Commercial hardwood: Suppliers bank on service, innovation, value

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial hardwood: Suppliers bank on service, innovation, value

The commercial sector for the past two years has been experiencing the same challenging conditions that have plagued its residential counterpart since late 2006. The good news is that the downturn will not be nearly as prolonged, with many indicators suggesting the rebound may be forthcoming during the second half of the year. For Mannington Mills, the segments hardest hit have been retail and hospitality as fewer new stores and restaurants were being built and...

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Commercial laminate: Mills using brand, education, service to rebound

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial laminate: Mills using brand, education, service to rebound

Not unlike its wood sector counterpart, commercial laminate producers have suffered their share of economic bumps and bruises recently. By putting emphasis on service, style and brand, the hope is that an upturn manifests itself sooner rather than later. Generally speaking, the laminate sector echoes the construction industry, noted Tammy Weadock, marketing manager, Wilsonart. “According to Reed Construction Forecast of May 2010, the decline in commercial construction spending will slow sharply during the balance of...

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Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong

The general state of affairs in the commercial resilient segment is not far off from most categories. Most manufacturers interviewed by FCNews reported less than remarkable growth for the start of the year but were pleased to no longer see major losses in market share. “The commercial market will continue to struggle as budget deficits in both the public and private sector hamper recovery efforts on a broad scale,” reported Edward Braulick, senior marketing manager...

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The evolution of bamboo: Strand woven comes of age

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on The evolution of bamboo: Strand woven comes of age

Every category of flooring starts out with the basics. Back in the day, hardwood was all about solid oak, which eventually morphed into engineered with a multitude of finishes and species. Carpet originally came off the loom as a wool product, with nylon and synthetic to follow. And bamboo is no different, with strand woven asthe latest development. What exactly is strand woven bamboo, and what benefits does it provide over traditional bamboo flooring? According...

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SmartStrand success contributes to DuPont facility expansion

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on SmartStrand success contributes to DuPont facility expansion

LOUDON, TENN.—On the one- year anniversary of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ruling to approve Triexta as a new class of fiber (FCNews, April 6/13, 2009), DuPont Tate & Lyle announced an expansion to its Bio-PDO facility here. Investments made by both DuPont and Mohawk to market the first new carpet fiber in half a century are paying off for the two companies—and for consumers and flooring retailers, noted Tom Lape, president, Mohawk Residential. (more…)

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Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

Ceramic tile producers continue to hit home runs when it comes to innovation, colors, styles and expanded product offerings. The plan of attack continues to provide distributors and retailers with the best product possible so they can be armed and ready for the recovery. “We estimate the overall tile industry was down 20% to 25% in 2009, with the commercial sector down a similar amount,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director, Dal-Tile. She estimated commercial...

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Sansone promoted to Congoleum's vice president of sales

May 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Sansone promoted to Congoleum's vice president of sales

Mercerville, N.J.—Congoleum announced the promotion of Mike Sansone to vice president of sales. He was the Midwest regional sales manager from 2007. “We are extremely pleased that we already had someone of Sansone’s caliber within our organization,” said Dennis Jarosz, vice president of marketing. “This allowed us to promote from within, knowing that he is an individual who can hit the ground running and contribute to our overall sales growth.” An industry veteran of 30...

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NALFA launches social media campaign

May 21, 2010 | Comments Off on NALFA launches social media campaign

Washington—The North American Laminate Flooring Association, (NALFA), announced it has opened a blog at allaboutlaminateflooring.com, a Facebook page and a Twitter account, nalfa_certified. “Social media is all about creating a conversation,” said Bill Dearing, president of the association. “These types of tools will allow us to generate a positive and mutually beneficial rapport with anyone interested in quality laminate flooring. We’ll be able to answer questions directly, offer advice, create relationships, and share industry news...

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Obituary: Leon Engel, Chicago retailer, early Carpet One member

May 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Leon Engel, Chicago retailer, early Carpet One member

Highland Park, Ill.—Chicago retailer Leon Engel passed away on April 23 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 72. Engel grew up in the specialty retail environment. His father opened a store after WWII that he worked in every Saturday from the age of 12, on, according to Engel’s wife Lynn. He graduated from Purdue University in 1960 with a chemical engineering degree, after which he began work with Liquid Carbonics. Toward the end...

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Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

ORLANDO, FLA.—The use of state-of-the-art technology to create innovative products has become standard practice in ceramic tile. And late last month Coverings 2010 served as the industry’s showplace for innovation, texture, style, color and education. “We felt the momentum, energy and buzz of a show that, much like the world, is coming back from a really tough 2009,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of National Trade Productions (NTP), manager of Coverings. “We had many new programs...

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