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Bamboo Hardwoods under new ownership

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 12.02.57 PMSeattle—Bamboo Hardwoods, formally one operating unit of the Aboeda family of companies, announced new ownership through a buyout from its existing management and manufacturing partner. The original grouping of principals and manufacturing partner have now become full-interest owners who will be solely focused on providing innovative, best-in-class bamboo products and service to the marketplace.

As a result of the changeover, David Keegan, president, increases his ownership stake and adds chief executive officer to his title. Keegan, who brings more than 17 years in the bamboo flooring category — mostly with Bamboo Hardwoods — has spearheaded the company over the past decade, raising its profile from a local retailer of bamboo products to a nationally recognized manufacturer of bamboo flooring sold through distributors and authorized retailers nationwide.

Hugh Gallagher, currently chief financial officer, increases his ownership stake as well, expanding his role to include the title of chief operating officer. Gallagher has more than 10 years experience with Bamboo Hardwoods and was an integral member of the company’s manufacturing transition team. Additional ownership interest resides with Bamboo Hardwoods’ existing manufacturing partner group in China.

“Even though there is a change in ownership, very little will change from what our valued distributors and partners have come to expect from Bamboo Hardwoods,” Keegan explained. “The majority of changes will be on the back side of the business—mostly logistical and fulfillment aspects resulting in greater efficiencies, better terms and shorter lead times for our customers.”

Bamboo Hardwoods is renowned throughout the industry as a pioneer and well-respected innovator in bamboo flooring production since 1995. To that end, Keegan stressed the company’s existing brand identity, marketing elements/programs and proprietary manufacturing processes will remain unchanged. “While this buyout is a significant milestone for us personally, our focus on providing a high-quality brand of bamboo flooring from a trusted manufacturer that proudly stands behind their products will remain unchanged.”

News of the ownership changeover at Bamboo Hardwoods comes on the heels of the company’s recent signing of two top 20 floor covering distributors: NRF and All Tile (FCNews, June 6/13.)

For more on this story—including an in-depth interview with the new owners—look for the July 4/11 issue of Floor Covering News.

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Bamboo: Strand-woven, wider planks, vibrant colors

Volume 27/Number 23; March 17/24, 2014

The bamboo flooring market is moving in unison to strand-woven, an engineering process intended to make floors harder and more durable while creating a visual that closely resembles hardwood.

Today’s bamboo companies are combining that strand-woven look with styles (wide planks and strips) and colors (pink sand to jet black) that have refreshed the segment and, in some markets, given flooring dealers a differentiated selling option.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.21.31 AMBamboo Hardwoods

David Keegan, COO, said that in response to market demands, Bamboo Hardwoods has responded with a variety of looks, including distressed, hand-scraped, hand-woven and French bleed.

“We’re always approaching [design] from what the market wants rather than us saying, ‘Hey, we think this is cool. Why don’t you sell it?’” Keegan said. “We are listening carefully to our dealers and then responding so this is not some crapshoot.”

Driftwood, featuring gray tones, and Tawny, with its warmer brown/nutmeg look, are popular within the company’s Arcade and Suite collections. These bamboo products are available with a wire-brushed look or French bleed on the edges.

In June, Bamboo Hardwoods will launch Chalet, a hand-scraped line with a strand-woven wearlayer and multilayer plywood core. “Customers on the East Coast, West Coast and South into Texas have been asking for these looks, colors and construction,” Keegan noted

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.21.51 AMECOBamboo

Developed and offered exclusively by Dasso, EcoBamboo uses an unfurled format to press the round bamboo canes flat instead of cutting them into strips for the traditional formats or shredding them for the strand-woven styles. The process leaves the natural outer skin on the face, which is the hardest part of bamboo; this becomes the floor’s natural finish. Products come in a range of widths, including 5-inch planks.

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.22.30 AMEcoFusion

ColorFusion African Safari, a strand-woven engineered plank, is 9⁄16-inch thick, 5 inches wide x 73 inches long. Targeted for residential settings, ColorFusion can be floated, glued or nailed down.

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.22.55 AMTeragren

Moisture problems have at times plagued bamboo, but Teragren’s hot press manufacturing process—in which heat is applied consistently to all four sides of the bamboo—produces a dense, more stable product, the company explained.

In 2014, Teragren will introduce 13 new looks in its Visions and Vantage II lines, including eight colors and a new wire-brushed finish option on the Vantage II engineered platform.The products include a hard wax oil finish that recently came to the North American market after experiencing success in Europe.

Interestingly, one of Teragren’s current best-selling products has been around for 20 years. “Our traditional-style floors have seen a skyrocket in the flat-grain, caramelized color (FGC),” said Caitlyn Kari, marketing communications manager. “This is one of the colors that we launched at the very beginning, 20 years ago.”

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.23.15 AMUSFloors

As with other bamboo manufacturers, USFloors is following the strand-woven trend with its Muse Strand collection of eight plank SKUs in dimensions of 5 1⁄2 x 73 x 1⁄2 inch, and two strip-width products in a 2 1⁄2  x 73 x 1⁄2-inch format.

Muse is an engineered product constructed with an HDF core; as such, it is more dimensionally stable and is designed to handle extreme weather. “It is the all-climate floor,” said Gary Keeble, product and marketing manager. “It will resonate with dealers who like bamboo.”

Muse is further distinguished by its staining techniques and a soft sculpted wire-brush look that provides a more random visual than the typical machine-scraped product. Muse displays ship in late March.

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.23.34 AMWellmade

Strand-woven continues to drive Wellmade’s bamboo programs through all sales channels, with the company’s engineered strand collection the big seller. It features a seven-ply eucalyptus base and 4mm thick-sawn wearlayer, and is targeted for residential and commercial use. “Best of all, it can be used on any level of the project and performs in any climate, from humid to arid,” said Steve Wagner, director of sales and marketing.

Wellmade’s Old Growth Series features reclaimed visuals applied directly to a bamboo core, using the company’s high definition Clear-Tec bamboo imaging process.

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Bamboo Hardwoods announces agreement with R.A. Siegel

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 12.38.22 PMBamboo Hardwoods recently announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with R. A. Siegel Company as a new bamboo flooring distributor partner.  R.A. Siegel is a wholesale distributor of fine flooring products to both the residential and commercial markets, servicing Georgia, Florida and Alabama since 1950.  This agreement further expands Bamboo Hardwoods’ existing distribution network, and offers a trusted name brand of bamboo flooring and coordinating accessories to R.A. Siegel’s respective network of flooring dealers. Continue reading Bamboo Hardwoods announces agreement with R.A. Siegel

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Horizon will represent Bamboo Hardwoods in Mid-Atlantic

Bamboo Hardwoods, a fast-growing industry leader of bamboo flooring and panel products and a part of the Aboeda family of companies, announced on May 29 that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Horizon Forest Products as a new bamboo flooring distributor partner.  Since 1993, Horizon has carried one of the most comprehensive inventories in the mid-Atlantic Region of pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring, floor equipment, abrasives, finishes, fasteners and accessories.  This agreement further expands Bamboo Hardwoods’ existing distribution network onto the East Coast, and offers a trusted name brand of bamboo flooring and coordinating accessories to Horizon’s respective network of flooring dealers. Continue reading Horizon will represent Bamboo Hardwoods in Mid-Atlantic

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Latest looks in Bamboo

By Jenna Lippin

Volume 26/Number 22; March 18/25, 2013

In recent years, bamboo has become a prominent topic of discussion in the flooring industry. Thanks to technological advances, especially HD imaging, bamboo visuals have reached new levels of realism. With a variety of fresh styles and designs, bamboo players have released their most innovative offerings to date. Continue reading Latest looks in Bamboo

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Teragren introduces Vantage, adds to Xcora

Bainbridge Island, Wash. Teragren, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, today introduced a new product line – Vantage: A new generation in bamboo flooring. The only engineered strand bamboo flooring FSC-certified through and through, Vantage was designed by the US-based company to include Teragren’s superior environmental pedigree.

The Vantage platform features a 3mm FSC-certified Xcora strand bamboo wear layer over an 11mm, 7-layer FSC and CARB II certified eucalyptus plywood core for maximum stability. Using seven layers of eucalyptus as a substrate creates an exceptionally stable product which is also very light, resulting in a floor that combines both the value of superior product engineering and the benefit of the look and durability of Teragren’s Xcora strand bamboo. Continue reading Teragren introduces Vantage, adds to Xcora

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Bamboo Hardwoods announces distribution agreement with The Cronin Company

Bamboo Hardwoods, a fast-growing industry leader of bamboo flooring and panel products and a part of the Aboeda family of companies, announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with The Cronin Company  as a new bamboo flooring distributor partner.  The Cronin Company is one of the Northwest’s leading independent wholesale distributors of fine flooring products and will exclusively represent Bamboo Hardwoods in Montana, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Washington.  This agreement further expands Bamboo Hardwoods’ existing distribution network, and offers a trusted name brand of bamboo flooring and coordinating accessories to Cronin’s respective network of flooring dealers. Continue reading Bamboo Hardwoods announces distribution agreement with The Cronin Company

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Teragren announces new distribution partnership in the Gulf

Bainbridge Island, Wash. – Teragren, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, has recently announced a new distribution partnership with Bolick Distributors. Under the terms of the new agreement, the Baton Rouge, La., based distributor will now offer Teragren’s line of rapidly renewable and premiere quality bamboo flooring throughout their network in Louisiana and Mississippi. Continue reading Teragren announces new distribution partnership in the Gulf

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Technology gives consumers more options

By Louis Iannaco

An example of its traditional bamboo offerings, Wellmade’s Cognac French Bleed, above, features a solid horizontal construction. Mohawk’s Hilea, shown at right in Natural Bamboo, is one of the mill’s strand woven collections.

In recent years, the bamboo segment has been one of the industry’s most dynamic, growing exponentially in popularity. Whether it’s the idea of bringing the outdoors inside, an increasing sense of environmental responsibility or designers using a myriad of new applications, flooring manufacturers have answered the call with more options. Continue reading Technology gives consumers more options

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Teragren's complete bamboo line certified USDA BioPreferred

Bainbridge Island, Wash. –Teragren, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for their complete line of bamboo building products. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the products’ amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds prescribed USDA levels. Biobased products are goods composed in whole or significant part of agricultural, forestry or marine materials. Continue reading Teragren's complete bamboo line certified USDA BioPreferred