The luxurious five-star Hotel Sofitel Warsaw Victoria made a statement in its corridors with City Blocks by Versa Wallcovering. The landmark hotel in the heart of Poland’s capital brought the geometry of the city’s skyline to the wall with these 5” x10” combed rectangular blocks that project the handcrafted yet industrial look of scored metal or cement.
LSI Wallcovering, manufacturer of the Versa and WorldWide Wallcovering brands, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Founded in 1955 as a wood veneer company, LSI began producing vinyl wallcovering in the 1960s. Today, LSI is one of the world's largest wallcovering manufacturers, marketing over 2,000 wallcovering products in more than 60 countries.
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.