Southwind dealers sing the company’s praises

February 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Southwind dealers sing the company’s praises

February 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 19 By Ken Ryan   Among mid-sized carpet mills, Southwind stands out for the way it has aggressively expanded into the hard surfaces arena. In three years, hard surface—LVT, WPC and hardwood—has gone from zero to an estimated 60% of Southwind’s overall business, and flooring dealers are quick to praise the Dalton-based company on the merits of product innovation, unwavering service and promptness. Specialty dealers who spoke with FCNews were...

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Carpet: Mills aim to please pet owners

February 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Carpet: Mills aim to please pet owners

February 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 19 By Ken Ryan   The broadloom industry has gone to the dogs—quite literally. Pet-friendly flooring is helping to drive the carpet segment, according to executives, as mills jostle for the lead position in this burgeoning subsegment with the newest in stain- and soil-resistant offerings aimed at pet owners. “When Stainmaster launched the PetProtect campaign at the beginning of 2014, it really struck a chord with consumers,” said T.M....

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Carpet Surfaces coverage: Mid-sized mills find ways to stake their claims

February 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Carpet Surfaces coverage: Mid-sized mills find ways to stake their claims

February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Ken Ryan   For all the consternation and hand-wringing about the woes of the carpet industry in the face of a hard surfaces onslaught, you’d be hard pressed to find a mill executive at Surfaces bemoaning his place in the market. Smaller mills have found a niche in higher-end goods with differentiated looks to keep growing their business, in many cases by taking market share. “The only...

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Anderson Tuftex continues forward momentum

February 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Anderson Tuftex continues forward momentum

January 21/28, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 17 By Lindsay Baillie   It was one year ago that Anderson Tuftex made its Surfaces debut as a combined brand, showcasing hardwood and carpet products in an elaborately decorated, two-story booth. Throughout 2018 the brand has had the opportunity to show flooring dealers exactly what Anderson Tuftex is about and truly home in on what the brand’s consumer really looks like. “Being at Surfaces in 2018 was a...

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Who will emerge as the ‘comeback’ kid?

January 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Who will emerge as the ‘comeback’ kid?

More retailers put their money on carpet vs. laminate January 7/14, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 16 By Ken Ryan The growth of hard surfaces, in particular LVT and its subsegments WPC and rigid core, has taken market share away from other flooring products, notably carpet and laminate. While carpet is still the largest flooring segment (FCNews estimates carpet and rugs made up 57.3% of the overall market in 2017), that percentage continues to fall each...

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Carpet: Dealers praise Phenix’s focus on style, service

January 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Carpet: Dealers praise Phenix’s focus on style, service

January 7/14, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 16 By Ken Ryan Flooring dealers who carry Phenix Flooring products describe the company as nothing less than extraordinary. Much more than a manufacturer of stylish products with on-trend colors, Phenix routinely goes the extra mile to provide outstanding service while understanding and empathizing with its dealers. As is a mid-sized mill that competes in an industry with such goliaths as Mohawk and Shaw, a company like Phenix has...

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Executive forecast: Carpet—Mills focus on the finer things in fiber

December 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Executive forecast: Carpet—Mills focus on the finer things in fiber

December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Ken Ryan   Even as the overall residential replacement market has declined in recent years, there continues to be positive news emanating from the higher end of the carpet segment, primarily so-called “better goods.” This middle to upper-end segment offers dealers improved margin opportunities while giving their consumers what they desire—luxurious soft goods in their homes. This trend is expected to continue into 2019. Mark Clayton CEO...

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Carpet: Mills raise ante on performance, product design

November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: Mills raise ante on performance, product design

November 26/December 3, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 12 By Ken Ryan   Innovation came in many forms in 2018. For some carpet mills it was about new tufting technology. For others, it was room visualization tools. In one case, it was about partnering with social influencers of the feline persuasion. It all added up to a year of excitement in a soft surface category that is looking to make headlines of its own after years...

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Dealers give Shaw’s Bellera stellar reviews

November 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Dealers give Shaw’s Bellera stellar reviews

November 12/19, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 11  By Ken Ryan   Few things excite a flooring retailer more than an exciting new product that is easy to sell, resonates with customers and generates a nice profit. Shaw’s Bellera High Performance Carpet fits that bill, according to dealers who have enjoyed early success with the 2018 launch. “I give it an A+,” said Steve Weisberg, president of Crest Flooring in Allentown, Pa. “I love the product...

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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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