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Schönox holds first annual strategic planning conference

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Florence, Ala.—HPS Schönox held its first annual strategic planning conference for all of its distributor partners to discuss strategy and long-term planning. Just as important to Schönox was the chance for distributors from all across the U.S. to meet one another, discuss opportunities, share ideasand build relationships that will help them as well as their customers.

“I was delighted to have the entire Schönox team and our business partners together to learn from each other, talk about how Schönox can best support what they are doing with their customers, and to better unify what we are all doing nationwide,” said Thomas Trissl, principal, HPS Schönox. “We are growing quickly together and with that growth strong communication and partnerships are both so important.”

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CDC Distributors wins Schönox Smooth Performer Award

The Schönox Smooth Performer Award was developed to highlight the support, dedication, and efforts of outstanding distributors.Cincinnati—HPS Schönox presented the first ever Schönox Smooth Performer Award this week to CDC Distributors. Al Futscher, CEO and president, and Tony Roberto, COO, both of CDC Distributors, accepted the award from Thomas Trissl, Schönox principal. The award was developed to highlight the support, dedication and outstanding efforts by the manufacturer’s distribution partners and includes a $1,000 contribution to the charity of the winner’s choice.

“CDC was one of the first distributors to join the journey with Schönox in the U.S.,” Trissl said. “[Its] dedication from management to the sales team is unbeatable with incredible results—this is such a solid relationship.”

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Judges named for HPS Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest

HPS subfloor contestFlorence, Ala.—A three-judge panel of independent flooring industry experts has been chosen to oversee the second annual Worst Subfloor Contest sponsored by HPS Schönox.

Tom Jennings, vice president of member services, the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA); Dean Thompson, president and CEO, the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI); and Robert Varden, executive director, Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) will judge contest entries.

“I’ve worked in the flooring industry all of my life, having been quite literally born into it with my family’s retail business so doing things right and seeing the industry perform at its highest level is important to me,” Jennings said. “The Worst Subfloor Contest is a great platform for the industry to demonstrate its expertise.”

“Much of my work today is concerned with representing and supporting the flooring industry helping to develop guidelines to ensure quality and sustainability with flooring products and their installation,” Thompson said. “I was eager to assist with the Schönox contest not wanting to miss a chance to support the industry and efforts to continuously improve what is done in the field every day.”

“In my 30 years of flooring experience as an installer, educator, consultant, and technical advisor, I have seen so many tough subfloor conditions and the pressing need for expertise in addressing these situations,” Varden said.

The contest is open to flooring companies to show the tough subfloor conditions they tackled and how they renovated them using Schönox products. The contest runs through Dec. 11, with winners to be announced at The International Surface Event (Surfaces) in Las Vegas. Entries can be submitted at hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor. First, second and third place winners are chosen on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project, and the quality of the finished subfloor.

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HPS Schönox launches second annual Worst Subfloor contest

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 9.31.24 AMFlorence, Ala.—HPS Schönox has formally launched its second annual Worst Subfloor in North America Contest, running through Dec. 11. The contest recognizes companies that encounter tough subfloors and shows how they renovated them using Schönox products.

Entries will be independently judged with first, second and third place winners based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail in executing the project, and the quality of the finished subfloor. Judges will be announced June 15.

Photo entries and relevant information may be submitted at hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor. Winners will be announced at The International Surface Event (TISE) 2016. Winners will receive Schönox Dollars and installers on the winning team will also receive prizes.

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HPS Schönox Worst Subfloor winners to be announced at Surfaces

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 9.43.50 AMFlorence, Ala.—This week marked the end date for entries into the Schönox Worst Subfloor in North America contest. Launched in May 2014, the contest was put together to shine a light on tough subfloor conditions, detail the best ways to renovate them, and provide some recognition and publicity for the companies who handle these challenging projects. “We’ve been really excited to see the strong participation by installers and contractors, and the overall interest by the flooring industry in the contest,” said Thomas Trissl, HPS Schönox principal. “We are eager to demonstrate the importance of subfloor preparation and to recognize flooring companies that excel in this area.”

The Schönox Worst Subfloor in North America contest is an opportunity for any company charged with making a damaged subfloor smooth and sound to show the tough subfloor conditions that it encountered, and how it renovated the subfloor using Schönox products. Now that the entry end date has passed, entries will be independently judged with first-, second- and third-place winners that will be awarded Schönox products based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project, and the quality of the finished subfloor. Contest winners will be announced at Surfaces on Thursday, January 22 at 11:00am in the Schönox booth.

The judges for the contest are John McGrath, director, INSTALL; Lew Migliore, president, LGM and Associates Technical Flooring Services; and Jim Walker, CEO, International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association. “Any event designed to showcase the expertise of professional flooring companies and the challenges they face in the field is of special significance for me,” McGrath said. With the contest entry phase complete, judges are being provided with details on the entries and project photos for their review. “Installation companies and contractors face a wide range of subfloor challenges on a daily basis in the field,” Migliore noted. “I’ve seen so many of those subfloor issues and see new ones each day; the Schönox contest has shown us even more.”

This was the first year for the contest, beginning with the fundamental question, “Is your company working on a project that has what might be the worst subfloor in North America?” Those who entered the contest were asked to submit photos of subfloor conditions before and after the renovation project, along with project details. “The contest has been a great success in amplifying the discussion about getting the very best flooring projects, regardless of the beginning subfloor conditions,” said Doug Young, HPS Schönox executive vice president. “There is no question that the contest will now be a recurring annual event.”

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HPS Schönox makes strategic hires

HPS-Schonox-vice-presidents-fullFlorence, Ala.—Doug Young has joined HPS Schönox as executive vice president to work extensively with the overall strategy of the company and in further development of the national sales and support teams. Heather Yario-Rice is now regional vice president of sales for the Great Lakes Region working to expand distribution and brand awareness throughout this important area of the country.

Young has served in a variety of sales management capacities with increasing levels of responsibility with national and international flooring manufacturers culminating in this executive level assignment with HPS Schönox. “I am delighted to be working with Thomas Trissl [HPS Schönox principal] again, with a company that has such a strong entrepreneurial mindset,”Young said. “I am enthusiastic knowing that we have so much to offer the industry and the team to positively impact the way flooring projects are done.”

Young will be based in Atlanta which will put him within easy reach of a number of important markets, but also in close proximity to the HPS Schönox headquarters here where he will be working closely with Trissl. The company is expanding rapidly with a comprehensive line of subfloor products engineered to solve the toughest subfloor problems while saving time and money in the process. “It’s so important to get our message out at this point and I have complete confidence in Doug to do that and to lead our team in making a difference within the subfloor industry,” Trissl said.

Rice brings a strategically sound background to HPS Schönox having worked on the sales and specification side with flooring distribution companies and also in subfloor manufacturing, helping to link architects, designers, contractors and national accounts with product solutions. Her management experience has included a wide variety of roles where she was successful in helping team members to grow rapidly and consistently achieve strong results. “The position with HPS Schönox was a great fit for me given the company’s clear focus on making a tangible difference in the way flooring projects are done and enhancing the process for everyone involved,” she explained. “I don’t want to just be a part of selling products; I want to bring real value to the industry and we are doing that with HPS Schönox.”

Trissl said, “In her very short time with HPS Schönox, Heather is already working closely with our distribution partners and sales and support team. With her in place, we are poised to grow strategically in the region within many key industries where our products have the greatest impact and value.” Yario-Rice is based in Chicago, allowing her access to the Great Lakes Region that she is developing.

“I am delighted to have someone of Heather’s experience and expertise working with us from HPS Schönox,” said Don Brickweg, commercial sales manager, CDC Distributors. “Our business opportunities with Schönox have grown steadily and we believe Heather will be a part of that growth accelerating.”

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Judge’s panel chosen for Schönox ‘worst subfloor’ contest

America Contest-2Florence, Ala. — Earlier this month HPS Schönox kicked off a Contest asking the question, Is your company working on a project that has what might be the worst subfloor in North America?  Today, the company announced who will judge the responses to that question.  Schönox put together the Worst Subfloor in North America Contest to shine a light on tough subfloor conditions, detail the best ways to renovate them, and provide some recognition and publicity for the companies who handle these challenging projects.  John McGrath (director, INSTALL), Lew Migliore (president, LGM and Associates Technical Flooring Services) and Jim Walker (CEO, International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association/CFI) will judge the contest after the entry end date of Dec. 15.

“I was delighted to sign on to judge the Worst Subfloor in North America Contest,” McGrath said.  “Any event designed to showcase the expertise of professional flooring companies and the challenges they face in the field is of special significance for me.”  The contest entries will be independently judged with first, second, and third place winners being awarded Schönox products based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project, and the quality of the finished subfloor.

“Installation companies and contractors face a wide range of subfloor challenges on a daily basis in the field,” Migliore said. “I’ve seen so many of those subfloor issues and see new ones each day; the Schönox Contest will likely show us even more.”  Those entering the contest are asked to photograph the subfloor conditions before and after the subfloor renovation project and submit the photos, along with some project information, at hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor where contest details can be found. Winners will be announced at Surfaces in 2015.

 

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HPS Schönox contest looks for worst subfloors in North America

tories is underwayFlorence, Ala. – Is your company working on a project that has what might be the worst subfloor in North America? That’s the starting point for a contest that HPS Schönox has put together to shine a light on tough subfloor conditions, detail the best ways to renovate them, and provide some recognition and publicity for the companies who handle these challenging projects.  “Too often the stability and condition of subfloors is overlooked in the flooring installation industry resulting in failed installations,” said Thomas Trissl, HPS Schönox principal.  “With that thought in mind, Schönox has kicked off a subfloor competition for flooring companies where they can enter projects that began with damaged, unsound subfloors and were renovated using Schönox products.”

The Schönox Worst Subfloor in North America Contest is an opportunity for any company charged with making a damaged subfloor smooth and sound to show the tough subfloor conditions that they encountered and how they renovated them using Schönox products.  Entries will be independently judged with first, second, and third place winners being awarded Schönox products based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project, and the quality of the finished subfloor.  The judges for the contest will be announced on May 26th.

Those entering the contest are asked to photograph the subfloor conditions before and after the subfloor renovation project and submit the photos, along with some project information, at hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor where all of the contest details can be found.  The contest runs through Dec. 15 with winners to be announced at Surfaces in 2015.

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HPS Schönox, Spartan Surfaces in distribution deal

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 4.22.59 PMScreen Shot 2014-04-10 at 4.31.33 PMFlorence, Ala. — HPS Schönox and Spartan Surfaces announced that they have reached an agreement that will result in a new division for Spartan Surfaces that will distribute Schönox products from Virginia to southern New Jersey.

Spartan Distribution will carry the full line of Schönox subfloor products including primers and moisture mitigation systems, patching and smoothing products, floor leveling compounds, and adhesives. Forest Hill, Md.-based Spartan Surfaces has flooring experts in place throughout the region. HPS Schönox has expanded its team of subfloor technical associates to support this area and the extensive growth of Spartan Surfaces.

With this agreement Spartan Surfaces is expanding its business to encompass distribution including a truck fleet to service the region. Spartan Surfaces is targeting the healthcare, education, corporate, and multifamily sectors where it already has strong relationships and where subfloors are such an important issue with successful flooring projects.  “Incorporating Schönox into our discussions and plans with specifiers, end users, and contractors has improved satisfaction with every flooring project and is an important move for us strategically,” said Kevin Jablon, Spartan Surfaces president.  “Solving subfloor issues using the Schönox subfloor product array positively impacts our efforts with any flooring material used in the project.”

HPS Schönox has greatly expanded its product distribution nationwide including technical support teams to work closely in the field with contractors and installers.  “We took a close look at the important Mid-Atlantic region and concluded that the work ethic and forward-leaning business approach held by Spartan Surfaces paired with their new distribution division was a natural fit with us,” said Thomas Trissl, HPS Schönox principal. “Kevin and I share a common viewpoint regarding our commitment to customers and the flooring industry that will be fruitful in the region and beyond in coming years.”  

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HPS Schönox brings speed to installation

Schonox rollerLas Vegas — HPS Schönox has assembled a product system focused on the quick turnarounds required for flooring installations in the retail sector.  From priming to subfloor leveling and on to flooring installation, Schönox now has a product group designed for speed. 

Schönox KH Fix primer, ZM Rapid self-leveling compound, and Roll and Go LVT adhesive make up the retail-focused product lineup.  “Our retail customers often need to do flooring installations overnight,” said Brandon Hagen, HPS Schönox territory business manager.  “Our comprehensive product system will allow them to do so with speed that they have not seen before.”

KH Fix primer dries quickly allowing floor leveling compounds to be applied in roughly 10 to 60 minutes.  ZM Rapid is suitable for leveling cement and gypsum based substrates, drying in 1.5 to 2 hours after application.  Schönox Roll and Go is applied with a roller from a standing position and is ready to accept LVT tiles in 10 minutes.  After flooring installation using Roll and Go, the floor space can immediately accept foot traffic and be loaded with store fixtures.  “Any retailer that has upcoming flooring installation and renovation projects should take a close look at what we have assembled with them specifically in mind,” said Thomas Trissl, HPS Schönox principal.  “Retail has been a focus for our company for some time as we know their time constraints as well as renovation budgets are important.”