Resilient story gets a lot greener, NSF 332 will be a game changer

July 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Resilient story gets a lot greener, NSF 332 will be a game changer

It goes by the unassuming acronym ANSI/NSF 332, but for resilient flooring manufacturers this new certification standard for sustainability is a potential game-changer. “NSF-332 may change the industry in that it will no longer call for simply the product itself to meet certain standards but will widen the scope to include all the processes and practices involved in bringing a product to market and seeing it through its lifecycle,” said Diane Martel, Tarkett’s newly appointed...

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CBC hits the ground running with Halo Floors

July 12, 2010 | Comments Off on CBC hits the ground running with Halo Floors

COMMACK, N.Y.—Two months after adding the Halo Floors luxury vinyl tile brand to its portfolio of resilient sheet and tile products (FCNews, May 31/June 7), CBC America is kicking things into high gear. According to Jeff Collum, director of flooring, CBC, the Halo brand began to be invigorated the moment the purchase was completed. “We immediately aligned Halo with a new distribution network in areas where it needed improvement,” he said. “We also were working...

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Congoleum implements reorganization plan

July 9, 2010 | Comments Off on Congoleum implements reorganization plan

Mercerville, N.J.—In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Congoleum reported its confirmed reorganization plan became effective as of July 1. As part of the plan’s implementation, it has closed on a new credit facility that increases its revolving credit line from $30 million to $40 million, which should be more than adequate to fund its growth. For more information, call Congoleum at 609.584.3601.

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Mohawk expands international reach with Sanfi

July 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Mohawk expands international reach with Sanfi

Calhoun, Ga.— Mohawk plans to expand its international presence with an investment of a minority interest in Sanfi Ceramics, a Chinese tile manufacturer. This joint venture lays the foundation for Mohawk’s participation in the largest ceramic tile market in the world with opportunities to increase its equity investment in Sanfi in the future. Sanfi began manufacturing ceramic tile in 2003 and, with its strong management team, has quickly grown to one of the top 10...

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CCA offers consumer financing through GE Money

July 8, 2010 | Comments Off on CCA offers consumer financing through GE Money

Manchester, N.H.—GE Money and CCA Global Partners will offer a consumer financing program. The program, penned as GE Money Home Design, will be available through Carpet One, Flooring America, FEI Group, Floor Trader, Georgia Carpet, International Design Guild (IDG), ProSource, Stone Mountain, Lighting One, CCA Bike Cooperative and CCA Fitness Retail Services retailers nationwide. Consumers can find CCA members who offer GE Money financing via GE Money’s online Business Locator. (more…)

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Resilient maintains market share on value story

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Resilient maintains market share on value story

The way you look at the resilient industry in 2009 is consistent with whether you look at the glass half full or half empty. On one hand, the category was off double digits in both sales dollars and volume, between 15% and 20%, with the declines a bit worse on the commercial side. Then again, the drops were not as pronounced as what occurred with hardwood and ceramic tile, which were off more than 20%...

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Scoring Flooring: Industry stats for 2009

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Scoring Flooring: Industry stats for 2009

The year that was 2009 was one the United States flooring industry would just as soon forget. Besieged by a challenging economy, sagging consumer confidence, high unemployment, stagnant new construction and a credit crunch, industry sales topped out at $16.189 billion, down 18% from $19.743 billion in 2008. The number represents the industry’s lowest sales volume since 1997. Things were slightly better in terms of volume with 16.807 billion square feet of flooring sold into...

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Laminate under siege from imports, competitive products, prices plummet as alternative channels gain ground

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Laminate under siege from imports, competitive products, prices plummet as alternative channels gain ground

Hammered by the recession and pressured by competing products, the U.S. laminate flooring market dropped for the third consecutive year. But just how much is largely debatable. Many factions have the category down significantly to the tune of 20%. Others peg the drop in the mid-teens. But FCNews research revealed a completely different story. After conferring with just about every significant laminate flooring supplier to the U.S., and after being made privy to confidential sales...

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Ceramic tile sales drop 20% for third consecutive year, new home construction is primary culprit

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Ceramic tile sales drop 20% for third consecutive year, new home construction is primary culprit

Not unlike flooring’s other categories, ceramic tile experienced a significant double-digit decline in 2009. In the minds of many ceramic executives, it was a year to forget. And while the economy played a prominent role, with the usual suspects being high unemployment, tighter lending practices, soaring foreclosures, falling home prices and a more cautious buyer, many industry pundits put the blame more squarely on poor housing starts— something tied very closely to this segment—rather than...

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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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