By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: June 2008
Director of Marketing Alicia Hodge showcases the Ralph Lauren carpeting line, available exclusively in Oklahoma at Mill Creek Carpet and Tile.
If you’ve ever wondered what happens to a plastic soda bottle when it’s recycled, take a look at the floor. If you’re in the beautiful showroom of Mill Creek Carpet and Tile, you just might be standing on carpet made from recycled materials. Mohawk’s Everstrand carpet is now available in a wide variety of colors and patterns and is made from 100 percent recycled plastic soda bottles. And this carpet isn’t the old green flooring that resembles football turf – it’s luxurious and comfortable. What’s more, it has an affordable price. “Many environmentally-friendly products have been cost prohibitive in the past; however, the newer products are competitively priced and sometimes cost less than traditional materials,” said Alicia Hodge, director of marketing for Mill Creek Carpet and Tile.
Plastic flooring is one thing, but how about carpet made from corn? Mill Creek also carries DuPont Sorona Smartstrand. This carpeting line is a renewably sourced polymer made from corn byproducts. You would never guess that this plush carpet derives from agricultural products, but it’s definitely “green.”
Many wonder what exactly people mean when they say green. The term now goes beyond simply naming a color – it’s used to describe a movement in which people use resources more efficiently and recycle everything they can. In that spirit, Mill Creek Carpet and Tile carries several other earth-friendly home products. In addition to carpeting, natural materials such as cork, wool and bamboo are available. “We try to be very environmentally-conscious in choosing the companies we do business with and the products we offer,” said Alicia. “In fact, Mohawk Industries recycles nearly 25 percent of all the bottles collected in North America – about 3 billion plastic bottles each year. Shaw recycles enough carpet each year to make a piece of carpet that could go from Atlanta to San Francisco and back. We are proud of that.”
Mill Creek Carpet and Tile is a sister company of Mill Creek Lumber, founded in Oklahoma in 1932 by Pete Dunn. Jeff Dunn is the third generation to operate the family business, which now encompasses Mill Creek Home Improvements, Mill Creek Windows and Doors, Mill Creek Kitchens, and Mill Creek Lumber and Supply.
If you need something for building or remodeling, Mill Creek probably carries it. “Mill Creek is a large corporation with small business charm; it’s really the best of both worlds. Each branch has its own specialty and complements the others,” said Alicia.
In addition to green products, Mill Creek has a huge selection of traditional materials for flooring, countertops, showers, backsplashes, tub surrounds and bathroom vanities. Installation is always available, and a large showroom at the 41st Street location caters to the needs of builders. According to Alicia, Mill Creek is one of the state’s largest locally-owned carpet businesses and the only dealer in Oklahoma to offer Ralph Lauren carpet and the Anso Premier line. In addition, Mill Creek is one of only a handful of stores to offer the popular Karastan line.
The company maintains a friendly and knowledgeable staff, many of whom have been part of the Mill Creek family for over 15 years. “We carry the customer through the flooring process from start to finish,” said Alicia. “You deal with the same person to make your flooring selection, complete your purchase and schedule installation.”
Alicia and all of the employees at Mill Creek Carpet and Tile invite you to come by and see their extensive selection. The showroom opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday.