Porcelanosa lauches wood line in the U.S.

November 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Porcelanosa lauches wood line in the U.S.

Ramsey, N.J.—Porcelanosa, a Tile of Spain branded manufacturer, launched a collection of engineered hardwoods in the U.S. While the L’Antic Colonial collection has been available in Europe since the early 2000s, the U.S. buyers can now find the line at any of 15 Porcelanosa stores, CCA Global vendors and most recently with Abbey Carpet & Floor stores, said Chris Breslin, brand manager, wood flooring division. (more…)

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Wood mills form alliance, file petition on Chinese imports; aims to level the domestic hardwood playing field

November 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Wood mills form alliance, file petition on Chinese imports; aims to level the domestic hardwood playing field

WASHINGTON—The Coalition for American Hardwood Parity (CAHP), an association of U.S. manufacturers of engineered wood flooring, filed an unfair trade petition on Oct. 21 regarding imports of multi-layered wood products from China. The petition, filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC), asserts that imports of the product are sold in the United States at dumped prices, and that Chinese manufacturers have gained an unfair competitive advantage. (more…)

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Distribution: Back to basics for hardwood

November 9, 2010 | Comments Off on Distribution: Back to basics for hardwood

Following a weak business climate in 2009 and a 2010 first quarter adversely affected by snowy weather on the East Coast, J.J. Haines, Glen Burnie, Md., got an unexpectedly strong jolt from the government tax incentives for home buying. “Our second quarter was extremely strong because of the tax credit incentives,” said Scott Roy, vice president of sales. “Our Bruce hardwood business benefited tremendously from it.” It was short-lived, however. The New Year’s Eve party...

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Smaller hardwood players can offer retailers big attributes

October 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Smaller hardwood players can offer retailers big attributes

Successful flooring retailers not only tend to be at the top when it comes to professionalism, they understand the advantages of differentiating themselves with products no one else in the local market carries. This creates a unique selling proposition, one that cannot be shopped around. These dealers still carry many of the big name, branded products consumers know of, but they also mix in floors from a number of smaller suppliers knowing this will give...

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Congress recognizes sustainably harvested, U.S. wood with new legislation

October 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Congress recognizes sustainably harvested, U.S. wood with new legislation

Pittsburgh—Recent passage of Senate Resolution 411 and House Resolution 81, has granted Congress’ recognition, stamp of approval and full endorsement of the U.S. hardwood industry and hardwood products. While both resolutions can be reviewed in their entirety at govtrack.us, the following are a few highlights from Senate Resolution 411: (more…)

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Executives see mechanical locking systems on the rise for hardwood

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Executives see mechanical locking systems on the rise for hardwood

While mechanical locking systems have been all the rage in the laminate segment for over a decade, it is only within the last few years they have made their way into the hardwood category in earnest. And for those wood flooring manufacturers wanting to reach an audience interested in glueless installations, the timing and technology inherit in locking systems couldn’t be better. “I personally see a growing trend in the use of mechanical locking systems...

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Wood introductions emphasize consumer value, facilitating greater revenue for retailers

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Wood introductions emphasize consumer value, facilitating greater revenue for retailers

Fall means back to school and back to the daily grind for many. But minds at some of the top hardwood mills have been grinding all summer to roll out new products, programs and promotions for the coming season. Times have been tough for the hardwood category. With an over abundance of products moving slowly through the supply chain, many manufacturers are updating current collections and providing selling tools to fill sales tickets. Displays and...

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Mohawk’s FSC wood products available immediately

August 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Mohawk’s FSC wood products available immediately

Dalton—Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products manufactured by Mohawk are available with no order limits or waiting time in getting certified products shipped to buyers. “Mohawk is proud to announce there are no delays with us getting FSC products,” said Dewevai Buchanan, vice president, Mohawk Hardwood Division. “Because of our size, Mohawk has to have significant quantities of product on hand before we release it into our distribution network. We have those quantities.” (more…)

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Hardwood suppliers see more price hikes on horizon

August 9, 2010 | Comments Off on Hardwood suppliers see more price hikes on horizon

For the second time this year, hardwood flooring suppliers have raised prices, and with limited lumber supply, rising raw materials costs and cash-flow constraints for sawmills, another round of hikes are likely. In May, Armstrong and Mohawk announced 6% increases that took effect in July. This followed similar raises in March by many manufacturers. And “we may not be done,” according to Daniel Call, vice president, wood product management, Armstrong. Since the company’s last price...

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Nourison places Woods in Northeast territory

June 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Nourison places Woods in Northeast territory

Saddle Brook, N.J.—Nourison appointed Theolene Woods as the account executive for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Upstate New York. She will be responsible for service and developing business with the company’s dealers in that area, and handling the 60-collection rug line, plus thousands of broadloom and runner SKUs. She will also handle the newer Nourtex brand, the more moderately priced decorative broadlooms and runners. (more…)

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