San Diego—Cali Bamboo has launched GeoWood, a revolutionary engineered hardwood combining real timber layered over GeoCore—Cali’s stabilizing limestone composite foundation. This technological breakthrough yields rock solid hardwood flooring with AquaDefy water resistance and comes at a lower price point than solid wood planks.
GeoWood’s AquaDefy technology ensures diehard moisture protection, making it available for bathrooms, kitchens and below-grade spaces like basements. In addition, the beauty layer atop each plank is up to 1.2mm thick and features sustainably farmed woods and lumber from Lacey Act Compliant managed forests. All flooring is Ultra Low VOC with no added Urea Formaldehyde and employs adhesives that fall well below E0 emissions standards.
The full GeoWood collection includes real oak, hickory, maple, walnut and bamboo. It can be floated or glued down over any type of even subfloor and pairs with Cali Complete All-in-One Underlayment. Shielded by a 10-coat scratch resistant finish, GeoWood planks are ideal for spaces with heavy traffic, large dogs and all the wear and tear of everyday life. The flooring is backed by a 50-year residential warranty and a 15-year commercial warranty.
Johnson City, Tenn.—As part of its effort to broaden its domestic manufacturing footprint, Mullican Flooring, a leading manufacturer of quality hardwood floors, plans to bring full production of all sawn engineered products to the U.S. beginning early summer 2017.
Since 2012 Mullican Flooring has converted much of its engineered hardwood production from imported to domestic manufactured product, explained Neil Poland, president. “The transition of our sawn lines to the U.S. is a natural extension of that movement. Further, we are looking at this change as part of our effort to improve efficiencies and long-term value within the company. The move will allow us to tighten quality control as well as to stay true to a long-standing corporate commitment to support domestic production. As a 32-year old U.S. based company, we truly recognize that manufacturing is the foundation of the U.S. economy so transitioning the few remaining components of our production that remains overseas has been part of our long-term strategy all along. The start-up of our sawn production line is the first phase of a five-year expansion plan that will create 200 new jobs at our Johnson City production plant.”
The first product that will transition to the U.S. production facility is EuroSawn White Oak in a 7-inch width. The collection will be immediately available in six colors. Plans to transition additional overseas production to the U.S. will be announced in Q3.
In addition to its Tennessee-based facility, Mullican also has manufacturing operations in Norton, Va.; Holland, N.Y.; and Ronceverte, W.Va.
Grand Rapids, Mich.—Stiles Machinery—a supplier of equipment integration, financial services, education, service and parts to the flooring industry—kicked off an event-filled week for North American flooring manufacturers on April 26 with its Flooring Day 2016 event in the company’s High Point, N.C., showroom and finishing lab. The event showcased the latest emerging trends and technologies for engineered flooring and solid wood processing manufacturers who later attended the nearby National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Wood Flooring Expo in Charlotte, N.C., April 27-30.
Close to 60 flooring manufacturers attended Stiles’ Flooring Day, gaining knowledge on worldwide industry trends and techniques in flooring production. Industry experts from Stiles and its global partners shared insight on new, innovative technologies for optimizing lumber, automating through-feed processes and efficient packaging solutions in both small and high-production manufacturing facilities.
Presentations and live demonstrations gave attendees an up-close look at cutting-edge technologies from manufacturers Homag and Kentwood that included solid wood processing applications such as moulding, ripping, end-matching and automated hand-scraping practices. Attendees were also introduced to new, state-of-the-art sanding and finishing technologies for achieving ideal surface qualities for engineered wood flooring. Each production process showcased automation and software to illustrate the impact smart manufacturing can have on any size company for attaining increased efficiency and productivity.
Onsite vendors provided a multitude of tooling expertise, advice on surface qualities and coatings, software and packaging solutions all geared toward LVT and engineered wood flooring manufacturers.
Lancaster, Pa. – Armstrong announced on May 29 that it will initiate a 5% to 7% increase in the United States and Canada on all solid hardwood and on select engineered hardwood products effective with shipments on July 15, 2013.
“The cost of lumber continues to rise due to the demand for wood sharply increasing and the supply lagging behind as sawmills slowly come on line,” said Kevin Biedermann, senior vice president, Armstrong Residential Floor Products. Continue reading Armstrong announces price increase on hardwood flooring
by Melissa McGuire
Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong has come into 2012 loaded with significant introductions in its laminate and hardwood portfolios along with a focus on its 2011 Altera Reserve intros that are just now gaining traction in the marketplace.
With luxury vinyl tile all the rage these days, Armstrong believes Alterna and its step-up Alterna Reserve offer the best visuals on the market. As such, the company is positioning these collections not versus competing LVT but rather the real thing—the stones they emulate, according to Allen Cubell, vice president of residential resilient products. Continue reading Armstrong readies itself for 2012
Eager to learn where the market is from the retailer’s perspective, FCNews set out to learn what the top-selling styles are across the U.S. Surveying specialty dealers from the Redwood Forests to the Gulfstream waters, from the Florida panhandle up the Appalachian Trail to New England, carpet maintains a stronghold for many states in the union. Some things are predictable: New England is mostly conservative with wool loops and Berbers; Midwestern consumers favor domestic hardwoods, and the West is eco-conscious, focusing on natural fibers. Continue reading Top selling styles: Carpet does the bulk of business for specialty retailers