Installation: Välinge pushes innovation with latest offerings

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   With more than 2,600 patents to its credit and another 5,300 in the pipeline, Välinge Innovation AB continues to burnish its credentials as an R&D company par excellence. “Innovation is in our DNA,” Lennart Thålin, region manager – North and South America, told FCNews. “Lately we’ve launched a few more groundbreaking innovations.” Whether it’s the company’s legacy 5G locking system or a new innovation...

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I4F broadens its scope to cover rigid core platforms

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker   Early glueless locking systems mostly targeted laminate and hardwood flooring categories. But with the rising popularity of rigid core platforms, developers of these systems are expanding their portfolio of technologies to offer licensees and manufacturing partners even more options. To that end, I4F has announced new partner- ship agreements with rigid core flooring manufacturers CFL Flooring and KingdomFlooring. In the case of CFL, the...

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Area rug: State of the industry—Rise of e-commerce, pricing pressures constrain growth

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   If you are just returning from a five-year sabbatical from the flooring industry you might not recognize the area rug business circa 2019. Dwindling are the days when the average specialty flooring retailer devoted racks of handmade, high-end Persian and Oriental rugs for discerning customers. E-commerce has changed the way consumers shop for rugs, and as a result the market has become more fragmented...

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Getting with the ‘Times

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Canadian manufacturer ups the ante on waterproof wood June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Steven Feldman   The waterproof flooring category is by far the fastest-growing segment of the floor covering industry, and one of the latest innovations within this category has been something referred to as composite engineered waterproof wood flooring. In layman’s terms, it’s a real wood veneer attached to a waterproof rigid core, which—according to the National Wood Flooring Association’s...

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New York area flooring contractors pay it forward

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker   New York City—Several New York-based high school seniors, along with a respected member of the local flooring industry, were recognized earlier this month during the 35th Annual Francis J.P. McHale Scholarship Awards luncheon. As in years past, the 2019 scholarship awards were presented to a pair of students whose parents are affiliated with the New York City District Council of Carpenters (Local 2287), along with...

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Gilford-Johnson taps Schollmeyer as president

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   Veteran flooring executive Bill Schollmeyer is returning to his distribution roots as president of Gilford-Johnson Flooring, a top 20 wholesaler based in Jeffersonville, Ind. Schollmeyer most recently worked with Johnson Premium Hardwood Flooring, where he spent 12 years, including the last eight as its CEO. “I’m psyched and really looking forward to the challenge,” Schollmeyer told FCNews. He will report to Jonathan Blue, who...

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Retail roundup: First-half activity picks up steam post slow ’19 start

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   Flooring retailers had to wade through some choppy waters in the midst of a first half marked by extreme weather conditions, 25% tariffs on Chinese imports and threats of tariffs on Mexico. And yet, despite unpredictable swings in business from month to month, several dealers reported surprisingly strong results. “If I had to come up with one word to describe the first half of...

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Rigid core revolution: Segment seizes market share indiscriminately

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Lindsay Baillie   The resilient flooring category is on course to have another stellar year of growth, thanks in part to the excitement surrounding WPC and SPC products. However, some resilient manufacturers say much of the new growth will stem from SPC instead of WPC sales. As WPC gets its own dose of cannibalization, SPC is expected to continue taking market share from just about everywhere and...

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JTG honors Gutierrez, employees, suppliers

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May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Steven Feldman   Atlanta—JTG Inc., the Ted Gregerson-owned parent company of Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Floor and Floors to Go of Aniston (Ala.), recently hosted its 14th annual awards banquet here to acknowledge employees of both stores. There was certainly cause for celebration during the event after the company completed its second consecutive record year in 2018, growing more than 16% to $8.5 million from the two...

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NWFA honors individual, group achievements

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May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   Fort Worth, Texas—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) held a special ceremony here at its annual convention last month to recognize individuals and organizations alike for their contributions to the industry. These ranged from service awards honoring important achievements to master craftsmen who showcase their installation skills all the way down to the next generation of wood flooring professionals. Following is an overview...

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