On the first day of summer, fifteen notorious chefs created dishes ranging from roast suckling pig tacos to grilled Montauk squid with Thai basil salad for an invitation-only group of journalists, celebrities, and others at Manhattan’s Pier 66 as Saveur kicked off its first annual summer celebration. Continue reading Mohawk SmartStrand featured at Manhattan BBQ
NEW YORK—Mohawk Industries recently teamed with popular lifestyle and decorating magazine Country Living and New World Home, a producer of sustainable, historically inspired modular homes, to help create a line of green homes that are currently pursuing LEED certification. The collection offers consumers attainable green living coupled with classic country style and features fireplaces, oversize windows and an open floor plan that fully integrates the greenest products and practices available today.
The debut of the Home Green Home, Country Living’s 2010 House of the Year, kicked off June 3 and will remain on display at New York City’s World Financial Center through June 17. The 1,600-square-foot structure is a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home that embodies “green living with classic country style.” Continue reading Mohawk teams with Country Living, New World Home
As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and this rings true in floor covering. A decidedly negative economic state found a ray of light in the resurgent sales of resilient flooring and carpet. On the decline for much of the early 21st century, these two categories have been consistently gaining market share throughout the financial downturn and beckoned sales in a climate where other categories suffered mightily.
“Resilient is on the rebound,” said David Sheehan, vice president of resilient business at Mannington Mills, “due in large part to the movement of the consumer toward products that are practical and pragmatic in today’s economy.” Continue reading Resurgence of carpet and resilient; the new normal dictates value, function, innovation
LOUDON, TENN.—On the one- year anniversary of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ruling to approve Triexta as a new class of fiber (FCNews, April 6/13, 2009), DuPont Tate & Lyle announced an expansion to its Bio-PDO facility here. Investments made by both DuPont and Mohawk to market the first new carpet fiber in half a century are paying off for the two companies—and for consumers and flooring retailers, noted Tom Lape, president, Mohawk Residential. Continue reading SmartStrand success contributes to DuPont facility expansion
HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—There may be signs of life in the economy, at least on the residential side, but the overall pace remains slow. Add to that a drastic drop in wood prices—especially from imports—the continued surge in popularity of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and an overcapacity problem, and the laminate category continues to struggle to regain the momentum it had just before the financial and housing crises hit.
Research conducted by Floor Covering News to see how the category has fared over the first four months of 2010 compared to the same period last year has rendered mix results. On one hand, product is starting to move through the channel as more consumers break from their shells and once again begin to shop for home improvement items. On the other hand, dollar volumes and profits remain sluggish as the post-recession consumer searches for products that will give her the most performance at the lowest price. Continue reading Laminate state of the industry: Units pick up but sales struggle in face of increasing competition, economy
Through its partnership, with the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the International Certified Floorcovering Installlers Association (CFI) has trained over 40,000 industry personnel since 1993 in all flooring surfaces worldwide, noted Roy Davison, CFI’s president. “The hands-on approach to training provides the greatest rewards when accompanied by a verbal and written test.”
He said the programs target installers, sales associates, inspectors and all industry-related individuals and include the following: Continue reading Hardwood, laminate, carpet installation covered by CFI
Originally produced to mimic the look of hardwood flooring while offering enhanced performance characteristics through state-of-the-art technology, laminate floors have come a long way in the 15 years or so they’ve been available in the U.S.
As methods of production have advanced, manufacturers now seemingly have the ability to make laminate look like whatever they want, including ceramic tile, natural stone as well as more realistic wood-look designs and patterns. So what are some of the latest laminate trends?
Features such as wider planks, bolder colors and textures, and never-before-seen species currently play a growing role in laminate’s hottest new looks. Continue reading Laminate trends: More options than ever
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD.—Things are looking up for the hardwood flooring industry. So said Ed Korczak, CEO and executive director, National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), at the group’s annual convention here two weeks ago.
After a year in which the industry was down about 23% in dollars, Korczak said the association is seeing a 6% to 7% uptick in the first quarter of 2010 over the same year-ago period. “We attribute that to two things,” he said. “First, the consumer has a little more confidence due in part to unemployment remaining flat. Second is the result of pent-up demand.” Continue reading National Wood Flooring Association: Initiatives range from environmental to A&D
DALTON—As consumers start to wearily head back to the world of retail, Mohawk is rolling out one of its strongest spring promotions to help its aligned dealers capture as much of the business as possible.
Mohawk’s “Colors of Spring” three-tiered sale kicks off March 29 and runs through May 3, and includes a large national advertising schedule, multiple financing options, consumer rebates on various carpet and wood products, and more.
“The Colors of Spring sales event has become a key promotional tool for many of the nation’s best floor covering retailers,” explained Manny Llerena, Mohawk’s vice president of retail marketing. Continue reading Mohawk launches seasonal promo; highlights include consumer rebate, financing