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NeoCon 2018 calls for program submissions

NeoConChicago—NeoCon is seeking innovative thought leaders for the 50th edition of its prestigious conference program to be held June 11-13 at the Mart. The official call for presentations application is now available online at neoconcfp.com. Applications are due Oct. 30.

NeoCon programming is known for its diverse assortment of dynamic and timely seminars across leading tracks and categories. The 2018 offering will build on this legacy and include a special new programming designation on the “Future of Design.”

Now is the chance to join thousands of industry experts who have shaped the educational conferences of NeoCon. Selected speakers will gain visibility in the industry and contribute to the advancement of their profession at the momentous 50th edition of NeoCon.

Submission guidelines and specifics can be found at neoconcfp.com or neocon.com.

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MP Global event celebrates 20th anniversary

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 12.03.29 PMNorfolk, Neb.—MP Global recently commemorated 20 years in the business by holding a special “employee appreciation” event to mark the milestone. The event included a golf outing, special recognition of longtime workers as well as food, fun and activities.

Beyond the fun-filled festivities, the event provided an opportunity to reflect on the company’s storied history. When Al Collison, founder and president of MP Global Products, inserted the key for the first time into the large vacant building that is now the headquarters, he stopped before pushing the door open and asked himself out loud, “Well, I wonder how this one will turn out?” Having just sold his shares to his cellulose insulation company he ran for many years, he felt there was more he could be a part of and build.

Fast forward 20 years, MP Global Products has stood the test of time, positioning itself as a leader in the underlayment industry. Starting out, MP Global made carpet padding, which Collison admits now that floating floor underlayments were the farthest product from his mind. “QuietWalk was discovered almost by accident,” he recalled. By his account, a former colleague said he was onto something with this thin, dense pad with a vapor barrier on it that could be installed under laminate, a product category that was soaring in popularity in the late ’90s. Once the new product was tested and developed further, it quickly became the underlayment many installers preferred under floating floors.

“What makes QuietWalk so different than other underlayment products out there is it’s made from 94% recycled textile content,” said Jack Boesch, MP Global’s marketing director. “We like to say we were green long before being green was popular.”

Because of the natural fiber makeup of the product in the patented manufacturing process, MP Global’s fiber-based underlayments inherently have zero off gassing and are third-party certified for clean indoor air quality, passing all California requirements for clean air.

Legacy of innovation
Since the early days, MP Global has evolved products into what flooring trends have demanded. The company recently launched QuietWalk Plus, which—unlike like its older sibling, QuietWalk—can be used under floating applications. QuietWalk Plus also offers one universal underlayment that can be floated, glued or nailed down. The secret is in the vapor barrier, which is engineered to accept glue or a mechanical fastener. “So many things have changed in recent years with flooring innovations, we realize we need to adjust to those changes as well,” Collison said.

Having many new innovative products to offer, MP Global is positioned to be the one-source underlayment provider for all dealers’ or distributor needs. “Because of our vast assortment of underlayments for virtually any type of flooring on the market, we can mix one truck with all the different products,” Boesch added.

More importantly, MP Global cited the teamwork employees exhibit day in and day out as its greatest asset in the last 20 years. “We are all in this together,” Collison said. “It is pretty special that we have enjoyed success, and it could not have happened without every member of our team.”

 

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Karndean Designflooring event supports Wounded Warrior Project

Karndean Wounded Warrior FundraiserExport, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring, a market leader in luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring, recently held a charity event in Las Vegas to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Karndean celebrated another successful year at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock Country Club on Jan. 17, followed by a cocktail reception at the company’s Las Vegas showroom.

The total amount raised at the event was matched by Karndean to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that raises awareness and provides aid for the needs of injured service members, along with other programs and services.

This is the third year running that Karndean has used this event as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization and hopes to continue to do so in the future. “These servicemen and women make a tremendous sacrifice, and this token of our gratitude has become something we look forward to doing each year at this event,” said Larry Browder, CEO, Karndean Designflooring.

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

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Hunter Douglas launches ‘Celebrate the Season’ event

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J.—The Hunter Douglas “Celebrate the Season” fall sales event is designed to tap into consumers’ desire to make their homes more beautiful and safer for the fall season, as well as for holiday gatherings, while providing another opportunity for the company’s aligned dealers to close larger and more profitable sales. Continue reading Hunter Douglas launches ‘Celebrate the Season’ event