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Hannover Fairs USA to launch Domotex USA

Chicago—Hannover Fairs USA will debut Domotex USA, focused on the American residential flooring industry, from Feb. 28-March 2, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Domotex USA will consist of exhibition space, conferences and education, featuring flooring and flooring innovations.

Exhibitors will display the latest machine-made carpets, wall-to-wall carpeting, textile floor coverings, handmade rugs, resilient flooring, design flooring/luxury vinyl tile and laminate flooring, parquet and wood flooring, as well as application and installation technologies designed for the residential flooring marketplace.

“Many industry representatives have been asking us for years to launch the DOMOTEX brand in the North American market, as there has not been a flooring trade fair in the Eastern U.S. that demonstrates the quality and breadth of the world’s leading carpet and flooring show, the Domotex Hannover,” said Andreas Gruchow, member of the management board, Deutsche Messe AG, Hanover. “In addition, given the strong economy in the U.S., much is being invested in commercial real estate such as offices, hotels and shops. The number of residential properties is also growing considerably. These are good conditions for the sale of floor coverings in the United States.”

Domotex USA will be organized and managed by Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA), the U.S. subsidiary of Deutsche Messe. “With the introduction of Domotex in Atlanta, we will showcase residential flooring innovations from the center of North America’s floor covering marketplace, adding another vital Deutsche Messe event to our North American portfolio of shows,” said Larry Turner, president and CEO, Hannover Fairs USA.

 

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Mannington Commercial captures Best of Neocon, HiP awards

Divergent LVT and modular carpet companion collections, winner of NeoCon gold.
Divergent LVT and modular carpet companion collections, winner of NeoCon gold.

Chicago—Mannington Commercial, a leader in flooring for commercial interiors, has won Best of NeoCon Gold and Silver awards and an Honoring Industry People (HiP) award. The company received the Gold award in the Healthcare Flooring category for its Divergent modular carpet and Divergent LVT companion collections. The Infused collection of LVT captured NeoCon silver and the HiP award.

Inspired by nature and designed for a variety of healthcare, retail, hospitality and corporate applications, the Divergent line of carpet complements and completes Divergent LVT launched in April 2016. Divergent LVT is available in 18 x 18 and 18 x 36 formats, while carpet is available in 18 x 36 planks. The cohesiveness of the two Divergent collections is more than visual: Mannington’s Seam+Advantage can chemically weld the LVT and carpet together, creating seamless transitions without transition strips.

Made with renewable materials and pre-consumer content, Divergent LVT is finished with Quantum Guard HP, the highest performing urethane for greater scratch and stain resistance and enhanced slip retardance. Divergent carpet is manufactured Econyl 100% regenerated nylon 6.6 for superior stain resistance and appearance retention. Both lines can be reclaimed and closed-loop recycled through Mannington’s LOOP.

Designed by OneGlobal—a network of principal-led design firms in 18 cities across North America—the Innovative collection is a modern interpretation of LVT consisting of five patterns created to be mixed and remixed so that it matches the vision of any designer. Each pattern is available in 9 x 9 and 2.5 x 36 formats with a 20 mil wear layer for affordability and durability. The collection is manufactured using patented Quantum Guard HP, an aluminum oxide top coat cured by an ultraviolet process that enhances scratch, stain and slip resistance. It is available with Mannington’s advanced underlayment technology, which meets or exceeds all IIC sound requirements. While applicable to any market segment, the Infused collection is especially well suited to retail, hospitality and corporate.

The Best of NeoCon competition is sponsored by Contract magazine, Merchandise Mart Properties, The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and The McMorrow Reports for Facilities Management.

Interior Design magazine’s HiP awards recognize individuals in the design industry as well as product solutions. Winners are selected by popular vote online.

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Mr. David's Flooring wins five Starnet Design Awards

The gold award in Healthcare and People's Choice was awarded to Mr. David's for the Rush University Medical Center. Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
The gold awards in Healthcare and People’s Choice were awarded to Mr. David’s for the Rush University Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Miami—Mr. David’s Flooring, a commercial flooring contractor based in Itasca, Ill., was awarded four gold and one bronze prize at this year’s Starnet Design Awards, which took place during Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership’s annual meeting held April 14 to 16 here.

The gold award-winning projects include: Healthcare and People’s Choice for Rush University Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Chicago; Unique Installation for Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla.; and Hospitality for HarborChase of Shorewood in Milwaukee, Wis. The bronze award-winning project was in the Corpoate category for Lockton 34th & 35th floors, also in Chicago.

“Winning four gold awards with the vast amount of talented designers and high quality competition in the industry makes this a truly wonderful feat to have accomplished,” said Leonard Zmijewski, CEO of Mr. David’s Flooring. “Mr. David’s Flooring would like to give the designers and the manufacturers the recognition they deserve as none of this would have been possible without them. Mr. David’s Flooring is proud to have taken part in turning the designers’ visions into reality in 2016 and cannot wait to do the same in 2017.”

The Starnet Design Awards recognize creativity, professionalism, quality and versatility demonstrated by Starnet members, vendor partners and the architecture and design community. Gold, silver and bronze prizes are awarded in seven categories by a panel of nationally recognized and award-winning architecture and design professionals. This year’s winners were selected from more than 100 nominees.

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CFI 2016 convention will offer education, networking opportunities

PastedGraphic-1Dallas—The annual CFI convention is the go-to event for information on new products, tools, techniques and installation training. The show packs everything installers need to know into two days. This year’s highly anticipated program will take place here August 3-5.

The CFI convention attracts professionals from every sector of the flooring industry. It is the show “where all of the business surrounding installation happens”—a uniquely dedicated launching pad for companies debuting their latest offerings.

A few of the standout agenda items planned for this year’s convention include:

ŸCustom vinyl inset workshop: Leading technical trainers from Tarkett, Congoleum and Armstrong team up to present this hands-on workshop where attendees will create custom vinyl insets they can take home.

ŸHand sewing workshop: Presented by the CFI Training Team, stations will be set up for various hand-sewing stitch demos attendees will be able to complete and take home as a reference for future installations.

Inspection trends roundtable: Manufacturers, retailers, installers and inspectors will have the opportunity to present, discuss and answer questions and concerns about the latest trends in inspections.

“Understanding How You Are Wired – The DISC Behavioral Profile” presented by Scott Humphrey, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association: Understand yourself and those you work and live with. Humphrey will identify possible friction points between different personality types and give practical advice on improving relationships with colleagues, family, etc.

CFI has secured special discounted rates at the Marriott Grapevine that includes both the Courtyard and the TownePlace Suites. For more informatio, as well as a full convention program, visit the CFI website at cfiinstallers.org. If you have further questions about the convention, call 816-231-4646.

 

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Coverings reports growth for 2016 edition

11390204_10153351850365699_3402036574733595508_nAlexandria, Va.— The growth and energy at Coverings 2016 strengthened the show’s position as the leading international tile and stone exhibition in North America. More than 25,000 industry professionals attended the week-long expo, held April 18-21 in Chicago. This figure is an increase in overall attendance from the 2015 show and affirms positive movement in the tile and stone market.

The attendance count is a 15% increase from 2009, the last year Coverings was held in Chicago. This year’s most impressive attendance segment is held by distributors, which increased by a noteworthy 18% since 2009.

“The uptick in overall attendance from last year signals continued vitality and vigor in the tile and stone industry,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ industry ambassador. “There was an onsite energy that emanated from the show floor and it is encouraging to have that excitement verified with these recap figures.”

Veteran Coverings exhibitors noted the excitement on the show floor as well as the ample opportunities for networking and education that took place during the show.

“This year we had great feedback from key customers who came to the show,” said Sarah Eamigh, director of U.S. marketing for Stone Peak. “It’s important for us to have these quality interactions with attendees. The feedback from the architecture and design crowd is always exciting; there was a great turnout from that segment due to the show’s location in Chicago this year.”

There was also plenty of buzz from the Ceramics of Italy pavilion, which impressed attendees with a new central booth design in addition to the bevy of tile products from manufacturers.

“The atmosphere at Coverings 2016 was fantastic—we saw an exciting turnout in attendees here in Chicago,” said Dave Bouchard, representative of Emil America. “Chicago is a great town for the show, drawing in the architecture and design crowd as well as retailers and distributors. We feel confident with the sales relationships generated by being at the show.”

Natucer, a long-time Spanish exhibitor, found the show to be an imperative part of the company’s global business for sales and relationship building.

“We have been at Coverings since 1998 and have always found tremendous value in the show,” said Victor Gasque Balaguer, area manager for Natucer Ceramica. “The North American market is always one of our top priorities after the domestic market in Spain. All of the programming and networking opportunities at the show are important in growing our relationships and increasing awareness of our products.”

There was no shortage of opportunities for attendees to build on their technical skills or to network with others as Coverings offered an extensive conference program with more than 75 sessions and CEU courses.

Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 in Orlando, Fla.

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Crossville sponsors Southern Style Now Showhouse

SouthernStyleNow1Crossville, Tenn.— Crossville will be the exclusive tile sponsor for the first-ever Southern Style Now Showhouse, presented by Traditional Home Magazine. The 15-room house, a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1896 and located on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans’ Uptown District, has received an extensive renovation led by some of the nation’s top interior designers.

The remodeled home will debut during a gala event on May 18 benefiting New Orleans’ Preservation Resource Center. It will then be open for public tours May 19-June 12. The showhouse is occurring in tandem with the first Southern Style Now Design Festival that runs May 19-22 as a celebration of the unique and distinct aesthetic and culture of our nation’s southern states.

In addition to providing tile for the showhouse, Crossville is supporting the festival by leading two unique events.

“The Fifth Wall” panel discussion 
Lindsey Waldrep, VP of marketing for Crossville, will moderate a panel discussion on “The Fifth Wall” featuring several notable Southern designers sharing insights on “the secret to stylish slab, mosaic how-to’s, and more.” This event takes place on  May 21 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

CEU presentation: Thin Tile 
Crossville’s Doug Ingham will lead a Lunch & Lecture CEU event focusing on the burgeoning porcelain tile panel (aka thin tile) category. The event takes place on May 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at Stafford Tile & Stone, 5234 Magazine St., in New Orleans.

“It’s great to see our tile collections so beautifully used by a line-up of phenomenal interior designers,” Waldrep said. “Even more importantly, it’s an honor to be part of an event that will make great strides in the ongoing renaissance of New Orleans’ design community. The festival is bringing in the best of the best, and we’re thrilled to be in the mix.”

For tickets to tour the showhouse, visit www.traditionalhome.com/neworleansshowhouse. For details and ticket purchases for the Southern Style Now Festival, visit the event website by clicking here.

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NAFCD, NBMDA partner again for 2016 annual convention

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 11.33.15 AMChicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) have extended their partnership in 2016. The highly anticipated NAFCD + NBMDA annual convention will take place Nov. 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency here.

Bringing together more than 700 distribution professionals representing the leading distributors in the U.S. and Canada, the tabletop networking forum allows distributors and manufacturers to connect face-to-face and conduct meaningful business planning. Semi-private tabletop booths provide an ideal forum for senior executives and key decision makers to discuss distribution plans and strategies for the future while also reviewing past performance. Meetings are coordinated by appointment to ensure a highly focused and productive environment.

In addition to strengthening partnerships, the event fosters networking and knowledge sharing between attendees. New in 2016, the annual convention will host panel discussions for industry experts to share best practices and their experiences on hot topics such as social media. Attendees will be able to interact and continue to build relationships in social activities taking place throughout the convention.

The three days of the NAFCD + NBMDA annual convention will also be filled with value learning through five education sessions and the 2016 Distribution Management University (DMU). Rated highly year-over-year, education sessions allow attendees to take away relevant and practical business and sales knowledge.

“The joint event for NAFCD and NBMDA has proven to be successful based on the growth we see each year,” said Kevin Gammonley, NAFCD and NBMDA executive director. “We are confident 2016 will be no different. The annual convention continues to bring together top distributors and manufacturers to establish new relationships, enhance their business strategy, and access industry education, information and trends.”

Learn more about the event at www.distributorconvention.org. Attendee registration will open in July.

Manufacturers and service providers interested in securing a tabletop exhibit and/or sponsorship at the 2016 NAFCD + NBMDA annual convention can contact Robb Shrader at rhrader@distributorconvention.org or 312.673.5581.

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Durkan honored for HD Expo launch

Traces AwardLas Vegas—Durkan, the hospitality brand of Mohawk Group, was awarded the top product design award in the Carpeting/Carpet Systems/Rugs category for its Traces collection at the 2016 Hospitality and Design Expo and Conference (HD Expo) held here May 4-6. The annual HD Expo is the premier trade show for the hospitality design industry.

The IIDA/HD Annual Product Design Competition honors innovation, function and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry. This is the second consecutive year Durkan captured top honors in this annual competition.

Designed by Stacy Garcia, Traces’ visuals take cues from sedimentary rock forms and arid lands with a palette of soft beiges complemented by browns and cool greys. The new product utilizes Durkan’s Definity and Synthesis manufacturing technologies. Mark Page, Durkan’s senior director of color and design, explained Synthesis technology is specially engineered for hospitality designers and clients who aim to create an exceptional guest experience. Styles from the collection are also available in Durkan’s precision dye injected (PDI) and computer yarn placement (CYP) constructions.Traces by Durkan 3

This year’s HD Expo saw Durkan’s largest launch in company history with 16 innovative collections across a variety of flooring categories, including broadloom, carpet tile, hardwood selections, luxury vinyl tile and rugs. Durkan’s product offering provides solutions for every application within the hospitality environment including lobbies, corridors, meeting spaces, guest rooms, ballrooms and other specialty areas. As part of Durkan’s comprehensive flooring solutions, its products are designed to coordinate seamlessly with Mohawk Group hard surfaces and Daltile’s ceramic offerings.

“As our carpet collections continue to evolve, offering a wide range of floor design solutions, it is only natural that we also expand our hard surface offering, making the flooring selection process and coordination easier than ever for our hospitality customers,” Page noted.

 

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Stiles’ Flooring Day explores new manufacturing technologies

STILES-FlooringDay2016 attendees watchGrand Rapids, Mich.—Stiles Machinery—a supplier of equipment integration, financial services, education, service and parts to the flooring industry—kicked off an event-filled week for North American flooring manufacturers on April 26 with its Flooring Day 2016 event in the company’s High Point, N.C., showroom and finishing lab. The event showcased the latest emerging trends and technologies for engineered flooring and solid wood processing manufacturers who later attended the nearby National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Wood Flooring Expo in Charlotte, N.C., April 27-30.

Close to 60 flooring manufacturers attended Stiles’ Flooring Day, gaining knowledge on worldwide industry trends and techniques in flooring production. Industry experts from Stiles and its global partners shared insight on new, innovative technologies for optimizing lumber, automating through-feed processes and efficient packaging solutions in both small and high-production manufacturing facilities.

Presentations and live demonstrations gave attendees an up-close look at cutting-edge technologies from manufacturers Homag and Kentwood that included solid wood processing applications such as moulding, ripping, end-matching and automated hand-scraping practices. Attendees were also introduced to new, state-of-the-art sanding and finishing technologies for achieving ideal surface qualities for engineered wood flooring. Each production process showcased automation and software to illustrate the impact smart manufacturing can have on any size company for attaining increased efficiency and productivity.

Onsite vendors provided a multitude of tooling expertise, advice on surface qualities and coatings, software and packaging solutions all geared toward LVT and engineered wood flooring manufacturers.

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NWFA Wood Flooring Expo show floor sold out

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 9.26.44 AMSt. Louis—With eight weeks to go until the National Wood Flooring Association’s  (NWFA) 2016 Wood Flooring Expo, the tradeshow floor of the event has sold out with 485 booths registered to 273 companies. The event will be held April 27-30 in Charlotte, N.C.

“We really value early indicators such as this to let us know we are on track,” said Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO.”The industry has come together, especially in recent years, and set an increasingly high bar for Expo. We aim to exceed it. During the past four years, we have enjoyed significant growth thanks to the support of our many sponsors, including this year’s checkered flag sponsors, 3M and Floor Pro Fastening. With their continued support and the continued confidence of our members, the NWFA is poised for another successful year.”

Trade Show Executive has recognized the Wood Flooring Expo as one of the top 50 fastest growing shows for 2012, 2013 and 2014; the show grew an average of 25% each year.

In addition to a sold out show floor, registrations and hotel reservations have increased compared to the 2015 Expo in St. Louis.

Expo’s “Floor It” theme will include NASCAR-oriented networking events at the Charlotte Convention Center and the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum. It also will introduce long-term opportunities for NWFA and its members to pursue professional growth.