Retail roundup: First-half activity picks up steam post slow ’19 start

June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Retail roundup: First-half activity picks up steam post slow ’19 start

June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   Flooring retailers had to wade through some choppy waters in the midst of a first half marked by extreme weather conditions, 25% tariffs on Chinese imports and threats of tariffs on Mexico. And yet, despite unpredictable swings in business from month to month, several dealers reported surprisingly strong results. “If I had to come up with one word to describe the first half of...

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Rigid core revolution: Segment seizes market share indiscriminately

June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Rigid core revolution: Segment seizes market share indiscriminately

June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Lindsay Baillie   The resilient flooring category is on course to have another stellar year of growth, thanks in part to the excitement surrounding WPC and SPC products. However, some resilient manufacturers say much of the new growth will stem from SPC instead of WPC sales. As WPC gets its own dose of cannibalization, SPC is expected to continue taking market share from just about everywhere and...

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JTG honors Gutierrez, employees, suppliers

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on JTG honors Gutierrez, employees, suppliers

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Steven Feldman   Atlanta—JTG Inc., the Ted Gregerson-owned parent company of Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Floor and Floors to Go of Aniston (Ala.), recently hosted its 14th annual awards banquet here to acknowledge employees of both stores. There was certainly cause for celebration during the event after the company completed its second consecutive record year in 2018, growing more than 16% to $8.5 million from the two...

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NWFA honors individual, group achievements

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on NWFA honors individual, group achievements

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   Fort Worth, Texas—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) held a special ceremony here at its annual convention last month to recognize individuals and organizations alike for their contributions to the industry. These ranged from service awards honoring important achievements to master craftsmen who showcase their installation skills all the way down to the next generation of wood flooring professionals. Following is an overview...

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Resilient: LVT, WPC battle for commercial market share

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Resilient: LVT, WPC battle for commercial market share

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Lindsay Baillie   It’s well documented that WPC continues to take market share from other resilient flooring options—as well as competing hard surfaces—specifically in the residential market. Now we are witnessing a battle for share in commercial applications. This trend shows no signs of slowing down as flooring executives, such as Thomas Baert, president, CFL Flooring, predict WPC and other rigid products will continue to expand...

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Suppliers look to fill voids on Main Street

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Suppliers look to fill voids on Main Street

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Small businesses, which includes Main Street, are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses with fewer than 20 employees make up 89.6% of all U.S. enterprises and create two-thirds of new jobs. By some estimates, nearly one-third of commercial hard surface flooring volume is tied to the Main Street segment, positioning it as a significant area...

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HD Expo: Products adapt to fit hospitality, restaurant trends

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on HD Expo: Products adapt to fit hospitality, restaurant trends

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Megan Salzano   Las Vegas—The evolution of the hospitality industry remains apparent through dramatic changes in product, design and specification, but flooring’s role as a foundational element to every built environment remains constant. In fact, designers who spoke with FCNews overwhelmingly agreed that one of their pivotal goals at the show was to see what’s new underfoot. “We definitely look at flooring,” said Nicole Schneck, an interior...

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Tariff update: Suppliers, distributors counter with price hikes

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Tariff update: Suppliers, distributors counter with price hikes

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Flooring manufacturers and distributors wasted little time in responding to the additional 15% hike in tariffs to 25% on Chinese goods, announcing their own increases on a wide range of products ranging from LVT and ceramic tile to laminate and engineered wood flooring. Suppliers and distributors sent out letters to their retail customers outlining the terms of the price increases, with most ranging...

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AHF Products adds LM Flooring to wood stable

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on AHF Products adds LM Flooring to wood stable

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   At the recent National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) annual convention last month—in the company’s first showing as a standalone entity—AHF Products president and CEO Brian Carson said “big things” were on the horizon in the wake of its purchase by American Industrial Partners (AIP) last year. But few would have expected the company would make such an aggressive move right out of the...

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Award of Excellence: Mohawk nabs Best Overall, six honors in all

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Award of Excellence: Mohawk nabs Best Overall, six honors in all

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Garden City, N.Y.—For the fourth year in a row, Mohawk Industries was voted Best Overall Manufacturer—one of four Mohawk-branded honors, and six in all for the Mohawk Group—in FCNews’ 23rd annual Award of Excellence competition. In addition to Best Overall, Mohawk won Best Carpet Manufacturer (Group A), Best Commercial Carpet Manufacturer, and Best Laminate Manufacturer (Group A). In addition, two Mohawk companies took home...

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