CARE reaches milestone of 250 members, movement picking up more momentum as industry initiative readies for next phase

March 8, 2010 | Comments Off on CARE reaches milestone of 250 members, movement picking up more momentum as industry initiative readies for next phase

A major milestone was recently reached by the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)—250 members—indicating the movement is starting to gain real traction after eight years of hard work to put the voluntary effort into place. In fact, over the past year, CARE has seen its membership double from where it has been over the previous eight years. A significant increase in membership is a celebrated achievement for any organization. CARE, which relies solely on membership...

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Wools of New Zealand acknowledges Fashion Dynamics winners at Surfaces

March 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Wools of New Zealand acknowledges Fashion Dynamics winners at Surfaces

ATLANTA—Wools of New Zealand’s (WONZ) annual Fashion Dynamics competition during Surfaces was successful in drawing retailers to the wool area and exposing them to the innovative styling of its mill partners, noted Elise Demboski, executive director. This year’s contest included 36 WONZ and Laneve brand products, which were voted on for Best Overall and Best Color Line. (more…)

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Mapei commits to Global ReLeaf with American Forests

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DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA.—Mapei has signed an agreement to participate in the Global ReLeaf program with American Forests, the nation’s oldest citizen-based environmental organization. “Environmental care is a fundamental part of the company’s philosophy, of our corporate commitment and industrial responsibility,” said Luigi Di Geso, president and CEO of Mapei Americas. “For this reason, Mapei works continuously on the development of products in aqueous dispersion formats and those which are solvent-free.” (more…)

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NWFA offers members financial management service

March 8, 2010 | Comments Off on NWFA offers members financial management service

ST. LOUIS—In accord with the financial times, the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is offering a new financial service for members. With the help of financial management firm B2B CFO, NWFA is giving small to mid-market companies the chance to better understand and control their finances, said Ed Korczak, NWFA’s CEO and executive director. B2B CFO is a firm geared toward helping start-up, small and mid-sized businesses find financial clarity and set goals. Founded in...

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Robotic hard surface flooring cleaner arrives

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PASADENA, CALIF.—Cleaning those timeless hardwood floors can now be done in a timeless fashion—with a robot. Evolution Robotics, an electronics company that works with Sony and Sharper Image, has introduced Mint, an automatic hard surface floor cleaner that uses cleaning cloths from Swiffer and other similar brands. “Similar to how the once manual chores of washing dishes or doing laundry evolved with the invention of the dish- washer and washing machine, floor cleaning has been...

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NWFA will grow in Washington

March 8, 2010 | Comments Off on NWFA will grow in Washington

CHESTERFIELD, MO.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) will hold its annual convention from March 22 to 25 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Members can expect four days of exhibits, educational sessions and motivating keynote speakers. (more…)

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USFloors segues to resilient, latest entry into floating LVT arena offers a twist

March 8, 2010 | Comments Off on USFloors segues to resilient, latest entry into floating LVT arena offers a twist

DALTON—USFloors, a manufacturer of unique and sustainable floors—specifically cork, bam- boo and hardwood—diversified its product portfolio even further at Surfaces 2010 by breaking into the luxury vinyl tile (LVT) category and taking the wraps off a waterproof floor. This was in addition to expanding its hardwood and bamboo lines as well as unveiling a new cork product. Not only was the company pleased with the response, but it was also satisfied with the attendance. “We...

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Peden Global set to deliver solutions via GTP

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LAS VEGAS—An exclusive agreement between Global Trading Partners (GTP), a consortium of worldwide manufacturers, and upstart sales agent Peden Global has been signed with the goal of bringing cost-effective sourcing solutions to U.S. distributors. That should translate into high- margin opportunities for the retailer and, ultimately, value for the consumer. Peden Global, formed earlier this year by former Kronotex COO and Quick•Step CEO Ken Peden, has signed on to represent the full line of GTP...

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Qfloors, RFMS hold training sessions in Vegas

March 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Qfloors, RFMS hold training sessions in Vegas

LAS VEGAS—Attending Surfaces is more than just seeing new products; it is a chance to get educated and receive training. Many companies hold meetings around the show and software suppliers are no different. A day prior to the Surfaces show floor opening, QFloors and RFMS each held training conferences to update users on their latest developments and make sure they were using the systems to their fullest potential. Both said they have always placed a...

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Software developers let industry be mobile, efficient

March 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Software developers let industry be mobile, efficient

Going mobile. It’s no longer just a 1970s song from The Who; it’s how more and more business is being done as technological advances allow people to leave the confines of their place of work without losing productivity. (more…)

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