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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LVT differentiates, expands design, function, construction; Ease of installation grows

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on LVT differentiates, expands design, function, construction; Ease of installation grows

The surge of interest in luxury vinyl tile (LVT) has a team of newer players coming to bat on the resilient field. Companies with different backgrounds, from click systems to cork, have introduced new features and push the product envelope further than ever before. Experienced manufacturers have also been challenged to innovate, finding ways of improvement in areas like installation, whether it aims to reduce preparation time, ease the stress of custom installation or even...

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Laminate trends: More options than ever

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Laminate trends: More options than ever

Originally produced to mimic the look of hardwood flooring while offering enhanced performance characteristics through state-of-the-art technology, laminate floors have come a long way in the 15 years or so they’ve been available in the U.S. As methods of production have advanced, manufacturers now seemingly have the ability to make laminate look like whatever they want, including ceramic tile, natural stone as well as more realistic wood-look designs and patterns. So what are some of...

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INSTALL Leadership Conference: Union officials stress certification as key to future

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on INSTALL Leadership Conference: Union officials stress certification as key to future

LAS VEGAS—Eight years ago, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) created the Installation Standards & Training Alliance (INSTALL) with the goal of giving members the necessary training and skills to be the best installers in the industry. Today, nearly 2,500 people—about one- third of the union’s members—have been certified, and the program is recognized by more than two dozen mills, plus more than 100 partner companies, ranging from manufacturers to contractors to other associations. But...

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Shaw acquires Stuart Flooring, adds to wood portfolio

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Shaw acquires Stuart Flooring, adds to wood portfolio

DALTON—Add Stuart Flooring to Shaw Industries’ wood portfolio as it announced the purchase of “substantially all” of the assets of the hardwood strip manufacturing facility located in Stuart, Va. Financial terms were not disclosed. Stuart manufactures unfinished solid wood flooring and unfinished parquet flooring for residential applications. In addition to retailers and distributors, its customers include original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The purchase includes Stuart’s production, maintenance, boiler, drying and transportation facilities, which total nearly 200,000...

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Unilin gives importers something to ‘click’ about, L2C label distinguishes legally licensed Chinese imports

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Unilin gives importers something to ‘click’ about, L2C label distinguishes legally licensed Chinese imports

SHANGHAI—Ever since the advent of mechanical locking systems there has been one patent infringement lawsuit after another. While cross-licensing agreements have helped to curtail some of the legal action, the lawsuit merry-go-round continues. Those who hold the patents contend they are not just suing to defend their intellectual property rights, but to protect those companies that are playing by the rules and legally obtain licenses to use the technology. At the recent Domotex asia/ChinaFloor (DACF)...

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Coverings 2010 puts emphasis on education

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Coverings 2010 puts emphasis on education

Officials for Coverings 2010 are preparing for what promises to once again be the largest gathering of tile products, exhibitors and industry professionals in North America when the show convenes Tuesday, April 27 and runs through Friday, April 30, in Orlando, Fla. Education plays a key role at Coverings and this year is no different, as seminars for distributors and retailers span a range of subjects and feature high-caliber experts to offer tips and tactics...

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