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Wilsonart adds new designs to Studio collection

Temple, Tex.—Wilsonart released four new contract designs under its Studio umbrella. Available through Synergy retailers, they can meet high-traffic flooring needs with a greater portfolio of looks.

“Responding to business owners’ and consumers’ heightened focus on value, eco-friendliness, durability and performance, Wilsonart Flooring’s professional Studio offers a certified FSC commercial-grade high pressure laminate solution that outperforms many other flooring options as far as long-term use, easy installation, maintenance, and dent/wear resistance,” said Tammy Weadock, Wilsonart Flooring marketing communications manager. Continue reading Wilsonart adds new designs to Studio collection

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WFCA elects Freadreacea chairman of the board

Anaheim, Calif.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) announced several changes to the executive committee and board of directors. Nicholas Freadreacea has been elected chairman of the board, effective July 1. He replaces Scott Steel of My Flooring America, Webster, Tex., who will become immediate past chairman.

Freadreacea is currently president of the Flooring Gallery in Louisville, Ky, a seven store chain located throughout Kentucky and Indiana. He served as regional vice president of the Maxim Group and held the same position at the former Kinnaird and Francke, where his flooring career began 32 years ago. The Flooring Gallery has been active in the community with groups such as the Home Builders Assoc., Apartment Assoc., Chambers of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and charitable causes such as the American Cancer Society, Make A Wish Foundation, Down’s Syndrome and others. In 2001, Freadreacea was elected to the board of directors, going on to serve as chairman of the WFCA finance committee and executive committee since 2007. Continue reading WFCA elects Freadreacea chairman of the board

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Mannington Commercial products first certified for NSF/ANSI 332under

Ann Arbor, Mich.—NSF International certified Mannington Commercial as the first manufacturer to comply with its new standard for resilient flooring, passed just last month (FCNews, May 3/10). NSF/ANSI 332, Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings, outlines criteria to promote sustainable manufacturing processes with a four-level point system—Conformant, Silver, Gold and Platinum—and Mannington’s Inlaid and Premium Tile products earned Gold certification based on product design; product manufacturing; long-term value; end-of-life management; corporate governance and innovation. Continue reading Mannington Commercial products first certified for NSF/ANSI 332under

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HD Expo Hospitality seeks rebound from challenging 2009

LAS VEGAS—The hospitality industry may have suffered through the economic down- turn as much as any commercial segment in 2009 with estimates of a 30% to 40% decrease in business, but that doesn’t mean the sector is without optimism. This was evident at the recent Hospitality & Design Expo in Las Vegas, where more than 6,500 attendees had the opportunity to view the newest products and cutting-edge ideas from the nearly 900 exhibitors.

Most exhibitors with whom FCNews spoke said they noticed traffic and overall energy was up at the show. Comments such as, “We had all the right people visit us at our booth,” “Many [architects and designers] had new and exciting projects to talk about,” or “Not only are we seeing light at the end of the tunnel, we may be slowly coming out of the tunnel all together” were echoed in various forms throughout the three-day event. Continue reading HD Expo Hospitality seeks rebound from challenging 2009

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Mohawk teams with Country Living, New World Home

NEW YORK—Mohawk Industries recently teamed with popular lifestyle and decorating magazine Country Living and New World Home, a producer of sustainable, historically inspired modular homes, to help create a line of green homes that are currently pursuing LEED certification. The collection offers consumers attainable green living coupled with classic country style and features fireplaces, oversize windows and an open floor plan that fully integrates the greenest products and practices available today.

The debut of the Home Green Home, Country Living’s 2010 House of the Year, kicked off June 3 and will remain on display at New York City’s World Financial Center through June 17. The 1,600-square-foot structure is a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home that embodies “green living with classic country style.” Continue reading Mohawk teams with Country Living, New World Home

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Atlanta Rug Market gears up for summer edition

ATLANTA—As the No. 1 resource for the area rug industry, the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, slated for July 15 to 18, is poised to offer retailers from around the globe a complete package of the most unique products, new business opportunities, networking and education. So said Chas Sydney, senior vice president, area rug, external business development, adding that the market will feature the newest products and designs from the industry’s leading suppliers.

This summer AmericasMart welcomes back Concepts International to a permanent showroom on Floor 3 in Building 1. “The company, which has shown at AmericasMart since 1979 in permanent and temporary spaces, has searched the world for nearly 40 years to bring its customers the most upscale products in the floor covering industry,” Sydney said. Continue reading Atlanta Rug Market gears up for summer edition

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Judge confirms Congoleum’s reorganization

After more than six years, a district court has approved Congoleum’s reorganization plan, paving the way for the company to emerge from bankruptcy. In the order signed June 7, Judge Joel Pisano of the U.S. District Court in New Jersey stated that the plan was supported by more than 95% of asbestos personal injury claimants.

Now that the plan has the court’s approval, Roger Marcus, president and CEO, said Congoleum will move to implement the plan. “That includes things we have already put in motion but couldn’t complete until the judge ruled favorably on our plan, like finalizing new financing arrangements with the bank. We already have the bank’s approval, but there is a lot of paperwork. We expect to complete these remaining steps and emerge from bankruptcy shortly.” Continue reading Judge confirms Congoleum’s reorganization

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IndusParquet set to bring stability to exotics market, former BR-111 supplier goes direct to U.S. distributors

Hicksville, N.Y.—Brazilian hardwood flooring manufacturer IndusParquet, which had been supplying the United States market with its exotics portfolio for the past 20 years through a private-label arrangement with BR-111, will now service dealers directly through many of the industry’s top distributors. Jason Strong, the former vice president of sales for BR-111, will head up the business as vice president of sales and marketing. Continue reading IndusParquet set to bring stability to exotics market, former BR-111 supplier goes direct to U.S. distributors