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J. J. Haines names Reitz EVP of operations

Glen Burnie, Md.—Fred Reitz has been named executive vice president - operations for J.J. Haines, effective immediately. He is returning to Haines after briefly leaving the company in 2018. In this new role, Reitz will be a member of the Haines executive team and be responsible for warehouses, trucking, inventory control, purchasing and real estate.

“I am very excited to be returning to Haines,” Reitz said. “We have our challenges, but Haines is a great company with extremely dedicated people. I look forward to helping guide the organization as we strive to improve our customer service and delivery performance. It will require all of us working in unison to achieve our common customer delivery goals.”

Reitz is a well-known and respected leader in the flooring industry and is a past president of NAFCD (2010). He has 35 years of service with Haines and was vice president - transportation at the time he left the organization. Reitz has held numerous management positions at Haines and most recently was president of Encircle Products.

“We need to return to best-in-industry customer service,” said Hoy Lanning, Jr., president and CEO of Haines. “We haven’t always met the service expectations of our customers and that has impacted our reputation in the marketplace. I am confident that Fred brings the industry experience, perspective, values and work ethic to help us improve the customer service and delivery experience at every step of the process.”

For more information, visit: jjhaines.net

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Amaz Floors launches Peruvian Teak collection

Amaz Floors recently launched an exotic Peruvian Teak collection. The five-piece collection is 100% sustainable solid hardwood made in Peru from responsibly harvested forests in the Amazon.

Peruvian Teak hardwood has distinct color variations which naturally shimmer with exquisite patterns. The tongue-and-groove planks have a micro beveled edge and are random lengths of 1 foot to 6 feet, 5 inches wide and ¾-inch thick, ready for nail-down installation.

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NWFA completes 39th home with Gary Sinise Foundation

St. Louis—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has provided flooring for its 39thhome in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds custom, specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. The home dedication for United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gary Linfoot (Ret.) took place on May 10, in Adams, Tenn. Flooring for the project was donated by NWFA member American OEM.

CW5 Linfoot enlisted in the Army Reserve following his graduation from high school. After attending flight school, he joined the Army’s elite 160thSpecial Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). On May 31, 2008, while conducting operations in Iraq, CW5 Linfoot’s helicopter suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure. The helicopter crash-landed, resulting in a broken back that paralyzed Linfoot from the waist down.

“Despite his severe injuries, CW5 Linfoot continues to approach life head-on,” said Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO. “Just a few short years following his paralysis, he walked his oldest daughter down the aisle on her wedding day wearing an exoskeleton. That’s an amazing display of hard work and determination. And today, he continues to work hard as a helicopter simulator instructor pilot for the unit he once served. We’re honored to partner with American OEM to provide flooring for his new home.”

In addition to the 39 homes already completed, NWFA currently is working with its members to source wood flooring for 18 additional R.I.S.E. homes in various stages of planning and construction. Currently, 61 NWFA member companies have donated product, logistics, and installation services in locations throughout the United States, with a total value of more than $4.5 million. A list of all NWFA R.I.S.E. participating companies can be found at nwfa.org/giving-back.aspx.

By the end of this year, 70 specially adapted smart homes will be completed or underway through the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program. To learn more about the program, contact the NWFA at 800.422.4556, or email anita.howard@nwfa.org.

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Importers challenge ceramic tile antidumping petition

Washington, D.C.—On April 10, 2019, the Coalition for Fair Trade in Ceramic Tile filed petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of ceramic tile products from the People’s Republic of China. The Coalition consists of U.S. ceramic tile producers American Wonder Porcelain, Florida Tile, Crossville, Florim USA, Dal-Tile Corp., Landmark Ceramics, Del Conca USA and StonePeak Ceramics (all members of the Tile Council of North America).

In response to that filing, a broad representation of North American based importers, distributors, retailers and design professionals have formed the Ceramic Tile Alliance (CTA). The group is strongly opposed to the tariffs and believe they jeopardize the long-term health and growth of the entire ceramic tile industry against other competing floor and wall products. CTA is united in a single effort to save American businesses and the thousands of American jobs which will be at risk if these tariffs are imposed.

The focus of the Ceramic Tile Alliance is to both inform the industry through an awareness campaign and present a united front in the legal proceedings regarding the petition. CTA believes it is important highlight the fact that these tariffs will only benefit domestic ceramic tile manufacturers at the expense of ceramic tile distributors, retailers, installers and design professionals. This campaign is supported by counterclaims against the antidumping and countervailing petition which shows that Chinese imports have not negatively affected the growth of domestic manufacturing and Chinese imports are not the lowest-cost products imported into the market.

The Ceramic Tile Alliance has started a petition at change.org in hopes of giving a voice to the tens of thousands of ceramic tile industry professionals that will be negatively impacted by these tariffs.

For more information, visit ceramictilealliance.com

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Reshoring Initiative 2018 data report: Companies announce the return of 145,000 jobs

Sarasota, Fla.—In 2018 the number of companies reporting new reshoring and foreign direct investment (FDI) was at the highest level in history, up 38% from 2017. The combined reshoring and related FDI announcements totaled over 145,000 jobs, the second highest annual rate in history. Including upward revisions of 36,000 jobs in prior years, the total number of manufacturing jobs brought to the United States from offshore is over 757,000 since the manufacturing employment low of 2010.

Allowing for a two-year lag from announcement to hire, the cumulative announcements since 2010 have driven 31% of the total increase in U.S. manufacturing jobs during that period and 3.3% of total end-of-2018 manufacturing employment of 12.8 million.

The Reshoring Initiative largely attributes the increases to greater U.S. competitiveness due to corporate tax and regulatory cuts. Similar to the previous few years, FDI continued to exceed reshoring in terms of total jobs added, but reshoring has closed most of the gap since 2015.

The Reshoring Initiative’s 2018 Reshoring Report contains data on U.S. reshoring and FDI by companies that have shifted production or sourcing from offshore to the United States. The report includes cumulative data from 2010 through 2018, as well as projections for 2019. The numbers demonstrate that reshoring and FDI are major contributing factors to the country’s rebounding manufacturing sector.

“We publish this data annually to show companies that their peers are successfully reshoring and that they should reevaluate their sourcing and siting decisions,” said Harry Moser, founder and president, Reshoring Initiative. “With 5 million manufacturing jobs still offshore, as measured by our $800 billion/year goods trade deficit, there is potential for much more growth. We call on the administration and Congress to enact policy changes to make the United States competitive again. Our Competitiveness Toolkit is available to help quantify the impact of policy alternatives, including a stronger skilled workforce, continued corporate tax and regulatory reductions as well as a lower U.S. dollar.”

Read the complete report, here: Reshoring Initiative 2018 Data Report: Second Highest Year on Record

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Durkan awards dscvr19 winners at HD Expo

Elizabeth Bonner, creative design director, Durkan, with Heather Wilkinson, Elizabeth Hadden and Cindy Guthrie, president of NEWH.

Las Vegas—Winners of the dscvr19 Student Design Competition, Durkan’s annual hospitality design contest, were officially announced as part of the programming at this year’s HD Expo in Las Vegas.

dscvr is sponsored each year by Durkan and NEWH, a leading networking organization for hospitality industry professionals. The program exhibits the talent of designers in the hospitality field and contributes toward the education of future designers within the industry. The Durkan and NEWH partnership gives students opportunity, networking, experience and financial assistance for college.

Elizabeth Hadden of Utah State University won first place with her design, Impressions of Safavid.The design’s patterns and themes take their inspiration from the murals and mosaics of the Safavid era, which gloried in Persia’s ancient tradition of glazed ceramic art. Muted for a modern touch, Impressions of Safavidsuggests glimmers of elegance, royalty and enchantment without overwhelming surrounding décor. In addition to being awarded a trip to Las Vegas to attend HD Expo, Hadden was honored on-site as thegrand-prize winner, receiving a $2,500 NEWH scholarship from Durkan.

Second-place winner was Hannah Oelz of Savannah College of Art and Design, with her design, Tides. Tides is inspired by the interplay of the ocean rising and falling over rockpools. This design incorporates abstracted sea creatures and shells to show how the ocean distorts these elements at different times with changing tides. Oelz is currently studying abroad and was not able to attend the awards ceremony. As the first runner-up, she is the recipient of a $1,000 NEWH scholarship from Durkan.

Heather Wilkinson of Utah State University was named second runner-up with her design, Sonoma.Sonoma was created to bring attention to the landscape of the American Southwest. The light blues and purples prompt a visual setting sun over the Colorado River’s flowing course and waterfalls. The rugged rust and flax colored fibers perfectly match the panorama one would revel in when visiting the magical Grand Canyon.Wilkinson was also awarded a trip to attend HD Expo.

“The dscvrcompetition gives us the chance to introduce students to the idea of a career in hospitality, which is a very exciting segment that is fashion-forward in design,” said Elizabeth Bonner, creative design director, Durkan. “One of the great benefits of this wonderful collaboration with NEWH is that the winners get to experience HD Expo, where they see the latest in hospitality design, meet with other designers and have one-on-one time with the Durkan team.”

For the competition, student designers submitted concepts for flooring in standard ballroom and prefunction settings that were created as separate components but coordinated with one another, with the number of colors not to exceed 12. Submissions were reviewed by a panel of Durkan associates and judged based on concept, presentation and market feasibility. dscvr is open to college and university students who are members of NEWH, which offers student membership free of charge.

Designs from the top three finalists are on display at the expo this week and will ultimately be promoted and cataloged by Durkan.

For more information, visit: hdexpo.durkan.com.

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Wagner Meters launches Rapid RH L6

Rogue River, Ore.—Wagner Meters has introduced the Rapid RH L6 system, an enhanced version of the already popular Rapid RH system which consolidates many concrete moisture testing features into a simpler process.

The new L6 Smart Sensor incorporates an enhanced design capable of providing concrete moisture readings up to 100% RH. In addition, each L6 sensor includes an onboard memory device capable of storing 512 time-stamped measurements. Whenever a measurement is made, the sensor will store the reading inside a FIFO (first in – first out) circular buffer that holds 512 readings. If measurements exceed 512, the oldest measurement is replaced with the newest. Since the time-stamped readings are recorded and saved with each sensor, it is possible to come back years later, retrieve an embedded sensor and recover the historical data.

When transferring sensor data to the newly updated DataMaster L6 app on a smart device, the number of readings that can be stored is only limited by the storage capacity of the smart device. To further ensure data remains intact, the Rapid RH L6 system also features a protective cap with a butyl rubber seal for maximum protection from dust and moisture.

The new all-in-one Total Reader builds upon the foundation of rugged reliability and accuracy of the Rapid RH Smart Reader and Easy Reader, combining their features into a single, easy-to-use device. The Total Reader instantly reads and displays RH and temperature data from the Smart Sensors. The Total Reader will transmit via Bluetooth to Wagner’s free DataMaster L6 recording and reporting app. The Rapid RH Total Reader is not compatible with versions of Rapid RH Smart Sensors released before L6.

The new Rapid RH L6 system is currently released in two kits: the Concrete Moisture Test Starter Kit+ and the WFP400+ Rapid RH L6 Professional Flooring Installer Kit.

Smart Sensors can be purchased in bulk in Smart Sensor Value Packs, in quantities of 25, 50 or 100 sensors, and come with a free Rapid RH Total Reader through May 13, 2020.

For more information, visit wagnermeters.com or call 800.634.9961.

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Crossville launches Alaska porcelain tile collection

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has launched Alaska, a terrazzo-look porcelain tile collection. Manufactured with Crossville’s Digital Plus technology, Alaska replicates the timeless appearance of terrazzo tile enhanced with a dual finish that blends matte and shimmer for a convincing effect. The distinct surface visual interpreted in a durable porcelain tile provides designers and specifiers an advantageous, high performance and cost-effective alternative to real terrazzo that’s suitable for commercial and residential installations.

“We named this collection Alaska because it is our largest state, and this product includes our largest tile produced here in Crossville,” explained Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing, Crossville.

The collection was developed to help designers explore new frontiers with the look of terrazzo. Because Alaska guarantees superior performance and other advantages unheard of with traditional terrazzo material, it “can be used in places and in ways the real thing just couldn’t,” Waldrep said.

The line’s tone-on-tone visuals come in five colors: Ice, Bone, Mink, Glacier and Tundra. These versatile neutrals are foundational hues ideal for undergirding any design scheme and were formulated to coordinate with other popular Crossville collections.

The colors reach maximum potential in the collection’s generous range of sizes. Field tiles are offered in 24 x 48, 24 x 24, and 12 x 24, as well as a classic 2 x 2 square mosaic and an adventurous new polygon mosaic, mesh-mounted on 13 x 15 sheet. These mosaics are excellent solutions for wet area floor installations, in addition to providing customizable accents for wall and floor applications. Alaska’s terrazzo-look installations can be finished fully with the line’s cove base and bullnose trims.

As a certified porcelain tile product, the collection answers demanding technical requirements for a wide range of applications. The line is responsibly manufactured in the U.S., contains recycled content and is Green Squared certified. It’s an ideal surfacing solution for projects for which sustainability and environmental standards are priorities.

For more information, visit: crossvilleinc.com.

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Call for entries: TISE Installer of the Year Competition

Las Vegas—The International Surface Event is now accepting applications for the 2020 Installer of the Year Competition (The Nationals). The deadline for submissions is Oct. 17, 2019.

A panel of judges will review project submissions from around the country. The top three finalists in each category (carpet, tile/stone and LVT) will then be flown to Las Vegas in January to compete live in the installation competition. The winner in each category of the live installation contest will be crowned The National Installer of the Year, receive a prize package and own bragging rights in the industry.

Finalists will be selected Nov. 15, 2019.

Submit applications here.

 

 

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Havwoods adds planks to PurePlank range

New York—Havwoods International has introduced additional engineered hardwood planks to its popular PurePlank range of flooring solutions, ideal for commercial developments in North America.

In response to the rising demand for durable and aesthetically pleasing flooring options for commercial spaces, Havwoods International presents 10 new planks as part of the PurePlank 06 collection. This range comprises a 0.6mm veneer with eight layers of UV lacquer making the product a perfect choice for withstanding a heavy flow of foot traffic. Providing an integral core backing, the PurePlank 06 collection offers unique finishes that are competitively priced and feature many benefits, including 10 new colors, prime grade boards and a 15 year warranty.

Specifically designed with commercial developers in mind, PurePlank offers three key benefits for large-scale projects: a quick and easy click installation system, cost effective pricing and immediate availability in large quantities.