Sixteen miles of Troup County’s portion of I-85 has been named the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway, dedicated to Ray Anderson, late founder and chairman of Interface, Inc.
The state of Georgia created a resolution designating from exit 2 in West Point to Exit 18 in LaGrange to Anderson’s memorial highway; The legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Randy Nix and will be signed by Governor Nathan Deal on July 30.
“Ray Anderson was truly a visionary,” said Nix in a press release from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. “Not only did he revolutionize the carpet industry, but his commitment to manufacturing sustainability has proven that good environmental stewardship is good business.”
The Interface website states the company is the world’s largest designer and maker of carpet tile. Anderson began Interface in 1973 and decades later he inspired to challenge his publicly traded company to re-imagine his petroleum-dependent manufacturing company based on sustainability principles, said the press release.
Before he died in 2011, he created the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and funding educational and project-based initiatives that advance knowledge and innovation in sustainability.
“Ray never settled for status quo and we don’t intend to either,” said Harriet Langford, foundation trustee and Anderson’s daughter, in the release. “We have achieved the first step by getting the highway named for Ray, but we are partnering with Interface to go much further. We seek to make this section of I-85 a sustainable, restorative highway. Just as Interface is committed to Mission Zero, the Foundation hopes this highway project will become a legacy project that fully realizes Ray’s vision.”
Anderson’s legacy will continue throughout the industry said John Wells, president and CEO of Interface Americas and member of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s Advisory Board.
“Ray’s legacy rests not only on the shoulders of the 3,500 people of Interface who are bringing sustainability to life every day in our factories and in their communities,” Wells said. “His far-reaching influence includes all of industry and the next generation of leaders, via his influence on higher education.”