Executive forecast: Wood—Suppliers see the upside of opportunity for the coming year

December 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Executive forecast: Wood—Suppliers see the upside of opportunity for the coming year

December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Reginald Tucker   Over the course of 2018, the industry saw several big announcements. Some domestic manufacturers shuttered their solid flooring plants, while an industry leader announced plans to sell its hardwood flooring operations altogether. The sector also witnessed greater strategic alliances among wholesalers and producers. Heading into 2019, the industry expects to see more seismic changes amidst modest growth projections.   Wade Bondrowski Director of sales,...

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Wood: Surface treatments expand design possibilities

December 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Surface treatments expand design possibilities

December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Reginald Tucker   Wood flooring manufacturers are pushing the boundaries of style and design by applying various surface finishing/coloring techniques to give consumers a greater range of options. Case in point is the new Floorté Hardwood line from Shaw Floors. Named after one of the company’s most popular resilient flooring collections, Floorté Hardwood utilizes special surface technologies to create unique products for retailers to sell. With a...

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Wood: Ark Floors sets its sights on strengthening the brand

November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Ark Floors sets its sights on strengthening the brand

November 26/December 3, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 12 By Reginald Tucker   Ark Floors is doubling down its efforts to build capacity, expand its product offering and develop customized programs for its customers. The goal, according to Ed Goldberg, national sales and operations manager, is to fortify its position with distributor partners around the country while strengthening awareness of the Ark brand. “Carl Lu, the owner of Ark Floors, told me he wanted to build...

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Ribadao to boost production capacity in Portugal

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Ribadao to boost production capacity in Portugal

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Reginald Tucker   Specialty hardwood flooring manufacturer Ribadao Wood Boutique has been quietly building its North American distribution network while simultaneously increasing its presence in the global market via high-profile retail and hospitality installations. Now the company has announced plans to expand its manufacturing footprint by investing in a new hardwood flooring production facility at its home base in Portugal. The new facility (Plant #2), which...

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Wood: Wall accent programs complete the package

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Wall accent programs complete the package

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Reginald Tucker   Hardwood flooring suppliers are providing retailers with additional profit opportunities by looking up (literally) for new revenue streams. Several companies have either launched dedicated collections specifically designed to be installed on the walls, while a few others are encouraging dealers and installers to utilize their existing flooring products in unconventional ways. Case in point is the Rowlock Plus line of wall accents from...

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Wood: Growth of engineered goods expands opportunities

September 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Growth of engineered goods expands opportunities

September 17/24, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker When it comes to hardwood sales in the U.S. today, all signs point to increased consumption of engineered products. Proponents of the format cite—among other benefits—more efficient use of raw materials, improved performance in demand climates and the increased design and application flexibility that engineered products offer. “There’s never been more changes taking place in the wood flooring segment than what we’re seeing before our...

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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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