Lockhart, Armstrong mutually agree to part ways; O’Connor named chairman; Search for new CEO under way

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LANCASTER, PA.—Michael Lock- hart has resigned as chairman, president and CEO of Armstrong World Industries, effective Feb. 28. He has been with the company since 2000. James O’Connor, the company’s lead independent director, was elected to replace Lockhart as chairman and said he will head a search committee to identify and evaluate candidates for the CEO position, while the mill’s board stated it expects to name an interim president in the near future. (more…)

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Obituary: Harry Mills, marketing executive for leading mills

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA.—Harry Mills spent more than four decades in the carpet industry, serving as an executive for several of the leading manufacturers. He held key positions in the commercial carpet business for major mills. He died here in retirement Feb. 1 at the age of 86. Mills was born Jan. 9, 1924, in New York City, and as a child lived in Huntington, N.Y. He served in the Army Signal Corps in Europe during World...

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ProSource sponsors Installer Day in Wisconsin

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KANSAS CITY, MO.—ProSource of Milwaukee and Franklin, Wis., in conjunction with the International Certified Floor- covering Installers Association (CFI), sponsored its first Installer Day, and more than 100 installers, assistants and remodelers attended the event. (more…)

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America’s Magnificent Carpets Award winners announced

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ATLANTA—The area rug industry’s most celebrated event honoring its most spectacular introductions reached a new level of entertainment and festivities during the annual celebration of The America’s Magnificent Carpets Awards (AMCA), noted Chas Sydney, senior vice president of area rugs, Americasmart, which hosts the event. (more…)

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Gentry’s Eco Hybrid bridges solid and engineered

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LAS VEGAS—These days, just about every hardwood flooring supplier boasts some type of environmental story, and it’s hard to find a manufacturer that does not claim to be driven by innovation. Upstart Gentry Floors is seeking to carve its market position by combining the two. (more…)

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Customization, character blossom into 2010

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Spring brings new things, from flora to fauna to floors. In this industry, new products and innovations have become essential to survival as companies vie for the current limited purchasing activity. The following have secured a position to that end, appealing to the value-minded consumer and her needs. (more…)

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Manufacturers spring forward with new collections, designs, yarns

March 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Manufacturers spring forward with new collections, designs, yarns

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

March 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Laminate: No lack of innovation, realism in spring launches

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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