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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Wood sees a return to oak, higher gloss finishes, longer planks hot trends

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Wood sees a return to oak, higher gloss finishes, longer planks hot trends

With all the state-of-the- art technology available today, hardwood flooring producers can manufacture just about anything they want. But it seems what many consumers want these days is a return to the basics, and that means oak. The latest trends in hardwood flooring also include new finishes, textures, colors and longer, wider plank sizes. Luc Robitaille, vice president of marketing at Boa-Franc, makers of Mirage brand, attested to the trend toward lighter colors and texture,...

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Columbia launches value wood line

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Columbia launches value wood line

Dallas—Columbia Hardwood recently launched Pagosa, an engineered collection at a value price point. Featuring the newest colors and textures, it is available in retail stores nationwide. “A majority of today’s consumers are seeking textured designs that add richness and character to a home,” said Dewevai Buchanan, vice president of hardwood. “Pagosa offers rustic, character-rich, scraped hardwood at a price realistic in today’s economy.” He credits Columbia’s technical capabilities for achieving character options while keeping pricing...

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IndusParquet set to bring stability to exotics market, former BR-111 supplier goes direct to U.S. distributors

June 7, 2010 | Comments Off on IndusParquet set to bring stability to exotics market, former BR-111 supplier goes direct to U.S. distributors

Hicksville, N.Y.—Brazilian hardwood flooring manufacturer IndusParquet, which had been supplying the United States market with its exotics portfolio for the past 20 years through a private-label arrangement with BR-111, will now service dealers directly through many of the industry’s top distributors. Jason Strong, the former vice president of sales for BR-111, will head up the business as vice president of sales and marketing. (more…)

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Mohawk announces hardwood price increase

June 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Mohawk announces hardwood price increase

Dalton—Mohawk Industries announced it will raise prices by an average of 6% on select hardwood flooring and accessories in the Columbia and Century brands, effective on all orders and shipments made on or after July 5. Mill executives attributed the raise to the continued escalation of  lumber and transportation costs. Over the last two years, U.S. economic conditions have caused saw mills to reduce capacity and lower supply to the market, as well as go...

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