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Herregan to carry full line of Schönox subfloor products


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Eagan, Minn.—Herregan Distributors and HPS Schönox have formed a strategic partnership to roll out the full line of Schönox subfloor products.

“The agreement with Schönox in our 50th year of operation is a clear example of Herregan’s continuing commitment to product innovation and customer support,” said Craig Folven, vice president of sales and marketing, Herregan’s Paramount division. “Schönox has never stopped improving its subfloor products through impressive R&D efforts, and similarly Herregan is consistently making moves to further support our customers.”

The product rollout will include primers, moisture mitigation systems, subfloor repair products, floor leveling compounds and adhesives. “Herregan is such a strong strategic partner that will further our critical objective of providing availability to those seeking Schönox products, while elevating the quality of each flooring project that Herregan’s end customers complete using Schönox,” said Doug Young, executive vice president, HPS Schönox.

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Distribution: Laminate

Innovations sustain category

By Ken Ryan

Oct. 21/28 2013; Volume 27/number 13

Despite several down years, laminate flooring is far from a dormant, forgotten category. All it needs, according to distributors, is a few good products active on the market.

The idea of popular laminate is not as far-fetched as it seemed not too long ago. “Laminate is not dead at all,” said Buddy Faircloth, president of Cain & Bultman, Jacksonville, Fla. “If you have the right product, people are going to buy it. Ask Armstrong if you want proof of that.”

Faircloth spoke highly of Armstrong’s recent introduction of Architectural Remnants, a 12-mil laminate that features striking wood designs inspired by reclaimed hardwood floors. With its unique whitewash finish, the product is taking off in coastal Florida. “It really sells here. It has generated a lot of excitement,” he said. “There is nothing out there quite like it. It’s an important product that has hit our marketplace at the right time.” Continue reading Distribution: Laminate

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Metroflor presents performance awards at Surfaces

Russ Rogg, president and CEO of Metroflor, and Keith Kannapel, Metroflor’s Midwest sales manager (far left), presented two awards to Craig Folven (second from left), Bob Link (center) and Tom Splinter (far right) of Herregan.

LAS VEGAS – Metroflor celebrated its return to Surfaces 2013 after a nine-year hiatus and a strong 2012 by acknowledging the dedication and hard work of its partners across the entire brand portfolio. The presentation was held in the LVT leader’s new 2,000-square-foot booth.

Herregan Distributors won big with the President’s Award, given to the distributor that demonstrates the most comprehensive and unparalleled support of Metroflor, its brands and its products. In awarding the company with the first-ever Engage Distributor of the Year, Metroflor recognized Herregan for its outstanding sales achievement for the 2012 debut of Engage LVT flooring. Continue reading Metroflor presents performance awards at Surfaces

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NAFCD announces 2012 award recipients

CHICAGO – The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) is proud to announce 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Mort Creech of JJ Haines, Ben Hagood of W.M. Bird & Company, and Ken Herriges of Herregan Distributors, as well as 2012 Leadership in Action Award recipient Bill Simonson of Jaeckle Distributors.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipients were honored for their exceptional leadership and contributions that have helped expand the floor covering distribution industry. The Leadership in Action Award honors up and coming leaders whose innovative practices have resulted in positive business growth. Continue reading NAFCD announces 2012 award recipients

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Resilient: LVT innovations continue to drive category

By Ken Ryan

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) continues to be the runaway success story of the flooring industry. LVT is such a big hit, in fact, some distributors consider it a category unto its own rather than a leading segment of resilient.

Indeed, as the flooring industry slowly recovers from the deepest trough many veterans can ever recall, distributors continue to add a greater percentage of LVT to their resilient mix. For example, resilient now makes up 65% of Cain & Bultman’s business, up from 60% two years ago. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based distributor has realized healthy double-digit gains thanks to LVT and sheet vinyl products like Armstrong’s StrataMax. Continue reading Resilient: LVT innovations continue to drive category