Obituary: George Palm, longtime Lees executive, 50-year industry veteran

October 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: George Palm, longtime Lees executive, 50-year industry veteran

LUDINGTON, MICH.—George Alan Palm, a five-decade flooring industry veteran, died Sept. 2 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85. After serving as a B-25 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, Palm graduated from Northwestern University in 1949 and joined his mother at The Palm Floor Covering Co.—one of the few women at that time to own and operate a flooring dealership. (more…)

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When the going gets tough, Abbey makes dealers better

October 11, 2010 | Comments Off on When the going gets tough, Abbey makes dealers better

Now more than ever, flooring retailers are finding the value of alignment. Some choose retail groups, others opt for manufacturer or distributor organizations. But it is inarguable that alignment provides advantages the average independent simply does not have the resources to take advantage of, whether it be national advertising, comprehensive websites and more. (more…)

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Celebrity licensing = profit: Trusted names boost consumer confidence, drive purchasing activity

October 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Celebrity licensing = profit: Trusted names boost consumer confidence, drive purchasing activity

With consumer confidence wavering in the wake of the last few years, buyers need more than motivation to make a purchase. She needs assurance the product on which she is spending her hard earned money will perform as she expects. Unfortunately, the salesperson’s word is not enough these days and a recognized third party—a celebrity— is often good support, regardless of whether there is any connection to the endorsed product. Buyers likes translate across markets...

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Sweet 16 for FIANA: Attendees to annual convention upbeat yet cautious

October 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Sweet 16 for FIANA: Attendees to annual convention upbeat yet cautious

SAN ANTONIO—Despite current economic concerns, an upbeat mood permeated the recent 16th annual Floor Installation Association of North America (FIANA) convention. “Not only was the venue well received by the show’s attendees, manufacturers and distributors, so was its agenda of communication, education and distribution,” said Gary Verhey, president. (more…)

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Bamboo: Where the grass is greener

October 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Bamboo: Where the grass is greener

With all the interest in environmental friendliness and reducing carbon footprints, bamboo continues to be one of the more popular niche products. And because bamboo is an alternative flooring “where the grass is greener” environmentally speaking, producers are ensuring retailers know how to sell the product effectively and are aware of the category’s profit potential. (more…)

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Laticrete donates to South Florida's CBIA

October 7, 2010 | Comments Off on Laticrete donates to South Florida's CBIA

Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete showed its support for the Collier Building Industry Association(CBIA) in Naples, Fla., with the purchase of an engraved brick for the stone path to the organization’s South Florida headquarters. CBIA is involved in construction for builders and contractors from all trades of the industry, with a diverse and active network that includes members in interior design, attorneys and insurance companies. “We’re still running the engraved brick program right now,” said Tom Dardis, CBIA...

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Cikel celebrates 33 years in business

October 7, 2010 | Comments Off on Cikel celebrates 33 years in business

Miami—Cikel America, the U.S.-based sales and marketing division of the world’s largest vertically-integrated manufacturer of exotic Brazilian hardwood flooring, is celebrating 33 years in operation this year. (more…)

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NAFCD names Rado 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

September 30, 2010 | Comments Off on NAFCD names Rado 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) announced its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Don Rado, former CEO of All Tile. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors exceptional leadership or contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution industry. Rado will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAFCD General Breakfast & Member Meeting, taking place Nov. 17 at the inaugural 2010 NAFCD & NBMDA Distributor Marketplace. (more…)

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Laticrete sponsors Bandolero racecar at Waterford Speedbowl

September 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Laticrete sponsors Bandolero racecar at Waterford Speedbowl

Bethany, Conn.— Laticrete made a sponsorship contribution to Ternullo Racing for the Wild ‘N Wacky Wednesday’s point championship series held each week at the Waterford Speedbowl from late May to Sept. 2. Ternullo, 11, of Middletwon, Conn., had an interesting first season in competitive racecar driving, picking up his first victory back in May and rose as high as fourth in the point standings by mid-August. But Ternullo banged up his Bandolero on Aug. 18...

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USFloors adds third solar array to energy portfolio

September 30, 2010 | Comments Off on USFloors adds third solar array to energy portfolio

Dalton—USFloors will commence the installation of a 365 kw solar array at its facilities. This array will be the third for USFloors, bringing their total to well over half a Megawatt. This installation will make the mill the largest producer of solar in the state of Georgia. “As a nation, we are far behind Europe and China in investments and focus to create alternative energy solutions and help reduce our dependency on oil while generating...

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