Local News

March 22, 2013

Werner Braun: CRI goes to Washington

Earlier this week, representatives from the Carpet and Rug Institute and its leading members visited our nation’s capital to advocate on behalf of the carpet industry and U.S. manufacturers.

Congress continues to debate many issues of vital importance to CRI’s members. One of the most important is creating a national energy policy with a true “all of the above” approach. Carpet mills, like most manufacturers, use a great deal of energy. Although CRI members have done an outstanding job of improving efficiencies over the past two decades, it is imperative that we have an affordable, dependable energy supply.

In addition to energy policy, CRI’s members advocated strongly for the continued recycling of coal ash from power plants. This refined mineral content is sometimes used as a stabilizer in some forms of carpet backing. Not only does recycling and reuse prevent disposal of the ash, it also helps keep the price of carpet more affordable to the consumer by supplying a safe, reliable feedstock.

Finally, our members educated our leaders on the leadership the industry has taken in recovering and recycling post-consumer (used) carpet. This has been a true success story for the carpet industry and one that has taken place not because of government mandates but because it is the right thing to do for the consumer and for the environment.

Over the course of our two-day trip we met with many members of Congress, including Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R) and Johnny Isakson (R), along with Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), Tom Graves (R-Ga.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.), David Scott (D-Ga.), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) and the newest member of Georgia’s congressional delegation, Doug Collins (R). In addition to these members, we had productive discussions with senior staff from several other Senate and House offices representing Alabama, Tennessee and Florida.

In conjunction with the visit, CRI also co-hosted — along with Graves — our annual Salute to Congress and the Georgia delegation. Once again this event was held in the Capitol and was widely attended by several members of the Georgia congressional delegation and staffs from congressional offices representing all parts of the country.

It was another great event, and I’d like to extend CRI’s gratitude to Congressman Graves and his staff for all their hard work.

Werner Braun is president of the Dalton-based Carpet and Rug Institute.

Text Only
Local News
  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Longtime Dalton business Green Spot to close

    Larry Green says he made the decision more than a year ago.

    July 29, 2014

  • Kiwanis Club3.jpg Kiwanians get a lesson in money and banking

    It makes it easier for us to buy and sell goods and services. It is the measure by which we judge the relative value of those goods and services, and it allows us to “store value,” by placing it away and using it when we need it.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff: Inmates don’t ask to vote

    In his 21 years of service, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said inmates have never asked for the opportunity to vote.

    July 28, 2014

  • Little library 1 mlh.jpg Little Libraries, big goal

    Whitfield County just received a new library.
    And better yet, 26 more are on the way to the region.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Picture 3.jpg Rock solid

    A great number of things have come and gone since 1974.
    One that hasn’t: a small Dalton school founded by parents wanting a unique learning environment for their children.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vann House Day '14 6 mlh.jpg History comes alive at Vann House

    SPRING PLACE — In the early 1800s, the 1,000-acre plantation belonging to Cherokee Indian leader James Vann was a bustling place.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local officials agree with Deal

    Regarding news last week that approximately 30 unaccompanied minors from Central America, who had crossed the southern border into the United States, were sent without warning to Dalton last year and enrolled in Dalton Public Schools, Republican politicians representing portions of Murray and Whitfield Counties agree — state and local school officials deserved to know in advance, they say.

    July 26, 2014