Manufacturers spring forward with new collections, designs, yarns

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Springtime is supposed to represent a period of renewal. For carpet mills it’s a time to sweep away the old while churning out new pat- terns and collections designed to catch the eye of retailers and consumers. The following are some of the products now avail- able from several of the industry’s major players. (more…)

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Producers tout soft feel, state-of-the-art technology

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As technology becomes more advanced, fiber companies continue to find new and innovative ways to develop softer feels while pro- viding increased performance and durability for an increasing number of applications. Last year Mohawk purchased Wear-Dated. Now it is taking full advantage of its investment by introducing a spectrum of Wear-Dated products, including two new soft yarn technologies. While all Wear-Dated products are inherently soft, Wear- Dated DuraSoft offers extra softness and even more durability,...

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Laminate: No lack of innovation, realism in spring launches

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With the first wave of products getting ready to hit the market, FCNews surveyed a variety of laminate companies, from the biggest to the not so large, to find out about new items with which they were starting the year. In this issue we look at what the large mills are introducing; next issue will high- light what some of the smaller players have for the spring season. (more…)

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2010 Floor Covering Inspectors Symposium: Participants get updated on standards, hands-on training

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LAS VEGAS—Overall flooring sales might be sluggish, but it doesn’t mean there is nothing going on within the industry. In fact, there is so much happening from a technical point of view that approximately 100 people gathered at the Las Vegas Hilton the day prior to Surfaces’ exhibit floor opening for a full day of education and training as part of the New Floor Covering Inspectors Symposium. (more…)

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Congoleum gets ‘Ovations’ at Surfaces

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LAS VEGAS—Add Congoleum to the list of Surfaces participants that came away from Las Vegas glad it made the effort. Returning to the market for the first time since 2003 in a ballroom off the show floor, the largest resilient-only manufacturer saw a steady flow of traffic throughout the first two days of the event. “The people at Hanley Wood were tenacious in their solicitation of our participation in Surfaces,” said Dennis Jarosz, senior vice...

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Manufacturers bound into spring

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Along with spring comes the anticipation of longer days and higher sales volume. Better weather should bring people out of their homes and into flooring showrooms to update the floor they stared at all winter long, and resilient is positioned to capture some of that market. With attractive price points, green stories, comfort underfoot and ease of installation, that reality looks more promising than ever before. (more…)

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Tile producers debut innovative looks, bolder colors

March 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Tile producers debut innovative looks, bolder colors

Spring is in the air, and soon homeowners will be looking to clean their homes as well as remodel their surroundings. What better way to refresh their castles than with new products underfoot, and what better time for tile producers to offer retailers and consumers the latest and hottest in ceramic and porcelain offerings than the spring? The following covers some of what tile manufacturers are coming out with for the new season. (more…)

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Metroflor hands out distributor awards

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LAS VEGAS—Metroflor, for the 11th consecutive year, honored its distribution network during Surfaces with its annual awards presentation. The highest honor of the night was the The Gerald Raskin Visionary award, named for the company’s founder, which went to Santa Fe Springs, Calif.- based Tri West. “The Visionary Award honors a distributor that best demonstrates confidence in taking on new products, predicting a product’s success and understanding the needs of the marketplace,” said Michael Raskin,...

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Sisters win big at Just Shorn coming out party

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Las Vegas—The launch of Just Shorn carpets and rugs at the recent CCA Global Partners annual IDG retailers’ conference was very successful, Elders Primary Wool chairman Stu Chapman said. The Just Shorn brand is part of a new partnership between New Zealand’s Elders and CCA, parent of Carpet One. (more…)

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New heat-friendly underlayment hits market

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NORFOLK, NEB.—MP Global has released QuietWarmth, an underlayment conducive and effective with radiant heat, especially under floating floors in laminate, engineered wood and ceramic mate- rials. Non-metallic, proprietary FiberThermic electric heating elements are embedded in the padding, distributing warmth evenly throughout any room without drafts, said Jack Boesch, director of marketing. (more…)

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