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Mannington recaptures best overall, Shaw wins first Environmental Leadership Award of Excellence

ROSLYN, N.Y.—Mannington Mills has regained the mountaintop, as it was voted the industry’s Best Overall Manufacturer in the 14th Award of Excellence competition. This was the ninth time in the award’s history that Mannington took top honors, which it last held in 2006. Shaw Industries was the winner in the inaugural Award of Excellence for Environmental Leadership.

These awards, along with 12 other honors, were presented at a gala evening reception and dinner here. In addition, Sandy Mishkin, co-founder and president of CCA Global Partners, was among the invited guests as the recipient of the first Floor Covering News Lifetime Achievement Award, which was present- ed to him earlier this year at Carpet One’s 25th anniversary (FCNews, Jan. 25/Feb. 1). Continue reading Mannington recaptures best overall, Shaw wins first Environmental Leadership Award of Excellence

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Customization and visual quality define high-end hardwood

Hardwood has long had a reputation for being higher-end, almost a symbol of status for the home. It raises the value of a home, and adds beauty and warmth. But when the economy crashed, so did hardwood prices. In order to capture margin sales, companies slashed prices so low that hardwood became accessible for nearly all types of buyers.

However, a distinction still remains in higher end wood floors. Customization and visual options, sourcing and product quality all remain distinguishing factors in creating the Columbia Hardwoodupper echelon. Add that wood’s unique characteristics are imbued by Mother Nature—over which no one has any control—and that creates a floor that is even more special.

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