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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Mohawk teams with Country Living, New World Home

June 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Mohawk teams with Country Living, New World Home

NEW YORK—Mohawk Industries recently teamed with popular lifestyle and decorating magazine Country Living and New World Home, a producer of sustainable, historically inspired modular homes, to help create a line of green homes that are currently pursuing LEED certification. The collection offers consumers attainable green living coupled with classic country style and features fireplaces, oversize windows and an open floor plan that fully integrates the greenest products and practices available today. The debut of the...

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Resurgence of carpet and resilient; the new normal dictates value, function, innovation

June 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Resurgence of carpet and resilient; the new normal dictates value, function, innovation

As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and this rings true in floor covering. A decidedly negative economic state found a ray of light in the resurgent sales of resilient flooring and carpet. On the decline for much of the early 21st century, these two categories have been consistently gaining market share throughout the financial downturn and beckoned sales in a climate where other categories suffered mightily. “Resilient is on the rebound,”...

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Atlanta Rug Market gears up for summer edition

June 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Atlanta Rug Market gears up for summer edition

ATLANTA—As the No. 1 resource for the area rug industry, the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, slated for July 15 to 18, is poised to offer retailers from around the globe a complete package of the most unique products, new business opportunities, networking and education. So said Chas Sydney, senior vice president, area rug, external business development, adding that the market will feature the newest products and designs from the industry’s leading suppliers. This summer...

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Wood sees a return to oak, higher gloss finishes, longer planks hot trends

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Wood sees a return to oak, higher gloss finishes, longer planks hot trends

With all the state-of-the- art technology available today, hardwood flooring producers can manufacture just about anything they want. But it seems what many consumers want these days is a return to the basics, and that means oak. The latest trends in hardwood flooring also include new finishes, textures, colors and longer, wider plank sizes. Luc Robitaille, vice president of marketing at Boa-Franc, makers of Mirage brand, attested to the trend toward lighter colors and texture,...

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USFloors cork gains Greenguard certification

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on USFloors cork gains Greenguard certification

Dalton—Greenguard Children & Schools certification has been awarded to USFloors’ Natural Cork floating floors and its entry level Ecocork floating floors. In addition to the same certification on its Natural Bamboo collection, USFloors claims to be the only flooring supplier with Children & Schools certified cork and bamboo in its product portfolio. “Having our core products of cork and bamboo flooring certified to Greenguard’s Children & Schools standard exemplifies our ongoing commitment to providing the...

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