Joe Yarbrough (right) with
Dalton, GA - October 1, 2014 - Carpet and Rug Institute President Joe W. Yarbrough traveled to Washington, DC on September 17-18 for two days of back-to-back meetings with congressional representatives and the presidents of two allied trade associations.
Though active in government relations for many years on behalf of his
former employer, Mohawk Industries
said the recent trip was notable as his
first opportunity to meet with congressional representatives on behalf of the entire CRI membership.
Yarbrough retired from Mohawk in March of 2014 as senior vice president for advanced manufacturing engineering.
During his visit, Yarbrough
met with Georgia Sen.
In addition to his congressional activities, Yarbrough
held separate meetings with counterparts Paul O'Day and Joseph McGuire, presidents of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
(AHAM), respectively, to discuss issues those associations have in common with CRI
To help ensure a strong industry going forward, one role of the Carpet and Rug Institute
is to maintain close relationships with our congressional leaders and inform them of the impact that laws and regulations have on this industry," Yarbrough