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Tile of Spain reveals global design trends at Cevisama 2018

Miami—Cevisama, the international fair for ceramic tiles and bathroom furnishings, held its 36th edition, Feb. 5-9, at the Feria Valencia center in Valencia, Spain. A total 506 Spanish exhibitors showcased their latest products and innovations to a record number of more than 83,000 industry professionals from over 65 countries.

Some of the new trends and innovations showcased by Tile of Spain USA’s featured companies include: natural wood and colors, natural stone imitations, Moroccan-inspired fish scale tiles, mix and match styles, waterproof geometric tiles, deep shade variations with metal effect finishes and three-dimensional wall tiles.

The 16th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards were also announced at the fair. The panel of judges comprised world-renowned architects Iñaki Ábalos (Chair), Ángela García Paredes, Ricardo Bak Gordon, Víctor Navarro, Moisés Puente, Martín Azúa and Ramón Monfort. The judges met Nov. 24 in Castellón to decide the winners who were then presented with their prizes at Cevisama.

A winery in Mont-Ras (Baix Empordà, Girona), was named the winner in the architecture category. The remodeling of three stations on the L9 metro line in Barcelona received first prize in the interior design category. The award for the final degree project went to a residents’ center and tourist information office in Granada’s El Albaicín district. Due to the high standard of the entries, the judges awarded several special mentions in all three categories. Winning projects, images, plans and descriptions are available at tileofspainawards.com.

Also at the fair, Trans-Hitos 2018 was presented under the theme “Cycles.” Cycles refers to a fresh way of understanding architecture by suggesting that what has been learned in past years will have a great significance in driving a modern view of architecture that thinks about people and seeks to solve their problems by prioritizing user needs.

These exhibitions included the “Celosía,” or Lattice, masterpiece by Elena Oleaza and Louis Sicard, winners of the Trans-Hito competition. A collaboration with the Design School at Harvard University was also featured, as well as a project by Wesam Asali, winner of the 2017 ASCER Awards in the PFC Category. An additional space was dedicated to the exposition of projects from the School of Ceramics and winning projects of the XVI Premios Cerámica (Ceramic Awards). More information on the 2018 Trans-Hitos exhibit is available at bit.ly/TransHitos2018.

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Belknap White hosts FlooringPlus convention

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13

Mansfield, Mass.—The Belknap White Group (BWG), a full-line distributor and member of the Bravo Group, hosted its 17th Annual FlooringPlus Convention at The Sagamore in Upstate New York recently. Scores of retailers, vendors, exhibitors and sponsors turned out for the event.

This year’s convention focused on BWG’s tradition of empowering its FlooringPlus members. This two-day event featured keynote speaker Jay Rifenbary, whose presentation “No Excuse!” discussed incorporating core values, accountability and bringing balance into one’s life and career.

Additional breakout sessions focused on marketing and the importance of consistent advertising, effective website marketing, promoting consumer financing options and the often overlooked importance of making customers feel appreciated. Other sessions included important technical issues such as “Focusing on Moisture Control.” Attendees learned about new products and services during the event’s two-day product showcase.

One of the highlights of the convention was BWG’s awards presentation luncheon. This year, BWG recognized the following award recipients:

  • Tony and Kathy Sicilia, Floor & Home, Inc. Westwood, N.J. (Highest percentage increase).
  • Gary and Shelly Bertrain, Lee Appliance, Plattsburgh, N.Y. (Cross corporate account of the year).
  • Elite Flooring Specialist, Hartford, Conn. (Dealer of the year).

“Our 17th annual convention was a resounding success,” said Paul Castagliuolo, BWG president. “Thank you to all suppliers, service providers, employees and participants who joined us to renew friendships, forge new relationships and help plan for our shared future.”

The Belknap White Group created the FlooringPlus Loyalty Program to provide its customers with ongoing cogent information on merchandising, marketing, technology, education and business resources. Members enjoy the benefits of a group program while maintaining their independence and identity.

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Best of Surfaces deadline fast approaching

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13

 

Hicksville, N.Y.—Time is quickly running out for manufacturers to enter the 2018 Best of Surfaces competition. The deadline is Dec. 29, and there is no cost to enter.

Now in its seventh year, the competition—cosponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa, owners and operators of The International Surface Event—has quickly become a benchmark for product and program excellence.

The Best of Surfaces awards are designed to recognize those companies whose product, program, service, business practice or booth design are considered to be best in class. What separates Best of Surfaces from other awards programs is categories are not segmented by product type; rather, they focus on attribute. As such, the Best of Surfaces awards will cite products and programs in the following categories:

  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Style & Design
  • Technology

In addition, there will two awards for exhibit space: Booth Design under 1,200 square feet and Booth Design over 1,200 square feet. This allows exhibitors to compete on equal playing fields.

Contest rules are simple: Manufacturers and suppliers can nominate one product, program, service, business practice or booth per category by Dec. 29. Note: A company may not have multiple entries in one category. As well, a particular product may not be nominated in multiple categories. There is no fee for submitting a nomination.

Best of Surfaces award winners will receive:

  • Recognition on the Surfaces and FCNews websites for a period of six months (February through July)
  • A customized logo for placement on all advertising, recognizing the company as a Best of Surfaces 2017 award winner
  • An exquisite, custom-engraved award presented at the booth by members of show management and FCNews staff
  • Booth signage acknowledging the company was voted Best of Surfaces in the particular category
  • A press release announcing the winners

Seeking panel judges
In six short years, the Best of Surfaces awards have become the benchmark of product and program success at The International Surface Event, the floor covering industry’s most important trade show. As such, FCNews is once again seeking a panel of retailers to judge the competition. If you are a flooring dealer—past or present—who has an understanding of what constitutes excellence in the Best of Surfaces’ four categories—style and design, innovation, technology and sustainability—we want to hear from you. (There are also two awards for best booths.)

Some criteria: First, you have to attend Surfaces. Second, you must be willing to evaluate some of the submissions in the weeks leading up to the show. Third, you must be willing to share your thoughts with other members of the panel. After we decide the category for which you will be judging, you and your peers will be given some criteria on what to look for. You will then receive information on each of the entries. In some cases, it will be a description of the entry. The respective panels will then come up with their five finalists, which they will view on site on day one at Surfaces. By the end of the show’s first day, they will have informed FCNews of their choice.

Those individuals interested in judging Best of Surfaces can contact FCNews publisher Steven Feldman at steve@fcnews.net. For more information or to enter the Best of Surfaces competition, call 972.536.6449 or email michelle.swayze@informa.com.

 

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2018 Award of Excellence contest kicks off

The FCNews Award of Excellence contest, now in its 22nd year, has become the premier manufacturer recognition program in the floor covering industry. Why? Because they are voted on by customers whose only motivation is to recognize those who perform flawlessly in every aspect of their business.

Co-sponsored by Informa, the owners of The International Surface Event, the Award of Excellence is a way for manufacturers’ customers to honor the companies they feel consistently provide the best design, service, value, performance, quality, professionalism of salesforce, management responsiveness, customer service, handling of claims, B2B and ease of doing business. In other words, which manufacturers they believe best help them in running successful, profitable business operations.

As the years have evolved, so, too, has the Award of Excellence. The Commercial Carpet category—which was added last year—returns to the ballot this year. This allows those manufacturers that focus on the contract side of the business or provide flooring retailers with solid Main Street solutions the opportunity to shine.

“The manufacturers covet these awards,” said Steven Feldman, FCNews publisher and editorial director. “We encourage all dealers to vote because the more ballots cast, the more significant the awards become. And that makes all manufacturers strive to improve the value they provide.”

Voting officially opens later this month and runs through March 31. Look for instructions on how to vote on our website (fcnews.net), Facebook page (Floor Covering News), Twitter (@fcnewsnet) and Instagram (fcnewsmagazine) in the coming weeks.

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NAFCD presents industry awards at annual convention

Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) announced its Lifetime Achievement Award, Leadership in Action Award and Growth Award recipients at its 2017 annual convention.

The NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution channel. Bob Wagner of Fishman Flooring Solutions in Baltimore, Md., was the 2017 recipient of the award. Wagner has been a distributor member of NAFCD since the association’s inception in 1971. He has served on NAFCD’s board of directors in multiple capacities and continues to be heavily involved in the association.

The NAFCD Leadership in Action Award recognizes individuals for the positive impact and meaningful contributions they have made to their company’s success. The recipient of the 2017 NAFCD Leadership in Action Reward was Kyle Gorny of Blakely Products in Warren, Mich. Gorny has been involved in the construction and building industries for over 25 years and began his career with Blakely Products in 2011. Committed to learning from the bottom up, he started by becoming familiar with the customer service and operational functions of the business and soon used his experience to help the company provide improved services.

Introduced in 2015, NAFCD recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions in furthering NAFCD membership. From increasing engagement with current members and growing support from industry partners to exceptional efforts in member recruitment, the NAFCD Growth Award is presented to a member who has had a positive impact on the association over the past year. Zack Zehner of Mannington in Salem, N.J., was presented with this year’s NAFCD Growth Award. Since joining the NAFCD board of directors, Zehner has been proactive in promoting NAFCD’s value to his company’s distributors and also encourages participation in key NAFCD offerings, such as the annual convention and the recently updated NAFCD Financial Benchmarking Report.

For more information, visit nafcd.org.

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Mohawk’s Lichen receives two Nightingale Awards

Lichen_Groundcover 949 with Macro-Micro Bloom_945_VA_CR151506_GREOrlando—Mohawk Group’s Lichen modular plank carpet system has captured two prestigious Nightingale Awards at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference: best of competition and gold in the carpet category. Presented by Healthcare Design and Contract in partnership with The Center for Health Design, the Nightingale Awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that helps facilitate healing.

Named in honor of Florence Nightingale and initiated in 1990 by Contract magazine’s editors and The Center for Health Design’s founders, the Nightingale Awards recognize products that are juried by seasoned healthcare design professionals and healthcare facility managers. The jury makes selections based on the product’s contribution to a healing environment, functionality, quality and durability, aesthetics and style, pricing and innovation.

“We are very honored and excited to be recognized by this outstanding awards program for our commitment to create innovative flooring solutions that promote optimum health and wellness,” said Cynthia Hubbell, vice president of healthcare and senior living for Mohawk Group. “Our mission is to cultivate design, innovation, research and development, technology and sustainability so we can foster high performance interiors that enable us to thrive. Lichen is a strong embodiment of our promise to the healthcare segment, from its inspiring sustainability story to its manufacturing and community engagement, helping contribute to healthier spaces that nurture and heal the human mind, body and spirit.”

Earlier this year, the Lichen Collection also captured a Best of NeoCon Gold award in the modular carpet category.

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NWFA Wood Floor of the Year contest accepting applications

 

NWFA new 2013 (4-C) 2St. Louis—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) recently opened the application process for the 28th annual Wood Floor of the Year contest. Recognized as the “Academy Awards” of the wood flooring industry, this competition celebrates innovation and quality craftsmanship in wood floor installations.

“Over the years, we have had the honor of presenting more than 200 awards to the artists and craftsmen behind these incredible floors,” said Michael Martin, president and CEO. “We are looking forward to showcasing these remarkable floors once again during our 2018 Expo in Tampa.”

This year’s awards will include the following categories:

  • Best Restoration/Makeover: Entries in this category include all types of restorations, repairs or refinishes, in either a residential or commercial application. Applications can include jobsite finished, manufacturer finished, solid or engineered wood flooring.
  • Best Color & Finish Application: Entries in this category include jobsite-applied applications of dyes, reactive colorants, layered colors and faux finishing.
  • Best Circular/Curved Application: Entries in this category include any circular shape within a flooring system, such as circles, ovals, curves and bent material. Applications can include jobsite finished, manufacturer finished, solid or engineered wood flooring.
  • Best Parquet/Inlay Application: Entries in this category include any parquet pattern, medallion, marquetry or intarsia inlay. CNC and laser cut applications are acceptable, but must be identified.
  • Best Textured Wood Application: Entries in this category may include scraped, wire-brushed, distressed or any surface that is not traditional flat. Applications can include jobsite finished, manufacturer finished, solid or engineered wood flooring.

NWFA also will recognize the Members’ Choice Award. All entries submitted will be eligible to receive this award, which will be presented to the floor that receives the popular vote among NWFA members.

New this year, a Best of Social Media award will be featured. The floors will be featured on NWFA’s social channels, allowing followers to share, like and comment on their favorite. The floor receiving the most engagement will receive this award.

The NWFA has updated the submission period to Oct. 1-Nov. 30. This will provide adequate time for the judging process and time to correspond with winners prior to the public reveal at the NWFA Expo in Tampa, Fla., April 11-14, 2018.

For more information and to submit an entry, visit nwfa.org/wfoy.

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2017 Starnet Design Awards: Projects strike ‘gold’ in prestigious competition

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26

 
Carlsbad, Calif.—One of the highlights of the recent Starnet Commercial Flooring Cooperative convention—which marked the group’s milestone 25th anniversary—was the annual Starnet Design Awards ceremony. The prestigious awards program, billed as one of the most respected commercial flooring design competitions in America, recognized a host of outstanding installations ranging from iconic international sports venues to corporate headquarters.

“For 19 years we have gathered to celebrate the talent and expertise of our members and the amazing projects that result from the collaboration between our members, our vendor partners and the A&D community,” said Jeanne Matson, president and CEO, during the awards presentation ceremony. “I want to extend a special ‘thank you’ to all the companies that took the time to share their labors of love with us, and to our vendor partners working hand in hand with Starnet members every day to produce some of the finest work in the flooring industry.”

Armstrong products were featured in eight award-winning designs. Meanwhile, Tarkett’s Johnsonite and Centiva brands were featured in a combined 14 award-winning projects, including six gold, four silver and four bronze awards. Starnet members entered more than 100 projects featuring the two brands.

Beyond the manufacturers, Matson also took a moment to recognize the panel of judges for their time, professionalism, expertise and dedication. These included: Deborah Elliott, co-founder and design principal, ID Studios; Stephanie Crane, principal, Shlemmer Algaze & Associates; and Sascha Wagner, president and CEO, Huntsman Architectural Group. Honorary judges for the Environmental Achievement and Unique Installation Challenge Awards were Bob Peoples, executive director, CARE; and Robert Varden, vice president, Certified Flooring Installers.

And the 2017 winners are…

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Award of Excellence: Mohawk wins big, nabs seven awards, including top honor

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25

By Ken Ryan

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 11.33.40 AMGarden City, N.Y.—Mohawk Industries turned in one of the most dominant performances in the 21-year history of FCNews’ Award of Excellence competition, being voted Best Overall Manufacturer for the second year in a row and winning seven awards in all, including four under the Mohawk banner.

Mohawk Industries won Best Carpet Manufacturer (Group A), Best Commercial Carpet Manufacturer (a new category for 2017), Best Hardwood Manufacturer (Group A) and Best Area Rug Manufacturer. Furthermore, Dal-Tile was named Best Ceramic Manufacturer (Group A), and Quick-Step took home top honors for Laminate (Group A).

“On behalf of Mohawk Industries, we thank our valued retailers and our partners at Floor Covering News,” said Brian Carson, president of Mohawk Flooring North America. “Continuous innovation with an unmatched commitment to quality and service is what we’re all about at Mohawk Industries, and I’m extremely proud and humbled to bring home seven Floor Covering News Awards of Excellence, including Best Overall Manufacturer this year. The recognition from our retailer partners is so appreciated by the Mohawk team, because our commitment to continuous innovation in everything we do is squarely aimed at creating value for our retailers by helping them delight their customers, grow their businesses and make more money with Mohawk. We’re always up to something, and the best is yet to come.”

Dal-Tile won for an unprecedented 19th consecutive year. “This recognition is very meaningful for us, because votes were cast by those we serve—our customers,” said John Turner, Jr., president of Dal-Tile. “Being named Ceramic Tile Manufacturer of the Year for the 19th consecutive year confirms that customers know Daltile offers an unparalleled breadth and depth of product, the industry’s best designs, cutting-edge innovation, consistent quality and excellent customer service/product availability—all at an attractive price. Daltile is committed to continuing our mission of equipping our customers for success.”

Quick-Step won the laminate award for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Shaw Industries and its divisions won three awards, including the Environmental Leadership Award, which Shaw has won every since the category was created in 2010. “Shaw is honored to be the recipient, yet again, of the Award of Excellence for Environmental Leadership,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs. “At Shaw, we take a holistic approach to sustainability and strive every day to do our part in creating a better future. We would like to thank our valued customers for recognizing our efforts for the eighth year in a row.”

Meanwhile, Tuftex, its high-end carpet division, won for Best Carpet Manufacturer (Group B) for the second year in a row; newly acquired USFloors was honored as the LVT (Group B) winner; and Anderson took home top honors for hardwood (Group B).

“Tuftex is honored to receive the Award of Excellence for Carpet (Group B) from our valued retail partners,” said Doug Jackson, vice president of sales and marketing. “Creating beautiful, high-fashion carpet is our passion and being recognized as a leader in the industry for our designs and innovations is the greatest compliment we could receive.”

USFloors, marketer of the highly successful COREtec brand of WPC, was a repeat winner in the LVT category. “To achieve an Award of Excellence from your customers is the most meaningful and valuable recognition any company can wish for,” said Piet Dossche, CEO. “I am very proud and honored to receive this trophy on behalf of our entire team of dedicated people who are working hard to provide the best product and service to our retail partners. The revolution our COREtec product has created in the LVT product category has been great for our customers who have embraced this exciting new product wholeheartedly..”

Being part of the Shaw family, Dossche added, has given USFloors more opportunities to grow the COREtec business. “We are committed to remain the leader in this category and to build COREtec into a strong consumer brand.”

Armstrong was named Best LVT Manufacturer (Group A), winning for the second year in a row. Mannington was a repeat winner as Best Resilient Sheet Manufacturer.

In winning Hardwood (Group B), Anderson unseated Mirage, which had won the award four years running. “Shaw is thrilled that our premium hardwood brand Anderson is this year’s recipient of the Award of Excellence for hardwood,” said Drew Hash, vice president of hard surface category management, Shaw Floors. “It’s an honor to be recognized by our retail partners, and we are grateful for their continued support in our efforts to provide the best quality hardwood products on the market today.”

While there were many familiar names and repeat winners, some new recipients emerged. Emser Tile won for the first time in Ceramic (Group B), and Inhaus took top honors for Laminate (Group B), marking its first appearance in the winner’s circle.

“Emser was thrilled to be honored by our customers and receive the FCNews Award of Excellence this year,” said Bob Baldocchi, chief marketing officer/vice president of business development. “Our goal as an organization is to bring cutting-edge products, provide compelling merchandising options and provide best in class training to our customers. This award is both humbling and validating that our customers have recognized these efforts and inspires us to work even harder to earn this honor again next year.”

Derek Welbourn, CEO of Inhaus, commented: “We feel extremely fortunate and are honored that our customers voted for us. We have a passion for our product offerings and strive to create products that people are excited about both in terms of innovative design and quality. In our eyes, this award is a recognition of our efforts, and we are very appreciative of that.”

Methodology
Sponsored by FCNews and Informa Exhibitions, proprietors of The International Surface Event (TISE), the Award of Excellence is a way for manufacturers’ customers—retailers, distributors, designers, installers and specifiers—to honor the companies they feel consistently provide the best service, professionalism of sales force, management responsiveness, value, design, B2B, handling of claims and ease of doing business.

“The Awards of Excellence are honors bestowed to manufacturers by the heart and soul of the flooring industry, the retailers,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Design Group, Informa Global Exhibitions. “It is a pleasure and an honor for Informa/Surfaces to co-sponsor this year’s awards with Floor Covering News. We are delighted to share our enthusiasm for innovation with brands that continually strive for excellence. Surfaces is the platform that manufacturers use to launch or highlight many of the winning products to the delight of the thousands of retailers, distributors, designers and installers that come to Las Vegas every January. Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards.”

FCNews readers, as well as other industry personnel visiting trade shows such as Surfaces (and not employed by a manufacturer), voted between October 2016 and the end of March 2017 for the companies they felt best met established criteria in flooring.

As has been done for the previous nine years, individual category winners were selected in two groups based on their volume. Also, manufacturers did not have to pay a fee to be eligible to receive a vote, which has been customary since the first Award of Excellence competition.