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QEP signs CDC Distributors for Harris Wood

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 4.50.50 PMBoca Raton, Fla. — QEP has signed an agreement with CDC Distributors of Cincinnati as the company’s newest flooring distributor.

CDC will carry the full line of Harris Wood-branded engineered and Harris cork flooring products in Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh.

CDC has been a longstanding distributor of QEP tools and Roberts Adhesives.

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Flooring companies make the grade in Consumer Reports

Armstrong, Teragren score in multiple categories

July 22/29, 2013; Volume 27/Number 7

By Louis Iannaco

Armstrong’s Coastal Living  White Wash Walnut took the No. 1 spot in the laminate category.
Armstrong’s Coastal Living
White Wash Walnut took the No. 1 spot in the laminate category.

The results are in, and a number of flooring manufacturers have much to boast.

The July issue of Consumer Reports published its annual hard surface flooring ratings across five categories, with overall scores based mainly on resistance to foot traffic, scratches, dents, stains, sunlight, moisture and slips. In the end, Teragren, Armstrong, Harris Wood, Congoleum and Avaire were at the head of the class in their respective categories.

Teragren’s Portfolio Naturals Wheat was the highest-ranked prefinished solid wood floor, while the company’s Synergy Strand with Xcora Java stood at No. 2 in engineered wood. Both categories encompass cork and bamboo. A high-quality and high-value product is the result of numerous factors, said Mike Boshart, president, Teragren, who noted the company has worked closely with the same factory partner for 20 years to source the highest-quality raw materials and refine its preparation and manufacturing processes. Continue reading Flooring companies make the grade in Consumer Reports

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Domestic exotics becoming the wood lover’s choice

Demand increasing for locally harvested offerings

By Louis Iannaco

Volume 26/Number 26; May 13/20, 2013

Mullican’s 3⁄4-inch ‘hickory natural’ from its solid Chatelaine Collection is one of the mill’s hottest domestic exotic offerings.

For consumers who want to spice up their interiors, the lure of “domestic exotic flooring” is becoming more of a go-to option than ever before. With selections available in hickory, maple, American cherry and walnut, consumers now have additional—and more exciting, some would say—species to choose from than traditional oak. Because these alluring options are domestically sourced, environmental concerns and illegal logging are not inhibiting factors in the decision-making process. Continue reading Domestic exotics becoming the wood lover’s choice

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Manufacturers debut offerings for spring season

By Jenna Lippin

Volume 26/Number 22; March 18/25, 2013

While we are only a few months into this year, there already is a renewed sense of optimism. Surfaces has quickly come and gone, but this does not mean opportunities are over for manufacturers to showcase new goods. Some are revamping existing lines while others are unveiling brand new designs. Continue reading Manufacturers debut offerings for spring season

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Wood: Innovations make category ripe for recovery

Direct print cork was all the rage this year, and leading the charge was Amorim. Michael Bennett, right, CEO, and Tim Tompkins, national marketing director, highlight the technology’s capabilities.

Highlights include digital printing, distressed, new strand woven and exotic concepts

By Matthew Spieler

Volume 26/Number 19; February 4/11, 2013

Wood flooring may have been one of the hardest hit categories when the housing and financial markets collapsed, but anyone walking this year’s Surfaces show floor would have been hard pressed to find any signs of a beaten industry. Rather, exhibitors of all sizes came out swinging for the fences with an array of styles and performance attributes to satisfy even the most demanding end users.

On the style side, mills displayed visuals that until now could not be achieved. But thanks to advances in technology, such as direct printing, cork suppliers are now able to offer products that no longer resemble cork but rather marble and tile as well as other types of traditional wood looks. Other visuals took advantage of distressed techniques to give the final product a worn, reclaimed look, such as wood salvaged from an old barn, while others simply took actual reclaimed wood and turned it into unique types of flooring. Continue reading Wood: Innovations make category ripe for recovery

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Executive forecast: Wood manufacturers see light at end of tunnel

By Melissa McGuire

Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012

Within the wood segment, executives are hopeful but guarded as they head into 2013, as they see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

A slight uptick in building and purchasing coupled with investments in new product and initiatives have executives not fooling themselves with the thought of robust growth, but rather seem content with a mild, if not sluggish, recovery. Continue reading Executive forecast: Wood manufacturers see light at end of tunnel

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State of the hardwood industry: Foreign competition, uncertainty weigh heavily on the category

Hardwood has been a flooring category generating plenty of buzz recently. The Lacey Act revisions two years ago sent ripples from Washington, and the recent anti-dumping case brought many manufacturers flocking back to government agencies in an effort to understand just what is at stake. While hardwood has long enjoyed a strong domestic manufacturing presence, recent shifts in the trade balance have shed a light of uncertainty on the category’s future. Coupled with the troubled economy and a struggling building sector, this last year is one that is best left behind in the books. Continue reading State of the hardwood industry: Foreign competition, uncertainty weigh heavily on the category

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Surfaces 2011: Hardwood blends style and performance

Although hardwood is one of the oldest categories of flooring, it never fails to evolve with consumer tastes and innovate to meet her needs. Her tastes gravitate toward softer character looks and texturing for unique and authentic visuals, while her needs are for a floor that will withstand a busy, often demanding lifestyle without the need for refinishing or touch-ups. Mills came forward this year to meet both those needs simultaneously with fashion-forward styling and finishes that promise to look as good as on the day of install through its life. Continue reading Surfaces 2011: Hardwood blends style and performance

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Harris Wood: ‘A diamond that needs polishing’

BOCA RATON, FLA.—Harris Wood, one of the oldest brands in the hard- wood flooring industry, has undergone a series of reincarnations over the past two decades. The brand has gone from Harris to Harris Tarkett to Tarkett Wood to Arborcraft and now back to Harris Wood with the recent purchase by public company Q.E.P. Co. (QEP.PK). While hardwood may be new to QEP, the company has a stellar reputation with its best-in-class tools and sundries brands. FCNews associate publisher and editorial director Steven Feldman recently sat down with Len Gould, president of QEP, to discuss the past, present and future. Continue reading Harris Wood: ‘A diamond that needs polishing’

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Smaller hardwood players can offer retailers big attributes

Successful flooring retailers not only tend to be at the top when it comes to professionalism, they understand the advantages of differentiating themselves with products no one else in the local market carries. This creates a unique selling proposition, one that cannot be shopped around.

These dealers still carry many of the big name, branded products consumers know of, but they also mix in floors from a number of smaller suppliers knowing this will give them something their competition lacks. In this sense, few flooring categories offer more choices of product and supplier than wood. Continue reading Smaller hardwood players can offer retailers big attributes