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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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Underlayment: The softening of hard surface flooring

by Louis Iannoco

Every salesperson in the industry should know the importance of underlayment on the soft surface side, but with more and more hard surface products gaining popularity and market share, the emphasis and focus have shifted.

But what exactly should sales associates know when it comes to underlayments and hard surfaces? Does it really make a difference what is used beneath them? Continue reading Underlayment: The softening of hard surface flooring

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Underlayments: Green by every definition

With ever growing discern, consumers are asking for green flooring products and manufacturers have answered with environmentally responsible solutions. The next step, however, should be giving her a totally green system, right down to the underlayment.

In today’s market, that is not a difficult request to meet. Whatever you or your customer accept as green attributes, there are multiple options available. Continue reading Underlayments: Green by every definition

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Pregis, licensees seek to prevent patent infringement

LAS VEGAS—Underlayment companies have traditionally been a relatively quiet bunch. Maybe it stems from the nature of the product they produce.

But just like every other product sector, the use of technology to help make products perform better and install easier has grown at a rapid pace in recent years. And while some companies have chosen to compete using ethical business practices and follow U.S. law when it comes to intellectual property rights, there are others trying to capitalize by infringing on patents and making false claims to make the sale. Continue reading Pregis, licensees seek to prevent patent infringement

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Padding profits via education, transparency

As preposterous as a basement in the Alamo or a pig with wings is a floor covering installation without underlayment. Essential for noise reduction, moisture control, insulation and cushioning, retailers would do well to include underlayment in each sales pitch in the store. Continue reading Padding profits via education, transparency

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NALFA names 5th annual LAMMY award winners

LAS VEGAS—Laminate manufacturers, distributors, retailers and suppliers gathered at the Mandalay Bay during Surfaces here to not only get an update on the state of the category but to find out the winners of the 5th annual LAMMY Awards.

Presented by the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA), the awards are “a great way to formally recognize companies and individuals for their efforts within the industry and encourage others to do the same,” explained Bill Dearing, president. Continue reading NALFA names 5th annual LAMMY award winners

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Pregis priority: Patent protection, E-Z seam gains foothold in the market

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—Cheap knock-offs are a problem that affects numerous companies, from household names like Nike and Louis Vitton to flooring companies like Pregis. No matter the size, these companies spend considerable time and money to protect their intellectual property against counterfeiters because trademarks and patents are often their lifeblood. Continue reading Pregis priority: Patent protection, E-Z seam gains foothold in the market

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Pregis drives compliance, education for patented technology

Jack Boesch, director of marketing for MP Global Products, calls Pregis Corps’ patented underlayment technology “a game changer.” It is the main reason MP Global stopped selling its foam underlayment and instead collaborated with Pregis, becoming one of four companies approved to market and distribute Pregis’ patented line of Absolute flooring products. Continue reading Pregis drives compliance, education for patented technology

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Underlayment companies advance moisture protection

It can show up from the most unlikely sources—a refrigerator ice-maker, a window left open, a leaking planter, a spilled drink. The enemy is moisture, and the casualties are hard surface flooring materials.

Fortunately, flooring underlayment companies have fought back with technological advancements and new processes to eliminate or minimize the damage. In some cases, the technology is not new: Quiet Walk from MP Global Products has been on the market since 1999 and has stood the test of time. Continue reading Underlayment companies advance moisture protection