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Schönox kicks off subfloor competition

Florence, Ala.—Schönox has announced the start of its third annual ‘Worst Subfloor’ contest, whereby participants are asked to submit entries featuring their most challenging subfloor projects and how they renovated those tough subfloor conditions using Schönox products. The worst subfloor challenges paired with the best renovation performance win.

“The response to the contest has been strong in its first two years and we are already seeing entries for this year,” said Thomas Trissl, principal, HPS Schönox. “It’s a great opportunity to take a look at the most extreme conditions in the field and recognize the great work being done by flooring professionals all across North America.”

Contest entries are judged based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project, and the quality of the finished subfloor. Entries are reviewed and scored by three independent judges and the winners receive a variety of prizes and much-deserved recognition for their hard work and professional approach to subfloor preparation. Contestants are asked to photograph the subfloor conditions before and after the subfloor renovation project and submit the photos, along with some project information, at

“The contest provides a real-world proving ground putting Schönox products to the test in the worst subfloor circumstances,” said Doug Young, executive vice president, HPS Schönox. “Everything that we learn in the field is taken back and incorporated into our research and development efforts ensuring that our products meet emerging subfloor challenges, perform even better and do so more quickly.”

The contest runs through Dec. 9. The winners will be announced at TISE 2017  in Las Vegas.

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Entry deadline nears for Schönox Worst Subfloor contest

MVF chosen design with font optionsFlorence, Ala.—Entries for the second annual Worst Subfloor Contest—Man vs. Floor—sponsored by Schönox are due by Dec. 14. Interested parties should visit for entry details.

The first prize for companies is $7,000 in Schönox dollars; the installation team member prize is a weekend in Las Vegas for three installation team members, three-night hotel stay, including airfare, and a $500 hotel gift card.

The second place company prize is $4,000 Schönox dollars; the team price is a Big Green Egg MiniMax BBQ Grill for three installation team members. Third prize for the company is $1,000 Schönox dollars; for the installation team, it is a Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler for each member.

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Gates joins Schönox as VP sales, business development

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 9.39.06 AMFlorence, Ala.—Todd Gates has joined HPS Schönox as vice president of sales and business development for the Western United States. In his new role, Gates will be responsible for furthering the development of distribution and support opportunities for Schönox across one of the fastest growing mega regions for the company.

Gates was most recently with Karndean as vice president in charge of sales, distribution, exports and technical support and served on the executive management board. Before his 19-year tenure with Karndean, Gates worked in a variety of management positions in the building services, commercial and retail flooring sectors.

“Todd’s extensive experience in the LVT flooring sector pairs so well with our Schönox products which are ideal for use with the resilient category and others where subfloor preparation is even more critical to installation success,” said Doug Young, executive vice president, HPS Schönox.

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Schönox holds first annual strategic planning conference

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Florence, Ala.—HPS Schönox held its first annual strategic planning conference for all of its distributor partners to discuss strategy and long-term planning. Just as important to Schönox was the chance for distributors from all across the U.S. to meet one another, discuss opportunities, share ideasand build relationships that will help them as well as their customers.

“I was delighted to have the entire Schönox team and our business partners together to learn from each other, talk about how Schönox can best support what they are doing with their customers, and to better unify what we are all doing nationwide,” said Thomas Trissl, principal, HPS Schönox. “We are growing quickly together and with that growth strong communication and partnerships are both so important.”

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CDC Distributors wins Schönox Smooth Performer Award

The Schönox Smooth Performer Award was developed to highlight the support, dedication, and efforts of outstanding distributors.Cincinnati—HPS Schönox presented the first ever Schönox Smooth Performer Award this week to CDC Distributors. Al Futscher, CEO and president, and Tony Roberto, COO, both of CDC Distributors, accepted the award from Thomas Trissl, Schönox principal. The award was developed to highlight the support, dedication and outstanding efforts by the manufacturer’s distribution partners and includes a $1,000 contribution to the charity of the winner’s choice.

“CDC was one of the first distributors to join the journey with Schönox in the U.S.,” Trissl said. “[Its] dedication from management to the sales team is unbeatable with incredible results—this is such a solid relationship.”

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HPS Schönox Worst Subfloor winners to be announced at Surfaces

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 9.43.50 AMFlorence, Ala.—This week marked the end date for entries into the Schönox Worst Subfloor in North America contest. Launched in May 2014, the contest was put together to shine a light on tough subfloor conditions, detail the best ways to renovate them, and provide some recognition and publicity for the companies who handle these challenging projects. “We’ve been really excited to see the strong participation by installers and contractors, and the overall interest by the flooring industry in the contest,” said Thomas Trissl, HPS Schönox principal. “We are eager to demonstrate the importance of subfloor preparation and to recognize flooring companies that excel in this area.”

The Schönox Worst Subfloor in North America contest is an opportunity for any company charged with making a damaged subfloor smooth and sound to show the tough subfloor conditions that it encountered, and how it renovated the subfloor using Schönox products. Now that the entry end date has passed, entries will be independently judged with first-, second- and third-place winners that will be awarded Schönox products based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project, and the quality of the finished subfloor. Contest winners will be announced at Surfaces on Thursday, January 22 at 11:00am in the Schönox booth.

The judges for the contest are John McGrath, director, INSTALL; Lew Migliore, president, LGM and Associates Technical Flooring Services; and Jim Walker, CEO, International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association. “Any event designed to showcase the expertise of professional flooring companies and the challenges they face in the field is of special significance for me,” McGrath said. With the contest entry phase complete, judges are being provided with details on the entries and project photos for their review. “Installation companies and contractors face a wide range of subfloor challenges on a daily basis in the field,” Migliore noted. “I’ve seen so many of those subfloor issues and see new ones each day; the Schönox contest has shown us even more.”

This was the first year for the contest, beginning with the fundamental question, “Is your company working on a project that has what might be the worst subfloor in North America?” Those who entered the contest were asked to submit photos of subfloor conditions before and after the renovation project, along with project details. “The contest has been a great success in amplifying the discussion about getting the very best flooring projects, regardless of the beginning subfloor conditions,” said Doug Young, HPS Schönox executive vice president. “There is no question that the contest will now be a recurring annual event.”

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HPS North America set to ‘level’ the playing field

January 6/13, 2014; Volume 27/Number 18

By Steven Feldman

Schönox floor levelers alleviate the problem of deteriorated and stressed substrates. The end result is a brand new subfloor ready for any type of flooring to be installed.

As the founder and former president of Centiva, Thomas Trissl is considered an innovator in design, color and aesthics. Now, a little more than three years after selling his company to Tarkett, Trissl is back in the innovation arena, but this time on the subfloor solution side.

Trissl is now the majority owner of HPS North America, which, among other things, serves as the exclusive importer of Schönox installation products to the North American marketplace. While the Rosendahl, Germany-based manufacturer of primers, repair mortars, floor leveling compounds and adhesives may not be well known on this continent as of yet, Schönox has been a household name in Europe for 120 years. Continue reading HPS North America set to ‘level’ the playing field

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HPS Schönox to exhibit at Construct

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 9.46.43 AMNashville – Exhibiting for the first time at Construct, HPS Schönox is bringing new technologies and products to the commercial building sector that will expand the ability to install more diverse floor coverings over critical subfloors. The company’s full line of primers, floor leveling compounds, repair mortars, and adhesives will be presented at the show. Product solutions that address moisture issues, damaged substrates, wood subfloors, and renovating rather than demolishing subfloors will be debuted.

“Specifying the subfloor materials that will support the overall flooring installation is so important that we wanted to come to Construct to talk directly with the professionals who make those critical decisions,” explained Enos Farnsworth, president of HPS North America. “Time after time we find that specifiers, commercial building teams and architects clearly understand the value of the innovative products that Schönox is making available to solve subfloor challenges.” Continue reading HPS Schönox to exhibit at Construct

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HPS Schönox's MSP Classic debuts at NWFA Wood Flooring Expo

Dallas – HPS Schönox is bringing a new technology to the flooring industry with the launch of its new MSP Classic universal wood flooring adhesive at this week’s NWFA Wood Flooring Expo.  The new product uses silane modified polymers, the most advanced technology in adhesives.  “We are continuing to introduce strong solutions for flooring projects taking a fresh look at ways to improve installations,” remarked Enos Farnsworth, president of HPS Schönox.  “MSP Classic improves on every facet of the wood flooring adhesive process.”  Continue reading HPS Schönox's MSP Classic debuts at NWFA Wood Flooring Expo

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Surfaces 2013: Years of hope turning to confidence

From left: To highlight its new Composer collection, UrbanFloor serenaded visitors with classical music. The Max Windsor illusionist entertained attendees with ‘The Magic of Max.’ Quick•Step used oversized props to showcase the features of its laminate flooring.

Mills, dealers come out of hibernation poised for recovery

By Matthew Spieler

Volume 26/Number 19; February 4/11, 2013

Las Vegas—For the first time in roughly six years, the mood at Surfaces was neither dour nor hopeful. Instead, it could best be described as confident, as in confident the bottom of the trough has been reached and business is not only finally pointing in the right direction, but has started to steadily climb toward brighter times.

And while no one would say the industry is completely out of danger from the free fall it was experiencing at the height of the recession, nearly everyone at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center felt they were on firmer ground for the first time in recent years. Continue reading Surfaces 2013: Years of hope turning to confidence