Distributor markets: NRF hosts scores of retail partners at NEFM

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April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Steven Feldman   David Lauzon Jr., director of sales, Lauzon Hardwood, showcased the company’s portfolio of solid and engineered products. Uncasville, Conn.—More than 325 retailers were on hand here March 19 for NRF Distributors’ Northeast Flooring Market (NEFM), one of three markets hosted annually by the Augusta, Maine-based wholesaler. The goal, according to Terry Gray, senior vice president of marketing for the top 20 distributor, is to bring...

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NWFA 2019 preview: Stage is set for hardwood’s premiere event

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April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is looking to corral wood flooring professionals from all segments of the industry to attend the group’s annual conference and expo, which is set to take place May 1–3 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Visitors are encouraged to participate in a host of educational sessions, networking events and group activities while perusing the scores of exhibitor booths slated...

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FCA Network: Members ‘Get on Board’ with the programs

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April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Lindsay Baillie   Olga Robertson, president, FCA Network, welcomes David Turner of Buy Floors Direct, with three locations in Tennessee, to his first member convention. Chattanooga, Tenn.—The momentum of FCA Network’s 20th anniversary conference in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, last year seemed to spill over into the group’s annual meeting this year as enthusiastic members gathered to network, share best practices and learn about new products and programs....

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Q1 retail roundup: Dealers pick up the pace after slow start to 2019

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April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   From the East Coast to the Southwest and through the Upper Midwest, flooring dealers are nearly uniform in their assessment that thefirst two months of 2019 were disappointing but
that a rebound in Marchhas set the tone for a rally
that could have legs. More than 20 flooring dealers polled by FCNews about business conditions agreed that 2019 will still
be a growth year, albeit at a...

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FCICA seeks to elevate professionalism of contractors

April 2, 2019 | Comments Off on FCICA seeks to elevate professionalism of contractors

By Ken Ryan   Mike Newberry, who has completed his final year as chairman of FCICA, said programs like CIM and Successors have elevated the association. Tucson, Ariz.—The FCICA annual convention welcomed a record number of attendees, including 55 first-timers, in the clearest indication yet that this association is growing in both size and influence. This marks the second year in a row of record attendance for FCICA, which has seen membership grow over 35%,...

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Spartan Surfaces: The secret’s out of the bag

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Spartan Surfaces: The secret’s out of the bag

Commercial distributor thrives on well-executed strategy March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Steven Feldman   If ever there was a company that flew under the radar in this industry it is Spartan Surfaces. And this is by design. Sure, many people have heard the name. What they almost certainly do not know are the details, like the fact the commercial distributor operates in 30 states, handles a product lineup in the neighborhood of...

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Manufacturer spotlight: SLCC evolution reflects high-end aspirations

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March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   SLCC Flooring may not be a household name—but that could change in the near future. This up-and-coming hard surface flooring manufacturer is looking to make its mark by focusing on uniquely designed, high-quality, betterend products. Jan Luan, president, founded the company in 2010 in the U.S. utilizing factories she owned overseas. At the time, she completely built the company from the ground up—from design...

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Spring innovations ‘unseen’ at Surfaces

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March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   A new year brings a host of fresh products to the flooring industry. While many flooring manufacturers choose to showcase their latest introductions at The International Surface Event, a handful of companies do not partake in the show, choosing other venues to highlight their new innovations. Following are some spring introductions unseen at Surfaces. Cali Brands Meritage collection Wine enthusiasts know a Meritage as...

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Installation: Underlayments put moisture protection to the test

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March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Megan Salzano   While a seemingly ancillary product, underlayments have become increasingly more important to the flooring industry. Not only do they help boost the bottom line for retailers and contribute to successful installations across product categories, but the segment also provides protection against a growing consumer concern: moisture incursion. Subfloor moisture that can adversely affect the integrity of a flooring system may have always been a...

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The industry disrupters: Innovators march to a different beat

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on The industry disrupters: Innovators march to a different beat

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Reginald Tucker   Innovators. Game changers. Risk takers. Those who make a left when all others are turning right, so to speak. These are just some of the terms used to describe the special class of companies highlighted here in Floor Covering News’ inaugural “Industry Disrupters” issue. FCNews reached out to retailers, distributors as well as suppliers, and asked them to nominate those companies who are changing...

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