MP Global event celebrates 20th anniversary

September 5, 2017 | Comments Off on MP Global event celebrates 20th anniversary

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 Norfolk, Neb.—MP Global recently commemorated 20 years in the business by holding a special “employee appreciation” event to mark the milestone. The event included a golf outing, special recognition of longtime workers as well as food, fun and activities. Beyond the fun-filled festivities, the event provided an opportunity to reflect on the company’s storied history. When Al Collison, founder and president of MP Global Products, inserted the key...

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Mohawk covers all bases with broad cushion portfolio

August 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Mohawk covers all bases with broad cushion portfolio

August 14/21: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Lindsay Baillie Over the years, Mohawk has diversified its flooring offerings to cover the gamut of both soft and hard goods. At the same time, the company is also garnering attention by helping floor covering retailers sell the total installation project via a broad selection of cushion products. “We are the only U.S. carpet manufacturer that has its own carpet cushion production,” said Al Buniak, director of pad...

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Underlayment: Suppliers serve up solutions for multi-family applications

June 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Underlayment: Suppliers serve up solutions for multi-family applications

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker   Underlayment suppliers are focusing more of their attention on the all-important multi-family sector of the housing market. Specifically, they are developing products that aim to meet or exceed the stringent building code requirements for multi-family dwellings while complementing the vast array of flooring products designed to coordinate with them. That’s certainly the focus of companies like MP Global Products, maker of the well-known QuietWalk...

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Underlayment: Education is key to upselling consumers

March 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Underlayment: Education is key to upselling consumers

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Lindsay Baillie   Underlayments are more than essential components that complete a hard surface or soft surface installation. They are also valuable accessories that help increase margins and generate higher ticket sales for specialty retailers. According to various underlayment manufacturers upselling from an entry-level product to a specialty underlayment is achievable through comprehensive product education. This focus on education starts with the retailer and follows through to...

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MP Global: 20 years old and still innovating

February 20, 2017 | Comments Off on MP Global: 20 years old and still innovating

February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Lindsay Baillie   During its first year of operation in 1997, MP Global—then known as Midwest Padding—employed 10 people. Today, the company has grown to about 145 employees and runs three shifts, 24 hours, seven days a week. While MP Global had its start in carpet and futon padding, the company is most known for its wide range of underlayments. Interestingly, it used the same patented technology...

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Underlayment: Latest products fill category-specific needs

December 16, 2016 | Comments Off on Underlayment: Latest products fill category-specific needs

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Jana Pollock   When it comes to underlayments, what’s underneath really does count. There are seemingly countless underlayment options—each with their own features and benefits—so it’s important to know the specifications and attributes of each product prior to the installation. In virtually all cases, the type of underlayment selected is contingent upon the specific type(s) of flooring that will be utilized in a given space. For example,...

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Underlayment: Success requires selling the complete package

August 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Underlayment: Success requires selling the complete package

August 22/29, 2016; Volume 31, Number 5 By Jana Pollack   Underlayment is a crucial component of a floor covering installation. It provides an acoustic barrier, insulation underfoot and sound reduction, among other attributes. And yet, many shoppers don’t give it much thought. All this present a golden opportunity for retailers who are in a unique position to educate the consumer on the various attributes of underlayments while padding the sale by offering the complete...

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Underlayment: Suppliers stress sustainability

June 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Underlayment: Suppliers stress sustainability

May 23/30, 2016; Volume 30, Number 24 By Reginald Tucker Today’s vast crop of underlayments and cushions for both hard and soft surface applications do much more than provide comfort underfoot and sound abatement. They also provide peace of mind and reassurance for specifiers and end users looking for products that offer sustainable solutions. A prime example is the QuietWalk brand from MP Global Products—a line of underlayments designed for use underneath floating laminate and...

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Underlayment: Step-up products present trade-up opportunities

March 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Underlayment: Step-up products present trade-up opportunities

March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Reginald Tucker Underlayment, from a strictly functional perspective, plays a critical role in the professional installation of the wide array of hard surface products available today. At the same time, this essential flooring accessory also has the potential to represent a lucrative profit center for specialty retailers and installers, providing it is positioned appropriately and presented to the consumer the right way. Take laminate, for example. An...

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Underlayment: Options for keeping it quiet

December 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Underlayment: Options for keeping it quiet

December 21/28; Volume 30/Number 13 By Nadia Ramlakhan One of the main reasons to consider using underlayment is the sound-deadening qualities it provides. Depending on the type of floor, underlayment is an essential part of sound abatement in both residential and commercial settings. This is especially true when it comes to laminate floors, which often sound hollow underfoot. “Excessive noise is an irritating pollutant, and people prefer floors that do not produce sharp or harsh...

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