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Paul Walker named Diamond W president

Solon, Ohio—Paul Walker has been named president of Diamond W, a flooring distributor located in City of Industry, Calif., that distributes Tarkett residential and commercial resilient products, effective October 7, 2019. He will be replacing Mike Klingele, who is retiring after 18 years of service to the company and nearly 50 years in the flooring industry, effective December 31, 2019.

Walker joins Tarkett from MeisterWerke, a German manufacturer of mid to high-end flooring in multiple product categories. Most recently, he served as general manager of the company’s North America business and was responsible for the development of market and product strategy targeting wholesale distribution and commercial/project segment with a multi-category product portfolio.

Prior to MeisterWerke, Walker served in a senior leadership role at HomerWood Premium Hardwood, a wholly owned subsidiary of Armstrong World Industries, Premier Flooring Solutions, a distributor of residential hardwood flooring products and Junckers Industries, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of solid hardwood flooring for the residential, commercial and sports markets.

While retiring from his president role, Klingele will continue to support the business, serving in a part-time consulting role beginning the first of the year. In the interim, Klingele will play an integral role in supporting the new president of Diamond W during the transition period.

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HomerWood’s expanded portfolio increases sales opportunities for dealers

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 12.50.45 PMTitusville, Pa. — A strong foundation means continued growth and success for HomerWood, which is laying the groundwork for a winning 2014.

“We have done a lot to make sure we are poised for growth in 2014 and beyond,” said Paul Walker, general manager of HomerWood. “We have new merchandising that’s proven to be very effective at retail; we have been better at conveying our strong value-proposition story and we’ve worked hand-in-hand educating distribution so that they are great brand ambassadors for HomerWood.”

HomerWood has been channeling its design and manufacturing expertise to grow business for its distribution and retailer partners. “Retailers report intense focus on turning every store visitor into a buyer,” Walker said. “Their request to manufacturers: ‘Give me products that make it easier to attract consumers, at prices that enable me to close the deal.’”

Katie Gresham, showroom manager, Elite Flooring Specialists, said Elite was excited to set up its new HomerWood Premium Hardwood Display. “With the large samples showing off all of the unique finishes, treatments and colors in all of the domestic species, we knew it needed the perfect spot in our showroom.”

Susie Axlerad of Northbrook, Ill.-based Lewis Floor & Home recently added HomerWood to the product mix. “Although HomerWood is a relatively new wood line for Lewis Floor & Home, I have to say that they have been a really great partner,” she said. “The company has gone above and beyond.”

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Manufacturers form new wholesale alliances

Hicksville, N.Y.—A quintet of suppliers—HomerWood, High Performance Subfloors (HPS), IndusParquet, Mapei and Metroflor—have each announced new distributor partnerships.

HomerWood has added B.R. Funsten and Co. to distribute its solid and engineered hardwood floors for the California, Arizona and Nevada markets. Funsten is headquartered in Manteca, Calif., and has 25 branch locations throughout the three states. Continue reading Manufacturers form new wholesale alliances

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HomerWood welcomes B.R. Funsten as distributor partner

Titusville, Pa. — In an effort to better support its customers in the California, Arizona and Nevada markets, HomerWood announced the addition of B.R. Funsten & Company as a distributor of its solid and engineered hardwood floors, effective immediately. Continue reading HomerWood welcomes B.R. Funsten as distributor partner