Mapei expands Canadian plant

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Mapei expands Canadian plant

DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA— Mapei recently completed construction on an additional 44,000 square feet of warehouse, shipping and office space at its manufacturing facility here, bringing the total footprint to 78,779 square feet. A new quality control laboratory is also included in the additional space. (more…)

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Anderson fall promos largest ever; mill offering something for consumers, retail salespeople

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Anderson fall promos largest ever; mill offering something for consumers, retail salespeople

FOUNTAIN INN, S.C.—To help retail owners get more consumers in the door and raise sales for their staff, Anderson Hardwood is launching two fall events that are each the biggest is the company’s 64-year history. John Woolsey, Anderson’s vice president of marketing and merchandising, said this fall the hardwood manufacturer is “pulling out all the stops to give America’s retailers the ammunition to close the sale and reap the rewards.” The All American Sales Event,...

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Mannington contract first for NSF/ANSI 332

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington contract first for NSF/ANSI 332

CALHOUN, GA.—NSF International certified Mannington Commercial as the first mill to comply with its new standard for resilient flooring. NSF/ANSI 332, Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings. It outlines criteria to promote sustainable manufacturing processes with a four-tiered system—Conformant, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Mannington’s Inlaid and Premium Tile products earned Gold certification based on product design; product manufacturing; long-term value; end-of-life management; corporate governance and innovation (FCNews, May 3/10). (more…)

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NALFA launches redesigned website

September 24, 2010 | Comments Off on NALFA launches redesigned website

WASHINGTON—The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) has unveiled its new website and blog at nalfa.com. The site features an entirely new look and feel, ease of navigation and simplicity in design, making it an educational and helpful resource for consumers who are in the laminate floor buying process, noted Bill Dearing, NALFA’s president. (more…)

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Obituary: Fred Shapiro, past president of the NAFCD

September 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Fred Shapiro, past president of the NAFCD

PITTSBURGH—Fred Shapiro was an imposing man, over 6 feet tall, with a gentle demeanor and relentless drive. He spent most of his life as a distributor in the floor covering industry, having risen through the ranks to become president of a major company. He died at his home here July 9 at the age of 93. He was born here in 1917 and attended local schools and when the United States entered World War II,...

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Florida Tile opens scrap goods facility

September 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Florida Tile opens scrap goods facility

LEXINGTON, KY.—As part of its growing CARES (Creating A Responsible Environmental Strategy) program, Florida Tile has opened a scrap tile crushing facility which allows more post-production fired tile to be reintroduced into the body of new products. (more…)

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Tarkett’s ReUse/ReStart in high gear, recycle 19 million pounds in its North American facilities in 2009

September 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Tarkett’s ReUse/ReStart in high gear, recycle 19 million pounds in its North American facilities in 2009

CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO— Launched in 2003, Tarkett’s ReUse/ReStart programs entail the recycling of installed flooring in the commercial market, installation waste and product samples. In 2009, the programs recycled 154 million pounds of flooring globally, conducting the recycling process in-house at several plants worldwide and in the U.S. In the mill’s North American facilities, 19 million pounds of flooring were internally recycled. Reclaimed and recycled volume for 2010 is projected to hit 35 million pounds....

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Big Bob’s offering new program that pays franchisees for their ideas

September 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Big Bob’s offering new program that pays franchisees for their ideas

SHAWNEE MISSION, KAN.—While just about every buying group claims its members are among the industry’s elite, some are more heavily weighted. Take Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet of America. Despite having less than three-dozen members, many are also owners of some of the industry’s largest, most respected full-service operations. While they already take an active role in the cash-and-carry franchise, Scott Perron, Big Bob’s president, wants to take it to the next level by tapping into...

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Mapei’s Squinzi honored with NTCA’s Cornerstone Award

September 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Mapei’s Squinzi honored with NTCA’s Cornerstone Award

ORLANDO, FLA.—The tile and stone industry got a rare glimpse of “the man behind the cubes” when the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) honored Dr. Giorgio Squinzi of Mapei with the Joe A. Tarver Cornerstone Award for Lifetime Achievement earlier this year. Mapei is well known for the colorful “cubes” present on all of its packaging which represent the chemicals that bring innovative advances to flooring installation and concrete restoration systems. A video shown during...

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Mirage launches fall flooring event

September 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Mirage launches fall flooring event

Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada— Mirage announced the launch of its Fall in Love with Mirage! sales event. This hardwood flooring sale will take place across United States from Sept. 27 to Nov. 20, at all participating Mirage dealers. During the event, consumers can take advantage of a mail-in cash rebate for up to $750 on purchases of 1,000 square feet or more, $300 for purchases of 450 to 999.9 square feet, and $125 for purchases of...

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