Suppliers look to fill voids on Main Street

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May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Small businesses, which includes Main Street, are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses with fewer than 20 employees make up 89.6% of all U.S. enterprises and create two-thirds of new jobs. By some estimates, nearly one-third of commercial hard surface flooring volume is tied to the Main Street segment, positioning it as a significant area...

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HD Expo: Products adapt to fit hospitality, restaurant trends

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May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Megan Salzano   Las Vegas—The evolution of the hospitality industry remains apparent through dramatic changes in product, design and specification, but flooring’s role as a foundational element to every built environment remains constant. In fact, designers who spoke with FCNews overwhelmingly agreed that one of their pivotal goals at the show was to see what’s new underfoot. “We definitely look at flooring,” said Nicole Schneck, an interior...

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Tariff update: Suppliers, distributors counter with price hikes

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May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Flooring manufacturers and distributors wasted little time in responding to the additional 15% hike in tariffs to 25% on Chinese goods, announcing their own increases on a wide range of products ranging from LVT and ceramic tile to laminate and engineered wood flooring. Suppliers and distributors sent out letters to their retail customers outlining the terms of the price increases, with most ranging...

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AHF Products adds LM Flooring to wood stable

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May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   At the recent National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) annual convention last month—in the company’s first showing as a standalone entity—AHF Products president and CEO Brian Carson said “big things” were on the horizon in the wake of its purchase by American Industrial Partners (AIP) last year. But few would have expected the company would make such an aggressive move right out of the...

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Award of Excellence: Mohawk nabs Best Overall, six honors in all

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May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Garden City, N.Y.—For the fourth year in a row, Mohawk Industries was voted Best Overall Manufacturer—one of four Mohawk-branded honors, and six in all for the Mohawk Group—in FCNews’ 23rd annual Award of Excellence competition. In addition to Best Overall, Mohawk won Best Carpet Manufacturer (Group A), Best Commercial Carpet Manufacturer, and Best Laminate Manufacturer (Group A). In addition, two Mohawk companies took home...

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Contract: State of the industry—LVT, ceramic, carpet tile dominate field

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May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By K.J. Quinn   It’s “Groundhog Day” for the commercial flooring business. Similar to the Hollywood comedy in which a cynical TV weatherman finds himself reliving the same day over and over again, industry members expect many of the trends and economic indicators that impacted the business the past two years to continue into 2019. Which means hard surfaces—led by LVT and WPC products—will sustain double-digit growth...

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Dealers praise Karndean’s focus on design

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May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Lindsay Baillie   Karndean’s Art Select in Reclaimed Chestnut provides dealers with unique visuals to offer clients. If a manufacturer is going to compete in the resilient flooring category it must possess top-notch products backed by performance, design and service. According to several flooring dealers, Karndean Designflooring is doing just that—and more. With “design” strategically placed in the center of its name, there is no surprise that...

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Wood: Domestics vs. exotics—A matter of taste, economics

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May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   In the perennial battle between domestically produced hardwood and imported exotics, anecdotal information shows homegrown species are continuing to grow in popularity at a much faster rate than their tropical counterparts. At the same time, suppliers of hardwood flooring from South America, Southeast Asia and even parts of Africa said they are seeing a resurgence in demand for some of their products. “In terms...

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Wood: NWFA convention—Industry looks to leverage category’s winning proposition

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May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker Fort Worth, Texas—Although hardwood remains arguably the most aspirational flooring product today, it is increasingly facing intense competition from look-alike products such as LVT, WPC and SPC. The most effective way to recoup market share, proponents say, is to make a more compelling case for retailers and, ultimately, consumers to go for the real thing. That was the prevailing message that came out of the...

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Carpet: Fiber report—Latest soft intros take cues from hard surfaces

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May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   The growth of hard surfaces is viewed in some circles as an impediment to the health of the broadloom industry. And yet, mill executives say it is hard surfaces that are influencing some of today’s positive trends in soft surface fiber. Indeed, there are many fiber technologies in play today that enable multi-color dyes and tonal carpets to complement hard surfaces to create a...

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