Revolutionary spray adhesives making installation quicker, easier, safer

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Revolutionary spray adhesives making installation quicker, easier, safer

Adhesives and floor coverings go together like peanut butter and jelly, though flooring glue is considerably harder to spread. That was, until recent technological advances allowed for a viable spray application, making for a greener, safer product and installation process that contributes to healthy indoor air quality. When one hears the term “spray adhesive” the old method of high pressure systems that distributed glue all over the floor, walls and installer comes to mind. Glue...

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Who and what is driving traffic to retail stores?

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Who and what is driving traffic to retail stores?

To some ears, traffic is a dirty word and conjures anxiety, stress and the occasional bout of road rage. For retailers, it is the magic word, essential for a profitable business. For them, something like the 12-day traffic jam outside Beijing last month would have been a dream-come-true, with dollar signs behind the wheel of each car in a seemingly endless stream of revenue. However, not every person is in the market for floor covering,...

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FCNews expands social media presence to YouTube

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on FCNews expands social media presence to YouTube

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—Floor Covering News has expanded its industry leading role in showcasing how to use today’s latest social media tools for business with the launch of its own YouTube channel. Located at youtube.com/fcnewsmag it is also accessible through our recently revamped website, fcnews.net. Being involved with social media is nothing new for FCNews. We were among the first to take advantage of the Internet—initially for research and news gathering and then with our own website...

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Beaulieu makes changes to keep up with demand

September 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Beaulieu makes changes to keep up with demand

Dalton, Ga.—As part of its ongoing effort to become the Supplier of Choice by providing its customers with the softest carpets possible at the best possible pricing, Beaulieu announced today that it will be closing its Royston spun yarn facility in Royston, Georgia, on November 26, while increasing production of softer BCF products at other locations. (more…)

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Armstrong reorganizes in Europe

September 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Armstrong reorganizes in Europe

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong World Industries will close two European plants to focus efforts on certain products and regions where it believes it can be successful. Armstrong said it will concentrate its European flooring manufacturing operations in Germany and continue to make linoleum and homogenous vinyl flooring for the commercial market in its Delmenhorst and Bietigheim plants, respectively. (more…)

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Park joins Mohawk Commercial as senior vice president, general manager

September 22, 2010 | Comments Off on Park joins Mohawk Commercial as senior vice president, general manager

Dalton—Bentley Park has joined Mohawk Commercial as its senior vice president and general manager where he will lead the sales divisions through product management, product development, marketing and operations teams. “Bentley Park brings great ideas and fresh thinking to Mohawk,” said Tom Lape, president, Mohawk Industries. “We’re looking forward to his contributions in making our Commercial division the go-to resource for designer, specifiers and property owners.” (more…)

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APCOR launches cork mobile showroom

September 15, 2010 | Comments Off on APCOR launches cork mobile showroom

NEW YORK—The Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) kicked off its 16-city road show Sept. 1 in New York City with the goal of educating consumers about the different styles, varieties and benefits of Portuguese cork flooring. The promotion will last 10 months. The Décor(k) Tour will feature a 53 foot-long mobile showroom designed by “Divine Design” host Candice Olson, one of North America’s leading interior designers. Inside the showroom, visitors will be able to experience cork...

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Executives see mechanical locking systems on the rise for hardwood

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Executives see mechanical locking systems on the rise for hardwood

While mechanical locking systems have been all the rage in the laminate segment for over a decade, it is only within the last few years they have made their way into the hardwood category in earnest. And for those wood flooring manufacturers wanting to reach an audience interested in glueless installations, the timing and technology inherit in locking systems couldn’t be better. “I personally see a growing trend in the use of mechanical locking systems...

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Scholarship, merit award part of Calandrino's industry memorial

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on Scholarship, merit award part of Calandrino's industry memorial

DALTON—She was hailed as a pioneer, a teacher, a visionary, and praised for her courage, determination and caring nature, but most of all she was called a friend to everyone throughout the supply chain—from the top mill executive to Mrs. Consumer herself. That was Sonna Calandrino, and industry leaders from near and far came to Trevitt Hall and the Wink Theatre here to pay tribute to the late industry advocate who passed away May 23...

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At CFI convention: Being a professional means looking and acting like one

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on At CFI convention: Being a professional means looking and acting like one

KANSAS CITY, MO.—When it comes to being a professional in one’s craft, having technical skills is just one part of the equation. Simply put, being the most skilled does not automatically make you a professional, at least when it comes to most vocations in the business world. The flooring industry is no different, especially among installers, who were reminded of this during the 17th annual convention of the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI). From...

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