Judge confirms Congoleum’s reorganization

June 9, 2010 | Comments Off on Judge confirms Congoleum’s reorganization

After more than six years, a district court has approved Congoleum’s reorganization plan, paving the way for the company to emerge from bankruptcy. In the order signed June 7, Judge Joel Pisano of the U.S. District Court in New Jersey stated that the plan was supported by more than 95% of asbestos personal injury claimants. Now that the plan has the court’s approval, Roger Marcus, president and CEO, said Congoleum will move to implement the...

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Pergo, Mannington enter licensing agreement

June 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Pergo, Mannington enter licensing agreement

Raleigh, N.C.—Pergo announced it entered into a license agreement with Mannington Mills on May 15, granting access to Pergo and Classen patents for fold-down joints. This allows Mannington to sell any of the Vålinge variations on the PerfectFold technology, including 5G, 5G+ and 5G-S. (more…)

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IndusParquet set to bring stability to exotics market, former BR-111 supplier goes direct to U.S. distributors

June 7, 2010 | Comments Off on IndusParquet set to bring stability to exotics market, former BR-111 supplier goes direct to U.S. distributors

Hicksville, N.Y.—Brazilian hardwood flooring manufacturer IndusParquet, which had been supplying the United States market with its exotics portfolio for the past 20 years through a private-label arrangement with BR-111, will now service dealers directly through many of the industry’s top distributors. Jason Strong, the former vice president of sales for BR-111, will head up the business as vice president of sales and marketing. (more…)

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Mohawk announces hardwood price increase

June 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Mohawk announces hardwood price increase

Dalton—Mohawk Industries announced it will raise prices by an average of 6% on select hardwood flooring and accessories in the Columbia and Century brands, effective on all orders and shipments made on or after July 5. Mill executives attributed the raise to the continued escalation of  lumber and transportation costs. Over the last two years, U.S. economic conditions have caused saw mills to reduce capacity and lower supply to the market, as well as go...

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Shaw's Anso nylon earns SCS, MBDC certifications

June 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Shaw's Anso nylon earns SCS, MBDC certifications

Dalton—Shaw’s premium carpet and rug fiber brand, Anso nylon, recently earned Scientific Certification System (SCS) third-party certification of 25% system equivalent post-consumer recycled content. This credential verifies one quarter of allocated output from Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility is post-consumer recycled fiber material. Mill executives claim Anso products have contained post-consumer recycled content since 2007. “This step forward further demonstrates our commitment to the cradle-to-cradle philosophy and credible third-party verification of our products’ sustainability and...

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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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