Avaire ‘clicking’ on all cylinders, coverage extended across the country

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Avaire ‘clicking’ on all cylinders, coverage extended across the country

PORTLAND, ORE.—Avaire, the revolutionary floating porcelain tile system, is poised for exponential growth. Over the past few months, the company has launched five major distributors, giving it coverage across more than 90% of North America. The most recent quintet to sign on were J.J. Haines in the Mid-Atlantic region, Belknap White in New England, Buckwold Western in western Canada, StevensOmni in eastern Canada and Wanke Cascade in the Pacific Northwest. The commonality is that all...

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CRM software key to running an efficient, profitable business

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on CRM software key to running an efficient, profitable business

Generally speaking, every company that has had even a modicum of success has some type of customer relationship management (CRM) strategy in place. In today’s fast-paced, highly competitive business climate, having a system is one thing; having one that helps put your business ahead of everyone is something else. While many equate CRM to computer programs, technically speaking it is not a piece of software as CRM actually predates machines. It is also not an...

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Category launched locking and is still evolving

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Category launched locking and is still evolving

From the moment the first laminate flooring products landed in the U.S., no other category has done as much to change the industry. From manufacturing all the way to installation, the segment has had an influence on every other flooring category. Case in point is the mechanical locking system. Introduced in the mid to late 1990s, this glueless installation method not only added terms such as “click” and “snap” to the industry’s vernacular along with...

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Shaw’s Web Studio provides professional web capabilities

September 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Shaw’s Web Studio provides professional web capabilities

DALTON—Shaw Industries has developed an all-inclusive package of products that allow dealers to create professional looking websites quickly and inexpensively, giving them a virtual storefront. The Shaw Web Studio not only offers Shaw retailers complete flooring websites with ready-to-use and customizable content, it allows product data and images to be automatically streamed to a dealer’s existing website. Misty Hodge, Shaw’s web services manager, said these are just some of the many tools available with the...

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Hoerning expands international training at Laticrete

September 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Hoerning expands international training at Laticrete

Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete announced Wayne Hoerning has filled the newly created position of international sales support and training manager. The position aims to strengthen the company’s focus on training, education and technical support in international markets. His most recent position was with the United Distributors Tile Group. A former employee, Hoerning began his career with Laticrete technical services in 1993 and worked his way to superior of the division during his eight years here. He left...

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Shaw’s Fall Flooring Event has something for everyone

September 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Shaw’s Fall Flooring Event has something for everyone

DALTON—On the heels of its successful Spring Is Green national campaign, Shaw Industries is set to help drive consumers to retailers during the upcoming selling season with its Fall Flooring Event 2010. Starting Sept. 24 and ending Nov. 8, the annual fall promotion is not only designed to generate more consumer traffic, the four-phased campaign includes rewards for everyone in the selling chain. Kathy Young, Shaw’s creative services director, said during the Fall Flooring Event...

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Kronotex expands U.S. production

September 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Kronotex expands U.S. production

BARNWELL, S.C.—Kronotex USA has announced the expansion of its Kronotex Flooring manufacturing facility here. The construction project, expected to start immediately, will enhance clean energy development and increase production capacity by 60% with the installation of a third set of high-speed laminating and profiling lines. (more…)

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Healthier Choice acquires Flexitions moldings

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on Healthier Choice acquires Flexitions moldings

DALTON—Healthier Choice Flooring, a manufacturer of frothed polyurethane carpet cushion and acoustical underlayment, has acquired Flexitions, a manufacturer of stainable, flexible transition moldings. Developed for use with hardwood and laminate flooring applications, Flexitions can solve installation issues when dealing with a curve, arch or radius. Available in T-molding, threshold, reducer, stair nose and quarter round profiles, Flexitions can be stained and finished to match and/or coordinate with floor coverings such as wood, laminate, tile, vinyl,...

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10,000 people earn green credentials

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on 10,000 people earn green credentials

WASHINGTON—How big is the green movement? In just one year, 10,000 people have been certified as a LEED Green Associate by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). “Our 10,000 LEED Green Associates represent the growing commitment of the workforce to building a green economy,” said Peter Templeton, GBCI’s president. “These people are armed with the knowledge to affect change in our built environment and propel the mission of green building forward.” (more…)

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Obituary: Dick Dychuck, executive vice president of Goodfellow

August 31, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Dick Dychuck, executive vice president of Goodfellow

KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA— Dick Dychuck, longtime executive vice president of Canadian distributor Goodfellow and credited with building the Ontario and Western markets, passed away July 26 following a short fight with cancer. He was 68. “Dick has left a lasting impact with all who knew him, most of whom would consider themselves his extended family,” said Mike Gagne, principal of Gagne Global Sourcing, who worked with DyChuck for 15 years at Goodfellow. “He was an...

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