Carpet: Innovations deliver performance, style refinements

November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Carpet: Innovations deliver performance, style refinements

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Ken Ryan   From breakthroughs in new categories of carpet to innovations in soft luxury, carpet mills brought excitement to the flooring market in 2017. Following is an overview. Engineered Floors: Apex SDP Founded on its PureColor solution-dyed fiber process (SDP), Engineered Floors’ Apex SDP raises the bar for a superior fiber in commercial use with performance characteristics similar to nylon. “We’ve introduced this fiber system within...

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Shaw merges Anderson, Tuftex brands into one

November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Shaw merges Anderson, Tuftex brands into one

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 Combined entity to make debut at Surfaces By Reginald Tucker   Dalton–What has been rumored for months is now confirmed. Shaw Floors, parent company of the venerable Anderson Hardwood and Tuftex brands, has announced plans to merge the two with the combined entity to be called Anderson Tuftex. The change is effective Jan. 1, 2018. For Shaw, the deal made sense because both brands have a long heritage...

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Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Southwind Carpets, a division of Cherokee Carpet Industries, has been known for providing a range of residential and Main Street commercial carpets to dealers throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since its hard surface division launched in 2015, the company has added LVP, WPC and hardwood collections to its portfolio—providing retailers with the complete flooring package. Southwind’s leap into hard surfaces occurred when the company...

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In Style: Kane Carpet finds success in high-end rug biz

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on In Style: Kane Carpet finds success in high-end rug biz

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Despite the increase in hard surface sales, carpets and rugs continue to hold significance in flooring showrooms across the United States. Kane Carpet, a trendsetter in broadloom since 1947, is helping dealers increase margins and soft surface sales with its high-end carpets and rugs. The company also aims to provide retailers with upsell opportunities through its service, style and quality. “We’ve put our customers...

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Stanton Carpet launches new B2B site

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Stanton Carpet launches new B2B site

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Stanton Carpet is looking to simplify the way it transacts with retail customers via a new B2B website—stantonb2b.com. The site makes it easier for retailers to find products, submit requests to create a rug, view dropped products and order swatches, among other features. The new B2B site, which launched Oct. 9, is something Stanton has been working on for approximately two years. “A lot...

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California recycling bill signed into law

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on California recycling bill signed into law

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Ken Ryan   The two major carpet mills and industry trade associations gave a thumbs down to California’s new carpet recycling law, which will require manufacturers selling carpet in the state to implement a stewardship program that sets a carpet recycling goal of 24% by 2020. At stake here, observers say, is the risk of losing carpet sales in a state of 40 million people. The California...

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Scotchgard brand proves its staying power

September 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Scotchgard brand proves its staying power

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   3M recently tested the power of Scotchgard Protector to determine the brand’s overall cachét. The results positioned Scotchgard as one of the top “protector” brands on the market—ranking higher than others in both consumer awareness and desirability. Furthermore, Scotchgard Protector—a brand that has been around for years—continues to fulfill market needs while gaining consumer trust and loyalty. “Perceptions of Scotchgard are extremely positive,” said...

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Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end goods boost residential end of the market

September 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end goods boost residential end of the market

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   After a slow start to 2017, the residential carpet category gained some traction in the second quarter, resulting in a 2% rise in sales over the year-ago period, with units up 0.5% overall in the first half. Executives cited sales of better goods, an uptick in consumer confidence and price increases that have firmed up the marketplace. The U.S. carpet category continues its ever-so-slight...

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Tuftex dealers thrive on West Coast styling, sales support

July 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Tuftex dealers thrive on West Coast styling, sales support

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By K.J. Quinn   The West Coast has earned a reputation over the years for being at the forefront of carpet styling. Tuftex, Shaw Floors’ premier residential brand, is among the California mills taking the lead creating fashionable designs based on regional preferences and trends. “Being on the West Coast gives them an edge for us, not only because they are local but also because they are constantly getting...

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Exclusive interview: Jackson takes Tuftex on the road less traveled

July 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Exclusive interview: Jackson takes Tuftex on the road less traveled

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2   Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—It’s been three years since Doug Jackson took the reins of Tuftex, the premium carpet division of Shaw Industries. While Tuftex has always enjoyed a reputation of high-end, trendsetting, West Coast styling—first as a stand-alone mill, then as a division of Queen Carpet before the latter was purchased by Shaw in 1998—the company today still maintains its longstanding identity while adapting to a changing climate....

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