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Mohawk expands into countertops

mohawk_logo1Mohawk Industries has announced the alignment of two key and growing business areas: countertops and laminate/hardwood. Each of these businesses represents opportunities for Mohawk to bring new value to the market and will play an important role in the company’s continued growth.

Matt Kahny will lead Mohawk’s expansion into the $3 billion countertop market where Mohawk will make significant investments in porcelain slab and other surfaces. Kahny will also manage and further develop the company’s existing natural stone slab business, which will be leveraged to distribute these new products.

Mohawk’s countertop expansion will be executed from within the Dal-Tile ceramic business. Kahny, who also will lead Dal-Tile’s home center and independent distributor teams, will report to John Turner, president, Dal-Tile.

As Kahny transitions into this role, Gary Lanser will become the president of Mohawk’s laminate and wood business, including the distribution of the Quick-Step and Columbia brands. In this capacity, he will drive the development of innovative products that will differentiate between the company’s Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo and Columbia brands. Lanser will also be responsible for completing the construction and start-up of the company’s new engineered wood and premium laminate plants. Lanser will report directly to Brian Carson, president of Mohawk Flooring North America.

Kahny’s flooring industry career began in 1983 with American Olean, which became a part of Dal-Tile in 1995. In 2009, he was tapped to lead Mohawk’s North American laminate and wood business, which grew substantially under his leadership and included the highly successful acquisition and integration of Pergo.

Since joining Mohawk in 2009, Lanser has taken on progressively greater responsibility including leading Flooring North America’s supply chain, customer experience, logistics and carpet cushion manufacturing. His experience has given him key insights into how the company can leverage its strengths in distribution, customer relationships and process management to deliver superior service, improve efficiencies and refine manufacturing processes.

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Mohawk Industries sweeps top honors at FCNews’ 20th annual Awards of Excellence

Leading flooring manufacturer earns carpet, ceramic tile, laminate and wood awards from nation’s independent retailers

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 2.53.50 PMCalhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company, took home top honors at FCNews’ annual Awards of Excellence at the May 12 ceremony.

Reflecting the strength and diversity of its product collections, Mohawk Industries captured the Best Overall Manufacturer title for the fourth time. Brian Carson, president of Mohawk’s Flooring North America segment, was on hand at the event at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, N.Y., to receive the honor on behalf of the company.

“I appreciate the outstanding work of thousands of Mohawk employees whose talent and dedication earned our company these prestigious awards,” Carson said. “I am grateful to our retail partners for their resounding endorsement of Mohawk’s people and products. Honors like this reflect our ability to deliver great products, exceptional value and superlative service for our customers.”

The company also claimed five additional awards in specific flooring categories:

Mohawk – Best Carpet Manufacturer (Group A, which consists of larger manufacturers)

Dal-Tile – Best Ceramic Tile Manufacturer (Group A)

Marazzi – Best Ceramic Tile Manufacturer (Group B)

Columbia Flooring – Best Laminate Manufacturer (Group B)

Mohawk Hardwood – Best Hardwood Manufacturer (Group A)

Dal-Tile’s win was its eighteenth consecutive award in Group A, while Marazzi earned its ninth honor in Group B, illustrating its dominance in the North American ceramic tile market.

“The Awards of Excellence are particularly meaningful because they reinforce how thousands of customers feel about their relationship with our business as well as how they value our Daltile and Marazzi collections,” said John “JT” Turner, Jr., president of Dal-Tile. “Each of our team members plays a critical role in ensuring that we forge relationships with our customers through superior service and products that lead the industry in innovation, design and quality. Our long history of success in this awards program illustrates our commitment to excellence and the meaningful partnerships we enjoy with our customers.”

Mohawk recaptured the top carpet prize the company last claimed in 2014 while the laminate award for the Columbia brand follows five consecutive wins for the company’s Quick-Step brand, highlighting the depth of Mohawk’s laminate collections. The award for hardwood flooring was Mohawk’s first and reinforces the company’s momentum in this flooring category.

Though much of the night’s focus was on Mohawk’s multi-category wins, the company ensured the spotlight was shared with the host publication. Mohawk surprised the Floor Covering News staff with a special thirtieth anniversary cake and a celebratory toast to recognize the magazine’s significant impact within the industry.

Sponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa Exhibitions, proprietors of The International Surface Event (TISE), the Awards of Excellence were established as a way for manufacturers’ customers—retailers, distributors, designers, installers and specifiers—to honor the companies that 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 prestigious industry awards are voted on by independent retailers beginning at the annual Surfaces flooring trade show in January through March. Nearly 2,000 ballots were cast for the Awards of Excellence, a record for the twenty-year-old event.

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Columbia launches three engineered wood collections

columbia hardwood, ashby collection, ivory lace maple, hi-resDallas—The Columbia brand has recently launched three engineered hardwood collections: Wimberly, Ashby and Vale. These offerings are the right products for today’s market, according to Harry Bogner, senior vice president of hardwood for Unilin, Columbia’s parent company, noting the rise of the engineered hardwood market. “This trend started a few years ago and is projected to continue increasing,” Bogner said. “At Columbia, we are continually positioning our retailers for success in this growing engineered market by regularly launching new products such as the Wimberly, Ashby, and Vale collections.”

Columbia’s new Wimberly is a rustic antiqued flooring collection with a beautifully weathered appearance that resembles the uniqueness of reclaimed wood. Striking knots and dramatic character marks further emphasize the depth and texture of this antiqued flooring.

Columbia’s new Ashby collection features longer/wider planks, including softly wire-brushed oaks and smooth maple in fashion-forward matte tones in 7-inch wide planks and random lengths up to 72 inches long; the products showcase the natural beauty of hardwood with ample amounts of rustic character including cracks, knots and splits.

Columbia’s new Vale collection is a blend of smooth maple and walnut floors, along with softly wire-brushed oak and hickory — in longer/wider planks. Rich browns, warm grays, and unique natural tones create high-end visuals. Ample amounts of rustic character, including cracks, knots, and splits are featured in this new collection.

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Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, Columbia to be featured in NALFA booth at TISE 2015

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 3.07.48 PMDallas—Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo and Columbia will be featured prominently in the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) booth #S7371 during the upcoming International Surface Event (TISE) 2015 tradeshow at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas Jan. 20-23.

The NALFA booth is designed to serve as a showcase for NALFA certified products. Only laminate flooring that meets the strictest criteria regarding quality can achieve NALFA certification. All Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo and Columbia floors are NALFA certified.

“When purchasing our brands, consumers can have full confidence they are bringing flooring of the highest quality into their home,” said Paij Thorn-Brooks, vice president of brand marketing for Unilin.

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Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, Columbia at NALFA booth

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 8.57.41 AMDallas — Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, and Columbia laminate brands will be featured prominently in the NALFA (North American Laminate Flooring Association) booth during Surfaces.

The NALFA booth is designed to serve as a showcase for “NALFA certified products.”  Only laminate flooring that meets the strictest criteria regarding quality can achieve NALFA certification.  All Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, and Columbia flooring is NALFA certified.

“When purchasing our brands, consumers can have full confidence they are bringing flooring of the highest quality into their home,” said Paij Thorn-Brooks, vice president of brand marketing for Unilin.

NALFA’s booth S7158 will be located on the Surfaces show floor at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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Wood: Solid still has its advantages over engineered

Nov. 18/25 2013; Volume 27/number15

By Ken Ryan

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 2.39.07 PMEven as engineered hardwood flooring gains in market share, solid remains a strong and viable portion, with some executives saying the selection enjoys the perception among consumers of offering greater value than engineered. Continue reading Wood: Solid still has its advantages over engineered

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Unilin, Quick-Step, Columbia support NAFCD convention

UnilinDallas—Flooring manufacturer Unilin sees great value in the annual North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) convention, taking place this week in Chicago. Unilin’s Quick-Step and Columbia brands show their full support for this gathering of key industry players by each serving as Gold Benefactor sponsors for the event. Also, Shane Calloway, Unilin’s vice president of North American independent distribution, is currently on NAFCD’s board. Continue reading Unilin, Quick-Step, Columbia support NAFCD convention

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Unilin raises prices on Columbia, Century wood products

Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 6.39.33 PMDallas—“Although Unilin, the parent company of Columbia and Century hardwood, continues to take steps to mitigate the impact of increased costs, raw material costs have continued to rise on select lumber and veneer species,” said Shane Calloway, vice president of North American independent distribution sales for Unilin. “The combination of an improving economy and less than ideal logging conditions continues to pressure availability leading to increased demand. Continue reading Unilin raises prices on Columbia, Century wood products

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Unilin facility earns SHARP award for seventh straight year

UnilinThomasville, N.C.—For the seventh consecutive year, the Sharp Award has been earned by the Unilin production facility that makes Mohawk, Quick-Step and Columbia laminate. The Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Award is an accolade bestowed upon worthy companies by the North Carolina Dept. of Labor. Unilin’s laminate production facility here puts great emphasis on employee safety and has been repeatedly recognized publicly for these efforts. Continue reading Unilin facility earns SHARP award for seventh straight year

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Environment, safety at head of domestic production

Volume 26/Number 25; April 29/May 6, 2013

By Matthew Spieler

Flooring manufacturers such as HomerWood have been honored for their environmental activities.

Few countries, if any, have as many laws as the U.S. regarding the protection of the health and safety of its people and the environment, from the federal level to local municipalities. In addition, green building rating systems have put a greater emphasis on how far a product travels, rationalizing the closer it is to the jobsite, the less energy required to get it there.

While some may complain about the abundance of regulations, the flooring industry, in many ways, has deemed these rules advantageous to producing products in the U.S.

Randy Merritt, president of Shaw Industries, said the company’s commitment to safety, health and the environment spans past compliance. “Our sustainability practices go beyond basic federal or state requirements. We aim to be an innovation leader, producing products that minimize waste, utilize renewable energy in production when possible and safeguard our natural resources. Shaw has recycled more than 600 million pounds of post-consumer carpet from 2006 through 2011, a major milestone for the growth of carpet reclamation.” Continue reading Environment, safety at head of domestic production