Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

June 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

Ceramic tile producers continue to hit home runs when it comes to innovation, colors, styles and expanded product offerings. The plan of attack continues to provide distributors and retailers with the best product possible so they can be armed and ready for the recovery. “We estimate the overall tile industry was down 20% to 25% in 2009, with the commercial sector down a similar amount,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director, Dal-Tile. She estimated commercial...

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Sansone promoted to Congoleum's vice president of sales

May 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Sansone promoted to Congoleum's vice president of sales

Mercerville, N.J.—Congoleum announced the promotion of Mike Sansone to vice president of sales. He was the Midwest regional sales manager from 2007. “We are extremely pleased that we already had someone of Sansone’s caliber within our organization,” said Dennis Jarosz, vice president of marketing. “This allowed us to promote from within, knowing that he is an individual who can hit the ground running and contribute to our overall sales growth.” An industry veteran of 30...

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NALFA launches social media campaign

May 21, 2010 | Comments Off on NALFA launches social media campaign

Washington—The North American Laminate Flooring Association, (NALFA), announced it has opened a blog at allaboutlaminateflooring.com, a Facebook page and a Twitter account, nalfa_certified. “Social media is all about creating a conversation,” said Bill Dearing, president of the association. “These types of tools will allow us to generate a positive and mutually beneficial rapport with anyone interested in quality laminate flooring. We’ll be able to answer questions directly, offer advice, create relationships, and share industry news...

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Obituary: Leon Engel, Chicago retailer, early Carpet One member

May 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Leon Engel, Chicago retailer, early Carpet One member

Highland Park, Ill.—Chicago retailer Leon Engel passed away on April 23 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 72. Engel grew up in the specialty retail environment. His father opened a store after WWII that he worked in every Saturday from the age of 12, on, according to Engel’s wife Lynn. He graduated from Purdue University in 1960 with a chemical engineering degree, after which he began work with Liquid Carbonics. Toward the end...

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Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

ORLANDO, FLA.—The use of state-of-the-art technology to create innovative products has become standard practice in ceramic tile. And late last month Coverings 2010 served as the industry’s showplace for innovation, texture, style, color and education. “We felt the momentum, energy and buzz of a show that, much like the world, is coming back from a really tough 2009,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of National Trade Productions (NTP), manager of Coverings. “We had many new programs...

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Mannington recaptures best overall, Shaw wins first Environmental Leadership Award of Excellence

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington recaptures best overall, Shaw wins first Environmental Leadership Award of Excellence

ROSLYN, N.Y.—Mannington Mills has regained the mountaintop, as it was voted the industry’s Best Overall Manufacturer in the 14th Award of Excellence competition. This was the ninth time in the award’s history that Mannington took top honors, which it last held in 2006. Shaw Industries was the winner in the inaugural Award of Excellence for Environmental Leadership. These awards, along with 12 other honors, were presented at a gala evening reception and dinner here. In...

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Mills, suppliers advance yarns’ performance, softness and textures

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Mills, suppliers advance yarns’ performance, softness and textures

Can technology be utilized in order to achieve art, or an art form, as it relates to carpet fiber? With all that fiber producers can do nowadays with the technology at their fingertips, why not? According to Bart Rich, director of brand management for Mohawk Industries, the mill’s newest fiber innovations include both nylon and polyester advancements that focus on enhancing durability and softness. “In nylon, Mohawk introduced WearDated SoftTouch featuring our new soft fusion...

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Coverings 2011 to debut in Las Vegas

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Coverings 2011 to debut in Las Vegas

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—It is believed that “11” is a lucky number…especially in Las Vegas. And so, the fact that Las Vegas will serve as host city for Coverings 2011 seems like a stroke of good fortune that was truly “in the cards.” The move will mark the tile and stone show’s long-anticipated appearance in the world’s premier convention destination. The expo will take place March 14 to 17 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. While...

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Armstrong expands print, TV ads

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Armstrong expands print, TV ads

LANCASTER, PA.—Advertising is an important cornerstone to many a successful company and, over the years and generations, few in the industry have been as committed to driving consumers to retailers through print and TV ads than Armstrong. This approach has remained true throughout the recession and research points to its success. As such, the company announced it is expanding its investment with new ads for its wood and laminate products. Kent Clauson, general manager of...

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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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