Interface forms strategic alliance with Bravo Group, main street commercial targeted

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Interface forms strategic alliance with Bravo Group, main street commercial targeted

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet, has reached an agreement with the Bravo Group to distribute an exclusive collection of InterfaceFLOR carpet tile. The line is targeted toward the main street commercial segment. The agreement is mutually beneficial. Interface furthers its reach to a new customer base with the benefit of having value- added service in local markets, and Bravo distributors, including many of the flooring industry’s best, gain entrée into one...

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CCA launches Tigressa, markets via bloggers

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on CCA launches Tigressa, markets via bloggers

DALTON—Four months after introducing Tigressa branded fiber to Carpet One and Flooring America members at their winter conventions (FCNews, Jan. 11/18), carpet and rugs engineered of the fiber are now hitting the streets. Along with Shaw Industries, which is manufacturing the exclusive fiber, CCA Global Partners is aggressively targeting consumers via high-traffic blogs. Tigressa is a soft, type 6, high-tensile denier filament that allows more fibers in a smaller space, reducing crushing and matting. It...

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DuPont Sorona enters commercial market, revolutionary fiber combines environmental, performance stories

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on DuPont Sorona enters commercial market, revolutionary fiber combines environmental, performance stories

There’s a new player in the contract carpet fiber arena, one that has potential to challenge the traditional branded and unbranded fibers of the world. The fiber leverages the powerful DuPont brand with both a performance and environmental story. The recent Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas served as the commercial coming out party for DuPont Sorona, the revolutionary, bio-based material that has been a home run for Mohawk since the company launched it residentially...

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Commercial carpet: Transformation to green, modular segment continues

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial carpet: Transformation to green, modular segment continues

Despite the impact of the recession on the commercial sector, contract’s largest flooring category has not only maintained its leadership position in the green movement, its product mix has continued to be driven more by modular styles as opposed to broadloom. Financially, the category has been hit as hard as any other. The good news is the declines appear to be slowing; when 2010 is in the books, sales are expected to be off high...

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Commercial hardwood: Suppliers bank on service, innovation, value

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial hardwood: Suppliers bank on service, innovation, value

The commercial sector for the past two years has been experiencing the same challenging conditions that have plagued its residential counterpart since late 2006. The good news is that the downturn will not be nearly as prolonged, with many indicators suggesting the rebound may be forthcoming during the second half of the year. For Mannington Mills, the segments hardest hit have been retail and hospitality as fewer new stores and restaurants were being built and...

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Commercial laminate: Mills using brand, education, service to rebound

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial laminate: Mills using brand, education, service to rebound

Not unlike its wood sector counterpart, commercial laminate producers have suffered their share of economic bumps and bruises recently. By putting emphasis on service, style and brand, the hope is that an upturn manifests itself sooner rather than later. Generally speaking, the laminate sector echoes the construction industry, noted Tammy Weadock, marketing manager, Wilsonart. “According to Reed Construction Forecast of May 2010, the decline in commercial construction spending will slow sharply during the balance of...

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Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong

The general state of affairs in the commercial resilient segment is not far off from most categories. Most manufacturers interviewed by FCNews reported less than remarkable growth for the start of the year but were pleased to no longer see major losses in market share. “The commercial market will continue to struggle as budget deficits in both the public and private sector hamper recovery efforts on a broad scale,” reported Edward Braulick, senior marketing manager...

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Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

Ceramic tile producers continue to hit home runs when it comes to innovation, colors, styles and expanded product offerings. The plan of attack continues to provide distributors and retailers with the best product possible so they can be armed and ready for the recovery. “We estimate the overall tile industry was down 20% to 25% in 2009, with the commercial sector down a similar amount,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director, Dal-Tile. She estimated commercial...

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Wilsonart gains Greenguard Children & Schools certification

May 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Wilsonart gains Greenguard Children & Schools certification

Temple, Tex.—Greenguard’s Children and Schools certification has been awarded to Wilsonart’s high pressure laminate (HPL) flooring, which includes the Estate Plus, Red Label, Professional Studio and Contract lines, as well as its Blue Fusion adhesive products. Approval follows Greenguard Indoor Air Quality certification achieved in 2004. “There are many benefits of this certification for Wilsonart and its dealers,” said Tammy Weadock, marketing communications manager for flooring. “Our HPL products now have more relevance than ever...

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Tarkett raises residential product prices

May 26, 2010 | Comments Off on Tarkett raises residential product prices

Chagrin Falls, Ohio—On May 25, Tarkett Residential announced it would implement a price increase on all resilient flooring products, including FiberFloor, vinyl sheet and Nafco branded floors. Increases of 6% will go into effect July 1, one month after the commercial price raise is executed. Tarkett attributed the change to rising cost of materials, as cost cutting measures and internal expense reduction no longer sufficiently absorbed costs. (more…)

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