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NAFCD elects 2013 board

ORLANDO, FLA.—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) has announced its 2013 slate of executive officers and directors.

Executive officers appointed for 2013 include incoming president, George Roth of Lockwood Flooring; vice president, Craig Folven of Herrigan Distributors; secretary, Rosana Chaidez of J.J. Haines, and treasurer, Chris O’Connor of CMH Space Flooring. Continue reading NAFCD elects 2013 board

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NAFCD announces 2013 officers and board members

Chicago– The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) announced its 2013 slate of executive officers and directors at the 2013 NAFCD Annual Member Business Meeting during the 2013 NAFCD Annual Convention and Executive Networking Forum, in Orlando, Fla., November 13-15.

Executive officers appointed for 2013 include: Continue reading NAFCD announces 2013 officers and board members

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Columbia launches new products for 2012

Dallas— Columbia, the Character Wood Specialist in the hardwood industry, has launched five new collections during 2012. Columbia’s new products are resonating well in the marketplace, offering consumers attractive, quality products, with a strong price/value relationship. The newly-launched Character Wood collections (Gunnison, Claremont, and Hayden) satisfy the hardwood market’s current appetite for authenticity, texture, and timeworn looks that add warmth and personality to a home. Columbia’s new products also include a Domestic Exotic collection (Beckham) and a Traditional Oak collection (Adams Signature).  The five collections offer a variety of colors and designs. All Columbia hardwood products are “Made in the USA”. Continue reading Columbia launches new products for 2012

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Alliance Flooring members urged to take control of destiny

By Matthew Spieler

San Antonio—As the economy picks up steam members of the Alliance Flooring network were encouraged to take control of their destinies by being the driver and making a difference.

The days of just hanging a sign and having people come in are over, noted Ron Dunn, co-CEO of Alliance. “You need to drive to it; it doesn’t come to you.” Continue reading Alliance Flooring members urged to take control of destiny

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Use of domestic exotics on the rise

Whether you chalk it up to the economy, stricter environmental and logging laws, changing consumer preferences in both style and where a product comes from, or something else, one thing is clear: The use of non-traditional North American wood species to make flooring has risen dramatically over the last five years.

Generally referred to as domestic exotics, these are wood species that go beyond the traditional oak, maple and pine. While oak has been the king of wood flooring for decades, the latter two have, historically, been more widely used than any other domestically grown specie. Continue reading Use of domestic exotics on the rise

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Lacey, CARB update: Compliance no big deal for mills

In 2008 two pieces of legislation were passed. One was an amendment to a 109-year-old federal law and the other a new regulation by the state of California. Each was expected to have a profound impact on the wood flooring industry in terms of the types of species being offered and how products are manufactured. Continue reading Lacey, CARB update: Compliance no big deal for mills

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Producers tout latest green offerings, developments

Environmentally friendly is a buzz phrase the flooring industry has seen become part of mainstream business conversation. Through research and development, focus groups and more, hardwood flooring executives have taken the temperature of the masses and have come to realize the importance of being green is great.

Accordingly, the products they manufacture are increasingly reflecting a consumer desire for a smaller carbon footprint and a conscious effort to be part of the environmentally responsible products for her home. Continue reading Producers tout latest green offerings, developments