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Wood: Technology helps drive category to recovery

David Shaoulpour of Horizon with Laurel, one of the new lines constructed with FSC-certified wood.

By Matthew Spieler

Volume 26/Number 20; February 18/25, 2013

(Second of two parts)

Las Vegas—As illustrated in Part I of this feature (FCNews, Feb. 4/11), wood manufacturers are using technology to help the category recover from the housing collapse. This technology is allowing new ways of presenting classic species by merchandising exotic looks without the matching price tag. Following is more of what attendees witnessed last month on the Surfaces show floor. Continue reading Wood: Technology helps drive category to recovery

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Best of Surfaces recognizes product, booth excellence

Awards program succeeds in setting new benchmarks

By Steven Feldman

Volume 26/Number 20; February 18/25, 2013

Las Vegas—Six companies brought home the hardware in the second annual Best of Surfaces competition co-sponsored by Floor Covering News and Hanley Wood, proprietors of Surfaces. The awards have quickly become the benchmark for product excellence and booth design at the industry’s premier trade show.

The winners were:

•Innovation: Emser Tile’s Flash Brite Linear Mosaic

•Style & Design: Mannington’s Adura

•Sustainability: Mohawk’s SmartStrand Silk

•Technology: QFloors’ Instant Stock Check

•Best Booth Design Over 1,200 square feet: Quick•Step

•Best Booth Design Under 1,200 square feet: Olde Wood Continue reading Best of Surfaces recognizes product, booth excellence