CBC acquires Halo Flooring

May 6, 2010 | Comments Off on CBC acquires Halo Flooring

Commack, N.Y.—CBC Flooring, distributors of resilient commercial floor covering, purchased Halo Floors on May 4 at an undisclosed price. Halo’s luxury vinyl tile (LVT) expanded CBC’s product portfolio to include 36 designs in its wood line, 42 colorways in stone and 104 SKUs in the Something Different collection. “Halo really is something different [and expands what we can offer] to designers, architects and specifiers looking for a fresh design in LVT with great value,” said...

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Anderson leaves Surfaces, moves to Shaw’s regional markets

May 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Anderson leaves Surfaces, moves to Shaw’s regional markets

Dalton—Anderson will be joining its parent company Shaw’s regional winter market in place of exhibiting at Surfaces in 2011, the mill announced. The event was started six years ago to present product innovations and marketing programs to Shaw retailers and distributors across the nation. “Shaw and Anderson are continuously working to provide our customers with the very best in design, quality and service, and a primary component of service is convenience,” said Randy Merrit, Shaw’s...

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Starnet Annual Meeting & Convention: Optimism returns as members see hope on the horizon

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Starnet Annual Meeting & Convention: Optimism returns as members see hope on the horizon

MARCO ISLAND, FLA.—Though the commercial market continues to plod through the recession as its residential counterpart starts the recovery process, optimism was in the air at the annual meeting of the Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership. While most admit a light will not come, unfortunately, until 2011/2012, they feel as if the segment has pretty much bottomed out and this year may even be better than 2009. Under the theme, “The Power of Partnership,” all...

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Congoleum’s SmartLink ‘connects’ with floating LVT

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Congoleum’s SmartLink ‘connects’ with floating LVT

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL.—Add Congoleum to the LVT roster. The resilient manufacturer on April 22 unveiled the category’s latest entry, Connections, at the headquarters of Midwest distributor All-Tile, complete with a few wrinkles the company said addressed some shortcomings of competing products. Congoleum believes the most significant enhancement lies in what it calls the SmartLink glueless installation system. Attached to each plank is a “highly technical” adhesive film with a sheer strength that lends itself...

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ANSI approves resilient sustainability standard; NSF-332 now national specification

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on ANSI approves resilient sustainability standard; NSF-332 now national specification

ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF International, the non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that drafted NSF 140-2007: the Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard, has developed a similar standard for resilient flooring. At the end of April, NSF American National Standard 332: Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). “Certification to ANSI/NSF 332 offers buyers of resilient flooring the highest level of confidence and credibility in a market that is awash in green...

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3rd International Wood Flooring Summit: U.S., European laws, regulations take center stage

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on 3rd International Wood Flooring Summit: U.S., European laws, regulations take center stage

SHANGHAI—While the legitimacy and/or necessity of various green movement initiatives can be debated, recent laws, standards and regulations enacted at both the federal and state levels in the U.S., as well as in other parts of the world, have made it clear that certain practices will no longer be tolerated. These are specifically related to wood products—be they hardwood or laminate—and deal with deforestation, illegal logging and the destruction of exotic wood species, along with...

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Preferred Brands delivers value, programs for members

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Preferred Brands delivers value, programs for members

ADAIRSVILLE, GA.—In a retail group arena that boasts divisions of CCA Global Partners, Alliance Flooring and Abbey Carpet, Preferred Brands may not be considered a household name, but what it may lack in brand awareness is more than offset by the services and value it offers to members. Preferred Brands is comprised of the Floor To Ceiling and World of Floors formats. While the latter is strictly flooring for the most part, Floor To Ceiling...

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Shaw partners with LG for contract distribution

May 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Shaw partners with LG for contract distribution

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—Shaw Industries has entered the resilient business, thus stretching its portfolio of products to every floor covering category the industry offers, and joining the likes of Mannington and Mohawk. To move into this arena, the company announced a partnership with LG Hausys, in which Shaw will become the sole distributor of LG’s commercial resilient flooring in the U.S. and Canada. “This partnership will enhance and balance Shaw’s commercial hard surface offering to include hardwood,...

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Armstrong reports increased earnings for first quarter

May 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Armstrong reports increased earnings for first quarter

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong World Industries reported operating income for the first quarter at $13.4 million, compared to $1.1 million for the same period last year. The period’s net sales were down only 1% at $658.9 million, from $668.3 million in the same period for 2009. Excluded was a 3%, or $19 million, foreign exchange rate impact, which decreased sales by 4%. Reductions in operating costs were credited for offsetting the impact of lower sales to the...

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Mohawk latest in soft surface price increase disclosure

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Mohawk latest in soft surface price increase disclosure

Hicksville, N.Y.—As polypropylene and latex costs continue to rise, Mohawk Industries claims it was forced to jump on the bandwagon and increase product prices. “Other fiber categories such as nylon, polyester and triexta have also followed this trend in the form of higher polymer costs across our product line,” said Frank Peters, president. “As a result of these increased costs, we must raise prices.” Orders placed on or after May 10 and shipments made on...

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