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INSTALL announces Canadian National Apprenticeship Competition winner

IMG_20170826_2200421Glassboro, N.J.—The best floor covering apprentices in Canada recently convened in historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, for a unique installation competition. Marking its 25th anniversary, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) National Apprenticeship Competition (NAC) attracted dozens of participants to the port city, where they took part in two days of installation competitions and events.

Apprentice Mike McLaughlin, Local 27 Ontario, was named the winner of the flooring installation competition, showcasing his expertise.

Held from Aug. 25-26, the 2017 NAC was hosted by: Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers, Carpenter Millwright Colleges and Trust Funds of Atlantic Canada and INSTALL.

“INSTALL’s mission is to train and educate for the purpose of quality flooring installations throughout North America,” said John McGrath, INSTALL executive director. “By supporting this important Canadian event we are able to expand our profile in the country and show prospective floorcovering installers and contractors that INSTALL is committed to building their future.”

Len Bryden, executive director of training and programs for the Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers, was pleased to see the continued relationship between the NAC and INSTALL. “The NAC has promoted apprenticeships and highlighted UBC for contractors and installers throughout Canada. The event brings together people from across Canada and allows them to meet, network, share successes and failures, and showcase their talent. It creates a stronger industry and shows off the programs that put us at the forefront in training.”

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2017 Starnet Design Awards: Projects strike ‘gold’ in prestigious competition

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26

 
Carlsbad, Calif.—One of the highlights of the recent Starnet Commercial Flooring Cooperative convention—which marked the group’s milestone 25th anniversary—was the annual Starnet Design Awards ceremony. The prestigious awards program, billed as one of the most respected commercial flooring design competitions in America, recognized a host of outstanding installations ranging from iconic international sports venues to corporate headquarters.

“For 19 years we have gathered to celebrate the talent and expertise of our members and the amazing projects that result from the collaboration between our members, our vendor partners and the A&D community,” said Jeanne Matson, president and CEO, during the awards presentation ceremony. “I want to extend a special ‘thank you’ to all the companies that took the time to share their labors of love with us, and to our vendor partners working hand in hand with Starnet members every day to produce some of the finest work in the flooring industry.”

Armstrong products were featured in eight award-winning designs. Meanwhile, Tarkett’s Johnsonite and Centiva brands were featured in a combined 14 award-winning projects, including six gold, four silver and four bronze awards. Starnet members entered more than 100 projects featuring the two brands.

Beyond the manufacturers, Matson also took a moment to recognize the panel of judges for their time, professionalism, expertise and dedication. These included: Deborah Elliott, co-founder and design principal, ID Studios; Stephanie Crane, principal, Shlemmer Algaze & Associates; and Sascha Wagner, president and CEO, Huntsman Architectural Group. Honorary judges for the Environmental Achievement and Unique Installation Challenge Awards were Bob Peoples, executive director, CARE; and Robert Varden, vice president, Certified Flooring Installers.

And the 2017 winners are…

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Schönox kicks off subfloor competition

Florence, Ala.—Schönox has announced the start of its third annual ‘Worst Subfloor’ contest, whereby participants are asked to submit entries featuring their most challenging subfloor projects and how they renovated those tough subfloor conditions using Schönox products. The worst subfloor challenges paired with the best renovation performance win.

“The response to the contest has been strong in its first two years and we are already seeing entries for this year,” said Thomas Trissl, principal, HPS Schönox. “It’s a great opportunity to take a look at the most extreme conditions in the field and recognize the great work being done by flooring professionals all across North America.”

Contest entries are judged based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project, and the quality of the finished subfloor. Entries are reviewed and scored by three independent judges and the winners receive a variety of prizes and much-deserved recognition for their hard work and professional approach to subfloor preparation. Contestants are asked to photograph the subfloor conditions before and after the subfloor renovation project and submit the photos, along with some project information, at hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor.

“The contest provides a real-world proving ground putting Schönox products to the test in the worst subfloor circumstances,” said Doug Young, executive vice president, HPS Schönox. “Everything that we learn in the field is taken back and incorporated into our research and development efforts ensuring that our products meet emerging subfloor challenges, perform even better and do so more quickly.”

The contest runs through Dec. 9. The winners will be announced at TISE 2017  in Las Vegas.