Perceived value, soft fibers drive category

August 9, 2010 | Comments Off on Perceived value, soft fibers drive category

Consumers these days are opting for the comfort, warmth and perceived value of carpet over hard surfaces for their homes. So said some of the industry’s major suppliers. Emily Morrow of Shaw Industries certainly thinks so. Morrow, the director of color, style and design for residential broadloom and hard surface, said consumers sense they are getting more bang for their buck with carpet. She has seen enough examples in 2010 to suggest this is more...

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Atlanta International Area Rug Market: Dog days of summer livened up with host of new products

August 9, 2010 | Comments Off on Atlanta International Area Rug Market: Dog days of summer livened up with host of new products

ATLANTA—Comedian Woody Allen is credited with the line “80% of success is showing up.” That summed up the mood of the Atlanta International Rug Market last month, held during what even Southerners consider a scorching summer. Chas Sydney, senior vice president of business development at AmericasMart, owner of the show, said traffic appeared to depend on price. “Many of the [companies specializing in] machine-made offerings had good traffic.” That is likely due to the continued...

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Surfaces 2011 general session speaker named

August 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Surfaces 2011 general session speaker named

DALLAS—Though the economy seems to be gaining momentum, it is still quite unpredictable, causing industry professionals to reassess how they will meet goals and over- come obstacles. With this in mind, Surfaces and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2011, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from Tuesday to Thursday, Jan. 25 to 27, in Las Vegas, has named mountain climber and author Aron Ralston as its opening speaker at the show’s general session. (more…)

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Obituary: Mark Helman, Carpet Fair retail chain founder

August 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Mark Helman, Carpet Fair retail chain founder

PIKESVILLE, MD.—As a child, Mark Helman knew he had to escape the clutches of poverty and make a better life for himself. His father was a butcher during the Great Depression and Helman was determined to control his destiny by being in his own business. His entrepreneurial skills were instinctive and he used them to become one of the most successful flooring retailers on the Eastern Seaboard. He was diagnosed with acute leukemia in May...

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Cork’s latest looks more ‘dramatic’ than ever

August 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Cork’s latest looks more ‘dramatic’ than ever

Cork, the ultimate alternative flooring, has come a long way in the last few years. With new developments in the manufacture and production of this niche offering, cork has increasingly become an option for designers, architects and specifiers who are seeking something different, fresh and environmentally friendly. New colors, shades and textures have expanded the applications for cork, allowing it to be used in almost every room of the house as well as various commercial...

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CARE sets Entrepeneur Meeting

August 4, 2010 | Comments Off on CARE sets Entrepeneur Meeting

Dalton—The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) will hold its annual Entrepreneur Meeting on Oct. 27 in Atlanta. The meeting is aimed at anyone considering starting a business that incorporates the reclamation of old carpet. It tailored to address the needs of those businesses collecting and processing post-consumer carpet. (more…)

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NWFA debuts website for finding inspectors

August 3, 2010 | Comments Off on NWFA debuts website for finding inspectors

St. Louis—The National Wood Flooring Association Certified Professionals (NWFACP) has developed a new website to help consumers, manufacturers, distributors, dealer/contractors and other interested parties find professional wood flooring inspectors in their area. The new site allows individuals to search using a variety of options: by city, state or province, ZIP or postal code, mileage, area code, country or even by individual name or company name. (more…)

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Mohawk provides flooring for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

August 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Mohawk provides flooring for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Mohawk spokesperson Chip Wade takes a tour of House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year, which showcases Mohawk’s Zanzibar reclaimed hardwood. <object classid=”clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000″ codebase=”http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=10,0,0,0″ width=”640″ height=”400″ id=”hbkoy_july26_640x400player” align=”middle”> <param value=”sameDomain” /> <param value=”true” /> <param value=”http://mhkcreative.com/promotions/mtm/hbkoy_july26_640x400player.swf” /><param value=”high” /><param name=”wmode” value=”direct” /><param name=”bgcolor” value=”#ffffff” /> <embed src=”http://mhkcreative.com/promotions/mtm/hbkoy_july26_640x400player.swf” quality=”high” wmode=”direct” bgcolor=”#ffffff” width=”640″ height=”400″ name=”hbkoy_july26_640x400player” align=”middle” allowScriptAccess=”sameDomain” allowFullScreen=”true” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” pluginspage=”http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer” /> </object>

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Clear Path Recycling begins operations

August 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Clear Path Recycling begins operations

Dalton—Clear Path Recycling, a joint venture company established by Shaw Industries and DAK Americas, began processing operations last month. Since construction began on the recycling facility, 57 full-time positions have been created. The Recycled PET (RPET) from post-consumer PET bottlesprocessed through Clear Path Recycling is now being used as recycled content to significantly enhance and expand Shaw’s ClearTouch family of residential carpeting products. “Shaw’s ClearTouch products will utilize the RPET produced through the Clear Path...

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Piazza matting sinks a goal on Citadel court

July 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Piazza matting sinks a goal on Citadel court

Dalton—Niche Graphic Flooring recently served the Citadel military college of Charleston, S.C., with Piazza Matting. First rolled out at Surfaces 2009, Piazza is a customizable mat product in 21 colorways with a berber-like texture. For the Citadel, Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s logo was inlaid on the large-scale mat as fans filed in for seating. (more…)

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