The board of directors of the American Floorcovering Alliance Inc. (AFA) recently voted to dissolve the floor covering advocacy organization. Pandemic-related revenue shortfalls and event cancellations were factored into the decision. The board agreed to donate a cash balance of $135,000 that remained to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to support flooring industry education programs. GNTC — which added a Flooring Production program in 2019 comprising of a Flooring Production Operator and Flooring Production Technician certificate program — was selected to receive the funds based on its essential role in workforce development for the floor covering industry.
“Upon the dissolution of AFA, we determined that the balance of cash after liquidation would be best used by local colleges to assist in training and recruiting students to help fill the employment gap and provide skilled talent to the industry,” said Stephanie Manis, owner of Capital Contract Services and former executive director of AFA.