnership today. As "The Official Magazine for the LEED® Professional," EDC will be available for free to all LEED professionals now, in addition to all architects, designers, facility managers and building owners. Subscribe via www.EDCmag.com.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Good News for the Flooring Industry!

From our friends at Floor Covering Weekly ...

Floor covering makers are uniquely positioned for success in the commercial market, according to Mark Falanga, president of MMPI. Performance of companies that show at NeoCon alone, he said, is a strong indicator.

Full Article on the commercial flooring market here.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Another New Project - New City Library, New City, NY

The Library requested that the re-carpeting of their open, multi-level spaces make a big "floor statement” and create a “fun” place to visit. We were asked to update the library by only changing the existing flooring which was past its expiration date and was about to become a safety issue if it was not replaced. The designer, Judy Girod, of Lothrop Associates, incorporated organic pathways using accent colors to help define certain parts of the library. Accomplishing this using only carpet required special use of the magic wand of design ideas. Using the Tandus Modular Landscape Textures carpet colors in three colors with color spots of Plexus in 5 shades was the solution for the main Library.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Project Completed - Lothrop Associates

New Project in White Plains, NY. The design strategy and challenge was in selecting floor finishes for this architectural office that would serve as a "design lab" using materials that served the office function but also provided a variety of flooring types that would be compatible in the open office environment yet set apart the key areas of the office and use different, imaginative, but complimentary products within the construction budget. This concept came together by using hard surfaces abutting soft surfaces without transition strips and all had to be perfectly installed. The Carpets were all by Tandus, the vinyl tiles were all by Armstrong, and the rubber floor was by Mondo. Take a look!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Message from Randy

Happy 2012!

As we move into the New Year and an election year, our hope is that the economy continues to recover and grow and that all Americans find meaningful work. At the core of our recovery as a nation is our ability to remain positive about the future and feel that better times are ahead. The recession has been daunting for many families and our hope is that the future is more hopeful.

At RD Weis, we saw growth in 2011 and see 2012 at least as positive as last year, and are encouraged with the many new products and services we have launched. One such product is a new solution to bathroom tile and grout which restores the tile floor, placing a “glass” coating over the floor that unlike others in this category does not wear off and show traffic patterns. Another segment that continues to grow are products geared towards health care and senior living that have great aesthetics and are easy to install and maintain. Lastly, with all of us carrying phone charges, pda’s, IPads, and personal computers around, each day is a quest to find outlets and power to plug into to keep all of these devices functional. One such solution is a unique low profile wire management solution that can be installed in new or existing space to bring unlimited power to the work area.

RD Weis is now 21 years old and this year we will be honoring three clients who have been with us for over 20 years, a feat that we are very proud of and thank our partners Bayerische Landesbank, Sirius America Insurance Company, and Mitsubishi for their continued and ongoing support. One of our greatest achievements in business is the retention of our employees and customers … they are equally valued.

Buy American and sustainability remain central to us and many of our clients. We continue to look for ways to improve our own performance in these areas and make our own contribution to this national cause.

Our best wishes to all of our readers and continued prosperity.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

U.S. Demand for Rugs, Carpet On the Rise

From Floor Covering News, U.S. demand for carpets and rugs to reach 16.5 billion square feet in 2015.

Demand for carpet and rug products in the US is projected to increase 7.9% annually from a weak 2010 base to 16.5 billion square feet in 2015, accounting for about 64% of total floor covering demand, according to a recently released research study.

The whole nine yards here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Project at Fairfield University

The women’s basketball suite at Fairfield University’s Walsh Athletic Center was designed using Mohawk Chengdu for the field and Coordination for the “Stags” logo. Recreating the logo was a particular challenge as it had to be water jet cut using Creative Edge.

We're very happy with the results!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Social Media Trends in 2012

From techcrunch.com, key Social Media Trends to look out for in 2012:

In 2011, social media had its share of growing pains. Large brands and corporations took to social media in force to try to find footing in this expanding medium. Some brands found success, while others found peril and new PR nightmares.

The whole Techcrunch article is here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Attention-Grabbing Messages!

Great advice on creating a message that grabs your audiences attention for the next meeting or conference.

From the Harvard Business Review:

You can feel the tension in the compressed smiles, quick nods and pointed questions at the annual Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare conference. Schedules are packed as the high-stakes finance crowd gathers to hear 20-minute rapid-fire talks by CEOs of start-ups and public companies who seek funding or favorable stock analysts' reports. Presenters speak fast, using complex medical and financial terms.

Read the entire Harvard Business Review article.