Hoerning expands international training at Laticrete

September 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Hoerning expands international training at Laticrete

Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete announced Wayne Hoerning has filled the newly created position of international sales support and training manager. The position aims to strengthen the company’s focus on training, education and technical support in international markets. His most recent position was with the United Distributors Tile Group. A former employee, Hoerning began his career with Laticrete technical services in 1993 and worked his way to superior of the division during his eight years here. He left...

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Shaw’s Fall Flooring Event has something for everyone

September 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Shaw’s Fall Flooring Event has something for everyone

DALTON—On the heels of its successful Spring Is Green national campaign, Shaw Industries is set to help drive consumers to retailers during the upcoming selling season with its Fall Flooring Event 2010. Starting Sept. 24 and ending Nov. 8, the annual fall promotion is not only designed to generate more consumer traffic, the four-phased campaign includes rewards for everyone in the selling chain. Kathy Young, Shaw’s creative services director, said during the Fall Flooring Event...

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Kronotex expands U.S. production

September 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Kronotex expands U.S. production

BARNWELL, S.C.—Kronotex USA has announced the expansion of its Kronotex Flooring manufacturing facility here. The construction project, expected to start immediately, will enhance clean energy development and increase production capacity by 60% with the installation of a third set of high-speed laminating and profiling lines. (more…)

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Healthier Choice acquires Flexitions moldings

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on Healthier Choice acquires Flexitions moldings

DALTON—Healthier Choice Flooring, a manufacturer of frothed polyurethane carpet cushion and acoustical underlayment, has acquired Flexitions, a manufacturer of stainable, flexible transition moldings. Developed for use with hardwood and laminate flooring applications, Flexitions can solve installation issues when dealing with a curve, arch or radius. Available in T-molding, threshold, reducer, stair nose and quarter round profiles, Flexitions can be stained and finished to match and/or coordinate with floor coverings such as wood, laminate, tile, vinyl,...

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10,000 people earn green credentials

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on 10,000 people earn green credentials

WASHINGTON—How big is the green movement? In just one year, 10,000 people have been certified as a LEED Green Associate by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). “Our 10,000 LEED Green Associates represent the growing commitment of the workforce to building a green economy,” said Peter Templeton, GBCI’s president. “These people are armed with the knowledge to affect change in our built environment and propel the mission of green building forward.” (more…)

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Obituary: Dick Dychuck, executive vice president of Goodfellow

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Dick Dychuck, executive vice president of Goodfellow

KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA— Dick Dychuck, longtime executive vice president of Canadian distributor Goodfellow and credited with building the Ontario and Western markets, passed away July 26 following a short fight with cancer. He was 68. “Dick has left a lasting impact with all who knew him, most of whom would consider themselves his extended family,” said Mike Gagne, principal of Gagne Global Sourcing, who worked with DyChuck for 15 years at Goodfellow. “He was an...

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Beaulieu: Billion dollar business, small mill feel,

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Beaulieu: Billion dollar business, small mill feel,

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.— Beaulieu of America may only be the third largest carpet mill, but it is No. 1 in the hearts and minds of retailers with whom FCNews recently spoke. Many say because Beaulieu is smaller in scope than the “Big 2”—that is, if one can consider a $1 billion mill small—there is a flexibility and personal service component that those of a larger scale find hard to achieve. This was evident in the...

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Manufacturers go bold for fall with new carpet colors, styles

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Manufacturers go bold for fall with new carpet colors, styles

Autumn is just around the corner, and with the change in seasons comes various new products and programs in the carpet landscape. The following are what some of the major players are introducing this fall. Beaulieu of America The company is focusing on its display placement and training for SoftSense and Stainmaster with Magic Fresh, according to Patricia Flavin, senior vice president of marketing. The company is also developing an entirely new website, primarily to...

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New products for consumer preference and profit in resilient

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on New products for consumer preference and profit in resilient

As one of the few categories excelling in the soft economy, resilient manufacturers are taking greater risks with fall releases and it is of little surprise that most are focusing on luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and sheet products, as the value-perceived products in the category. Whether producing niche visuals or releasing mass volumes of new products, autumnal trends are dictated by the buyer’s preference for performance and visuals that enhance her home’s environment. (more…)

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Autumn sees more depth of color, dimension for tile category

August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Autumn sees more depth of color, dimension for tile category

With the warm and neutral earth tones of autumn on the horizon, ceramic tile manufacturers have seemingly followed suit, mimicking the look of fall for the floor. Faux fabric looks, stripes and metallics are also in, as are a growing number of mosaic offerings. The following are some of what some major players are debuting this season. Ceramic Tiles of Italy According to Danielle DeVita, what’s old is new again. “Thanks to popular shows like...

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