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Commercial resilient category grows with economy

Despite a sluggish recovery, particularly in the commercial sector, the resilient category is one area performing quite well. A value proposition paired with easy maintenance and installation makes resilient flooring a natural choice for commercial locations. Continue reading Commercial resilient category grows with economy

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Forbo expands capacity

HAZLETON, PA.—Forbo has completed the first of a two-phase expansion to boost capacity at its Kirkcaldy, Scotland facility. The move is in response to demand for the company’s MCT and Marmoleum Dual Tile products exceeding all expectations resulting in lead times becoming “longer than acceptable.”

Theresa Lorenzi, manager of support services, said Forbo has made a substantial capital investment to continually improve service to it customers, noting the just-completed addition raised annual capacity by more than 60%. Continue reading Forbo expands capacity

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Industry's top selling products vary by region

Most products cross all boundaries when it comes to popularity—big screen TVs are in demand in New York as much as they are in California or Florida.

But when it comes to home decorating items like flooring, where a person lives in the U.S. plays a major role not only on the types of products bought but the particular styles used to spruce up the home. For example, houses in the Northeast are often decorated in more traditional looks while those in the Southwest incorporate more of the region’s Native American heritage in their decors. Continue reading Industry's top selling products vary by region

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Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong

The general state of affairs in the commercial resilient segment is not far off from most categories. Most manufacturers interviewed by FCNews reported less than remarkable growth for the start of the year but were pleased to no longer see major losses in market share.

“The commercial market will continue to struggle as budget deficits in both the public and private sector hamper recovery efforts on a broad scale,” reported Edward Braulick, senior marketing manager at CBC Flooring. A significant reduction in tax revenues particularly hurt the retail and education markets by delaying remodeling and construction projects. “Some of these projects had been on hold since early 2009 and are now getting the funding to proceed.” Continue reading Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong