WFCA seeks survey participants

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ANAHEIM, CALIF.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has opened one of its member benefits to the entire industry. The financial management report, comprised of a study of participating dealers, is available to all retailers, regardless of WFCA membership status. “The WFCA Benchmark survey has served as the industry canon for performance since its inception in the 1980s,” said Chris Davis, president and CEO. “To make it a true indicator of industry performance, we need as...

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New ways to redeem Mohawk’s rewards

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DALTON—Flooring retailers and retail sales associates enrolled in Mohawk Infinite Rewards, the company’s retail incentive program, now have more uses for their Mohawk Infinite Rewards Points. Mohawk announced seven new ways that participants can use points for rewards including merchandise, training, business services and even donations to charities. (more…)

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Resurgence of carpet and resilient; the new normal dictates value, function, innovation

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As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and this rings true in floor covering. A decidedly negative economic state found a ray of light in the resurgent sales of resilient flooring and carpet. On the decline for much of the early 21st century, these two categories have been consistently gaining market share throughout the financial downturn and beckoned sales in a climate where other categories suffered mightily. “Resilient is on the rebound,”...

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Warren Tyler: It’s everything personal

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ORLANDO, FLA.—Education plays such a huge role at Coverings every year, and 2010 was no different. Sales training was a key component of the program, and who better than FCNews columnist Warren Tyler to address attendees. Tyler, who has spoken at just about every major event—and minor, for that matter—in his long and storied floor covering career, made sure all who joined him for his session, “Creating the Impregnable Architect Connection” know that people listen...

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Greener underlayments offer performance, environmental benefits

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The plethora of green building materials is impacting product choices in the residential and commercial markets, and underlayments are no exception. By lowering the environmental footprint, vendors claim they are helping reduce global warming emissions, consuming less non-renewable energy and preserving natural resources. “Today’s consumer is more educated than ever before, and she will continue to further her education in the future,” noted Drew Holland, marketing manager, Healthier Choice, a producer of carpet cushion and...

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Choosing the right underlayment

June 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Choosing the right underlayment

A critical component to the success of any floor covering installation is what lies underneath the product. Industry experts say a properly prepared subfloor will help prevent costly and time-consuming callbacks. Most important is specifying an underlayment that meets requirements for the floor covering. That decision depends on such factors as sub- floor condition, flooring manufacturer’s guidelines and price. An installer and retailer should also be aware of manufacturer warranties. Underlayments are not designed to...

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Invista releases renewable and recyclable fiber

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ATLANTA—Invista announced the release of Antron Lumena, a commercial grade, solution dyed nylon with recycled and renewable content. The fiber offers up to 25% pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content with up to 5% of the construction coming from castor beans, a high-yield and renewable resource. The offering has been coined TruBlend. (more…)

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Mannington pledges to ‘Save Energy Now’

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SALEM, N.J.—Mannington Mills has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as a leading company in the program Save Energy Now. The program signifies a commitment to reduce industrial energy use by 25% in 10 years. Sponsored by the Industrial Technologies Program (ITP), it presents energy efficiency as a sustainable, profitable business model with opportunities to expand to new markets. Mannington is the third flooring manufacturer to gain this distinction (FCNews, March 22/29). “[Mannington’s]...

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Corporate Floors acquires ReSource Flooring Group

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GRAPEVINE, TEX.—Corporate Floors, a commercial flooring services company based here with locations throughout the state, has acquired the assets of Dallas-based ReSource Flooring Group (not to be confused with the ReSource Commercial Flooring Network). Corporate, a minority certified business, member of the StarNet Commercial Flooring Partnership and a MilliCare Textile and Carpet Care franchisee, is known for its commitment to customer service and industry-leading sustainability practices. It was listed as a 2009 Inc. magazine 5000...

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FCICA re-elects Capobianco

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CHARLESTON, S.C.—Christopher Capobianco of Christopher Collaborative, Patchogue, N.Y., was re-elected chairman of the FCICA, the flooring contractors association, during the organization’s recent convention here. In addition to Capobianco, FCICA’s 2010-11 executive board includes Gerry Swift of Potomac Floor Covering in Chantilly, Va., vice chairman; Michael Roberts of Bonitz Flooring Group in Knoxville, Tenn., secretary/treasurer, and Ralph Frye of Mats Inc. of Stoughton, Mass., vice chairman of associates. Kimberly Oderkirk will continue as executive vice president...

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