Obituary: Leon Engel, Chicago retailer, early Carpet One member

May 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Leon Engel, Chicago retailer, early Carpet One member

Highland Park, Ill.—Chicago retailer Leon Engel passed away on April 23 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 72. Engel grew up in the specialty retail environment. His father opened a store after WWII that he worked in every Saturday from the age of 12, on, according to Engel’s wife Lynn. He graduated from Purdue University in 1960 with a chemical engineering degree, after which he began work with Liquid Carbonics. Toward the end...

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Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

ORLANDO, FLA.—The use of state-of-the-art technology to create innovative products has become standard practice in ceramic tile. And late last month Coverings 2010 served as the industry’s showplace for innovation, texture, style, color and education. “We felt the momentum, energy and buzz of a show that, much like the world, is coming back from a really tough 2009,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of National Trade Productions (NTP), manager of Coverings. “We had many new programs...

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Mannington recaptures best overall, Shaw wins first Environmental Leadership Award of Excellence

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington recaptures best overall, Shaw wins first Environmental Leadership Award of Excellence

ROSLYN, N.Y.—Mannington Mills has regained the mountaintop, as it was voted the industry’s Best Overall Manufacturer in the 14th Award of Excellence competition. This was the ninth time in the award’s history that Mannington took top honors, which it last held in 2006. Shaw Industries was the winner in the inaugural Award of Excellence for Environmental Leadership. These awards, along with 12 other honors, were presented at a gala evening reception and dinner here. In...

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Mills, suppliers advance yarns’ performance, softness and textures

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Mills, suppliers advance yarns’ performance, softness and textures

Can technology be utilized in order to achieve art, or an art form, as it relates to carpet fiber? With all that fiber producers can do nowadays with the technology at their fingertips, why not? According to Bart Rich, director of brand management for Mohawk Industries, the mill’s newest fiber innovations include both nylon and polyester advancements that focus on enhancing durability and softness. “In nylon, Mohawk introduced WearDated SoftTouch featuring our new soft fusion...

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Coverings 2011 to debut in Las Vegas

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Coverings 2011 to debut in Las Vegas

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—It is believed that “11” is a lucky number…especially in Las Vegas. And so, the fact that Las Vegas will serve as host city for Coverings 2011 seems like a stroke of good fortune that was truly “in the cards.” The move will mark the tile and stone show’s long-anticipated appearance in the world’s premier convention destination. The expo will take place March 14 to 17 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. While...

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Armstrong expands print, TV ads

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Armstrong expands print, TV ads

LANCASTER, PA.—Advertising is an important cornerstone to many a successful company and, over the years and generations, few in the industry have been as committed to driving consumers to retailers through print and TV ads than Armstrong. This approach has remained true throughout the recession and research points to its success. As such, the company announced it is expanding its investment with new ads for its wood and laminate products. Kent Clauson, general manager of...

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Obituary: Carl Demoray, former Carpet Crafts sales manager

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Carl Demoray, former Carpet Crafts sales manager

LARGO, FLA.—Carl Demoray, a retired carpet executive known as a “natural salesman,” died April 14. He was 91. “He kept it simple and carried the message well, touching the lives of countless people,” said David Hudgins, president of Carpet Crafts, where Demoray served as sales manager prior retirement. “He was a great storyteller, a natural salesman and enjoyed a long and successful career in sales.” Demoray was sales manager of Cumberland Mills since its inception...

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Poland elected NWFA chairman

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Poland elected NWFA chairman

WASHINGTON—Neil Poland, president of Mullican Flooring, was elected chairman of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) at its 2010 board meeting during its convention here last month. He replaces Don Finkell of Anderson Hardwood Floors. In addition to Poland, the following people were elected to the association’s board: Rick Holden of Derr Flooring as vice chairman, John Lessick of Apex Wood Floors as treasurer and Jeff Fairbanks of Palo Duro Hardwoods as secretary. (more…)

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Credit still available: End users drawn to long-term loans

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Credit still available: End users drawn to long-term loans

Last May, when the biggest change in consumer credit protection in over 40 years was passed, the economy was still on a downward spiral. One year later, with consumer spending up 3.6% from the same time last year, effects of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act) finally have some spending behind it. Though many lenders, buying groups and retailers reported seeing little change in day-to-day business due to the...

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High Point market: Rug mills open up color palette

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on High Point market: Rug mills open up color palette

HIGH POINT, N.C.—Before the latest International Home Furnishings Market even opened its doors, industry consultant Jerry Epperson issued this statement: “After several years of neither the manufacturer, the importer or the retailer willing to take any styling risks, many retail floors are looking stale and unimaginative. We expect 2010 to be a year of creative new styles and concepts.” Epperson’s prophesying seemed to be on track as manufacturers from all industries touted braver, more expressive...

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