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CAP Carpet unveils The Floor Project

New retail concept is ‘the ideal flooring experience’

by Steven Feldman

Wichita, Kan.—CAP Carpet, one of the nation’s 15 largest flooring retailers, last week officially opened the doors to its latest retail concept, called The Floor Project, the store is billed as the first floor covering location designed around consumers’ wants and needs—the result of extensive research. Continue reading CAP Carpet unveils The Floor Project

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Industry icons Munzinger, Pirner inducted into WFCA Hall of Fame

Anaheim, Calif.— Fritz Munzinger and LaVone Pirner are the latest industry icons to be inducted into the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) Hall of Fame. Each is recognized for groundbreaking achievements and has placed his indelible stamp on the industry as a whole. The formal induction for both men will take place May 9 as part of the WFCA’s Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting in Asheville, N.C. Continue reading Industry icons Munzinger, Pirner inducted into WFCA Hall of Fame

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Search gets under way to find WFCA's next president and CEO

by Steven Feldman

Monday, May 21, 2012. Boca Raton, Fla.—The search to find the next president and CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has officially begun. A five-person search committee was formed at WFCA’s biannual meeting here as well as the process by which the next executive will be named. Continue reading Search gets under way to find WFCA's next president and CEO

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Dancik joins Pirner as co-president of fcB2B

Mitchell Dancik

Anaheim, Calif. — The board of directors of the Floor Covering Business to Business Association (fcB2B) announced the appointment of industry veteran Mitchell Dancik

as co-president to serve along with existing co-president Aaron Pirner, CEO of CAP Carpet, Wichita, KS. Co-presidents of fcB2B serve without compensation.

In making the announcement, fcB2B chairman of the board, Chris Davis, stated the organization is fortunate to gain the services of Dancik to complement and work in concert with Pirner.  “Mitch brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge to the table that will mesh well with Aaron’s organizational skills. Together they form a very dynamic team to move the fcB2B agenda forward,” Davis said. Continue reading Dancik joins Pirner as co-president of fcB2B

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Retailers still find money can grow from trees: Educated staff, innovative displays keys to maintaining profitability

Every flooring category has taken a hit as a result of the recession, but none has withstood the kind of beating hardwood flooring has endured. Sales have dropped to levels not seen since 2000.

It wasn’t always like this. In fact, for more than 15 years consumer demand for the product was soaring and the industry was answering the call with new finishing techniques, the latest exotic looks and upgraded performance attributes. Continue reading Retailers still find money can grow from trees: Educated staff, innovative displays keys to maintaining profitability

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Domotex asia/ChinaFloor: U.S. mills expand into Asia as Eastern mills grow in west

SHANGHAI—Massive earth-quakes. Powerful hurricanes. Countries struggling to survive economic collapse. Many would say the world is turning upside down. This is certainly so in the world of flooring—but unlike world events, it is for the betterment of everyone, it seems.Domotex asia show floor

While China remains the most important sourcing market for all kinds of products (73% of the country’s exports end up in the U.S.), flooring including, there is an interesting trend that was played out among the 8.5 football field-sized halls that made up the 12th annual Domotex asia/ChinaFloor (DACF) here last month. Western-based manufacturers continue to see mainland China as a major opportunity for sales of products bearing their brand, while Chinese mills that have set up shop in the U.S. have seen their market share grow as retailers and distributors look for alternatives in this tough economy. Continue reading Domotex asia/ChinaFloor: U.S. mills expand into Asia as Eastern mills grow in west