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Gorilla Floors enters LVT market with ‘strong’ story

NEW YORK—Michael Raskin knows a thing or two about floating LVT. After all, as the former president of Metroflor, Raskin in 2007 pioneered the category with the launch of Konecto. So after breaking from the company earlier this year to launch his own brand, the question was how he would take what he started to the next level. Continue reading Gorilla Floors enters LVT market with ‘strong’ story

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Climbing out and moving on

The 6th annual Bathroom Blogfest, taking place from Oct. 24 to 28, brings more than 33 bloggers and 34 blogs from various industries together to write about this year’s theme, “Climbing Out.” It focuses on improving the overall bathroom experience for end-users by bringing attention to the various aspects of a bathroom, including the floors, fixtures, design, and the retail experience. See the list of participating bloggers at the end of this post.

Bathroom Blogfest couldn’t have come at a better time this year. When I read the theme, “Climbing Out,” it was like an omen. The stars and planets aligned and I got the go ahead to literally climb out my apartment of the last two years and move somewhere where I can stretch my legs. On a couch because the new place has room for one of those. Continue reading Climbing out and moving on

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Locking systems clicking in multiple categories

When laminate flooring first came to the U.S. in late 1993 the product was installed by gluing the planks’ tongue-and-groove system, similar to how some engineered wood floors are installed. Less than a handful of years later the first products incorporating a glue-free mechanical locking system were introduced, forever changing the course of not just the laminate category but the industry as a whole. Continue reading Locking systems clicking in multiple categories

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Obituary: Wallace Taylor, W.F. Taylor founder

SHELTON, WASH.—Wallace “Wally” Taylor, founder of adhesives manufacturer W.F. Taylor and one of the segment’s true icons, died Sept. 22. He was 84.

Taylor was a pioneer in the formulation of adhesives for the floor covering industry with the advent of glue down carpet applications. Ever the ideal entrepreneur, the Taylor Co. also became a market force in tackless strip, hot melt tape and tool manufacturing. These product lines were eventually sold to other flooring accessory entities and are still sold today. Continue reading Obituary: Wallace Taylor, W.F. Taylor founder