Soft surface still has dominant market share, carpet nearly 50% of total flooring market

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Soft surface still has dominant market share, carpet nearly 50% of total flooring market

There is no doubt 2009 was a tough year for the broadloom segment. The reasons for this are many, with most agreeing the category’s biggest challenges involved the continued decline of the single-family builder business, or new home starts; the significant slowdown of the commercial market; high unemployment, and low consumer confidence. From a retail perspective, these factors represent “the big three” of things that affected 2009 in a negative way. According to industry sources,...

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Armstrong appoints Espe as president and CEO

June 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Armstrong appoints Espe as president and CEO

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong has named Matthew  Espe chief executive officer and president of the company. His appointment will become effective in late July. “Matt brings a proven track record of placing a strong focus on customer service and profitable growth and is ideally suited to lead Armstrong into its next phase of growth,” said James J. O’Connor, Armstrong’s chairman. “Matt is an experienced executive who knows how to run large organizations efficiently and effectively. Throughout his...

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Obituary: Seymour Gardner, founder of Gardner Carpets

June 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Seymour Gardner, founder of Gardner Carpets

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Seymour Gardner began his illustrious career in the distributing business and spent a half century doing what he loved. He was respected and admired by retailers and suppliers and is remembered by many as a man of integrity and compassion. He cared about people and many of his clients were his friends. On June 12, he died of heart failure at his home here. He was 80. (more…)

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Nourison places Woods in Northeast territory

June 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Nourison places Woods in Northeast territory

Saddle Brook, N.J.—Nourison appointed Theolene Woods as the account executive for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Upstate New York. She will be responsible for service and developing business with the company’s dealers in that area, and handling the 60-collection rug line, plus thousands of broadloom and runner SKUs. She will also handle the newer Nourtex brand, the more moderately priced decorative broadlooms and runners. (more…)

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Karndean’s Opus wins silver award at NeoCon

June 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Karndean’s Opus wins silver award at NeoCon

Export, Pa.—Karndean International’s Opus flooring received a sliver award in the Best New Products Competition at NeoCon, held June 14 to 16 in Chicago. Sponsored by Contract Magazine, 13 competitors submitted 400 new products for the review of 60 judges. “We are exceptionally pleased to be recognized by NeoCon with this prestigious award,” said Michael Lang, senior marketing manager. “Opus opens an endless range of creative possibilities for architects and commercial designers, delivering performance specifically...

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WFCA extends Benchmark survey deadline

June 24, 2010 | Comments Off on WFCA extends Benchmark survey deadline

Anaheim, Calif.—The World Floor Covering Association extended the deadline for participation in its Benchmark survey until July 15. The association recently announced that the survey, previously a member benefit, would be made available to non-member retailers. (more…)

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Wilsonart adds new designs to Studio collection

June 22, 2010 | Comments Off on Wilsonart adds new designs to Studio collection

Temple, Tex.—Wilsonart released four new contract designs under its Studio umbrella. Available through Synergy retailers, they can meet high-traffic flooring needs with a greater portfolio of looks. “Responding to business owners’ and consumers’ heightened focus on value, eco-friendliness, durability and performance, Wilsonart Flooring’s professional Studio offers a certified FSC commercial-grade high pressure laminate solution that outperforms many other flooring options as far as long-term use, easy installation, maintenance, and dent/wear resistance,” said Tammy Weadock, Wilsonart...

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WFCA elects Freadreacea chairman of the board

June 15, 2010 | Comments Off on WFCA elects Freadreacea chairman of the board

Anaheim, Calif.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) announced several changes to the executive committee and board of directors. Nicholas Freadreacea has been elected chairman of the board, effective July 1. He replaces Scott Steel of My Flooring America, Webster, Tex., who will become immediate past chairman. Freadreacea is currently president of the Flooring Gallery in Louisville, Ky, a seven store chain located throughout Kentucky and Indiana. He served as regional vice president of the Maxim...

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Mannington Commercial products first certified for NSF/ANSI 332under

June 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington Commercial products first certified for NSF/ANSI 332under

Ann Arbor, Mich.—NSF International certified Mannington Commercial as the first manufacturer to comply with its new standard for resilient flooring, passed just last month (FCNews, May 3/10). NSF/ANSI 332, Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings, outlines criteria to promote sustainable manufacturing processes with a four-level point system—Conformant, Silver, Gold and Platinum—and Mannington’s Inlaid and Premium Tile products earned Gold certification based on product design; product manufacturing; long-term value; end-of-life management; corporate governance and innovation....

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HD Expo Hospitality seeks rebound from challenging 2009

June 11, 2010 | Comments Off on HD Expo Hospitality seeks rebound from challenging 2009

LAS VEGAS—The hospitality industry may have suffered through the economic down- turn as much as any commercial segment in 2009 with estimates of a 30% to 40% decrease in business, but that doesn’t mean the sector is without optimism. This was evident at the recent Hospitality & Design Expo in Las Vegas, where more than 6,500 attendees had the opportunity to view the newest products and cutting-edge ideas from the nearly 900 exhibitors. Most exhibitors...

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