Wood: Domestic species see resurgence in popularity

August 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Domestic species see resurgence in popularity

August 6/13, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 4 By Reginald Tucker In recent years, much attention has been focused on the highly stylized, European-inspired oak hardwood flooring products that are popping up in retail showrooms around the country. At the same time, industry observers are seeing surging interest in various domestic varieties such as hickory, walnut, maple as well as red and white oak. “Over the past couple of years, domestic species have been even more...

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Wood: Canadian suppliers in a class all their own

July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Canadian suppliers in a class all their own

July 9/16, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   Most laymen associate Canada with sprawling, breathtaking forests, maple syrup and feverishly devoted hockey fans. But when it comes to flooring, especially hardwood, industry observers agree the country produces some of the highest quality products in the industry. Case in point is Boa-Franc, manufacturer of the standard-setting Mirage brand of hardwood floors. Over the past 10 years, the company has earned 33 quality awards—more...

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Wood: Sector maintains share on strong demand

July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Sector maintains share on strong demand

June 26-July 2, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 1   By Reginald Tucker Rising demand for residential replacement projects combined with a strengthening new home construction market contributed to another steady year of growth for the U.S. hardwood flooring industry. FCNews research shows wood sales at the first point of distribution climbed to $2.32 billion in 2017, a 4% increase over 2016. Volume-wise, units shipped increased 3.6% to 930 million square feet, reflecting an uptick in...

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Xpress Global Systems opens new service center

June 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Xpress Global Systems opens new service center

Chattanooga, Tenn.–Xpress Global Systems, LLC (XGS) has opened a new, 68,500-square-foot service center in Lakeland, Fla. According to Darrel Harris, CEO, the new facility allows XGS to more efficiently service a greater footprint in Florida. “Analysis showed us that a much larger, more modern facility in Lakeland would provide better service to our valued customers and allow us to improve efficiencies,” Harris stated. “The Lakeland facility fits well with our expansion plans in the Florida...

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Wood: Oil and urethane—A winning combination of aesthetics, function

May 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Oil and urethane—A winning combination of aesthetics, function

Blend of finish formulations expands end-user options May 14/21, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 24 By Reginald Tucker With the advent of aluminum-oxide finishes, hardwood manufacturers were able to deliver high-performance products that could withstand the rigors of everyday wear and tear. But as consumer trends evolved over time, consumers began to clamor for a more natural, low-luster topcoat—hence the resurgence of the oil-based finishes that are trending today. Manufacturers are facing a new challenge: How...

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Wood: NWFA Awards showcase craftsmanship, creativity

May 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: NWFA Awards showcase craftsmanship, creativity

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22   Tampa, Fla.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) announced the winners of its 2018 Wood Floor of the Year contest during its annual conference and expo here earlier this month. The awards recognize innovative craftsmanship and design in wood flooring installations. All entries featured installations completed between January 2017 and January 2018 and were evaluated by a panel of industry members and press editors. NWFA membership voted for...

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NWFA conference delivers value for installers, vendors

April 24, 2018 | Comments Off on NWFA conference delivers value for installers, vendors

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   Tampa, Fla.—Scores of hardwood flooring contractors, manufacturers and distributors converged at the Tampa Bay Convention Center here recently for the 33rd annual National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) conference and expo. As advertised, the event offered something for everyone in attendance—new products galore, networking and educational opportunities, technical tips and even some entertainment. “It was a great event,” Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO, told...

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Armstrong extends Diamond 10 tech to new collection

April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Armstrong extends Diamond 10 tech to new collection

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21   Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring is extending its exclusive Diamond 10 Technology, which was first made available on its resilient sheet flooring line, to Appalachian Ridge, a new solid hardwood collection. Utilizing the technology, Armstrong Flooring believes it is able to deliver a beautiful solid hardwood that is more versatile and durable. “Our research consistently shows solid hardwood is the most coveted flooring choice by consumers for its timeless...

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American OEM achieves CARB-exempt status

April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on American OEM achieves CARB-exempt status

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21   Burns, Tenn.—American OEM, a private-label hardwood flooring manufacturer, has obtained renewed status of its CARB ULEF exemption on engineered wood flooring products. This renewal was granted after a perfect record of passing indoor air quality tests for formaldehyde emissions and was also extended to include product with HDF core materials, which the company will manufacture beginning in the second quarter of 2018. Essentially, this exemption grants American...

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Wood: State of the industry—Builder business, remodel sector propel category

April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: State of the industry—Builder business, remodel sector propel category

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Reginald Tucker   Preliminary anecdotal information shows the hardwood flooring category grew between 3% and 4% in 2017, placing the estimated value of the category just north of $2.31 billion at the first point of distribution. That growth, manufacturer executives say, puts the category on par with the estimated growth of the industry as a whole but slightly above the total gross domestic product for the year....

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