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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California government adopts NSF-140

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on California government adopts NSF-140

SACRAMENTO—Beginning this year, all state carpet purchases in California must be certified at ANSI/NSF 140-2007e Platinum level. The new provision replaces the California Gold Sustainable Carpet Standard and ensures all state carpet buys meet the laws and sustainability objectives of the state by following the national standard. (more…)

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Adhesives manufacturers developing green practices save resources, time, money, keep hazardous gasses out of air

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Adhesives manufacturers developing green practices save resources, time, money, keep hazardous gasses out of air

Do you remember when air pollution was the big, environmental concern? Legislation, electric cars and clean burning energy has helped narrow that focus to the quality of air in homes, or indoor air quality (IAQ). “IAQ is going to be a big deal, maybe even bigger than global warming,” predicted John Woolsey, vice president of sales for Anderson Hardwood. As homes get tighter to improve energy efficiency and die-hard activists move to metropolitan centers to...

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LVT differentiates, expands design, function, construction; Ease of installation grows

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on LVT differentiates, expands design, function, construction; Ease of installation grows

The surge of interest in luxury vinyl tile (LVT) has a team of newer players coming to bat on the resilient field. Companies with different backgrounds, from click systems to cork, have introduced new features and push the product envelope further than ever before. Experienced manufacturers have also been challenged to innovate, finding ways of improvement in areas like installation, whether it aims to reduce preparation time, ease the stress of custom installation or even...

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Laminate trends: More options than ever

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Laminate trends: More options than ever

Originally produced to mimic the look of hardwood flooring while offering enhanced performance characteristics through state-of-the-art technology, laminate floors have come a long way in the 15 years or so they’ve been available in the U.S. As methods of production have advanced, manufacturers now seemingly have the ability to make laminate look like whatever they want, including ceramic tile, natural stone as well as more realistic wood-look designs and patterns. So what are some of...

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Invista adds Young as sustainability manager

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Invista adds Young as sustainability manager

KENNESAW, GA.—Invista has hired Derek Young as its global sustainability manager. In this role, Young will help advance the company’s Performance Surfaces and Materials division with its sustainability efforts in four key areas: enduring materials, superior performance, responsible manufacturing and corporate citizenship. (more…)

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Armstrong seeks to go where others can’t

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Armstrong seeks to go where others can’t

LANCASTER, PA.—As the economy shows signs of improving and retailers report more consumers walking through their doors, manufacturers are scrambling to find ways to differentiate themselves. The best way to do this is to capitalize on strengths the competition may have a hard time matching. One company that sub- scribes to this theory is Armstrong. “We are constantly asking ourselves what we have and can do that others can’t,” said Paul Murfin, vice president of...

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Sustainability: Stories of success range from manufacturer to dealer

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Sustainability: Stories of success range from manufacturer to dealer

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the definition of sustainability calls for “policies and strategies that meet society’s present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” While every area of the industry has made vast strides in making itself and its products more sustainable, perhaps no category has done more than carpet. From fiber makers down to the individual family business, stories of making carpet sustainable abound—from landfill...

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Invista rewarding ‘Great Performances’ with massive promotional campaign

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Invista rewarding ‘Great Performances’ with massive promotional campaign

DALTON—Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals. Man landing on the moon. Bobby Thomson’s game-winning home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers. What do these and other memorable events have to do with flooring? They are part of the motivation behind the Stainmaster Carpet Great Performance promotion. Running through May 31, the two- month consumer and retail campaign is one of the largest ever by Invista, maker of Stainmaster fibers and centers on the theme, “Put Stainmaster...

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