Q1 retail roundup: Dealers pick up the pace after slow start to 2019

April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Q1 retail roundup: Dealers pick up the pace after slow start to 2019

April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   From the East Coast to the Southwest and through the Upper Midwest, flooring dealers are nearly uniform in their assessment that thefirst two months of 2019 were disappointing but
that a rebound in Marchhas set the tone for a rally
that could have legs. More than 20 flooring dealers polled by FCNews about business conditions agreed that 2019 will still
be a growth year, albeit at a...

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FCICA seeks to elevate professionalism of contractors

April 2, 2019 | Comments Off on FCICA seeks to elevate professionalism of contractors

By Ken Ryan   Mike Newberry, who has completed his final year as chairman of FCICA, said programs like CIM and Successors have elevated the association. Tucson, Ariz.—The FCICA annual convention welcomed a record number of attendees, including 55 first-timers, in the clearest indication yet that this association is growing in both size and influence. This marks the second year in a row of record attendance for FCICA, which has seen membership grow over 35%,...

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Spartan Surfaces: The secret’s out of the bag

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Spartan Surfaces: The secret’s out of the bag

Commercial distributor thrives on well-executed strategy March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Steven Feldman   If ever there was a company that flew under the radar in this industry it is Spartan Surfaces. And this is by design. Sure, many people have heard the name. What they almost certainly do not know are the details, like the fact the commercial distributor operates in 30 states, handles a product lineup in the neighborhood of...

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Manufacturer spotlight: SLCC evolution reflects high-end aspirations

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Manufacturer spotlight: SLCC evolution reflects high-end aspirations

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   SLCC Flooring may not be a household name—but that could change in the near future. This up-and-coming hard surface flooring manufacturer is looking to make its mark by focusing on uniquely designed, high-quality, betterend products. Jan Luan, president, founded the company in 2010 in the U.S. utilizing factories she owned overseas. At the time, she completely built the company from the ground up—from design...

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Spring innovations ‘unseen’ at Surfaces

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Spring innovations ‘unseen’ at Surfaces

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   A new year brings a host of fresh products to the flooring industry. While many flooring manufacturers choose to showcase their latest introductions at The International Surface Event, a handful of companies do not partake in the show, choosing other venues to highlight their new innovations. Following are some spring introductions unseen at Surfaces. Cali Brands Meritage collection Wine enthusiasts know a Meritage as...

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Installation: Underlayments put moisture protection to the test

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Underlayments put moisture protection to the test

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Megan Salzano   While a seemingly ancillary product, underlayments have become increasingly more important to the flooring industry. Not only do they help boost the bottom line for retailers and contribute to successful installations across product categories, but the segment also provides protection against a growing consumer concern: moisture incursion. Subfloor moisture that can adversely affect the integrity of a flooring system may have always been a...

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The industry disrupters: Innovators march to a different beat

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on The industry disrupters: Innovators march to a different beat

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Reginald Tucker   Innovators. Game changers. Risk takers. Those who make a left when all others are turning right, so to speak. These are just some of the terms used to describe the special class of companies highlighted here in Floor Covering News’ inaugural “Industry Disrupters” issue. FCNews reached out to retailers, distributors as well as suppliers, and asked them to nominate those companies who are changing...

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Main Street lined with profit opportunities

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Main Street lined with profit opportunities

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By K.J. Quinn   It can be a lucrative business and provide a bit of a buffer against fluctuations in the bellwether residential replacement and new home construction arenas. But truth be told, the Main Street market—sort of a hybrid between specified commercial and small-scale remodel—is a different animal. It not only requires the right portfolio of products to meet the diverse needs of small local businesses such...

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Carpet: Patterns take on whole new dimension

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Carpet: Patterns take on whole new dimension

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   As consumers increasingly move toward single-room installation for their broadloom needs, they are opting for bolder, edgier looks in patterns and prints. More importantly, they are willing to open up their pocketbooks for the right visuals. These new looks in patterns and prints run the gamut from small to medium-scale design and organic patterns based on linen and weave looks to distressed and rustic...

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Haines Loyalty Club: Distributor vows to be a better partner

March 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Haines Loyalty Club: Distributor vows to be a better partner

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan Savannah, Ga.—Most flooring conferences and conventions are mainly feel-good affairs that celebrate success and growth opportunities for members. The Haines Loyalty Club Summit, held here March 14-15, was a mea culpa of sorts—a sincere promise to do better after the industry’s largest distributor hit a rough patch. Hoy Lanning, who was named president and CEO of Haines in December 2018 (FCNews, Dec. 10/17), apologized for...

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