Tarkett officials said through a company spokesman that they hope the conflict will end soon to protect the lives of the people in Ukraine under attack since Feb. 24.
Tarkett has Eastern European manufacturing operations in Kalush, Ukraine; Otradny and Mytishchi, Russia; and Bačka Palanka, Serbia, as well as showrooms that opened in 2021 in Moscow and Kyiv, Ukraine.
"Our plant in Kalush is still operating at a slower pace. It has not suffered material damages so far," the Tarkett spokesman said in an email, adding the company has 375 employees in Kalush, which is in western Ukraine about 56 miles from Lviv.
A local management team has continuous contact with employees in Ukraine and border countries to closely monitor the situation, the spokesman said.
The company also is providing financial assistance and a help line for psychological support.
"Support from Tarkett teams at different locations (is) rapidly being deployed to help our colleagues face this situation and several initiatives have been put in place," the spokesman said. "We are creating an internal solidarity fund, Tarkett Foundation, to provide financial support to our employees in Ukraine and their families and to which Tarkett and (its) shareholders are also contributing."
Founded in 1880, Tarkett manufactures vinyl, linoleum, rubber, carpet, wood and laminate flooring, artificial turf and athletics tracks at 34 sites in 19 countries, employing about 12,000 people.
Some of the other initiatives undertaken by individual Tarkett employees and teams for their Ukraine colleagues include collections of food and goods, blood drives and even providing shelter for partners and families in a Kalush building.
"Today, it is accommodating about 12 people from unsafe areas," the spokesman said.
The Ukraine plant produces linoleum and a range of PVC coatings for commercial, sports and anti-slip uses.
Meanwhile, in Russia, it's business as usual at the Otradny site, which is the world's largest linoleum plant. Tarkett produces flexible PVC linoleum there for household, commercial and industrial applications.