• Mohawk’s Lorberbaum honored as 2016’s Most Admired CEO

      Calhoun, Ga.–For more than two decades, Jeff Lorberbaum, Mohawk Industries’ chairman and CEO, has consistently delivered outstanding results for shareholders, employees and customers. This year, Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized Lorberbaum’s exceptional leadership of the world’s largest flooring company by honoring him as 2016’s Most Admired CEO in the Manufacturing category. Atlanta Business Chronicle announced its third-annual Most Admired CEOs during an exclusive event at the Georgia Aquarium on Aug. 25.

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    • Quick-Step throws hat into luxury vinyl flooring ring

      By Ken Ryan Quick-Step, the Mohawk brand that made a name for itself first in laminate and later in hardwood through its Q-Wood collection, announced its entry into the crowded—albeit still-fast-growing—luxury vinyl flooring segment. Quick-Step is in the process of launching 16 SKUs nationwide through specialty flooring stores in August and September. Quick-Step said it is combining “innovation with art” in creating what it calls “a new kind” of luxury

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    • Urban Floor appoints new VP of sales

      Urban Floor has named David Gray vice president of sales. In this role, he will provide leadership and direction of the sales team throughout all territories and implement strategies to further increase market share growth for the Urban Floor brand. Gray has held multiple managerial titles in a wide variety of businesses in the UK as well as the U.S. He brings more than 10 years of experience in the

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    • Tom Ellis named chief marketing officer at Beaulieu

      Dalton–Beaulieu Group announced the appointment of Tom Ellis as chief marketing officer of Beaulieu America for both residential and commercial activities. “I’m excited about the opportunity to lead all the marketing efforts and being part of this family-owned business that is so committed to their customers and associates,” Ellis said. Ellis joined Beaulieu after more than 30 years of senior management experience, including stints at Tandus and Armstrong. “We are

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    • FCNews invites you to join Fantasy Football for a Cause

      The annual Floor Covering News Fantasy Football for a Cause league has started up and FCNews invites you to participate. All industry members (retailers, distributors, manufacturers) are welcome. Contact Dustin Aaronson at 516.932.7860 or fcnewsdustin@yahoo.com today as limited spots are available. See below for details. 2016 League rules: $5000 per team to enter. This year’s league will either have 12 or 14 teams depending on responses. ALL money goes to

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    • Mirage expands distribution partnership with All Tile

      St-Georges, Quebec—Mirage recently announced a new expanded distribution partnership with All Tile in the Midwest. Effective Nov. 1, All Tile’s single source trading area for Mirage Flooring will be expanded to include North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and all of Wisconsin. Between now and Nov. 1, 2016, Mirage will be available from both All Tile and T&G Flooring in those states. All Tile has been a Mirage distributor since 2007,

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    • Unilin strengthens US patent protection for WPC products

      Luxembourg–Unilin announced it has obtained a Notice of Allowance from the US Patent Office for US 15/172,465, which generally protects glueless flooring products with a WPC base layer having a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters, and a vinyl top layer. The patent will expire mid-2031. This patent is the fifth US patent that Unilin will receive on the specific WPC category in the last year. WPC patents that have

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    • ‘Digital’ dominates Flooring America agenda

      By Ken Ryan Grapevine, Texas—If you didn’t know better you may have thought you were attending a technology summit rather than Flooring America’s summer conference with its heavy emphasis on all things digital. There is a reason for that, according to Keith Spano, president of Flooring America/Flooring Canada, International Design Guild, and The Floor Trader Group. “This is how we communicate today and we need to embrace this,” he told

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    • Alberta’s Fitz Flooring closes its doors

      By Ken Ryan Fitz Flooring, a member of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) and a mainstay retailer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for 25 years, abruptly shut its doors on Aug. 1. Fitz Flooring, which began operations in 1994, operated five stores across Alberta and British Columbia, and was Calgary’s highest-volume flooring dealer. However, the economy in Alberta has taken a hit in recent years amid declining oil prices in this

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    • Carpet One members go ‘high tech’ at summer convention

      By Steven Feldman Dallas—Carpet One continues to seek out ways to differentiate its members from the competition, and the recent summer convention only served to illustrate that. A revamped carpetone.com, designed to engage consumers at every step of the purchase process, took center stage, with more enhancements to the One Stop Digital (OSD) marketing initiative playing a supporting role. The Carpet One website relaunch is in response to changing consumer

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    • Metroflor hosts distributor partners at Calhoun campus

      Norwalk, Conn.–Metroflor’s Green Globes-certified Design & Innovation Center set the stage for the company’s biannual meeting with its distributor partners at the Calhoun, Ga., corporate campus. The two-day meetings gave Metroflor’s distributors the opportunity to preview and give feedback on Metroflor’s ongoing product and merchandising development. “These meetings represent the partnership-driven relationship that Metroflor has with our distributors, who share ideas in a transparent way,” said Gary Keeble, director of

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    • CFI conference emphasizes pride, professionalism

      By Ken Ryan Grapevine, Texas—Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) recently held its 23rd convention. The theme at this year’s show was #IamCFI, which conveyed the message: “Your individual commitment is what makes the organization great.” Robert Varden, vice president of the CFI division of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), opened the conference by asking for a number of hands of first-time attendees. He was taken aback by the high head

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    • Floors and More pushes aggressive agenda at convention

      By Ken Ryan Minneapolis, Minn.—Vinnie Virga, group president of Floors and More, which encompasses Big Bob’s Flooring and Floor to Ceiling, has big plans for the organization. During the group’s inaugural meeting recently, he expressed his goal to be among the top three buying groups in the country over the medium to long term. “This is just the beginning,” said Virga, citing the group’s growth trends. Big Bob’s has 17

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    • Mohawk expands into countertops

      Mohawk Industries has announced the alignment of two key and growing business areas: countertops and laminate/hardwood. Each of these businesses represents opportunities for Mohawk to bring new value to the market and will play an important role in the company’s continued growth. Matt Kahny will lead Mohawk’s expansion into the $3 billion countertop market where Mohawk will make significant investments in porcelain slab and other surfaces. Kahny will also manage

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    • New digs for Daltile showrooms in Las Vegas, Denver

      Daltile announces the reopening of two recently remodeled showrooms in Denver and Las Vegas. The goal was to provide a single-source resource for local architecture and design communities. “We wanted to create inviting spaces that inspire our customers,” said Corinthia Runge, manager of gallery and showroom operations for Daltile. “Our new locations were designed by designers, for designers, making it easy to imagine what is possible in any space.” The

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    Fuse Alliance members expand with new locations and acquisitions

    Laguna Niguel, Calif.–Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, announced that two of its members, Certified Finishes, a network member since July of 2007 and Office Environments,

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    UFloor Systems taps Hamilton as technical sales manager for Canada

    Aurora, Colo.–UFloor Systems Inc. recently announced the addition of Dave Hamilton as technical sales manager for the Uzin and Wolff brands in Canada.Based in Vancouver, B.C., Hamilton joins UFloor Systems

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    Innocor Foam Technologies introduces Cushioncor carpet cushion

    Red Bank, N.J.–Innocor Foam Technologies, a leading polyurethane foam manufacturer and the OEM division of Innocor, Inc., has introduced its newest carpet cushion, Cushioncor Supreme, a gel memory foam carpet

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