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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Mannington takes floating LVT to the next level

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington takes floating LVT to the next level

SALEM, N.J.—Every technological breakthrough will eventually be improved upon. Such is the case with floating LVT, which has already gone through multiple generations since the launch of Konecto in 2007. The newest generation of floating luxury vinyl tile comes courtesy of Mannington, and the intent to raise LVT to the next stratosphere. Adura with LockSolid technology takes the best attributes of a floating LVT and marries them with an industry first: a completely adhesive-free installation....

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New products for consumer preference and profit in resilient

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on New products for consumer preference and profit in resilient

As one of the few categories excelling in the soft economy, resilient manufacturers are taking greater risks with fall releases and it is of little surprise that most are focusing on luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and sheet products, as the value-perceived products in the category. Whether producing niche visuals or releasing mass volumes of new products, autumnal trends are dictated by the buyer’s preference for performance and visuals that enhance her home’s environment. (more…)

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Pergo realigns North American management team; Hartman to lead sales, marketing; Kelley resigns

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Pergo realigns North American management team; Hartman to lead sales, marketing; Kelley resigns

GARNER, N.C.—Determined to rebuild the Pergo brand within specialty retail, the company announced a series of executives changes that will help it “capitalize on synergies” within its worldwide activities. David Hartmann, who joined Pergo earlier this summer (FCNews, May 31/June 7) as vice president of sales, has been given the additional responsibility of leading the company’s North American marketing efforts. Also, as part of the realignment, Ralf Eisermann, currently CEO of Pergo AG, assumed the...

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Wood introductions emphasize consumer value, facilitating greater revenue for retailers

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Wood introductions emphasize consumer value, facilitating greater revenue for retailers

Fall means back to school and back to the daily grind for many. But minds at some of the top hardwood mills have been grinding all summer to roll out new products, programs and promotions for the coming season. Times have been tough for the hardwood category. With an over abundance of products moving slowly through the supply chain, many manufacturers are updating current collections and providing selling tools to fill sales tickets. Displays and...

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Laminate: Fall products build on earlier intros

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Laminate: Fall products build on earlier intros

It may still be summer according to Mother Nature, but with kids going back to school and Labor Day around the corner fall is in the air. As such, laminate manufacturers are in the process of restocking retail displays with new collections, new designs and new colors to help dealers capture consumers searching for ways to spruce up their homes. The following is just a sampling of the latest products hitting the market. For the...

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Congoleum adds Scotchgard Protector to DuraCeramic

August 19, 2010 | Comments Off on Congoleum adds Scotchgard Protector to DuraCeramic

Mercerville, N.J.—Congoleum’s residential tile line, DuraCeramic, now features Scotchgard Protector and silver antibacterial protection. “We are very excited to work with 3M to incorporate their Scotchgard Protector in all of our Dura products—DuraCeramic, DuraCeramic Options and Duraplank,” said Dennis Jarosz, vice president of sales and marketing, Congoleum. “With the incorporation of Scotchgard Protector, DuraCeramic has a significant performance advantage over the competition. Add to that the silver antibacterial protection which kills mold, mildew and germs...

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