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Fiber update: Nylon remains the major player

Volume 27/Number 24; March 31/April 7, 2014

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 11.03.03 AMThe last few years have seen words like PET, polyester and triexta dominating the fiber headlines. But that does not mean nylon is any less relevant. In fact, as the economy continues to improve, more manufacturers are stepping up their nylon introductions.

The consensus among carpet mill executives is that nylon’s most dominant value proposition continues to be its durability. And with the trend toward soft carpet showing no signs of slowing down, nylon’s attributes offer a strong selling story. Continue reading Fiber update: Nylon remains the major player

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Rice rejoins Invista

Volume 26/Number 17; January 7/14, 2013

Michelle Rice

KENNESAW, GA.—Invista is welcoming an old friend as Michelle Rice has been hired back to the company’s Surfaces business team as vice president of the retail channel.

In her previous role within the Invista division, Rice was marketing director of the Western region for the company’s residential flooring business. Following that, she was marketing director for Invista intimate apparel and swimwear in Hong Kong. She then pursued an opportunity in Invista commercial development before she transferred to Shanghai, China, where she was the North Asia commercial director for the company’s Lycra fiber. Continue reading Rice rejoins Invista

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Carpet One Floor & Home pays tribute to late Hale

Kennesaw, Ga.  – Back in March, 2012, Invista director of major accounts, Mack H. Hale, passed away unexpectedly after spending 40 years in the floor covering industry, where his contagious enthusiasm and optimism for work and life created strong and enduring relationships.

Keeping Hale’s legacy alive is long-time customer Carpet One Floor & Home. Earlier this month at the Carpet One Floor & Home winter convention, the team from Carpet One offered a new carpet style to its members. Called “Hale’s Cabin,” the style was made in honor of the late Hale. It’s a Dixie Home product made with Stainmaster TruSoft fiber, the softest Stainmaster carpet fiber yet. Continue reading Carpet One Floor & Home pays tribute to late Hale

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Marc Ahrens named Invista Surfaces’ vice president, commercial

Marc Ahrens

Kennesaw, Ga.  – Invista Surfaces, a segment of Invista Performance Surfaces & Materials (PS&M) and maker of Antron carpet fibers, is pleased to announce that effective immediately Invista’s Marc Ahrens has been promoted to take the helm as vice president, commercial, for the Antron brand. Concurrently, Ahrens’ predecessor, Ralph H. Grogan, will leave Invista to become president of Bentley Prince Street. Continue reading Marc Ahrens named Invista Surfaces’ vice president, commercial

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Bentley Prince Street names Ralph Grogan president and CEO

Ralph Grogan

City of Industry, Calif. – The board of directors at Bentley Prince Street today announced the appointment of Ralph Grogan to the position of president and CEO, effective immediately. Grogan brings more than 30 years of relevant experience in the carpet industry having served in senior management positions with several carpet manufacturers, including chief operating officer of Tandus Flooring. Grogan succeeds Anthony Minite, who stepped down as president and CEO of the company last week. Continue reading Bentley Prince Street names Ralph Grogan president and CEO

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Invista unveils expanded portfolio, new marketing platform for Surfaces 2013

Steve Griffith, chief marketing officer, Invista Surfaces, said, “Invista Surfaces will introduce more than 75 new carpet styles across all of our current portfolio of products (Active Family, TruSoft, SolarMax, Essentials), which includes its TruSoft styles that were introduced in the fourth quarter of 2012.” Continue reading Invista unveils expanded portfolio, new marketing platform for Surfaces 2013

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Michelle Rice welcomed back to Invista Surfaces

Michelle Rice

Kennesaw, Ga. – Invista Surfaces, a division of Invista Performance Surfaces & Materials (PS&M) and maker of Stainmaster carpet fibers, is pleased to welcome Michelle Rice, an Invista leader, back to its Surfaces business team as vice president of the retail channel.

In her previous role within Surfaces, Rice was the western region marketing director for the company’s residential flooring business. Following that role, Rice was the marketing director for Invista intimate apparel and swimwear in Hong Kong—and then pursued an opportunity in Invista commercial development before she transferred to Shanghai, China, where she was the North Asia commercial director for Invista’s Lycra fiber. Continue reading Michelle Rice welcomed back to Invista Surfaces

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Executive forecast: Soft continues to be king—from products to sales

By Matthew Spieler 

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

When it comes to the carpet industry, soft is the key word. Soft as in softer products continuing to expand, and soft as in the ways sales continue to be.

While fibers keep getting softer, to the point where some carpets feel like cashmere, sales are starting to come out of their funk. Overall dollars may have been flat for the year and units a tad down, but compared to how things have been most executives are OK with these results.

The carpet category, like many other sectors, is going into 2013 with some uncertainty due to varying economic conditions that could tilt business either way. Nonetheless, executives are optimistic and are expecting 2013 to be a little better than 2012. Continue reading Executive forecast: Soft continues to be king—from products to sales

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Invista announces new Stainmaster Essentials carpets

Entry Level Line Includes Nylon and Polyester Styles

Kennesaw, Ga.—Invista Surfaces, a division of Invista Performance Surfaces & Materials and owner of the Stainmaster brand, now offers quality, lower-cost carpet products certified to provide the stain and soil resistance consumers want from Stainmaster carpet – the brand they most trust. Stainmaster

New Stainmaster Essentials carpets are the latest complement to the expanding Stainmaster brand portfolio. Consisting of entry level nylon and polyester styles, Stainmaster Essentials carpets are being positioned to hit value price points for which an increasing number of consumers are shopping. Stainmaster Essentials carpets will utilize proprietary anti-soil chemistry and will be tested and certified by Invista to meet durability performance and construction requirements necessary to carry the Stainmaster brand. Continue reading Invista announces new Stainmaster Essentials carpets