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Columbia launches three engineered wood collections

columbia hardwood, ashby collection, ivory lace maple, hi-resDallas—The Columbia brand has recently launched three engineered hardwood collections: Wimberly, Ashby and Vale. These offerings are the right products for today’s market, according to Harry Bogner, senior vice president of hardwood for Unilin, Columbia’s parent company, noting the rise of the engineered hardwood market. “This trend started a few years ago and is projected to continue increasing,” Bogner said. “At Columbia, we are continually positioning our retailers for success in this growing engineered market by regularly launching new products such as the Wimberly, Ashby, and Vale collections.”

Columbia’s new Wimberly is a rustic antiqued flooring collection with a beautifully weathered appearance that resembles the uniqueness of reclaimed wood. Striking knots and dramatic character marks further emphasize the depth and texture of this antiqued flooring.

Columbia’s new Ashby collection features longer/wider planks, including softly wire-brushed oaks and smooth maple in fashion-forward matte tones in 7-inch wide planks and random lengths up to 72 inches long; the products showcase the natural beauty of hardwood with ample amounts of rustic character including cracks, knots and splits.

Columbia’s new Vale collection is a blend of smooth maple and walnut floors, along with softly wire-brushed oak and hickory — in longer/wider planks. Rich browns, warm grays, and unique natural tones create high-end visuals. Ample amounts of rustic character, including cracks, knots, and splits are featured in this new collection.

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Hardwood sales grow for first time since 2006

Volume remains sluggish; domestic species usage on the rise

by Emily J. Cappiello

At the end of 2010, the wood flooring industry was being dragged down by continued sluggishness in new home construction and remodeling along with the continued increase in lumber prices. But in 2011, hardwood flooring was able to bounce back a little and, according to many industry insiders, the category made some much-needed gains. Continue reading Hardwood sales grow for first time since 2006

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Advantage America: For mills, it’s all about being in ‘quality control’

One of the great advantages for companies that make product both abroad and in the U.S. is the ability to control their fate. In the case of quality control, firms that manufacture here are able to shape their own destiny as they reassure customers that product will get to them in a timely—and profitable—fashion. Continue reading Advantage America: For mills, it’s all about being in ‘quality control’

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Executive forecast: Wood struggles continue but execs see light

By Matthew Spieler

 

While 2011 seemed to mirror 2010 for the wood industry, manufacturing executives say it was expected and, considering the losses that mounted up since the recession started, not so bad. Though the overall economy doesn’t appear much brighter in 2012, many feel there will be some upward movement due to pent-up demand as well as other indicators that favor their products. Continue reading Executive forecast: Wood struggles continue but execs see light