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AVA by Novalis to show at HD Expo

Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 10.54.33 AMToronto, Ontario, Canada—Novalis Innovative Flooring will be showcasing its AVA commercial specified LVT at HD Expo, May 3-5 at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The complete line of AVA LVT will be on display for the hospitality industry, according to Melissa Quick, commercial product & marketing manager for the AVA brand.

“We are excited to be exhibiting at this 
industry-leading event,” said Quick. “Our AVA line is one of the most extensive and versatile LVT lines for the hospitality arena. We will also be showing some recent additions to the line.”

Novalis will be sharing Booth 2674 with LSI Floors and Capri Cork. Visitors to the booth will benefit from seeing an expansive and coordinated offering of flooring solutions, according to Quick.

In addition to AVA luxury vinyl tile collections, visitors will also see sheet goods, cork, rubber and various custom capabilities designed and engineered for hospitality public spaces, back of house, guest suites, restaurants and fitness facilities.

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CFI Convention promises a plethora of programs

PastedGraphic-1Forney, Texas—The CFI Convention and Expo is back with a punch this year taking place August 16-18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. The three-day educational event, designed for both retailers and installers, will kick off with a welcome reception sponsored by Personna.

“We’ve been doing this for nearly a quarter of a century and given the positive feedback and the thousands of industry professionals who return each year wanting more I guess it’s safe to say we’re doing something right,” said Robert Varden, vice president, CFI. “No doubt that our industry has changed and evolved substantially over the years but I challenge you to find another conference that packs in the training, education and networking opportunities that are offered through the CFI program.”

This year’s program line-up features:

Leadership strategies that work: Scott Humphrey, CEO of the WFCA, delivers proven leadership strategies designed to engage your team as you lead them through the competitive and ever-changing business landscape.

Third-party inspections: biased or beneficial? And how to tell: Paul Pleshek of the National Academy for Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) provides insight in to the often-perplexing world of flooring inspections—defining proper inspection procedures, common reporting issues and tips for identifying objective and knowledgeable inspectors.

Are you ready for an immigration raid or audit? With the election of President Trump, flooring retailers, contractors and installers need to begin preparing for increased enforcement of the immigration laws. The law imposes strict documentation requirements and significant fines to ensure your employees are legal immigrants. Jeffrey King, general counsel for the WFCA, will explain the requirements for employee documentation and provide practical guidelines to ensure you are prepared for an audit or workplace raid.

LVT installation & repair: The CFI team of professionals, representing leading manufacturers in resilient flooring, present a demonstration of the latest installation techniques for LVT including plank replacement and tips for common repair issues.

#marketingtomillennials: It’s about life-stage, not age: Tony King and Kathryn Baird of TK Fusion will share pro insights that will change the way you market to millennials.

Is my business ready for new technology? Phil Zolan, executive director of fcB2B, identifies technology trends to grow your business in 2017 and beyond.

Getting unruly subfloors clean, flat, dry and sound: The CFI team of professionals present techniques for quality subfloor prep and tips for common repair issues.

To see the full line-up and get more info, register online or call 816-231-4646.

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FCLC holds first meeting of the year, identifies installation as top priority

Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 10.17.30 AMLas Vegas—The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) conducted its first meeting of 2017 on Jan. 19 in Las Vegas during The International Surfaces Event. The organization begins its third year as an industry-wide working group established to identify issues and develop solutions that lead to the success of the floor covering industry and its professionals.

Fourteen volunteer representatives from flooring industry associations representing all sectors of the industry attended the January meeting.

The FCLC meeting was held immediately following the All Industry Installation Summit Task Force meeting also held during the Surfaces event. At the FCLC meeting, Tom Jennings, vice president of professional development at the World Floor Covering Association, recapped the highlights of the Installation Summit Committee Meeting as well as insights and ideas gathered since the first Installation Summit held in August 2016.

The FCLC determined that there was no higher industry priority than the installation crisis and thus the decision was made to direct all of FCLC’s focus and resources to this important industry-wide issue. Secondly, it was agreed that the members of the FCLC will develop a strategic plan which will serve as the road map for the Installation Summit Task Force moving forward.

FCLC’s next meeting will be comprised of a professionally facilitated strategy session focused on the industry installation crisis and will be held in Phoenix on April 13 during the NWFA Wood Flooring Expo.

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Registration open for NWFA Expo

NWFA new 2013 (4-C) 2St. LouisRegistration is now open for the National Wood Flooring Association 2017 Wood Flooring Expo, set to take place in Phoenix, Ariz. April 11-14.

Registration for Expo includes the following events and specials:

  • Opening act | Keynote speaker, entertainment, food, and drink voucher
  • Main event + finale | Keynote speaker, entertainment, food, and drink voucher
  • Jam sessions with continental breakfast | 25+ hours of engaging education
  • Trade show | Two days’ admission, 20 Tech Zone and exhibitor demonstrations
  • Prizes + giveaways | Chances to win attendee prizes, valued at $500+
  • Expo T-shirt and attendee bag

“We are really looking forward to bringing our industry together for another tremendous show,” said Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO. “With the successful launch of NWFA University, bringing Hardwood Floors Magazine in-house, and increased engagement with our members, we have more to offer than ever and know that will make this year’s show even better.”

To learn more about the education and networking opportunities visit www.nwfaexpo.org.

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TISE prepares to celebrate Best Of 2017

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-05-47-amDallas—The International Surface Event (TISE): Surfaces I StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas I TileExpo opens the call for entries for the 2017 “Best Of” awards program. To honor the TISE exhibitors’ contributions to the floorcovering industry, TISE, along with the awards program sponsors, host the “Best Of” awards program designed to celebrate industry successes.   

The “Best Of” Event Awards is an annual awards program for exhibiting companies whose product, program, service, business practice and/or booth design are considered to be “Best Of” in their class. Awards are segmented into six categories: Best Booth under 1200 square feet, Best Booth above 1200 square feet, Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability and Technology.

The “Best Of” Product Awards provide attendees the opportunity to browse the newest and most innovative industry products before the event and gain additional information from the manufacturer while on the show floor. Prior to the show, exhibitors have the opportunity to submit their products into the awards program. Entered products are then featured in the TISE Product & Trends Lookbook and voted on by the industry before the event.

If you are an exhibitor at TISE 2017 and would like to nominate your company for an award, complete your nomination now.

The deadline for the “Best Of” Product Awards is Nov. 4, 2016. “Best Of” Product Awards Entry Form: www.TISEwest.com/BestOfEntryForm

The deadline for submission in the “Best Of” Event Awards is Jan. 6, 2017. “Best Of” Event Awards Entry Form: www.TISEwest.com/BestOfEventAwardsEntryForm

Join the industry and see the best at The International Surface Event 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Wednesday, Jan. 18 through Friday, Jan. 20. For hours, tickets and additional event information, visit TISEwest.com.

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Coverings seeks stone and tile projects for 2012 Installation & Design Awards

Alexandria, VA—A superior installation magnifies the real beauty of tile and stone. And, it is superior installations—along with the contractors and designers who’ve collaborated on them—that will be honored with the Coverings Installation and Design Awards. The presentation will be the crowning event of the 2012 Coverings Tile & Stone Exposition and Conference, April 17-20, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Continue reading Coverings seeks stone and tile projects for 2012 Installation & Design Awards

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Domotex asia/ChinaFloor: China’s largest construction and green building event

Shanghai, ChinaDomotex asia/ChinaFloor, already the world’s second largest floor covering trade show, is now a major attraction in Asia’s largest international construction industry event organized by VNU Exhibitions. The floor covering trade show has already booked 85% of its 11 halls, making it the largest, single showtaking place at the construction industry event in the Shanghai New International Expo Center March 27‐29, 2012.

Domotex asia/ChinaFloor will run simultaneously with the China Building Construction Expo (http://www.gbcexpo.com/en/) encompassing green building products, technology and design. By organizing these events alongside Domotex asia/ChinaFloor, VNU brings together the flooring Continue reading Domotex asia/ChinaFloor: China’s largest construction and green building event