Bay Resource Group: Environmentally responsible, phtlalates-free flooring products

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Richmond, B.C. – based Bay Resource Group has been leading the way with environmentally responsible, phthalates- free flooring products for 15 years. Today it supplies residential as well as commercial and institutional markets.

President and CEO Ed Van Oene says Bay Resource has focused on the environment since the beginning. “Dinoflex, another BC based company, has been a leading innovator in the manufacture of recycled rubber products for over two decades. And we have carried their line since day one.”

The line is used extensively in a multitude of sport and commercial applications and can even be customized with intricate logos and designs.  Increasingly Dinoflex is applied for residential and office projects.

Van Oene says Bay Resource evolved by branching into luxury vinyl tile under the Harbinger trademark. The wood and tile-look product line has an extensive range of patterns with glue down, loose lay and click applications.

“Both of these product lines supported our initial focus on commercial and institutional work. We provide products to medical and dental, restaurants, hotel, retail and mass housing such as universities and the Olympic Village,” he said, observing that the company also can customize its products in a way many other companies cannot. “We did some work for UBC (University of British Columbia) student housing in which we were able to successfully match new flooring to the laminate of the cabinets already installed in the rooms.”

About six years ago, Van Oene says the company moved into the residential market where strong demand for affordable, environmentally friendly products created significant growth opportunities.

In fact, Van Oene says every product Bay Resource carries now is LEED Gold compliant. “Phthalates -free is a big catch phrase these days. All of our plastics are bio-based and we have been fully phthalates free for nine years now.”

The biggest challenge in meeting unique residential requirements he says, is ensuring the offering includes the diverse styles, patterns and colours the market demands. “We travel to the manufacturing facility regularly to select new films and embossing patterns. We follow trends in the design, hardwood and ceramic industries, as well as the vinyl industry.  We have dedicated architect and design representatives to serve the western design industry. The company is structured to be able to react quickly to changing market demands.”

For example, the company will launch a new tile format this fall in response to consumer requests for a larger style. Van Oene says Bay Resource Group has spent time patterning and testing and the product is just about ready to go.

In this highly competitive market, Bay Resource Group maintains two separate warehouses fully stocked with inventory, allowing it to meet client orders faster and more effectively.  Bay Resource distributes product throughout western Canada directly and has eastern Canadian distributors as well.

For more information about Bay Resource Group, visit http://www.bayresourcegroup.ca.

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