Natick, Mass.—Dover Rug & Home announced it has recently won several Readers Choice Awards in voting held by the Massachusetts newspaper company, Wicked Local Gatehouse Media. The company was named “#1 Choice for Carpet/Flooring Store” in Natick, “Silver Award for Carpet/Flooring Store” in the region, as well as “Honorable Mention” for Home Decorating Store. Continue reading Dover Rug & Home wins newspaper award
Coral Gables, Fla.—There’s an open call for the 12th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. German architect Matthias Sauerbruch will chair the jury, which will be formed by architects João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Luca Molinari, Manuel Gallego and Ramón Monfort, and the designer Tomás Alonso. Continue reading Tile of Spain seeks entries for design contest
Chattanooga, Tenn.—The Dixie Group announced that it has completed the acquisition of Robertex Associates from Bob Rothman. Dixie has retained Rothman’s services under a five-year contract. In commenting on the acquisition, Daniel Frierson, Dixie’s chairman and CEO, stated, “The acquisition allows Dixie to further extend its leadership position in servicing the wool markets with the addition of the Robertex and Carousel product lines. Continue reading Dixie Group completes acquisition of Robertex
Washington—The U.S. Green Building Council announced that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the green building rating system. According to USGBC, the final overall vote was 86% in favor of adopting LEED v4. This includes 90% approval from the user category of the voting body, 77% approval from the general interest category and 89% approval from the producer category. The minimum overall percentage of votes needed for a passing vote was 66.7%. Continue reading USGBC members adopt new version of LEED
Salt Lake City—Flooring industry software firm QFloors has announced the acquisition of Winsched Software Corp. of Monroe, Wash. QFloors CEO Chad Ogden and WinSched founder Mike Myhre jointly announced that on May 28 an agreement was signed, giving QFloors intellectual property rights to all WinSched products, and specifying that all sales and support would exclusively come through QFloors. Continue reading QFloors acquires Winsched Software business
Dalton -– Oriental Weavers has named Nicki Rayburn its new director of marketing.
Rayburn was most recently with Mohawk, where she served as director of public relations for the Mohawk, Karastan and Durkan brands.
Sassuolo, Italy— The Italian ceramic manufacturers’ association, Confindustria Ceramica, recently elected Vittorio Borelli chairman for the two-year period 2013 to 2015. The election followed an earlier meeting of the board where his designation as chairman of Confindustria Ceramica was approved unanimously. “I’d like to thank my colleagues for nominating me to this position,” said Borelli. “Working together within a cohesive association is the best way to address the current difficult situation. For this reason, I hope to see the greatest involvement on the part of all member companies.” Continue reading Confindustria Ceramica elects Borelli chairman
Toronto, Ontario, Canada—SuperCap Ontario has announced the arrival of its first pump truck, which will allow construction professionals here to finish new concrete or level existing slabs to the highest standard in record time while significantly reducing project costs. Continue reading First Laticrete SuperCap pump truck arrives in Ontario
Many say recovery ‘officially’ under way
By Matthew Spieler
Volume 27/Number 5; June 30, 2013
Similar to the year overall, 2012 was a tough but productive 12 months for the carpet and rug industry, thanks to factors ranging from strong residential market sales to a relatively robust commercial sector. The end result was an industry that saw both sales and units inch their way upward.
This was the second consecutive year in which carpet sales were up; the U.S. has not seen carpet growth in back-to-back years since 2004 and 2005. For 2012, sales were up 1.4%, from $8.007 billion to $8.119 billion, which is carpet’s highest total since 2008. Continue reading Modest growth gives carpet industry hope
Volume 27/Number 5; June 30, 2013The glory days of the mid-2000s are long gone, but 2012 finally has industry members grinning with optimism as the year posted its largest increase in sales dollars on a percentage basis since 2005. Further supporting the notion that the industry is slowly righting its ship is the fact that this year marked the third straight year of growth in sales dollars.
When the dust settled, the year that was 2012 boasted floor covering sales of $17.305 billion, up 3.7% from 2011’s $16.686 billion. This was the highest volume since industry recorded sales of $19.743 billion in 2008. And after posting gains of .2% and 2.9% in 2010 and 2011, respectively, last year’s leap was the greatest since 2005 when sales were up 9.1%. Continue reading Scoring Flooring: Industry Stats for 2012