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Milliken & Company named to Forbes Best Employers list

Spartanburg, S.C.—For the second year in a row, global diversified manufacturer Milliken & Company was included among America’s Best Mid-Size Employers. Compiled by Forbes magazine, the 2019 list recognizes the top 500 highest-rated employers with 1,000 to 5,000 U.S.-based employees and spans 25 different industries.

“We strive to be a company where every associate feels empowered, valued and engaged,” states Halsey M. Cook, president and CEO for Milliken & Company. “Being recognized as a foremost employer in the U.S. helps affirm our ongoing commitment to provide a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.”

Fostering this culture requires a multi-faceted approach, the company said, from developing associates’ professional careers to promoting new inclusion activities. In the past year, Milliken has expanded its associate network programs to connect with minority groups, including women and veterans, as well as highlighting minority associates through internal initiatives. The company has also implemented unconscious bias training for managers, an addition to its regular trainings and learning modules. Milliken’s commitment to engaging with associates is an ever-evolving initiative that reflects the needs of its associates and allows the company to remain on the forefront of important leadership and inclusion conversations.

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Tile of Spain unveils new designs at Coverings 2019

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Miami- Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer's Association (ASCER), exhibited a wide variety of new product innovations and trends from Spanish tile manufacturers at Coverings 2019. 

During the 4-day tile and stone exhibition, 98 Spanish ceramic and stone manufacturers showcased new lines. Highlights of the Spanish manufactures include:

Luxor by Aparici. Paying homage to glamour of the 20's with a current flair, this exquisite collection exhibits an abundance of veining and color variations within its design.

The Amazonia collection from Colorker. Encompassing the latest trends of graphic prints, geometric shapes and bold color, the Amazonian collection is full of vibrant details.

Dune brings to life a wide variety of decorative tile. Different linear designs and a play on light and shadows, the Deluxe collection modernizes the traditional crackle motif for a perfectly imperfect look. 

Equipe Ceramicas presents Village. Equipe is playing with new sizes in this collection (5 x 5 to 2 1/2 x 5, 2 1/2 x 8). Available in a range of colors from soft pastels to bold Mediterranean hues, Village is a collection of small sizes with big design.

Fanal introduces Heritage, a collection mimicking the look of natural wood, however presented in a glazed porcelain range that translates well to any aesthetic.

Harmony introduces Dash. With its grid-like pattern, ever-changing rectangular compositions can be created to combine different shapes and lengths both vertically or horizontally. This collection comes in a 20x20cm format and available in 6 different colors.

A leader in the arena of large formats is Inalco. Senda features grey brushstrokes on a gentle stone-like relief. Delicate, versatile and designed to appeal to all, Senda is ideal for both commercial and residential use.

Living Ceramics introduces Allure, a collection of ceramic tile that conveys the strength, character and temperament of the stone on which it is inspired. Veins are carefully treated to highlight its personality and a brush hammered finish evokes the texture of the natural stone it replicates. Living Ceramicas was also honored at Coverings 2019 for Best in Show.

Metropol presents the Arc Collection, a reinterpretation of industrial sheet metal with subtle shade variations for a natural effect. Arc is available in both floor and wall tile formats.

Spanish manufacturer Natucer brings back the basics with impactful designs and finishes using subway tiles. The Piastrella collection moves the traditional subway tiles one step further with vibrant colors, irregular borders, mixed finishes, intricate designs and striking reliefs.

Vives also brings charismatic personality to the scene with Hanami. This collection blends a timeless style with modern hues to express a certain joie de vivre through color and design.

Realonda's Donegal series is a fresh take on the classic terracotta look. This new collection combines natural tones with decorative design and is available in a trending hexagonal shape.

Saloni introduces Foundry, a collection that pairs worn metal with delicate detail resulting in an industrial chic look.

Tau extends its wildly successful Ascale collection with Belvedere, a black marble look that is available in two finishes, polished and matte. A Think & Mix color palette flows through entire series for a seamlessly cohesive look.

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Lanning named president, CEO of J. J. Haines

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Glen Burnie, Md.– Hoy Lanning, Jr. has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of J.J. Haines & Co.

“Hoy brings a wealth of industry knowledge as a senior-level executive with both Haines and CMH,” said Pierce B. Dunn, chairman of the board of J.J. Haines & Co. “We are confident he will lead Haines in a manner consistent with our vision, core values and 144-year heritage of excellence.”

Lanning has held numerous executive positions with Haines since January 2014, most recently serving as executive vice president, business development. He has also held positions as senior CEO advisor and senior vice president of CMH marketing and Haines purchasing & inventory. Lanning joined CMH in 1991 as general manager and later became the company’s president & CEO. He is a past president of the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors and is active with numerous boards and non-profit organizations in the community.

Lanning was recently recognized by the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors, receiving the 2018 NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award for his 40-plus years of industry leadership.

Members of the executive team reporting to Lanning include: Jon England, chief sales and marketing officer; Reid McCarthy, chief financial officer; Bill Rothenbach, chief human resources officer; Doug Drews, chief supply chain officer; Nitin Mahajan, vice president, channel development and global sourcing; and Milt Thacker, vice president, IT.

“Haines has a history of excellent products delivered with exemplary service,” said Lanning. “I look forward to working with our customers, vendors and team members and am honored to lead Haines into the future.”

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Schönox to hold fifth annual Worst Subfloor Contest

Florence, Ala.—Schönox is kicking off its annual Man vs. Floor Worst Subfloor Contest with a call for submissions. All who are interested must submit their entries by the Dec. 14 deadline.

To enter, contestants must send before and after photos of their worst subfloor challenge. Entries can be submitted at hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor or on the Schönox app.

The first-prize winner will receive a Porsche track experience. Second place will win a 65-inch Sony 4K HDR ultra HD TV. And, the third-place prize is an Xbox One X.

For more information, visit: hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor.

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Mannington builds new rubber flooring facility

Salem, N.J.—Mannington Mills is building a new facility in Calhoun, Ga., to produce its Mannington and Burke brands of rubber flooring.

Currently, the company’s San Jose, California-based facility manufactures these products, but due to the continued growth of the rubber business, the company has become “constrained in the current manufacturing footprint there,” according to Bob Pitman, president of Burke Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mannington Mills. “The new Calhoun plant will allow us to effectively serve our customers and support anticipated growth in the business. Our custom process and environmental products divisions will remain in San Jose,” he said.

According to Russell Grizzle, president and CEO, Mannington, this $42-million investment on 78 acres located near the Mannington Commercial facility in Calhoun is “another installment in Mannington’s ongoing long-term growth in Calhoun.”

Over the next several years, Mannington plans to add about 200 jobs at the facility, which will be in full operation in January 2019.

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CCA Global Partners helps members compete

Manchester, N.H.—During its annual summer conventions, CCA Global Partners businesses’ Carpet One Floor & Home and Flooring America offered members the opportunity to compete more effectively in its area rug business through the e-Commerce platform Rugs.Shop.

The website offers over 35,000 unique area rugs and facilitates the online ordering experience for customers. Rugs.Shop also supports the site with an online and telephone customer service team. Through this new program, members of Carpet One Floor & Home and Flooring America will be able to use the platform, customized to their local store, to offer this online area rug selection to their customers. 

“While customers still prefer to go into the store to purchase installed flooring, the area rug business has greatly shifted towards online sales,” said Charlie Dilks, chief product officer, CCA Global Partners. “Working with Rugs.Shop allows us to help our members compete and increase profits from online sales.

For a local, independent retailer, keeping up with the technology and support systems needed to effectively compete in e-Commerce can be difficult. The recent Supreme Court ruling on the subject of internet sales tax is just one example of risks involved for independent retailers trying to sell online.

The program offered through CCA reduces these risks significantly, if not completely. Participating members will receive a dedicated, branded site to use for their customers, creating a seamless customer experience. Members will also have the support of a customer service team, credit card processing and drop ship logistics services.

As an added marketing opportunity, stores can also provide their customers with a coupon to their rug shop after a hard surface flooring sale. On the sales management side, stores will be able to track sales to a specific sales professional in order to allocate online rug sale commissions.

 

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Daltile’s FlexFit reduces installation time, cost

Dallas—When Daltile introduced its Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces into the market last year, the new extra-large format porcelain products offered customers a chance to go big with slabs approximately 10’ x 5’ in size—ideal for floors, walls, countertops, shower walls, tub surrounds and exterior applications. Now, Daltile’s new FlexFit Size Solutions program offers customers additional flexibility using Panoramic’s innovative porcelain slab products through a pre-cut program that includes multiple sizing options, giving customers many new possibilities for their projects and enabling Daltile to further grow its business.

The FlexFit program offers the slabs pre-cut into seven smaller stocked sizes that reflect the most standard cut dimensions needed for both residential and commercial applications.

“A key advantage we offer is a very short lead time for both full-size slabs and our new standard sizes,” said Ben Redding, director countertop operations and sales, Dal-Tile. “Our FlexFit seven pre-cut smaller dimensions give our customers a superior thin porcelain product that they do not have to cut, saving retailers, contractors, and builders time and money.”

The pre-cut sizes are available in both 6 mm and 12 mm thicknesses. All Panoramic colors are stocked in extra-large slab, as well as in the new standard sizes, at key Daltile slab yards across the nation. Pre-cut sizes include: 63” x 63”, 31.50” x 126”, 31.50” x 63”, 31.50” x 31.50”, 21” x 21”, 15.75” x 63” and 15.75” x 31.50”.

As an additional component of FlexFit, the program also offers the option to order a custom cut to any size.

 

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Armstrong Flooring initiates price increases

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring will introduce a three-to-five percent price increase on select commercial sheet, luxury vinyl tile, vinyl composition tile and select residential resilient products in the United States and Canada. The increase will apply to orders shipping on or after Oct. 1, 2018. 

“Over the past several months, we have continued to experience increases across the majority of our input costs,” said Brent Flaharty, senior vice president of North America sales. “In spite of significant cross-functional efforts, we can no longer fully absorb these increases.”

 

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Dal-Tile builder specialists are key asset for builder consumers

Dallas, Texas—Dal-Tile Corporation’s team of builder specialists are an ever-present and key asset for the company’s professional builder customers. These builder specialists represent several of the brands owned by Dal-Tile: Daltile, Marazzi and American Olean.

“Our Dal-Tile team of builder specialists are a key differentiator for us and help make our builder customers more profitable,” said Dan Butterfield, vice president, builder channel, Dal-Tile Corporation. “Although we successfully engage with our builders at the national and regional levels, a crucial role when the product really takes life is with our builder specialists.  They engage directly with those who influence the selling of product to the end consumer. Our builder specialists are a valuable resource regarding product and industry knowledge, design expertise and trends insights.”

Dal-Tile’s builder specialist team is a nationwide network of over 25 professionals, covering 100 of the key MSAs (market statistical areas) in the United States. Each specialist caters to the unique needs of their region.

“Many times, my builders will simply send their customers my way and I walk them through the entire selection process, ensuring they select a tile product that is well-suited for their needs, personal style and budget,” said Jennifer Hipp, builder specialist—South Central United States, Dal-Tile Corporation. “On other occasions, it is a builder’s own in-house designer with whom I am collaborating. Because I have such a strong working knowledge of all of our product lines, she can just give me a general sense of the ‘ideal’ product for a particular room and immediately I know the right Daltile, Marazzi or American Olean products to suggest that her clients consider.”

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Mohawk Group introduces carpet plank system collection, Nutopia

Calhoun, Ga.—Nutopia is a new Living Product Challenge Petal certified carpet plank system from Mohawk Group inspired by the idea of “urban fabric,” where humankind coexists with buildings, streets and other infrastructure. The collection’s designers looked at metaphors for how urban design can translate into patterns of balance, acceptance and integration—where the dichotomy of metropolis is coalesced into a mélange of culture and connection.

Earlier this summer, Nutopia officially debuted to the commercial architecture and design community at NeoCon’s 50th anniversary exposition along with four other Living Products from Mohawk Group.

“Traditionally, we've looked at nature, rural environments and the countryside for biophilic inspiration, but biophilia is part of every pattern in our life,” said Jackie Dettmar, vice president of design and product development, Mohawk Group. “The process of natural weathering and the passage of time is something that really inspired our Nutopia collection. We are excited to continue our Living Product journey to create better, more sustainable products for the world around us.”

As part of Nutopia’s Petal Certification and to leave a handprint rather than a footprint, Mohawk Group engaged in a special conservation strategy to offset the water used in the carpet plank collection’s production. Mohawk Group has partnered with Hampton University in Virginia to install 152 low-flow showerheads, resulting in an annual water savings of approximately four-million gallons.

Created to transition across the floor or create defined areas in the built environment, Nutopia’s four 12” x 36” plank styles can be used together as a cohesive system, or separately depending on the desired configuration, end use and budget. Layouts can be subtle, or vivid and dramatic, just like the dynamics of city life.

The collection features Mohawk Group’s new innovative yarn system, Heathered Hues. This sustainable fiber’s natural texture and blending provides a variegated wool-like appearance. The yarn is dematerialized for a low environmental impact and no water is used in its production. Nutopia planks come standard on Mohawk Group’s Red List-free EcoFlex NXT carpet tile backing.