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Obituary: Jake Kimmel, founder of Floors to Go

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—Jacob “Jake” Kimmel, founder of national floor covering franchise Floors To Go, died Sept. 25 of lymphoma and Parkinsons disease. He was 79.

Jacob Hughes Kimmel was born Aug. 8 in 1932 to a hardware store owner and homemaker in Cherokee, Kan. He served four years in the Navy and earned a business degree at Kansas State Teacher’s College. Continue reading Obituary: Jake Kimmel, founder of Floors to Go

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Fall product preview: More focus on value, USA made laminates

As sales continue to be hard to come by, laminate manufacturers are putting more emphasis on products that give consumers extra value for their dollar while touting the fact more of these goods are being produced domestically.

“The buying process in 2011 finds consumers almost universally scrutinizing their flooring purchases through a new value lens,” said Roger Farabee, senior vice president of marketing for Mohawk’s Unilin divison. “A strong price/value relationship is of paramount importance to them.” Continue reading Fall product preview: More focus on value, USA made laminates

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Teragren launches new website

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash.—Teragren launched a new website design on Aug. 5,  intended to give its customers, retailers and trade professionals easier access to useful and relevant product information. The new Teragren.com is organized around six core topics enabling users more intuitive access to the wealth of information that makes up the site. Continue reading Teragren launches new website