Obituary: Carl Demoray, former Carpet Crafts sales manager

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Carl Demoray, former Carpet Crafts sales manager

LARGO, FLA.—Carl Demoray, a retired carpet executive known as a “natural salesman,” died April 14. He was 91. “He kept it simple and carried the message well, touching the lives of countless people,” said David Hudgins, president of Carpet Crafts, where Demoray served as sales manager prior retirement. “He was a great storyteller, a natural salesman and enjoyed a long and successful career in sales.” Demoray was sales manager of Cumberland Mills since its inception...

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Poland elected NWFA chairman

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Poland elected NWFA chairman

WASHINGTON—Neil Poland, president of Mullican Flooring, was elected chairman of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) at its 2010 board meeting during its convention here last month. He replaces Don Finkell of Anderson Hardwood Floors. In addition to Poland, the following people were elected to the association’s board: Rick Holden of Derr Flooring as vice chairman, John Lessick of Apex Wood Floors as treasurer and Jeff Fairbanks of Palo Duro Hardwoods as secretary. (more…)

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Credit still available: End users drawn to long-term loans

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Credit still available: End users drawn to long-term loans

Last May, when the biggest change in consumer credit protection in over 40 years was passed, the economy was still on a downward spiral. One year later, with consumer spending up 3.6% from the same time last year, effects of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act) finally have some spending behind it. Though many lenders, buying groups and retailers reported seeing little change in day-to-day business due to the...

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High Point market: Rug mills open up color palette

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on High Point market: Rug mills open up color palette

HIGH POINT, N.C.—Before the latest International Home Furnishings Market even opened its doors, industry consultant Jerry Epperson issued this statement: “After several years of neither the manufacturer, the importer or the retailer willing to take any styling risks, many retail floors are looking stale and unimaginative. We expect 2010 to be a year of creative new styles and concepts.” Epperson’s prophesying seemed to be on track as manufacturers from all industries touted braver, more expressive...

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FCICA to ‘demystify’ commercial flooring

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on FCICA to ‘demystify’ commercial flooring

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICH.—FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, and author of the FCNews column “Installments,” will present an educational session at NeoCon. “Commercial Floor Covering Demystified” will be presented by FCICA chairman Christopher Capobianco on Monday, June 14 at 1 p.m. in the Merchandise Mart. Geared toward architects and designers, the 60-minute session will stress the benefits of working with a professional flooring contractor. (more…)

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Laminate state of the industry: Units pick up but sales struggle in face of increasing competition, economy

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Laminate state of the industry: Units pick up but sales struggle in face of increasing competition, economy

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—There may be signs of life in the economy, at least on the residential side, but the overall pace remains slow. Add to that a drastic drop in wood prices—especially from imports—the continued surge in popularity of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and an overcapacity problem, and the laminate category continues to struggle to regain the momentum it had just before the financial and housing crises hit. Research conducted by Floor Covering News to see...

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Invista invests $14 million in R&D capabilities

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Invista invests $14 million in R&D capabilities

KENNESAW, GA.—Invista announced plans for a $14 million capital investment in research and development (R&D) at its nylon fiber manufacturing facilities in Dalton; Camden, S.C., and Kingston, Ontario, Canada with the money geared toward expanding its Stainmaster and Antron branded fibers. Of the three sites, the one in Camden is getting more than $5 million, which is also expected to add 10 jobs at the facility. The remainder of the $14 million is being divided...

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Obituary: Sander Reubenson, founder of Reuben-Lloyd Co.

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Sander Reubenson, founder of Reuben-Lloyd Co.

NEW CASTLE, PA.— Sander Rubenson, founder and former president of carpet distributor Reuben-Lloyd Co., died April 1 at his home here. He was 88. Born Feb. 26, 1922, Rubenson served in the Army Medical Corps during WWII in Germany and France. Rubenson opened the Reuben-Lloyd Co. with his father in 1954. He sold the business to Pennsylvania Floor Covering in 1996 following his retirement. Along with being a successful businessman, Rubenson is remembered as instrumental...

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Mannington opens 2010 Tx:Style voting

May 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington opens 2010 Tx:Style voting

Calhoun, Ga.– Mannington Commercial and10,000 designers in the Tx:Style community invite the public to vote for the grand prize winners in the 2010 Tx:Style Design Challenge. Last year’s competition generated half a million votes. Voters can choose from six designs created by young designers, each with less than seven years of experience. The designs span the gambit of inspiration and application, ranging from organic to geometric, from layered patterns to pure texture. (more…)

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Manufacturer to distributor: Communication, trust and commitment are the keys

May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Manufacturer to distributor: Communication, trust and commitment are the keys

Paul Murfin, vice president of sales at Armstrong, posed this question to a panel of distributors at a trade show last fall: Does the distributor come to work each day with the goal of executing the manufacturer’s plan or does he come to work each day with the goal of executing the distributor’s plan? Murfin, who once ran one of the largest distributors in the U.S., knows where he stood on the issue. “My personal...

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