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Mirage expands distribution partnership with All Tile

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 9.49.36 AMSt-Georges, Quebec—Mirage recently announced a new expanded distribution partnership with All Tile in the Midwest.

Effective Nov. 1, All Tile’s single source trading area for Mirage Flooring will be expanded to include North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and all of Wisconsin. Between now and Nov. 1, 2016, Mirage will be available from both All Tile and T&G Flooring in those states.

All Tile has been a Mirage distributor since 2007, servicing Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, eastern Wisconsin, northern Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

“This is a great opportunity to provide a high level of quality service with outstanding customer service, inventory and technology to Mirage customers and help them selling the top quality hardwood flooring brand on the market,” said Bob Weiss, All Tile president. “We are very happy about extending our partnership with Mirage to a new territory.”

Chris Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing for Mirage, added, “This market is very important for Mirage and we believe that All Tile’s dedication and leadership in value-added service will bring growth to the dealers in place.”

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Bamboo Hardwoods inks distribution deals with All Tile, NRF

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 1.25.20 PMSeattle—Bamboo Hardwoods, an innovator in bamboo flooring and panel products since 1995, has entered into two distribution agreements with top 20 wholesalers All Tile and NRF Distributors. The new deals expand Bamboo Hardwoods’ nationwide distribution network.

Headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill., All Tile supplies 54 lines of building materials to clients throughout 14 states in the North Central region of the U.S. NRF Distributors, based in Augusta, Maine, services more than 3,000 retail stores encompassing all of New England as well as upstate New York and western Pennsylvania.

“Both All Tile and NRF are well known for representing top-quality flooring products and a growing customer base seeking bamboo flooring, so these partnerships are an ideal fit,” said David Keegan, president and CEO of Bamboo Hardwoods. “There is much upside potential for the bamboo category to become even more mainstream within these markets, and these partnerships will greatly benefit our collective growth for years to come.”

Bamboo Hardwoods offers 100% rapidly renewable, FSC-certified flooring products that are popular with designers, architects and homeowners who prefer using durable, environmentally friendly products. Known for providing quality bamboo products for more than 20 years, Bamboo Hardwoods offers a vast selection of colors and styles, with a large assortment of matching accessories and transition pieces to complement a wide array of residential and commercial décor styles.

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Carpetland USA teams with industry leaders for installation event

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 1.38.03 PMDavenport, Iowa—The Carpetland USA store located here hosted a CFI-Congoleum Installation Training Event earlier this month. The two-day, hands-on class was sponsored by the flooring distributor All Tile and the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA).

Joe Cea, installation specialist for Congoleum and CFI senior certifier, and members of the CFI team, Tony Buckhardt and Jay Zurn, demonstrated LVT installation requirements including product knowledge, substrate preparation and the importance of professionalism and customer satisfaction.

“CFI and the installers who represent our stores were all extremely professional,” said Doug Bertrand, executive vice president of Carpetland USA and the Langan Group. “I was proud that the installers worked so hard and completed all tasks that were required to successfully earn their CFI certifications. The comments that I received showed it was well worth the investment and I look forward to scheduling another product category event in the future.”

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Mirage, All Tile expand distribution partnership

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 9.05.08 AMSaint-Georges, Quebec—Mirage, the hardwood flooring brand of Boa-Franc, announced a new distribution partnership with All Tile in the Midwest region.

Effective Feb. 13, 2015, All Tile’s single source trading area for Mirage will be expanded to include Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Between now and Feb. 13, 2015, Mirage will be available from both All Tile and Lockwood Flooring in those states.

“There are great opportunities in the Midwest to provide a high level of quality service and additional support to Mirage customers and help them be even more profitable selling the highest quality hardwood flooring brand on the market,” said Bob Weiss, All Tile president. “We are very excited about extending our partnership with Mirage to a new territory.”

Chris Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing at Mirage, added, “This market is very important for Mirage and we are convinced that All Tile’s dedication and leadership in value-added service such as training on site, marketing and promotions will bring growth to the dealers in place.”

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Let the games begin: FCNews' inaugural Fantasy Football League for a Cause

Let the games begin!

About a month ago, Floor Covering News announced the formation of its inaugural Fantasy Football League for a Cause. We opened it up to the industry, and we are happy to announce the 12 companies that will be participating and the causes for which they will be playing.

 

1. Floor Covering News      Floor Covering Industry Foundation

2. Surfaces                             Floor Covering Industry Foundation

3. Coverings                          Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

4. All Tile                               Autism Speaks

5. Marshall Carpet               Project Love

6. Professional Carpet Co.    Hire Heroes USA

7. Designers North Carpet   Abilities at The Viscardi Center

8. L Fishman & Sons           Autism Speaks

9. Dave Snedeker                  Kids Against Hunger

10. Tri-State Carpet              Windy City Habitat for Humanity

11. Smith Floor Coverings    Bowdon, Ga. High School Athletics

12. Floor Coverings of Winona        The Lupus Foundation of America

There will be $2,400 in the pool to begin, with $1,600 going to the winning cause and $800 to the runner-up. But, if you recall, we asked that our readers pledge their support to any respective team. You can play it two ways: 1. Pledge any amount you wish and if the team you back wins the league, send a check to that cause, or 2. pledge any amount and send the check regardless. We will post the standings each week as well as the collective amount that has been pledged. We only ask that you follow through on that pledge because FCNews will not be policing it.

But for now, here is a bit about the 10 causes that may benefit from this endeavor (there were two duplications):

Hire Heroes USA     Professional Carpet Co., Hackensack, N.J.

After U.S. troops return from combat, many find it difficult to get re-associated in society. Believe it or not, most employers, although proud of their country, would not hire a veteran due to the chance they may go back out on another tour. Several have to settle for a much lower-tier job, be forced to re-enlist or act out in ways that may be harmful to themselves and others. Hire Heroes USA is a team comprised of military veterans—many with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan—and business veterans. That mix of military and civilian experience has proven essential to effectively training veterans in the skills of self-marketing and then networking them into good jobs with quality companies.

Abilities at The Viscardi Center     Designers North Carpet, Albertson, N.Y.

Abilities at The Viscardi Center prepares adolescents and adults with all types of disabilities (cognitive, physical, learning, developmental) and levels of experience for entry or re-entry into the workforce by assisting them in securing pre-employment services as well as employment so they can enjoy independent living, full community participation and economic self-sufficiency. Its employment services include a comprehensive array of career assessments, job training, business skills development, job placement and follow-up programs and services based on individual needs and vocational interests.

The Lupus Foundation of America     Floor Coverings of Winona, Winona, Minn.

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education and advocacy, the foundation leads the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.

Autism Speaks     All Tile     L Fishman & Son  

Since it was founded in February 2005, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to its concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.

Kids Against Hunger      Dave Snedeker, Nebraska Furniture Mart

The mission of Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. The organization’s approach to achieving its goal— the eradication of world hunger—includes the packaging of a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole by volunteers at numerous locations within the U.S. and Canada, and the distribution of those meals to starving children and their families in over 60 countries worldwide. Snedeker’s wife is director of the Lincoln, Neb., chapter.

Project Love        Marshall Carpet One and Rug Gallery, Maryland Heights, Ohio

Project Love Remember the Children Foundation is a character-building education and training organization. Through workshops, community events, leadership training and media programs, it empowers teens and adults to create a culture of kindness, caring and respect. Its mission is achieved through hands-on programming in middle and high schools in eight northeast Ohio counties and through video-based programming nationally. It provides intensive leadership training seminars for teens and other character education tools that help schools combat bullying, cheating and fighting.

 Bowdon High School Athletics         Smith Floor Coverings, Bowdon, Ga.  

Bowdon, Ga., is a small town that was thriving in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s because of Sewell’s Manufacturing, which employed between 600 and 700 people. But they lost a lot of their contracts in the mid-‘90s and the town has diminished as Sewell’s disappeared. The high school’s athletic department is always falling short when it comes to sending kids to camps and getting the proper jerseys and practice uniforms. And when they have out-of-town games it is always up to small businesses and donors to scrape up money to take care of the kids the way the town feels it should.

Windy City Habitat For Humanity         Tri-State Carpet, Elgin, Ill.

Windy City Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people from all walks of life to build simple, decent, affordable houses, and to strengthen families and neighborhoods. Windy City Habitat for Humanity will work toward eliminating poverty housing in the Chicago metropolitan area and seek to build better lives, stronger families and safer communities through partnerships with local groups and organizations.

Floor Covering Industry Foundation     Surfaces  Floor Covering News

The Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) is dedicated to financially assisting those who are or have been affiliated with the floor covering industry and experience illnesses, severe disabilities or other hardships. The foundation ensures these philanthropic efforts are accomplished with compassion, confidentiality and preservation of dignity for the individuals concerned. Grants are awarded based on the need for expenses such as medical care, medications and other costs directly related to beneficiary care, as well as basic necessities.

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation     Coverings

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an educational institution that offers training programs for consumers, installers, construction professionals, architects, designers, building inspectors and sales associates interested in the sale and installation of ceramic tile. Classes are conducted on a year-round basis at the CTEF facility in Pendleton, S.C., in addition to numerous satellite programs throughout the U.S.

 

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Obit: Peter ‘Rick’ Truxell, All Tile purchasing director

Peter Rick Truxell of All TileChicago – Peter “Rick” Truxell, purchasing director at All Tile Inc., has passed away. He was 58.

Truxell began working for All Tile in 1980 as a purchasing agent, ultimately advancing to Purchasing Director. Prior to that, he was a purchasing agent at Misco Shawnee.

According to an All Tile tribute, Truxell earned a reputation for being a highly organized, detail oriented purchasing manager who was remarkably proficient in his position.

“His talents in I.T. were equally impressive as was his acumen about All- Tile’s operation,” the company wrote in a tribute. “He routinely went far beyond his job title as he kept a watchful eye on matters big and small and was a tremendous source of support for the entire organization.”

Donations in his name can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 215 W. Illinois Street, Chicago, Ill., 60654.

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Metroflor honors top distributors

Volume 27/Number 21; March 3/10, 2014Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.47.38 AMLas Vegas—Metroflor Corp. acknowledged the dedication and hard work of its distributors across the entire brand portfolio by bestowing its performance awards for 2013 at a reception during Surfaces.

“Our stellar 2013 results couldn’t have been achieved without our distributor partners, whose outstanding efforts made this sales achievement happen, along with our wonderful sales team,” said Russ Rogg, president and CEO of Metroflor.

Tri-West was honored with the 2013 President’s Award, given to the distributor that “most embodies the comprehensive and unparalleled support of Metroflor,” Rogg explained. Continue reading Metroflor honors top distributors

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All Tile purchases Carpet Cushions & Supplies

Deal creates industry’s fourth-largest distributor

Feb. 17/24 2014, Volume 27/number 21

By Steven Feldman

Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based All Holdings Inc., parent company of All Tile, one of the largest flooring distributors in the Midwest, on Feb. 10 purchased Carpet Cushions & Supplies (CCS). The deal (terms of which were not disclosed) makes the combined company the fourth-largest flooring distributor in the nation, with annual sales eclipsing $150 million.
Founded in 1979 by Jeff Karsen and his father, Aaron, CCS is one of the largest wholesale floor covering distributors of carpet cushions, installation supplies, and tools in the country. Its 20 Midwest branch locations in seven states service independent carpet and flooring installers, floor covering retailers and commercial floor covering contractors.

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 1.29.33 PMAll Tile and CCS will collectively service 14 Midwest states. CCS will continue to operate as an independent company under the auspices of Jeff Karsen. All Tile will also continue to operate in its current configuration.

“CCS is one of the largest padding and supply companies in the country,” said Bob Weiss, CEO of All Holdings and president of All Tile. “The company has grown both organically and through acquisition to become a great force in the Midwest.”

Weiss added that because CCS has been family run since its inception, the business parallels All Tile. “The culture and values of both companies are aligned. We think we found our twin company. Culture is extremely important in these types of moves and is important in how you run your business. We both take a long-term approach and look to do the right thing; no one is going for the one-time sale.”

Foreseeing a seamless transition, Weiss said there are no changes planned in the immediate future. “Right now we are going to digest what we have. It’s business as usual. The whole battery of CCS is in tact and will remain. They are the experts; that’s how the company got into the position it is in today.”

He noted this deal is a departure from previous All Tile acquisitions where a company had to be acquired, whether they no longer wanted to be in the business, were financially strapped or had no succession plan. “That was not the case here. CCS is a well-run, profitable company with tremendous market share and a strong balance sheet.”

Weiss told FCNews the acquisition was in the making for 10 years, although discussions didn’t become serious until this past summer. “Acquiring CCS allows for economies of scale and improved logistics. It allows us to provide a complete solution to the architectural community with complementary products. All Tile has products primarily for above the floor; CCS offers products and supplies for below the floor, with the exception of Roppe.” He added that in the future the deal will allow for All Tile customers to will call products at CCS branches.

Given that this deal comes less than a month after the industry’s top distributor, Haines, purchased CMH Space, FCNews asked Weiss if this is the beginning of consolidation at the distributor level. “I can’t speak for others, but I know this is the future for our structure,” he said. “We need to make sure our manufacturers can get to the market efficiently, so we will do what needs to be done to make this happen. And we need to have the systems in place to have our retail customers’ stores compete with big boxes and other large-scale retail entities.”

The deal between CCS and All Tile will officially close Feb. 28.

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Metroflor honors its top distributors

Tri-West Ltd. won the President’s Award as the distributor who demonstrated the most comprehensive and unparalleled support of Metroflor brands and products. Pictured from left are: Paul Eanes and Jamie Topete of Metroflor; Larry Johnson of Triwest, and Russ Rogg of Metroflor.
Triwest Ltd. won the President’s Award as the distributor who demonstrated the most comprehensive and unparalleled support of Metroflor brands and products. Pictured from left are: Paul Eanes and Jamie Topete of Metroflor; Larry Johnson of Triwest, and Russ Rogg of Metroflor.

Norwalk, Conn. – Metroflor Corp. acknowledged the dedication and hard work of its distributors across the entire brand portfolio by bestowing its performance awards for 2013 during a reception at The Palms during Surfaces.

“Our stellar 2013 results couldn’t have been achieved without our distributor partners, whose outstanding efforts made this sales achievement happen, along with our wonderful sales team. Together they keep Metroflor a vital force in the LVT industry,” said Russ Rogg, president and CEO of Metroflor.

Tri-West was honored with the 2013 President’s Award, given to the distributor that “most embodies the comprehensive and unparalleled support of Metroflor,” Rogg said.

Herregan took home the Paramount award, given to the distributor with the most outstanding sales achievement across a diversified portfolio.

Metroflor named Don Hill of the Cronin Company as the 2013 Distributor Sales Champion. Hill was recognized as the distributor rep with the “most outstanding” sales achievement “who has mastered the nuances of the flooring process and provided tenacious follow up,” Rogg said.

Larry Johnson of Tri-West won the Visionary Award, which goes to the individual whose vision, passion, conviction and pioneering attitude best served the Metroflor brand. “He managed more Metroflor brands than anyone,” Rogg said.

Metroflor also awarded top sales achievements in a product category or brands to the following distributors: 

All-Tile (Starloc); Ohio Valley Flooring (Konecto); Adleta (Artistek Floors); Tri-West (DryBack); Herregan (Engage Clic); and Wm. Bird & Co. (Prevail).

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All Tile purchases Carpet Cushions & Supplies

Deal creates industry’s fourth-largest distributor

By Steven Feldman

197965_208249749188560_7167341_aElk Grove Village, Ill.-based All Holdings Inc., parent company of All Tile, one of the largest flooring distributors in the Midwest, on Feb. 10 purchased Carpet Cushions & Supplies (CCS). The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, makes the combined company the fourth-largest flooring distributor in the nation, with annual sales eclipsing $150 million.

Continue reading All Tile purchases Carpet Cushions & Supplies