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Top training initiatives for 2013-14 and beyond

Industry professionals keep top rank thanks to continued education

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

By Jenna Lippin

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 12.29.56 PMCommitted, prepared, well-trained professionals represent a hallmark of the flooring industry. In an effort to maintain momentum of this legacy, a number of manufacturers and organizations host training initiatives for its members and partners. Continue reading Top training initiatives for 2013-14 and beyond

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CFI to offer certification at Surfaces

Nov. 4/11 2013; Volume 27/number 14

cfi-logoKansas City, Mo.—The International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) is offering installation certification in the wood/laminate and ceramic categories at Surfaces 2014 in Las Vegas. The two courses will run simultaneously on the show floor’s lower level on Jan. 28 and 29. Continue reading CFI to offer certification at Surfaces

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Flooring associations discuss installation issues

WFCAChicago—The Floor Covering Industry Issues Council (FCIIC) focused on installation issues at its fall meeting here recently.
Leaders of flooring industry trade associations convened to share information on an array of topics and explore opportunities to partner on initiatives that create value for their members and the overall flooring industry.

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DMX Plastics joins NALFA

Washington D.C. — The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is pleased to announce DMX Plastics has joined NALFA as an associate member.  DMX Plastics is a leading manufacturer of moisture control products such as DMX 1-Step, DMX AG, DMX 5M and Corrugated Tubing.

“We’re excited to have DMX Plastics join NALFA,” said Bill Dearing, president of NALFA.  “The company is an innovator in moisture control products, a great fit for our goal of promoting and growing the laminate category.”  Continue reading DMX Plastics joins NALFA

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Laminate: State of the industry

Recovery mimicking economy: Slow, steady

By Matthew Spieler

Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013

With authentic visuals and textures, such as those in Mannington’s Restoration Collection, coupled with great performance and ease of installation, manufacturers feel laminate is in position to gain share as the economy recovers.

Like many industries and flooring categories in particular, the laminate sector was hit hard by the recession. But executives are quick to note the category’s decline was really no worse than what others experienced. In fact, many will note laminate maintained its overall market share and as the economy slowly improves they see the category regaining traction, with overall growth ranging from a minimal 1% to a modest 5%

Bill Dearing, president of the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA), pointed out, “There was only a decline in the sense the entire building material business was off. Yes, there is competitive pressure but certainly not a ‘decline.’ And as overall business improves, so will laminate.”  Continue reading Laminate: State of the industry

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CFI hosts ‘historic’ installation event in Dalton

Volume 26/Number 22; March 18/25, 2013

Dalton—During a historic four-day training event earlier this month, more than 100 installers, dealers, claims analysts and industry associates gathered here to learn how to install flooring “the right way.” The training was sponsored by the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI).

The event began with a laminate and wood installation workshop taught by CFI’s Bob Gillespie and Danny Sherman along with Armstrong’s Tim Provence as attendees participated hands-on to learn more about installation. The teams of two tested and prepared substrates, installed laminate flooring, then installed various types of wood flooring according to the manufacturers’ guidelines. Continue reading CFI hosts ‘historic’ installation event in Dalton

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NALFA celebrates industry’s best at 7th annual LAMMY Awards

Each year, North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) honors the industry’s leaders, both on an individual level and at the corporate level. The 2012 LAMMY Awards winners are no exception, with a roster including those who have made exceptional contributions to the laminate flooring world.

“We created the LAMMY Awards to acknowledge the talent and vast contributions of our colleagues,” said Bill Dearing, president of NALFA. “Since their inception in 2007, the LAMMY Awards have proved to be a catalyst in pushing the industry to continually innovate. It’s highly rewarding to see our industry grow, and we look forward to seeing what the next year holds for this year’s winners.” Continue reading NALFA celebrates industry’s best at 7th annual LAMMY Awards

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NALFA announces nominees for 2012 Lammy Awards

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) congratulates the nominees for the 2012 Lammy Awards. NALFA presents the Lammy awards annually to companies and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to the laminate flooring industry.

NALFA’s board of directors anonymously nominates individuals and organizations for each category. NALFA members, as well as the editors of Floor Covering Installer, Floor Covering News, Floor Covering Weekly, Floor Focus and National Floor Trends, then vote for the winners. The first Lammy Awards were presented in 2007. Continue reading NALFA announces nominees for 2012 Lammy Awards

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Who’s helping retailers? Everyone from mills to groups to associations

Part 2

By Matthew Spieler

FCNews Volume 27/Number 12, October 22/29, 2012

Retailers can use all the help they can get when it comes to driving traffic to their stores and providing tools and resources to grow their businesses.

Last issue, Floor Covering News looked at what some of the major manufacturers, suppliers and buying groups are doing to help specialty dealers succeed. This time we surveyed the industry’s national associations and trade shows to find out what they are doing to help retailers be more successful. Continue reading Who’s helping retailers? Everyone from mills to groups to associations