Ruble joins Foss Floors as new vice president of sales

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Ruble joins Foss Floors as new vice president of sales

Rome, Ga.—Foss Floors has tapped Sam Ruble, industry veteran, as vice president of sales. Ruble will build and lead the sales organization as well as provide strategic direction to support the company’s continued rapid growth in the residential and commercial floor covering markets. With a career spanning over 38 years in the floor covering industry, Ruble is a strong and dynamic leader in this field, according to Foss Floors. “Sam’s sales acumen and proven ability...

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Bamboo: Enhancing bamboo’s visual, performance traits

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Bamboo: Enhancing bamboo’s visual, performance traits

October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By Reginald Tucker   Bamboo Hardwoods recently added a string of new colors to its signature Manor II line, which is reminiscent of aged French oak wine barrels. Traditional bamboo floors have undergone a facelift of sorts as manufacturers continue to enhance the surface layer of the product as a means to spruce up the visual characteristics. The most popular treatments being incorporated today range from handscraping and...

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Credit: Broaching the subject hinges on good timing

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Credit: Broaching the subject hinges on good timing

October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By K.J. Quinn     To help its members seal larger deals, Flooring America heavily promotes financing in its regularly scheduled national promotions. Consumer financing in today’s retail landscape is considered a must, as it plays a major role in where customers shop and ultimately buy. Most shoppers decide on their payment method prior to entering the store, according to published reports, an indication salespeople must be prepared to...

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Arropol finds aftermarket use for PET via polyol

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Arropol finds aftermarket use for PET via polyol

October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By Steven Feldman   Ralph Boe has built a career manufacturing carpet. Now, through a new venture, his focus is on the aftermarket for PET carpet. As president of ArrowStar, a company that has produced chemicals for the carpet industry for 20-plus years, Boe has formed Arropol Chemicals, which will produce polyol—a component for urethane—derived from the deconstruction of post-consumer polyester carpet. “We’ve been developing this for the...

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Resilient: Demand fuels manufacturing output at home

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Resilient: Demand fuels manufacturing output at home

October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By Lindsay Baillie   It seems, as of late, most eyes are on resilient flooring. This comes as no surprise, especially when considering the category’s red-hot products from the past five years. However, resilient flooring is now receiving extra attention as a result of the newly imposed Chinese tariffs. While manufacturers who import products are working through the current 10% tariff—and preparing for the potential 25% tariff at...

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Carpet: Mills leverage versatility, resiliency of nylon

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: Mills leverage versatility, resiliency of nylon

October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   While there is no doubt polyester has gained significant share in residential carpet over the last decade at the expense of nylon, the latter is still arguably the preferred fiber among flooring retailers, particularly nylon 6,6, which is noted for its resiliency. Nylon has been used as a primary carpet fiber since the early 1960s, and its continued popularity reflects the material’s multipurpose use...

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Xpress Global offers storage solutions

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Xpress Global offers storage solutions

  U.S. warehousing provides buffer amidst tariffs October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan     Xpress Global boasts nearly 1 million square feet of storage space across America. Xpress Global Systems is the largest nationwide transportation hauler for the floor covering industry, doing business with virtually all the mills based in and around Dalton for more than 40 years. While that fact is pretty well known, perhaps less known—but vitally important—is...

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Hurricane Michael: Florida Panhandle dealers feel the brunt of the storm

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Hurricane Michael: Florida Panhandle dealers feel the brunt of the storm

October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   Hurricane Michael, which devastated parts of Florida’s Panhandle with 155 mile-per-hour winds, has knocked several flooring retailers offline, shutting down power and water usage while causing extensive water and rain damage. The Category 4 storm made landfall in Mexico Beach on Oct. 10, devastating that town before extending more than 100 miles inland as a hurricane into southwest Georgia. It also affected areas of...

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Installation: J-Lock spacers keep floating floors in check

October 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: J-Lock spacers keep floating floors in check

By Mara Bollettieri   J-Lock spacers are designed to hold floating floors firmly in place during the installation process. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: So an installer is getting ready to lay down a laminate floor. He has all the necessary tools for the job—including the plastic, wedge-style spacers that came with the standard installation kit he purchased at the store. While the spacers were designed to ensure the requisite space around the...

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FEI Group celebrates 20 years

October 8, 2018 | Comments Off on FEI Group celebrates 20 years

Jay Smith, left, president, FEI Group, and Dave Gheesling, CEO, are all smiles at Floor Expo’s 20th anniversary convention. By Steven Feldman San Diego—When the FEI Group converged here Oct. 5-7 for its 20th anniversary, leadership paid homage to the past but was much more focused on the next 20 years. Makes sense given how the group which began as Floor Expo with about 10 members servicing homebuilders has evolved to four divisions, including two in...

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