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Executive forecast: Ceramic producers optimistic about 2013

By Louis Iannaco 

Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012

The term “cautiously optimistic” is a well-worn adage, and when it comes to what the future may hold for the ceramic segment, it begs to be used yet again. After doing somewhat better than expected in 2012, industry executives who spoke with FCNews feel better times may truly lie just ahead, even though some admittedly have used that refrain before.

Entering 2013, executives said digital technology has and will continue to make an impact in the coming months and years. Also, larger formats and rectangular designs will continue to grow, as will the emergence of thin tiles. Top players also generally see good things for the housing market, the great dictator of growth or shrinkage in the segment. Continue reading Executive forecast: Ceramic producers optimistic about 2013

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Starnet: Members tackle projects from start to finish

By Matthew Spieler

Bentley Prince Street’s George Maibach, left, enjoyed quality time with Starnet members Cheryl Acierno and Tom Hicken.

AUSTIN, TEXAS—While it is true no two installations are the same, the fact is residential jobs are far more predictable than their commercial counterparts as, generally speaking, a house is a house is a house.

This is certainly not the 
case on the commercial 
side as, for one, it is broken 
into an array of segments including retail, education, corporate, government and
 so on. And, within each of these the differences are pronounced when it comes 
to the types of jobs flooring contractors are faced with 
on a daily basis. A mom-and-pop retail store is different from a national chain and they are both different than grocery stores; likewise, a K-12 facility differs from a university, which is nothing close to a casino or concert hall and so on down the list. Continue reading Starnet: Members tackle projects from start to finish

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Industry veteran Al Kabus joins CoMc's board of directors

With years of experience in the flooring industry, Al Kabus is now a member of CoMc 's board of directors.

Omaha – CoMc, manufacturer of the Eclipse, Avaire and SnapStone Floating Flooring Systems, announced the addition of building and commercial flooring products industry veteran Al Kabus to the company’s board of directors.

Kabus brings a strong history of industry experience and success to CoMc’s board. Throughout his career, he has held executive leadership roles as CEO of Bentley Mills, CEO of Interface Workplace Solutions Group and most recently as president of The Mohawk Group, the commercial and international division of Mohawk Industries. CoMc recruited Kabus as an active board member to spearhead the growth of the commercial segment of its business. Continue reading Industry veteran Al Kabus joins CoMc's board of directors