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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Columbia launches value wood line

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Columbia launches value wood line

Dallas—Columbia Hardwood recently launched Pagosa, an engineered collection at a value price point. Featuring the newest colors and textures, it is available in retail stores nationwide. “A majority of today’s consumers are seeking textured designs that add richness and character to a home,” said Dewevai Buchanan, vice president of hardwood. “Pagosa offers rustic, character-rich, scraped hardwood at a price realistic in today’s economy.” He credits Columbia’s technical capabilities for achieving character options while keeping pricing...

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Quick Step launches new laminate collection

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Quick Step launches new laminate collection

Dallas—Quick•Step announced the launch of Veresque, its newest laminate collection. Featuring GenuEdge technology, design and color on the surface of each plank now rolls over the edges recreating the same visual found on real wood planks. “Adding this edge treatment to the already authentic surface designs of Veresque planks achieves a level of realism that is unmatched in laminate flooring today,” said Roger Farabee, senior vice president of marketing. “A consumer will struggle to see...

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