• Thomas Lester

Rob Merritt takes the helm at Orian Rugs

Joined company in early 2017

Rob MerrittRob Merritt
Well into his first year as Orian Rugs’ president and CEO, Rob Merritt sees lots of things that lead him to believe the Anderson, S.C. rug maker is firing on all cylinders.

Chief among them are the company’s nimble reaction time to trends and its product development team.

“We’re reacting to color trends. We’re very analytical and approaching the market in an analytical way and what we’re finding is because of our size and because we’re so nimble, we’re able to react to our customer needs immediately,” Merritt told Home Accents Today in one of his first interviews since joining the company in early 2017.

Merritt, an upstate South Carolina native, said he has known about Orian for a while and liked what he saw once he got a closer look at operations.

“What attracted me were the people, the place and the opportunity, manufacturing and the growth opportunities in the industry,” he said.

Since joining, Merritt said he’s been impressed with the company culture and the way everybody adapts to whatever’s placed in front of them. That nimbleness, he said, will serve the company well moving forward.

“Product development is our No. 1 initiative and I’ll unashamedly say we have the best in the market. Obviously we want to continue on our product development path,” Merritt said. “We have new prototype samples that are in our lab at the moment that will blow the lid off the industry. I cannot wait until it’s ready to show.”

Thomas LesterThomas Lester | Business Editor

Thomas Lester is Business Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College's Mass Communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering an array of subjects, ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports and more before joining Progressive Business Media in 2013. As business editor, Lester covers all aspects of business in the home accents world, from the latest news from manufacturers to successful retail strategies and business analysis.

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