Article Number: 23494
Mannington Mills Awarded Patent for SimpleStairs
Salem, NJ -- June 16, 2022 – Mannington Mills recently was awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its innovative SimpleStairs® product line. The patent covers the production method and equipment utilized to produce SimpleStairs® in the United States.

SimpleStairs® is an exact match stair tread that features the same gloss, texture, and performance of the select Mannington LVT collections that they are designed to complement. “In addition to providing the same visual as the floor, SimpleStairs® provides the same scratch, wear, and fade resistance of our Realta® SPC and Glue Down collections. It’s also waterproof,” said David Sheehan, Mannington Vice President of Residential Hard Surface. The product provides retailers with an upgraded stair tread solution and a trade-up opportunity to provide a better looking, better performing and faster installation. “It’s an incremental profit generator for our retail partners,” added Sheehan.

Built on a concept originated by Bob Pitman, (retired) President of Burke Flooring, inventors credited with the patent are Mannington associates Keith Bodendorf, Project Engineer; Dennis Bradway,
Product and Standards Manager; and Joe Finlaw (retired), Installation Manager. “This patent is another example of our associates’ innovative spirit and dedication to customer satisfaction. SimpleStairs® provides an add-on opportunity for retail salespeople, as well as a design solution for consumers,” said Zack Zehner, President of Mannington Residential Business.

Mannington plans to extend SimpleStairs® to its award-winning ADURA® Selling Solution offering in 2023.

About Mannington Mills, Inc.
One of the world's leading manufacturers of fine flooring, Mannington Mills, Inc., is based in Salem, New Jersey (USA). The company is engaged in residential and commercial carpet, sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl, laminate, resilient and hardwood floors; as well as carpet yarns and commercial rubber under the Mannington Residential, Mannington Commercial, Amtico, Phenix, and Burke brands. Founded in 1915 by John Boston Campbell, the company is still privately held and owned by the Campbell family. Now in its second century of doing business in the USA, Mannington Mills remains committed to quality, customer satisfaction and innovative manufacturing with award-winning product design, state-of-the- art processes and industry-leading programs.

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