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Lanning named president, CEO of J. J. Haines

Hoy Lanning

Glen Burnie, Md.– Hoy Lanning, Jr. has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of J.J. Haines & Co.

“Hoy brings a wealth of industry knowledge as a senior-level executive with both Haines and CMH,” said Pierce B. Dunn, chairman of the board of J.J. Haines & Co. “We are confident he will lead Haines in a manner consistent with our vision, core values and 144-year heritage of excellence.”

Lanning has held numerous executive positions with Haines since January 2014, most recently serving as executive vice president, business development. He has also held positions as senior CEO advisor and senior vice president of CMH marketing and Haines purchasing & inventory. Lanning joined CMH in 1991 as general manager and later became the company’s president & CEO. He is a past president of the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors and is active with numerous boards and non-profit organizations in the community.

Lanning was recently recognized by the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors, receiving the 2018 NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award for his 40-plus years of industry leadership.

Members of the executive team reporting to Lanning include: Jon England, chief sales and marketing officer; Reid McCarthy, chief financial officer; Bill Rothenbach, chief human resources officer; Doug Drews, chief supply chain officer; Nitin Mahajan, vice president, channel development and global sourcing; and Milt Thacker, vice president, IT.

“Haines has a history of excellent products delivered with exemplary service,” said Lanning. “I look forward to working with our customers, vendors and team members and am honored to lead Haines into the future.”

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EarthWerks expands distribution with J.J. Haines

earthwerksHouston—J.J. Haines is now the exclusive supplier of EarthWerks LVT flooring for Eastern Tennessee (Nashville East).  J.J. Haines has been distributing EarthWerks LVT in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Northern Alabama for over ten years.

“This territory expansion with J.J. Haines is part of a valued long term relationship and vital to EarthWerks’ continued growth in our focused markets,” said Shane Calloway, EarthWerks’ vice president of sales. “We look forward to our continued success in the markets served by J.J. Haines.”

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NAFCD: Mood, attendance on the rise as business rebounds

Speakers, revamped structure lend to event success

Nov. 18/25 2013, Volume 27/number 15

By Jenna Lippin

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 11.04.42 AMChicago—The mood through-out the 2013 annual convention of the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) + North American Building Materials Distribution Association (NBMDA) held here Nov. 12-14 represented a new phase of the flooring industry, one that many members have been awaiting. Optimism is spreading, business is better and as one attendee said, “These things are fun again.” Continue reading NAFCD: Mood, attendance on the rise as business rebounds

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Distribution: Carpet

Distributors see action in soft surface segment

By Ken Ryan

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

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 9.32.07 AMCMH Space Flooring, a top flooring distributor, is growing by double digits—primarily on the strength of its hard surfaces business. However, that didn’t prevent the Wadesboro, N.C., wholesaler from expanding into carpet when it had the opportunity.

“The carpet business was new to us in 2012, and each month it gets stronger,” said Hoy Lanning, president and CEO. “Carpet is still 50% of the flooring business; we feel we have a wonderful opportunity to add carpet to our shipments. This way our dealers can get all of their flooring products from one source.” Continue reading Distribution: Carpet

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Distribution: Wood

Leading the industry out of the woods

By Ken Ryan

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

No flooring product has benefited more from the uptick in new home construction and an improving economic picture than hardwood flooring. For some distributors, wood has risen 15% to 20% in 2013, after 2012 outperformed 2011.

“Wood has been the strongest category,” said Bruce Zwicker, president and CEO, J.J. Haines, the industry’s No. 1 distributor. According to Zwicker, the improvement started in late 2010 and slowly continued in 2011 and 2012, with 2013 the strongest of the three years. “The uptick in home building in 2013 helped sustain the momentum. It will be interesting to see how long such momentum continues as rising interest rates and other macroeconomic factors suggest a [slowdown],” he said. Continue reading Distribution: Wood

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FCNews’ annual top 20 flooring distributors

 Distributors emerging from economic stronger, more relevant than ever

By Ken Ryan

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

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 4.47.45 PMDistributors. They are the backbone of the industry, the group on which manufacturers rely for moving their products to the point of sale. It is a segment that faces as many challenges as any and works on razor-thin margins.

Still, the good ones have not only succeeded but thrived. In fact, most project growth of 5% to 15% in 2013, driven in part by a housing comeback, both remodeling and new construction.

FCNews’ annual top 20 distributor listing not only looks at the industry’s leaders but also reveals the 10 highest-volume wholesalers in the resilient, wood and laminate categories. In most cases, the information was obtained from the respective high-level executives. Continue reading FCNews’ annual top 20 flooring distributors

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Mirage: 30 years of success, value, quality, hard work and still going strong

Passion and commitment to excellence burnishes a legacy

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

By Ken Ryan

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 5.48.48 PMSix months after founding Boa-Franc, Pierre Thabet watched helplessly as flames tore apart his establishment. “It was Saturday, March 3 [1984], and it was 25 degrees below zero outside,” he said. “I was on the site at the time and tried to save as much as possible…but then the roof collapsed. It was 9:45 p.m. that night when I realized nothing was left but ashes.” Continue reading Mirage: 30 years of success, value, quality, hard work and still going strong

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Haines appoints two new vice presidents

JJ haines logo NEWGlen Burnie, Md.—Haines has recently appointed two new vice presidents: Mark Blakely and Fred Reitz. Blakley of Galena, Ohio, joins the company as the leader of all Haines Flooring warehouse and delivery functions. Haines president/CEO, Bruce Zwicker, said, “As Haines grows and evolves, we need to increase our management capacity as well as bring to the company new ideas from other industries.” Continue reading Haines appoints two new vice presidents

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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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‘Instant stock check’ creates fcB2B buzz

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

ATLANTA—The latest web services technology demonstrated at the recent fcB2B (Floor Covering Business to Business) annual meeting here was met with universal excitement and enthusiasm.

In a live demonstration, Chad Ogden, president of QFloors, showed how his company’s flooring software could connect with Shaw and several distributors (J.J. Haines and Jaeckle, both using Dancik software) and immediately check stock in their warehouses. Continue reading ‘Instant stock check’ creates fcB2B buzz