FCICA re-elects Capobianco

June 11, 2010 | Comments Off on FCICA re-elects Capobianco

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Christopher Capobianco of Christopher Collaborative, Patchogue, N.Y., was re-elected chairman of the FCICA, the flooring contractors association, during the organization’s recent convention here. In addition to Capobianco, FCICA’s 2010-11 executive board includes Gerry Swift of Potomac Floor Covering in Chantilly, Va., vice chairman; Michael Roberts of Bonitz Flooring Group in Knoxville, Tenn., secretary/treasurer, and Ralph Frye of Mats Inc. of Stoughton, Mass., vice chairman of associates. Kimberly Oderkirk will continue as executive vice president...

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Wood sees a return to oak, higher gloss finishes, longer planks hot trends

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Wood sees a return to oak, higher gloss finishes, longer planks hot trends

With all the state-of-the- art technology available today, hardwood flooring producers can manufacture just about anything they want. But it seems what many consumers want these days is a return to the basics, and that means oak. The latest trends in hardwood flooring also include new finishes, textures, colors and longer, wider plank sizes. Luc Robitaille, vice president of marketing at Boa-Franc, makers of Mirage brand, attested to the trend toward lighter colors and texture,...

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Software covers all the bases, new programs make life easier for dealers, distributors

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Software covers all the bases, new programs make life easier for dealers, distributors

When it comes to floor covering software, the buzzword is user friendly. Anything a dealer or distributor can use to make his business run more smoothly and efficiently in an easy-to-understand format can greatly impact profitability. The following covers just some of the latest offerings available. CDMS The most exciting new features for 2010 include B2B, CCA Revelation Gateway Interface and Builder Referral Commission. CDMS B2B now includes price and product updates for all flooring...

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L&L donates $21,000 to charity

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on L&L donates $21,000 to charity

GLEN BURNIE, MD.—L&L Co.’s 24th annual Charity Golf Tournament held May 20 was a huge success as donations from L&L, vendors and builders totaled $21,000 for the Believe in Tomorrow (BIT) Children’s House at Johns Hopkins, which provides a comforting place to stay for families whose children are receiving medical care at the Johns Hopkins Children Center. (more…)

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USFloors cork gains Greenguard certification

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on USFloors cork gains Greenguard certification

Dalton—Greenguard Children & Schools certification has been awarded to USFloors’ Natural Cork floating floors and its entry level Ecocork floating floors. In addition to the same certification on its Natural Bamboo collection, USFloors claims to be the only flooring supplier with Children & Schools certified cork and bamboo in its product portfolio. “Having our core products of cork and bamboo flooring certified to Greenguard’s Children & Schools standard exemplifies our ongoing commitment to providing the...

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Columbia launches value wood line

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Columbia launches value wood line

Dallas—Columbia Hardwood recently launched Pagosa, an engineered collection at a value price point. Featuring the newest colors and textures, it is available in retail stores nationwide. “A majority of today’s consumers are seeking textured designs that add richness and character to a home,” said Dewevai Buchanan, vice president of hardwood. “Pagosa offers rustic, character-rich, scraped hardwood at a price realistic in today’s economy.” He credits Columbia’s technical capabilities for achieving character options while keeping pricing...

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Quick Step launches new laminate collection

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Quick Step launches new laminate collection

Dallas—Quick•Step announced the launch of Veresque, its newest laminate collection. Featuring GenuEdge technology, design and color on the surface of each plank now rolls over the edges recreating the same visual found on real wood planks. “Adding this edge treatment to the already authentic surface designs of Veresque planks achieves a level of realism that is unmatched in laminate flooring today,” said Roger Farabee, senior vice president of marketing. “A consumer will struggle to see...

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Shaw launches Epic summer promotion

June 9, 2010 | Comments Off on Shaw launches Epic summer promotion

Dalton—Shaw instated its Epic Service Commitment promotion that guarantees all Epic hardwood products are in stock to ship out of Dalton within 72 hours of order placement, or the mill will credit $100 to the retailer. The commitment is scheduled to run through July 5. The hardwood segment has experienced lower sales for an anticipated third year in a row and this promotion is expected to help turn that around. The collection’s success has led...

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Diversified Flooring spreads Shaw's green message

June 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Diversified Flooring spreads Shaw's green message

Dalton—Diversified Flooring of Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., a recently certified Evergreen dealer, has a new, environmentally focused marketing approach, based on the Shaw Industries recycling program. Considerable interest from customers in eco-friendly carpet spawned the search for a truly green supplier, according to store owner Brent Rice. “At the conclusion of our product research, we chose Shaw’s type 6 nylon,” he explained. “We felt Shaw’s commitment to keeping carpet out of landfills could enhance our...

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Commercial carpet: Transformation to green, modular segment continues

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial carpet: Transformation to green, modular segment continues

Despite the impact of the recession on the commercial sector, contract’s largest flooring category has not only maintained its leadership position in the green movement, its product mix has continued to be driven more by modular styles as opposed to broadloom. Financially, the category has been hit as hard as any other. The good news is the declines appear to be slowing; when 2010 is in the books, sales are expected to be off high...

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