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NWFA members take part in community service projects

NWFA Operation Finally Home Volunteer CrewSt. Louis — The National Wood Flooring Association conducted two service projects to benefit the Nashville community during its Wood Flooring Expo held April 16-19 at the new Music City Center.

The first was a children’s book drive to benefit Book’em, a non-profit organization that provides new and gently used books to low-income children. The organization distributes more than 40,000 books annually to children of all ages. NWFA Expo attendees donated several hundred books during the show.

The second community service project benefited Operation Finally Home, a non-profit organization that provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans and their families, as well as the widows of fallen veterans. Operation Finally Home brings together corporate sponsors, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteer laborers to provide these veterans and their families with one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.

On April 19, a group of NWFA member volunteers installed more than 1,000 square feet of wood flooring donated by Mohawk Industries in the home of veteran Adam Montavon. Montavon served as a flight medic for a Medevac air ambulance company, evacuating and treating thousands of soldiers during tours in Honduras and Afghanistan. He has received the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and other awards during his tours.

In addition to installing flooring, NWFA volunteers performed a variety of other tasks to transform the home, including cleaning, landscaping and maintenance.  All materials, equipment and labor needed to install the flooring were donated by the following NWFA member companies.

3M                                                          CDC Larue

ADL Floor, Inc.                                        Flooring Pro Fastening

All American Hardwood                             Jeffco Flooring & Supply

Allen Canter Contractors                            Michigan Hardwood Floor

Anthony Palandro Flooring                         Mohawk Industries

Approved Design                                       Olesen Floor Consulting

Baker Hardwood Flooring Company            Precision Flooring Products

BONA US                                                 Stanley-Bostitch

BPI                                                          Thunderheart Flooring

Brunswick Custom Hardwood                    West Flooring & Design


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NWFA 2014 Wood Floor of the Year winners announced

Tom Ourada, NWFA Members’ Choice Winner

St. Louis — The National Wood Flooring Association announced the winners of its 2014 Wood Floor of the Year contest during its Wood Flooring Expo in Nashville, Tenn. The winning entries were announced during an awards dinner held on April 18.

The Wood Floor of the Year awards were developed to encourage and recognize innovative craftsmanship and design in wood flooring installations. Since the program began in 1990, more than 200 awards have been presented to NWFA member companies throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Russia and Finland.

This year’s Wood Floor of the Year Contest yielded 74 entries from two countries, including the United States and Russia. All entries in the competition featured flooring installations completed between January 2013 and January 2014. A panel of judges comprised of trade and consumer press editors, industry leaders, and professional designers, evaluated the individual categories. The NWFA membership voted on all entries to recognize the Members’ Choice winner.

Recipients of the 2014 Wood Floor of the Year awards are as follows:

Best CNC/Laser Cut                                       MP Caroll Hardwood – Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Best Commercial                                             Archetypal Imagery Corp. – Bronx, N.Y.

Best Extreme Makeover                                 Czar Floors – Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

Best Limited Species                                      Marwick’s/Precision Floorcrafters – Summerfield, Fla.

Best Manufacturer Factory Finished             WD Flooring – Laona, Wis.

Best Reclaimed                                               Marwick’s/Precision Floorcrafters – Summerfield, Fla.

Best Residential                                              Natural Wood Floors & Design – Miami

Best Restoration                                             Brookens Wood Floors – Springfield, Ill.

Members’ Choice                                           Ourada Designs – Nine Mile Falls, Wash.


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Nominations made for NWFA board of directors

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 11.02.39 AMSt. Louis, Mo.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has made nominations for its board of directors.

Directors are voted into office by the NWFA membership to serve a three-year term. Ex-Officios are appointed by the board for one-year terms.

Nominees for an initial three-year term include Julie Russell of Glitsa in Seattle, and Scott Sandlin of Shaw Industries in Dalton.

The Nominating Committee has recommended the following Ex-Officio directors: Brenda Cashion of Pinnacle Interior Elements in Carrollton, Texas; Jim Gould of the Floor Covering Institute in St. Louis; Avi Hadad of Avi’s Hardwood Floors in El Sobrante, Calif.; Keith Long of Thunderheart Flooring in Greeley, Colo., and Jon Smith of Smith Flooring in Mountain View, Mo.

Nominations will be presented to the membership at the NWFA’s 2014 Wood Flooring Expo’s opening general session on Thurs., April 17, at the Music City Center in Nashville.