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CMH Space Flooring purchases Ellis Flooring

Wadesboro, N.C.–CMH Space Flooring Products has acquired Ellis Flooring Sales Co. Hoy Lanning, CEO, CMH Space, said the two companies will complement each other. Ellis has a strong background in commercial flooring and floor covering supplies with five branches throughout the Carolinas and CMH Space has a strong residential and commercial business.

Ellis Flooring will continue to operate as an independent entity and Breck Berkey will remain as president. 
“This is an opportunity for us to strengthen our operations and logistics,” Berkey said. “Ellis will definitely benefit from this affiliation with CMH Space … Our combined staffs have decades of experience that will benefit established customers, new customers and current and new vendors.”

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Galleher sold back to Jeff and Todd Hamar

Los Angeles–Jeff and Todd Hamar, former owners of distributor Galleher Hardwood in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., have repurchased the company it sold to the Japanese tradingcompany Itochu Corp in 2007. Terms were not disclosed.

“The opportunity to own and manage an extremely well capitalized company as the recovery begins and growth returns was too good a deal to pass on,” said Jeff Hamar, who assumes his old role as president. Todd Hamar resumes his role as senior vice president.

Hamar said the company will put more of a focus on hardwood and specialty products.

The company operates 11 warehouse facilities in California, Arizona and Nevada. For more information, visit www.galleher.com.

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CBC acquires Halo Flooring

Commack, N.Y.—CBC Flooring, distributors of resilient commercial floor covering, purchased Halo Floors on May 4 at an undisclosed price. Halo’s luxury vinyl tile (LVT) expanded CBC’s product portfolio to include 36 designs in its wood line, 42 colorways in stone and 104 SKUs in the Something Different collection.

“Halo really is something different [and expands what we can offer] to designers, architects and specifiers looking for a fresh design in LVT with great value,” said Jeff Collum, director of flooring for CBC. “We are even more excited to work with Mary Docker, whose name is synonymous with new and exciting design concepts.” Continue reading CBC acquires Halo Flooring

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Anderson leaves Surfaces, moves to Shaw’s regional markets

Dalton—Anderson will be joining its parent company Shaw’s regional winter market in place of exhibiting at Surfaces in 2011, the mill announced. The event was started six years ago to present product innovations and marketing programs to Shaw retailers and distributors across the nation.

“Shaw and Anderson are continuously working to provide our customers with the very best in design, quality and service, and a primary component of service is convenience,” said Randy Merrit, Shaw’s president. “The unity of offerings under the Shaw umbrella will create a more efficient purchasing experience for the Shaw and Anderson customer.”

Anderson also sees this as a positive move, and looks forward to creating the same presentation at the regional shows that people have found at Surfaces, said Don Finkell, Anderson’s president. “After much deliberation we have concluded that the regional format allows Anderson and its distributor partners the best opportunity to review new products and programs with retailers in an intimate, one-on-one setting that is not possible in a single national show.”

For more, call Anderson at 864.833.6250.

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Starnet Annual Meeting & Convention: Optimism returns as members see hope on the horizon

MARCO ISLAND, FLA.—Though the commercial market continues to plod through the recession as its residential counterpart starts the recovery process, optimism was in the air at the annual meeting of the Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership.Al Kabus, right, president of the Mohawk Group, and Starnet member Jeff Hill.

While most admit a light will not come, unfortunately, until 2011/2012, they feel as if the segment has pretty much bottomed out and this year may even be better than 2009.

Under the theme, “The Power of Partnership,” all but six of Starnet’s 172 members were in attendance, and this feeling of hope resonated throughout the membership as well as a packed room of vendor partners who confirmed projects that had been put on hold are starting to free up. Continue reading Starnet Annual Meeting & Convention: Optimism returns as members see hope on the horizon

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3rd International Wood Flooring Summit: U.S., European laws, regulations take center stage

SHANGHAI—While the legitimacy and/or necessity of various green movement initiatives can be debated, recent laws, standards and regulations enacted at both the federal and state levels in the U.S., as well as in other parts of the world, have made it clear that certain practices will no longer be tolerated. These are specifically related to wood products—be they hardwood or laminate—and deal with deforestation, illegal logging and the destruction of exotic wood The effects of logging. species, along with the materials used to manufacture and handle wood floors.

Though many may have heard of the major laws and regulations, specifically the Lacey Act and CARB (phases I and II), except for executives at the major national associations from around the world and, to an extent, the manufactures themselves, there is still a great lack of understanding by most people in the supply chain concerning the consequences of these rules. Continue reading 3rd International Wood Flooring Summit: U.S., European laws, regulations take center stage

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Preferred Brands delivers value, programs for members

ADAIRSVILLE, GA.—In a retail group arena that boasts divisions of CCA Global Partners, Alliance Flooring and Abbey Carpet, Preferred Brands may not be considered a household name, but what it may lack in brand awareness is more than offset by the services and value it offers to members.

Preferred Brands is comprised of the Floor To Ceiling and World of Floors formats. While the latter is strictly flooring for the most part, Floor To Ceiling dealers, as the name suggests, separate themselves from the Carpet Ones, Flooring Americas and Abbey Carpets of the world via their product mix. A typical Floor To Ceiling dealer does about 50% of his business in flooring, 40% in kitchen and bath, and 10% in decorative products like widow treatments and lighting. Continue reading Preferred Brands delivers value, programs for members

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Shaw partners with LG for contract distribution

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—Shaw Industries has entered the resilient business, thus stretching its portfolio of products to every floor covering category the industry offers, and joining the likes of Mannington and Mohawk.

To move into this arena, the company announced a partnership with LG Hausys, in which Shaw will become the sole distributor of LG’s commercial resilient flooring in the U.S. and Canada.

“This partnership will enhance and balance Shaw’s commercial hard surface offering to include hardwood, ceramic, porcelain, laminate, and now resilient floor coverings,” said Tim Baucom, Shaw’s vice president of commercial sales and marketing. Continue reading Shaw partners with LG for contract distribution

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Armstrong reports increased earnings for first quarter

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong World Industries reported operating income for the first quarter at $13.4 million, compared to $1.1 million for the same period last year. The period’s net sales were down only 1% at $658.9 million, from $668.3 million in the same period for 2009. Excluded was a 3%, or $19 million, foreign exchange rate impact, which decreased sales by 4%.

Reductions in operating costs were credited for offsetting the impact of lower sales to the adjusted operating income. The company uses adjusted income from operations in managing business, as it is thought the adjustments provide meaningful comparisons in operating performance. Continue reading Armstrong reports increased earnings for first quarter

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Mohawk latest in soft surface price increase disclosure

Hicksville, N.Y.—As polypropylene and latex costs continue to rise, Mohawk Industries claims it was forced to jump on the bandwagon and increase product prices. “Other fiber categories such as nylon, polyester and triexta have also followed this trend in the form of higher polymer costs across our product line,” said Frank Peters, president. “As a result of these increased costs, we must raise prices.”

Orders placed on or after May 10 and shipments made on or after May 24 will experience increases to the tune of 5% to 7%. All base grade styles will be increased by a minimum of $.27 per yard.

Kraus Flooring also recently announced it would be raising prices on all soft surface flooring products.  Effective on orders May 10 and shipment May 24, 5% to 7% increased will be implemented.

Recognizing  that price changes impose a strain on everyone, new price lists are currently being drafted. “So far in 2010, we’ve been faced with significant increases in resin, fiber and backing materials,” said Michael Eckhardt, vice president of sales. “We simply cannot continue to absorb these raw material increases and must increase prices for all soft surface flooring products.” Continue reading Mohawk latest in soft surface price increase disclosure