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Beauflor taps Distribution Jacques-Cartier to cover parts of Canada

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-12-49-05-pmAtlanta–Beauflor continues to expand its North American distribution network with new partner Distribution Jacques-Cartier. The distributor will offer the full line of Beauflor cushion vinyl flooring as well as click luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and planks in eastern Canada.

“This welcome addition to our distributor network allows Beauflor to be closer to our Canadian customers, providing a superior service and product delivery experience,” said Steve Roan, Beauflor’s sales and marketing director for North America.

Customers in Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes will now be serviced by Jacques-Cartier for access to Beauflor products, including cushion vinyl rolls and PURE click vinyl planks.

“This announcement is one of the proudest moments for Distribution Jacques-Cartier,” said Marie-Line Dion, owner of Distribution Jacques-Cartier. “We are very pleased to become the Beauflor distributor for Eastern Canada, as we are always keen to offer our customers quality product lines with a choice of design trends at competitive prices.”

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FCICA celebrates 35 years

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-27-22-amWest Bloomfield, Mich.—FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, is excited for the 2016/2017 membership year as they celebrate their 35th year of promoting and representing the commercial floor covering industry.

FCICA was formed in 1982 by 10 flooring contractors who were workroom only at the time. “It is amazing to see how far we have come and I look forward to seeing where we evolve in the future,” said executive vice president Kim Oderkirk.

The Flooring Contractors Association will continue its mission to provide relevant and innovative educational sessions led by industry leaders as well as member resources. New this year, FCICA will extend its webinar offerings to include one free product focused webinar per month beginning in January 2017. Additionally, the Commercial Flooring Tradeshow, March 6, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, will host four product demonstrations for attendees.

FCICA will soon be launching a new interactive website and member center which will provide members with greater networking capabilities and business resources.

“We appreciate the continued support and contributions from all of our members,” said Sarah Bays, membership coordinator. “We would like to recognize those members who have been with us from the start: Acton Flooring, Consolidated Carpet, Craigs Carpetcraft and Michael Halebian & Company.”

For more information about FCICA visit www.fcica.com or call 248-661-5015, toll free (877) TO-FCICA.

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Bostik and Artaic will co-host major workshop at Microsoft store in Boston

untitled2Wauwatosa, Wis.—On Oct. 6, 2016, Bostik and Artaic will co-host an event at Boston’s Prudential Center Microsoft store. Attendees of the Microsoft store event will be able to participate in a state-of-the-art, hands-on mosaic workshop using Artaic’s Tessera software.

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to get involved/learn about how best to install glass mosaics using Bostik’s Dimension Grout. After the Microsoft store festivities, there will be a networking function at the nearby Mandarin Oriental Boston Hotel, where attendees can learn even more from representatives from both companies.

untitled1“Together with Artaic, we plan to showcase cutting-edge ways to specify and then install mosaics,” stated Scott Banda, Bostik’s director of marketing and business development. “And, to do so in very upbeat, unique and technologically-advanced venues. In particular, architects, designers and others interested in what’s happening tomorrow in the tile industry, will want to attend this event.”

This free event is located:
Boston Prudential Center Microsoft Store
800 Boylston St. #27
Boston, MA 02199

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NWFA participates in media tour to promote consumer publication

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-22-57-pmSt. Louis, Mo.—The National Wood Flooring Association recently participated in a media tour with consumer publications in conjunction with Bona US to promote the Wood Floor Styles and Trends guide. Bona sponsored the guide on behalf of NWFA and its members to utilize as a consumer marketing tool.

Designed to educate consumers about wood floors, the 16-page guide highlights tips, styles, trends and best practices for hardwood floors. The guide also focuses on the benefits of wood flooring including the sustainability of hardwood floors.

“Meeting with editors of consumer and design-focused publications provides an opportunity for NWFA to establish itself as the go-to contact for all their wood flooring questions,” said Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO. “It allows us to understand what their editorial needs may be, and gives us an opportunity to provide resources that align with their editorial calendars.”

The media tour gave NWFA an opportunity to present a variety of relevant information in a short face-to-face meeting, including maintenance, the benefits of wood over other look-alike flooring options, trends and how to find qualified wood flooring professionals through NWFA’s “Find a Professional” web search function.

“It was a pleasure to team up with NWFA and leverage their industry expertise with top tier consumer and design publications,” said Cate Vanegas, director of marketing, Bona US. NWFA provided an American hardwood species sample kit as a leave-behind resource for editors, along with information about maintenance and trends. Bona launched its new Bona DriFast Stain Collection and Bona Disposable Dusting Cloths.

More information about the NWFA Wood Floor Styles and Trends guide is available at http://www.nwfa.org/technical-resources.aspx.

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Tramex introduces new pin-type moisture meter

pr_-photo_tramex_ptm2-0_flooringKilmacanogue, Ireland—Tramex introduces Professional PTM2.0—its new pin-type moisture meter. Tramex’s new device marks an enhancement in hand-held, digital pin-meter moisture testing and combines a list of features that save time, are more accurate and offer statistical analysis of Wood, Drywall and comparative WME (Wood Moisture Equivalent).

The Professional PTM2.0 contains a built-in international standard calibration selection and specific calibration for over 500 wood species. Each calibration curve has point-to-point precision for heightened accuracy of moisture content measurement.

The pin-type moisture meter comes with adjustable temperature correction and internal calibration checking, as well as responsive ergonomic technology.

The Professional PTM2.0 allows users to save up to 100 readings for max, min, average and standard deviation statistics—all visible on the devices large display screen.

For more information email: sales@tramexmeters.com
Or call: 1800-234-5849

 

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14th Annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament raises funds for the FCIF

aggolflogoManchester, N.H.—The 14th Annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament hosted by CCA Global Partners took place on Sept. 21 at Barnsley Gardens Resort in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Members and supporters of the floor covering industry gathered for a friendly round of golf to benefit the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF). The $140,000 in funds raised will support the foundation in their efforts to financially assist those who are, or have been, affiliated with the floor covering industry that have experienced catastrophic illness, severe disability or other life-altering hardship.

“We feel fortunate to host this wonderful event,” said Howard Brodsky, chairman and co-CEO of CCA Global Partners. “Having the opportunity to bring awareness to the admirable work of the FCIF, and raise money in the process, is something we truly cherish.”

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-9-47-03-amEach year, the event draws manufacturers, distributors, retailers, industry trade associations and individuals from within the floor covering industry, along with supporters from related industries together. They contribute to the FCIF by participating in the tournament as well as through sponsorships and donations.

“This event continues to be one of the largest contributors to the FCIF thanks to all our colleagues that participate,” said Rick Bennet, co-CEO of CCA Global Partners. “It’s a powerful feeling when an industry is able to unite and offer support to a worthy cause.”

To learn more about the efforts of the FCIF or to apply for aid, please visit www.FCIF.org.

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CFI announces partnership with Legacy Flooring to help veterans

unknownLenexa, Kan.—The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association, Inc. (CFI) announced a partnership with Legacy Flooring of Raleigh, N.C., to help transitioning veterans find a career in the floor covering installation trade.

Under their non-profit entity, Leave A Legacy Foundation, Legacy Flooring’s mission is to assist the CFI with the Next Generation initiative to recruit new installers for the floorcovering installation industry. Their personnel will work with the various military transition offices in an attempt to attract veterans and their families to the training classes.

“Legacy Flooring has always prioritized hiring veterans. I became aware of CFI’s Next Generation initiative earlier this year,” said Ian Durant, owner and CEO, Legacy Flooring. “The CFI has been the gold standard for flooring installation training for over 23 years so it made perfect sense to align with them.”

According to CFI sources, the organization is in the process of submitting an application to the state of Texas to become a Veteran’s Administration authorized trade school. This would allow post-9/11 veterans and their families to have their tuitions subsidized by the G.I. Bill, and pre-9/11 veterans by the Montgomery Bill and others.

“We are glad to have the assistance of Legacy Flooring for the Next Generation initiative,” said Robert Varden, vice president, CFI. “We have a brick and mortar training center in Forney, Texas, which has conducted a handful of successful training classes to date. One of our ongoing challenges continues to be the amount of travel required by our enrolled students. By establishing a network of donated service providers and military spaces, our partner, Legacy Flooring, will help CFI bring students much closer to a classroom. This will help to drive enrollment by identifying new training spaces with a focus on underutilized military property.”

Legacy Flooring will also partner with other installation service providers, like Installation Services of Troy, in Michigan, to share ideas and recruit other like-minded service providers to establish schools across the country. “Our industry is in competition with dozens of other construction trades. Individuals can make a really good living in our business as a hard working apprentice and then make the jump to a journeyman business owner with multiple crews in a relatively short amount of time compared to those in other trades,” said Dave Garden, installation services operations manager and CFI master II certified installer.

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QFloors customers collaborate on new cloud software

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-9-51-08-amPark City, Utah—QFloors customers gathered for the company’s biennial Users’ Conference, held Sept. 13-16. A large portion of the meeting was dedicated to showing attendees the current development of QPro POS+, the company’s new browser-based cloud software. After discussions and demonstrations, attendees were given individual log-in codes, and charged with the assignment to meet up on the last day of the conference with suggestions for improvements.

The collaborative nature of the meeting was a theme throughout. Many of the 64 attendees commented on the “family” feel to the conference, and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to be heard and have a voice in future development.

That was one of the primary goals of the Users’ Conference, according to QFloors CEO and president Chad Ogden. “We hold these conferences every two years, and they are open to anyone who wants to make the effort to come. Many of our best users attend. Customers learn from one another. They share ideas. They learn how other people use and apply QFloors to various scenarios.”

In spite of being a longtime QFloors user, attendee Dan Dorman felt he learned much at the conference: “The conference was both rejuvenating and motivating. Having used QFloors to run our business for the past 14 years, I thought I knew it all. But I was wrong. I am taking two or three pages of notes home to incorporate. These are things that will really help us.”

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-9-51-21-amTraining classes, guest presenters, and peer advice panels covered both technical and business training. QFloors director of training Ron Cluff explained the philosophy driving the agenda, “We wanted our classes at this conference to provide our customers with ideas for improving their businesses from top to bottom, and it seemed like they really soaked up as much as they could. And we always enjoy hearing their input on what we can do better in our support and software features—we have brilliant customers with brilliant ideas!”

Conference attendee Deanna Alexander of Carolina Carpets was enthusiastic. “This was my first QFloors conference, and I loved it. The information I gained from the other QFloors users has been extremely helpful. For instance, they are using aspects of QFloors I didn’t even know were available to me. I can apply many of these to my own business, and it will make things flow even easier.”

President and CEO Chad Ogden expressed excitement about the future. “These meetings are definitely a win/win for everyone. They are beneficial for us as a company because we realize we don’t know everything. We are not the ones in the trenches, using the software all day long, every day. These conferences give us invaluable feedback by some of our best users. We listen to what’s going on, what the issues are, and then we brainstorm together on how we can make QFloors better.”

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J+J Flooring Group announces new partnership, The Center for Health Design

Dalton—J+J Flooring Group announced that it has established a new partnership with The Center for Health Design, the principal provider of healthcare design research and education.

The partnership includes the creation of a web-based toolbox dedicated specifically to the topic of Senior Living facility design. It will focus on two critical topics: Long Term Care Facilities and Aging in Place (Universal Design).

The Design for Aging Toolbox is free and open to all professionals and non-professionals alike, and is aimed at helping facility designers and medical professionals understand and implement the best possible solutions to support the challenges the increase of the senior population brings to healthcare environments.

Key components for the Design for Aging Toolbox will include: a comprehensive issue brief, an executive summary, design strategies, case studies, expert interviews, lessons learned, an assessment and planning tool and three webinars. A CEU course approved for AIA/EDAC credit will also be available. Similar to existing Center toolboxes, the content will be newly-created and curated by Center staff, all with the goal of connecting the built environment to better health outcomes and reduced cost of care.

The toolbox will be developed and released in phases. The completed product will be released by April 1, 2017 and will remain available to the public through Dec. 31, 2017. The Design for Aging Toolbox and all of its contents will be made available at the Center’s website: www.healthdesign.org

J+J Flooring Group has been a partner with The Center since 2012, sponsoring events, including its annual Research Coalition meeting, and contributing to its mission by providing technical information and research findings.

For information, visit jjflooringgroup.com or call 800-241-4586.

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Carpet One Floor & Home announces new advisory council members

Manchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home welcomed four new members to their advisory council. This Council consists of twelve store owners who are members of the Carpet One Floor & Home cooperative. They serve as a sounding board for all store owners and provide input to the CCA Global Partners and Carpet One Floor & Home executive teams on all areas of the business, including product line composition, lease programs, display creation, marketing and merchandising strategies.

Andrew Wiebe will represent Canada Central West, which encompasses Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He is an owner of Red Deer Carpet One Floor & Home in Red Deer Alberta. With 10 years of experience in the business, Wiebe intends to serve his region by ensuring that members are united and taking full advantage of the benefits of the cooperative to improve their business despite a challenging economy.

Lee Emerson will represent the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas in the Midwest region. He is the owner of Emerson Carpet One Floor & Home in Baton Rouge, La. Emerson plans to work closely with members in his region to make sure that the Carpet One Floor & Home leadership team is aware of challenges that store owners are facing. He also hopes to help create new programs that will address these challenges.

Jeff Lerner will represent the Southwest region covering California and Hawaii. Jeff is the owner of Floorcraft Carpet One Floor & Home in San Francisco, Calif. With over 20 years working in his business, Lerner brings a wealth of experience to the group. He looks forward to engaging with the group to find solutions and opportunities that will benefit the entire cooperative.

Barb Martin will represent the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia as the Mid Atlantic council member. Barb is owner of a Pennsylvania family business, Martin Carpet One Floor & Home. With a focus on providing a family atmosphere for all employees and strong connections to the local community, Barb will provide a people-focused perspective.

“Each of these members bring something different to the table, but they all bring a passion for their business,” said Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One Floor & Home. “We are excited to hear their perspective, and we are confident they will help us bring more value to all our store owners and their associates.”