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American OEM enters next phase with management additions

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Dickson, Tenn.—American OEM has appointed Todd Braun as chief operating officer and Allie Finkell as vice president of administration.

Braun comes to American OEM from the financial industry after holding positions around the world as group controller with Terex Corp. He entered the wood products industry with Foley Marten as general manager, Aacer Flooring as COO, and group manager of the Zickgraf Solid Flooring Group at Shaw Industries.

“Todd brings a wealth of financial and manufacturing knowledge to our team, and as COO he is positioned to lead American OEM to our goal of being the top supplier of beautiful, responsible, enduring hardwood products in the industry,” said Don Finkell, American OEM founder and president, adding that American OEM is seeking qualified candidates to fill Braun’s vacant CFO position.

Allie Finkell has held positions in residential sales and marketing for Anderson Hardwood Floors, and has had recent commercial experience with both Shaw and Mohawk, where she led marketing and product management efforts related to the development of new LVT/hard surface programs. “Allie’s experience buying LVT from OEM vendors and the creation of new product offerings from concept to market will provide great insight into how we can best serve our customers,” Don Finkell said.

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Mannington announces price increase on hardwood flooring

Salem, N.J.— Mannington Mills announced today that it will be implementing a price increase of up to 10% on all engineered wood floors and trim effective with shipments on May 13, 2013.

“As the housing market continues to recover, we are experiencing unprecedented increases in raw material pricing as well as log shortages,” said Kim Holm, president, residential business. “These two factors have driven our costs up to a point where we must pass along a price increase. We continue to be optimistic about the economic recovery and the future of our industry.”

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Optimism reigns as U.S. economy slowly improves

by Matthew Spieler

Shanghai—With the U.S. economy starting to once again show signs of life and the Asian market continuing its strong growth trend, the 14th annual Domotex asia/ ChinaFloor (DACF) was filled with plenty of optimism.

The upbeat spirit was seen by both visitors and exhibitors and across all product segments on display—even by those who were not selling or buying products. “It’s been too busy,” proclaimed Bert Van der Stock, managing director of Flooring Industries, the division that handles the Uniclic licensing for Mohawk/Unilin. “I haven’t been able to leave the booth for the entire show.” Continue reading Optimism reigns as U.S. economy slowly improves

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Max Windsor Floor announces prices increase

Effective January 1, 2012, Max Windsor Floors will increase its selling prices by 4%-8% effective with merchandise ordered on or after January 1, 2012. According to the manufacturer, the increase is mainly due to the tariff increase levied by the ITC against engineered wood flooring products made in China.  Continue reading Max Windsor Floor announces prices increase