• Existing home sales rebound in September

      Washington, D.C. — After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September. Total existing home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million in September from

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    • Housing starts up 6.3% in September

      Washington — For the third time this year, nationwide housing starts surpassed the 1 million mark, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Total housing production in September rose 6.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units. “These numbers show starts returning to levels we saw earlier this summer, where they hovered around one million

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    • Big D named UFloor Systems distributor

      Aurora, Colo. – UFloor Systems Inc. announced that Big D Floor Covering Supplies of Phoenix will begin distributing the Uzin brand of subfloor preparation products in two of their 26 branches. “We will initially start with their San Diego and Dublin, Calif., locations and we are excited for what this partnership will deliver in terms of innovative product solutions for flooring contractors,” said Matthias Liebert, UFloor Systems president. “We love

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    • QFloors marks growth with new offices, employees

      Salt Lake City — The past few months have been a time of unparalleled growth for Flooring Technologies (dba QFloors), with the addition of new employees in the sales, support, development, and marketing departments, and the move to a new larger office space. The flooring software company promoted sales rep Paul Jolley to the position of national director of sales, and Brett Fabrizio to territory sales manager. Jann Cox, Justin

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    • Mannington to raise prices on VCT

      Salem, N.J. — Mannington Mills Inc. announced it would be implementing a price increase of 4% on all of its Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) products effective with shipments on Jan. 5, 2015. The company cites substantial increases in raw material, energy and other costs as the reasons that necessitate this increase. “Despite rising costs, the commercial market is performing well and we are optimistic that will continue,” said Jack Ganley,

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    • Novalis announces Self’s as new distributor

      Toronto – Novalis Innovative Flooring announced that Self’s Inc. of Wichita, Kan., would distribute its luxury vinyl flooring throughout Kansas, Oklahoma and western Missouri. Self’s has locations in Wichita, Merriam, Kan.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla. and Springfield, Mo. “Self’s mission statement is to represent and sell the finest products in the country,” said Mark Hansen, vice president of Novalis in North America. “We feel honored to be chosen to

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    • Tarkett introduces holiday cash promotion

      Chagrin Falls, Ohio – Tarkett announced what it called its biggest promotion ever, a holiday cash promotion that began Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2014. In this promotion, retailers will be eligible to receive special “holiday pricing” and additional incentives for every roll and pallet they purchase of qualified product collections. Consumers will receive significant discounts on Tarkett products, including FiberFloor, LVT and laminates. The company said these

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    • Karndean names Hanno director of retail sales

      Export, Pa. — Karndean Designflooring has announced the promotion of Tim Hanno to the position of director of retail sales, effective immediately. In this new position, he will succeed Larry Browder, who recently became CEO of Karndean. “We’re excited to bring someone of Tim’s experience and ability into the position of director of retail sales,” Browder said. “During his time with Karndean, he has been instrumental in many key areas

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    USGBC, Honeywell collaborate on facility sustainability

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Honeywell announced they are working together to deepen facility sustainability by integrating USGBCs new LEED Dynamic Plaque, a near-real-time monitoring

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    Stauf USA recognizes 10-year employees

    Arlington, Tenn. — David Ford, vice president of sales and marketing, and Sarah Stauf, director of operations, were recently honored for 10 years of excellent service at Stauf USA. The two executives were

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    NAFCD releases 2014 profit analysis report

    Chicago — The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) has announced the release of the 2014 Profit Analysis Report (PAR), a robust financial and operational benchmarking and forecasting

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