Phil Tarullo, CEO of LSI Wallcovering, talks to Southern Indiana Business Source Magazine about the company, international growth and sustainability developments that have kept the manufacturer at the forefront of the wallcovering industry.
LSI Wallcovering, manufacturers of Versa Wallcovering, Second-Look Recycled Wallcovering, WorldWide Wallcovering and other major brands, recently hosted the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers. More than 50 NGPP attendees toured LSI's New Albany, Indiana manufacturing facility that supplies the company's worldwide markets. NGPP, the U.S. Trade association for wallcovering and wallpaper installers, got a first-hand look at how commercial wallcovering is made and heard from a panel of experts who addressed such issues as sustainability, quality control and product performance.
LSI Wallcovering has won the top international trade award of the World Trade Center of Kentucky. The Martha Layne Collins Award, named for a former Kentucky governor, is presented annually to companies demonstrating outstanding success in international business. One of the world’s largest wallcovering manufacturers, LSI Wallcovering supplies wallcoverings to 60 countries across the globe from manufacturing facilities in Louisville, Kentucky and New Albany and New Castle, Indiana. Former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins (right) and Kentucky Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes (left) presented the award to LSI Wallcovering CEO Phil Tarullo and LSI International Sales Coordinator Sue Sullivan during Kentucky World Trade Day, the largest gathering of international trade and business professionals in Kentucky.
The past 18 months have been extremely good to LSI Wallcovering, which has bounced back strongly from the recession. The Louisville-based privately owned company manufactures commercial wallcoverings for hotels, offices, health care facilities and other public buildings. Its products are sold in more than 60 countries.
For some companies, simply adhering to environmental standards is enough. But sustainability is a personal passion for Phil Tarullo, the CEO, president and owner of LSI Wallcovering. In 2006, LSI developed the first technology for recycling post-consumer vinyl wallcovering. Today, in LSI’s Second-Look product line, wallcoverings are made of about 20 percent recycled materials — half post-consumer, half post-industrial materials. These products make up about a third of the company’s offerings.
The Wallcoverings Association has presented its highest honors to Phil Tarullo, president, CEO and owner of LSI Wallcovering, which manufactures the Versa, Second-Look and Worldwide Wallcovering brands. The Allman Award is presented each year to a leader who has made a long-lasting, positive contribution that has helped to shape the future of the wallcovering industry.
A longtime advocate for sustainable manufacturing practices, Tarullo has led by example. LSI Wallcovering was one of the first to switch to water-based inks in the early ’80s, developed the first technology for recycling post-consumer wallcovering in 2006, and became the first manufacturer to certify to the NSF/ANSI 342 Sustainability Standard for Wallcovering in 2012. Tarullo was instrumental in the realization of the NSF/ANSI 342 standard, which was officially launched during his term as the Wallcoverings Association president.
Versa Wallcovering’s Metro design has won a Reader’s Choice Certificate of Excellence from ha+d magazine. Winners of the global award competition were announced at a reception in Hong Kong, where Versa distributor Tat Ming accepted the award. An international jury vetted the entries and selected finalists, which were posted online. Readers from Questex publications ha+d and Hotel Management then voted to determine the winners.