American species hardwood app introduced

August 24, 2011 | Comments Off on American species hardwood app introduced

PITTSBURGH—A new, free application is available from the Hardwood Manufacturers Association, that outlines 20 major American hardwood species. The app covers topics such as appearance, physical and working properties, availability and typical applications, as well as a prospective staining tool. (more…)

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Special report: The limitations of a 100-year warranty

August 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Special report: The limitations of a 100-year warranty

Before buying a majority stake in the Houston Astros, John McMullen was a limited owner of the New York Yankees. When asked to describe his role with the team, McMullen once said, “There’s nothing as limited as a limited partner of George Steinbrenner.” These days, flooring retailers and manufacturers might suggest there is nothing quite so “limited” as Lumber Liquidators’ “limited 100- year warranty.” (more…)

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Wood’s rapid sales descent since 2006 finally halted

July 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Wood’s rapid sales descent since 2006 finally halted

By the middle of the second quarter in 2010, wood flooring manufacturers began to think the talk about the recession having officially ended a year prior was finally coming true in their neck of the forest. Then, at the end of April, the federal government’s homebuyer’s tax credit expired and so did the sales, thus ending the industry’s hopes the dark times were completely gone. (more…)

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Future looks bright for commercial hardwood sales

June 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Future looks bright for commercial hardwood sales

Within the commercial market, wood flooring represents about 5% of the total sector and about 9% of hard surface sales. Unofficially, executives say because many of the jobs are sold and installed through residential channels business has not been so bad through the first five months of the year and the prospects for the remainder of 2011 are relatively positive. (more…)

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Lacey, CARB update: Compliance no big deal for mills

May 10, 2011 | Comments Off on Lacey, CARB update: Compliance no big deal for mills

In 2008 two pieces of legislation were passed. One was an amendment to a 109-year-old federal law and the other a new regulation by the state of California. Each was expected to have a profound impact on the wood flooring industry in terms of the types of species being offered and how products are manufactured. (more…)

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Fed endorses wood as green building material

May 9, 2011 | Comments Off on Fed endorses wood as green building material

WASHINGTON—The Obama Administration has endorsed wood as an environmentally preferable building material, and plans to immediately begin promoting it as such. (more…)

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Petitioners request removal of Ua Wood Floors from trade investigation

April 12, 2011 | Comments Off on Petitioners request removal of Ua Wood Floors from trade investigation

Washington—The petitioners in the unfair trade investigation of multilayered wood flooring from China have requested that the U.S. Department of Commerce remove Ua Wood Floors from the coverage of these proceedings.  Ua Wood Floors, Inc. is a producer/exporter of multilayered wood flooring (MLWF) in Taiwan. The company’s U.S. arm, Ua Floors, is based in Lancaster, Pa. (more…)

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Petitioners submit formal allegations of “targeted dumping” in wood flooring investigation

April 12, 2011 | Comments Off on Petitioners submit formal allegations of “targeted dumping” in wood flooring investigation

Washington—In advance of the preliminary antidumping determination next month, the Coalition for American Hardwood Parity (CAHP), petitioners in the unfair trade investigation of Multilayered Wood Flooring from China, have submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce formal allegations of “targeted dumping” against the three mandatory respondents in this proceeding (Zhejiang Layo Industry Co., the Samling Group, and Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co). As the dumping margins calculated for most other Chinese producers are calculated on the...

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Both sides see positives from initial ITC/DOC ruling

April 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Both sides see positives from initial ITC/DOC ruling

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—When news of the first preliminary ruling in the federal case against Chinese suppliers of engineered wood floor was heard at the Domotex asia/ChinaFloor (DACF) market in Shanghai, China, last month, a large sigh of relief could be felt in the numerous halls housing exhibitors of these types of products. At the same time, those who filed the original petition asking the government to investigate their claims of dumping and unfair competition proclaimed a...

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U.S. imposes duties on Chinese wood flooring

March 24, 2011 | Comments Off on U.S. imposes duties on Chinese wood flooring

The U.S. Department of Commerce has set preliminary countervailing duties of up to 27.01% on engineered wood flooring from 127 Chinese companies to offset alleged government subsidies. (more…)

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