Laminate state of the industry: Units pick up but sales struggle in face of increasing competition, economy

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Laminate state of the industry: Units pick up but sales struggle in face of increasing competition, economy

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—There may be signs of life in the economy, at least on the residential side, but the overall pace remains slow. Add to that a drastic drop in wood prices—especially from imports—the continued surge in popularity of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and an overcapacity problem, and the laminate category continues to struggle to regain the momentum it had just before the financial and housing crises hit. Research conducted by Floor Covering News to see...

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Invista invests $14 million in R&D capabilities

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Invista invests $14 million in R&D capabilities

KENNESAW, GA.—Invista announced plans for a $14 million capital investment in research and development (R&D) at its nylon fiber manufacturing facilities in Dalton; Camden, S.C., and Kingston, Ontario, Canada with the money geared toward expanding its Stainmaster and Antron branded fibers. Of the three sites, the one in Camden is getting more than $5 million, which is also expected to add 10 jobs at the facility. The remainder of the $14 million is being divided...

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Obituary: Sander Reubenson, founder of Reuben-Lloyd Co.

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Sander Reubenson, founder of Reuben-Lloyd Co.

NEW CASTLE, PA.— Sander Rubenson, founder and former president of carpet distributor Reuben-Lloyd Co., died April 1 at his home here. He was 88. Born Feb. 26, 1922, Rubenson served in the Army Medical Corps during WWII in Germany and France. Rubenson opened the Reuben-Lloyd Co. with his father in 1954. He sold the business to Pennsylvania Floor Covering in 1996 following his retirement. Along with being a successful businessman, Rubenson is remembered as instrumental...

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Mannington opens 2010 Tx:Style voting

May 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington opens 2010 Tx:Style voting

Calhoun, Ga.– Mannington Commercial and10,000 designers in the Tx:Style community invite the public to vote for the grand prize winners in the 2010 Tx:Style Design Challenge. Last year’s competition generated half a million votes. Voters can choose from six designs created by young designers, each with less than seven years of experience. The designs span the gambit of inspiration and application, ranging from organic to geometric, from layered patterns to pure texture. (more…)

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Manufacturer to distributor: Communication, trust and commitment are the keys

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Manufacturer to distributor: Communication, trust and commitment are the keys

Paul Murfin, vice president of sales at Armstrong, posed this question to a panel of distributors at a trade show last fall: Does the distributor come to work each day with the goal of executing the manufacturer’s plan or does he come to work each day with the goal of executing the distributor’s plan? Murfin, who once ran one of the largest distributors in the U.S., knows where he stood on the issue. “My personal...

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Congoleum’s SmartLink ‘connects’ with floating LVT

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Congoleum’s SmartLink ‘connects’ with floating LVT

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL.—Add Congoleum to the LVT roster. The resilient manufacturer on April 22 unveiled the category’s latest entry, Connections, at the headquarters of Midwest distributor All-Tile, complete with a few wrinkles the company said addressed some shortcomings of competing products. Congoleum believes the most significant enhancement lies in what it calls the SmartLink glueless installation system. Attached to each plank is a “highly technical” adhesive film with a sheer strength that lends itself...

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WFCA Gold Standard: Virginia dealer credits teamwork, education, dedication to customers, community

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on WFCA Gold Standard: Virginia dealer credits teamwork, education, dedication to customers, community

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Standing out and being among the best is a given for success, but when you do business in a community recently ranked the best place to live in the United States, you truly need to do be the best there is. So is the case for Carpet Plus, a single store operation owned by Duane Cassis and his wife, Cindy Adams. Their dedication to being the best flooring store possible earned them the Gold...

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ANSI approves resilient sustainability standard; NSF-332 now national specification

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on ANSI approves resilient sustainability standard; NSF-332 now national specification

ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF International, the non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that drafted NSF 140-2007: the Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard, has developed a similar standard for resilient flooring. At the end of April, NSF American National Standard 332: Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). “Certification to ANSI/NSF 332 offers buyers of resilient flooring the highest level of confidence and credibility in a market that is awash in green...

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Obituary: Erich Arje Industry career spanned half a century

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Erich Arje Industry career spanned half a century

BOCA RATON, FLA.—He spent 35 of his 51 years in the flooring business as chairman of the Floor Covering Division of the Anti-Defamation League and in that capacity staged numerous banquets honoring many executives and industry leaders. He was passionate about causes and most enthusiastic about his job. He began as a salesman, eventually became an executive and later formed his own business. Living in Florida after his retirement, he fell recently in a parking...

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EPA lead paint rule requires flooring installers be certified

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on EPA lead paint rule requires flooring installers be certified

WASHINGTON—While a portion of the 2008 Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (RRP) has been in effect since December 2008, as of April 22, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Rule, referred to as the “RRP Rule,” has taken effect. One of the chief requirements of this new federal regulation is that anyone, including flooring installers, involved in construction related activity that impacts six square feet or more in total (Editor’s note: some states are...

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