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Switzerland-based Lico to make rigid core in U.S.

Neenah, Wis.—Lico Flooring, a Swiss manufacturer of cork, wood, resilient and stone products, has announced plans to bring its offerings to the U.S. via a manufacturing partnership with Wisconsin-based Acoustic Ceiling Products (ACP), which develops innovative ceiling solutions and unique products to construct or renovate homes and commercial buildings. The newly formed C-corporation between Lico Flooring and ACP (Lico-US) will offer made-to-order flooring for customers in North America.

Under the terms of the partnership, Lico-US will invest $10 million to manufacture flooring at its 200,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility and headquarters in Neenah, Wis., which will include PVC flooring extrusion and milling lines. And beginning in fall 2019, Lico-US will begin manufacturing Hydro Fix Flooring, a multi-ply, coreboard-based product that touts waterproof capabilities and sound-dampening characteristics. More importantly, when the plant is complete, Lico-US claims it will be the first company to manufacture rigid PVC flooring in the United States for the North American market.

“Incorporating flooring into our product offerings was the obvious next step for ACP in our quest to provide innovative, whole-home décor solutions for our customers,” said Rob Rebman, ACP president. “Lico-US will be a pioneer in manufacturing rigid PVC floor in the U.S., combining Swiss-quality production processes with ACP’s proven Midwest sales and distribution model. Lico’s flooring brands will complement our backsplash, ceiling and wall coverings to help our customers enhance every surface of their homes.”

In addition to manufacturing, Lico-US will also provide its North American customers with sales support and service.

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BHW Floors brings on new leadership

Seattle—BHW Floors, formerly Bamboo Hardwoods, has restructured its leadership in both its U.S. and overseas operations. Effective immediately, Daniel Wang is BHW’s new president and will be based out of Shanghai. In addition, Rick Shewmake is the company’s new vice president of U.S. operations.

Wang has been involved in manufacturing bamboo flooring for 19 years. He also has experience manufacturing both engineered and solid wood flooring. Shewmake brings over 35 years of flooring industry experience to his new position.

“As the new vice president of U.S. operations, I am excited about the company and the direction that we are going,” Shewmake explained. “In my years in the flooring industry from starting as a warehouse worker and moving up to the general manager of retail flooring store in Modesto, Calif., along with many years as a manufacturer and distributor representative, I bring a diverse history of seeing the industry from every angle. I believe that given the encouragement, knowledge and the tools to succeed, people will thrive and do their best. One of our first priorities is the launch of several new products that will diversity our product line and move BHW Floors forward into 2019 and beyond.”

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Emser Tile organizes donation to support disaster relief

Los Angeles—In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Emser Tile has made a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross to support local humanitarian services and programs in the Florida Panhandle area.

The Los Angeles-based tile and stone company operates six showrooms and service centers as well as a recently opened distribution center in the state, to service thousands of valued customers and partners in the Florida region.

“The resilience of these communities shines in this time of devastation,” said Carl Delia, president, Emser Tile. “Emser Tile is dedicated to supporting the families who have been impacted as they begin to rebuild.”

This marks the company’s second American Red Cross donation this year—the first following Hurricane Florence in September.

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Torlys becomes Fuse Alliance preferred supplier

Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Torlys has joined Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, as a preferred supplier.

“We are delighted to welcome Torlys to the Fuse family and to offer Torlys’ stunning product line to our members,” said Geoff Gordon, executive director at Fuse Alliance. “We strive to be a valuable resource to our network members and partnering with companies such as Torlys allows us to continue building a network of suppliers with quality, high-performing products, materials, and services.”

Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Torlys, a global flooring company, has been delivering innovative flooring solutions to builders, property managers and home-owners for more than 30 years. With exclusive designs in vinyl, laminate, cork and hardwood, Torlys believes in creating the most beautiful, practical and environmentally responsible floors on the market.

“We are thrilled to be included in the Fuse Alliance Preferred Supplier Program,” said Jon Kronemeyer, national sales director, national accounts for Torlys. “Being a part of the Fuse network provides Torlys an additional way to support our customers and their business needs with our innovative flooring solutions.”

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Coverings calls for top products, emerging leaders in tile and stone

Arlington, Va.—Coverings is now accepting submissions for both the 2019 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and 2019 Rock Stars Awards. Both programs honor the best and brightest within tile and stone, underscoring Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry.

“Coverings is proud to build awareness for—and foster relationships with—the best in the business by highlighting inspiring projects and young leaders,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The CID and Rock Stars Awards continue to showcase the incredible work and talent within the tile and stone industry.”

The CID Awards recognize outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals are eligible to submit through the Coverings online portal before 5:00 p.m. EST Dec. 17. It’s free to enter and multiple entries are encouraged.

Projects are evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship and use of materials, and must have been completed within the past two years. A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding project, which showcases excellence in both design and installation. Eight category winners will each receive a prize of $2,000. All winners will receive a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019 and will have their work featured on display at the show.

Coverings’ Rock Stars Awards recognizes emerging industry leaders. All candidates must be nominated by a colleague within the industry. Eligible nominees must be 35 or younger and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association or manufacturer. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST Dec. 17. Rock Stars submission forms and full criteria can be found here.

Rock Stars candidates are reviewed by a committee of industry leaders and selected honorees will be celebrated at the annual Coverings Rock Stars Awards Luncheon. Further accolades for 2019 Rock Stars include a free one-night hotel stay in Orlando, inclusion in Coverings press releases, a special Rock Star badge ribbon and a year-long feature on the Coverings website.



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Interface leads in workplace strategy with new headquarters

Atlanta—Interface officially opened its new global headquarters here. Base Camp, as named by employees, incorporates design features that benefit employees and the environment. The new space supports the company’s global initiative to create inspiring spaces for employees and customers.

“Base Camp reflects who we are, what we do best, and the core values we live every day,” said Jay Gould, Interface CEO. “Our new work home exemplifies sustainability best practices and our continued commitment to eliminate negative impacts on the environment.”

Developed and designed in partnership with JLLPerkins+WillMSTSD and Parkside Partners, the 40,000-square-foot headquarters takes into consideration elements of sustainability, well-being and biophilic design to offer employees, customers and partners a modern, convenient, healthy and collaborative environment. The design-forward building also functions as a living showroom for Interface’s extensive line of flooring collections.

Targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 Platinum certification, the building uses 48% less energy than code requires and houses a 15,000-gallon water collection system for flush fixtures. To minimize waste, design and construction teams recycled and donated building materials, with total waste diversion at 93%. The building’s exterior features a forest-inspired building wrap that provides natural light and reduces heat.

The company is also applying for WELL certification and prioritized employee health and well-being throughout Base Camp. The building’s expansive staircase, designed to encourage movement, leads to a rooftop space that brings nature directly into the workspace. Wellness and restorative rooms are available for employee relaxation, and community gathering spaces allow for improved teamwork. Base Camp also features robust water and air filtration systems, treating drinking water with UV light, rather than chlorine.


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Schönox’s Day tapped to lead role, expand partnership with Fuse

Florence, Ala.—In an effort to grow an even more customer- and project-specific focus, HPS Schönox has promoted Kris Day, national account manager, to key account manager for Fuse Commercial Flooring Alliance. This new position will expand Day’s responsibilities as well as strengthen Schönox’s partnership with Fuse.

“Understanding the local challenges each Fuse Alliance partner faces daily, Kris, with his knowledge, will provide synergies between HPS Schönox local regional business managers, the HPS Schönox technical team and each Fuse member around the country,” said Thomas Trissl, principal, HPS Schönox. “Many of the Fuse contractors know him in his current role. Before that, he was also a regional business manager.”

Geoff Gordon, executive of Fuse, is also pleased by this step and how the two companies can continue to expand their partnership. “I believe this will only make our relationship between Schönox and Fuse that much stronger,” Gordon said. “Schönox is the epitome of the perfect supplier; no one even comes close to the kind of support Fuse gets from this company. I’m thrilled by this development.”

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Tarkett introduces Melodia 3.0, Aria 3.0

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett has launched Melodia 3.0 and Aria 3.0, a homogeneous sheet and tile collection created by Johnsonite.

With an updated, soothing color palette and the strength and hygienic performance of homogeneous sheet, Melodia 3.0 and Aria 3.0 coordinate beautifully to create safer, more comfortable environments. These complementary visuals are combined with xrpolyurethane technology to hide dirt, reduce maintenance and withstand high traffic with rolling loads. What’s more, low TVOCs contribute to better indoor air quality for ambient wellness in physical spaces.

Tarkett believes in placing people in the center of every space. Melodia and Aria are ideal flooring solutions for healthcare and education. Additionally, as part of Tarkett North America’s sustainability measures and commitment to people-friendly spaces that perform and inspire, Melodia and Aria contain 25.5% pre-consumer recycled content and are 100% recyclable through the Tarkett ReStart Reclamation Program. With TVOCs under 10μg/m3, these long-lasting solutions are also: FloorScore certified, phthalate-free (except recycled materials), NSF-332 Gold certified and ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certified.

Melodia and Aria are designed to provide a balanced solution for the competing demands of every project—with special focus on durability, ease of maintenance, and lower total cost of ownership.

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BDNY joins Emerald Expositions’ hospitality portfolio

Alpharetta, Ga.—Emerald Expositions, the owner of HD Expo, Hospitality Design magazine and the other HD events, has acquired Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and related assets from ST Media Group (ST Media) and Hospitality Media Group (HMG). The addition marks the beginning of collaborative synergies between brands that will greatly benefit designers, architects, purchasing firms, owner/operators and leading brands within the hospitality industry.

“We are truly excited about bringing BDNY and its sister properties into our growing portfolio,” said Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, editor in chief of Hospitality Design magazine and vice president of the Hospitality Design Group. “Having the two brands under one group means we can better serve and connect the hospitality design industry.”

HD Expo and BDNY are the two-leading trade show and conference platforms for the hospitality design industry, with each event offering distinct content, format and audiences. Both events are well-positioned for continued steady growth in attendance and exhibitors and are highly valued for their ability to bring together innovative products, engaging education, and professional networking in each unique format and location.

Other assets acquired in addition to BDNY include the BDwest and HX: The Hotel Experience trade shows; the Hospitality Match, Senior Lifestyle Design Match and Forum Series events; and Boutique Design, the partner magazine to BDNY. Members of the ST Media and HMG teams will join Emerald Expositions, including Michelle Finn, formerly president of HMG and senior vice president of ST Media.

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Cali’s BamDeck composite decking gets a makeover

San Diego—Cali Bamboo has relaunched its popular bamboo composite decking product, dubbing the fourth generation line BamDeck 4G. The redesigned planks are scalloped on the bottom and grooved on the sides for easy, DIY installations with Cali’s universal hidden fastening system. Planks come in a wide, 8 x 8¼ format and an extra-long, 16 x 5 7/16 format.

In a world of composite decks all attempting to mimic wood, BamDeck’s understated texture and classic, versatile colors stand out from the pack. Planks sport a solid composition with uniform hues from top to bottom and never require sealing or staining. Best of all, BamDeck 4G retains the same sustainable bamboo composite formula eco-minded installers love. Planks are made of 60% reclaimed bamboo fiber left over from the bamboo flooring manufacturing process, and 40% recycled HDPE plastics. This unique composition makes planks better protected from the elements and resistant to mold, mildew and insects. It also means no trees or habitats were harmed in BamDeck’s creation.

The new BamDeck 4G line comes in the following colors:

Coffee. Colored to perfection and steeped in unassuming charm, Coffee BamDeck composite decking works with any design and project. A subtle, dusty Earth-tone keeps planks natural, versatile, and easy to incorporate with a wide range of outdoor styles.

Slate. Cool but never cold, Slate BamDeck composite decking is colored in a perfect granite gray. Sleek, silvery planks are understated enough to work with any style, but still have the ability to uplift the entire outdoor vibe.

Charcoal. A deep, woodsy brown, Charcoal BamDeck composite decking is guaranteed to give any outdoor space an upscale makeover. Planks are colored in bittersweet richness and lend a natural decadence that complements simple and complex projects alike.

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