• Armstrong announces freight rate increase

      Lancaster, Pa. – Armstrong will initiate an average 5% increase to its freight programs for commercial and residential floor products, effective Dec. 1, 2014. The company cited the record amounts of freight and a continued, national driver shortage that have affected supply-demand balances and have caused significant inflationary pressures on transportation networks despite the moderations in fuel costs. “The North American trucking industry continues to be challenged by unprecedented conditions,”

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    • Välinge successfully defends patent

      Viken, Sweden — Välinge successfully defended the European Patent No. 1 108 529 against the opposition filed by Flooring Industries Limited, SARL (the IP company of Unilin) in the oral proceedings on Oct. 14, 2014, before the Opposition Division. The patent is thereby maintained as granted after the opposition proceedings. According to Välinge, the patent was originally filed by Mannington Mills, Inc. and relates to resilient floor panels. The Opposition

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    • Shaw to showcase sustainable flooring options at Greenbuild

      New Orleans – Sustainable flooring options from Shaw Floors will be showcased in the 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome demonstration home at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo here through Oct. 24. “Shaw’s stylish and sustainable flooring products are a perfect fit for the GreenBuild LivingHome,” said David Wilkerson, director of sustainability at Shaw. “Given our longstanding partnership with the Make it Right Foundation, it also means a lot to us

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    • Flooring America/Flooring Canada launches new consumer app

      Manchester, N.H. — Flooring America/Flooring Canada, a division of CCA Global Partners, announced the launch of its consumer app, My Floor Guide, designed to enhance the consumers shopping experience by allowing them to easily view brand and product information on an iPad while shopping. The new app will feature product categories such as carpet, tile, hardwood with brand-specific information as well as brand videos and warranty information so customers can

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    • 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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    Press Release

    Tandus Centiva hosts Greenbuild Legacy Project

    Dalton — Tandus Centiva hosted a ribbon cutting and reception at the Greenbuild Legacy Project in New Orleans. This year’s project is the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development’s (CSED)

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    Mohawk’s Wear-Dated Allure carpet makes TOH Top 100

    New York — This Old House named Mohawk’s Wear-Dated Allure Carpet to its 4th annual “The TOH Top 100,” a list of the 100 best new home products of the

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    Crossville unveils 2014 Sustainability Report

    Crossville, Tenn. — Executives with Crossville Inc., a domestic manufacturer of porcelain tile collections, announced the unveiling of the company’s 2014 Sustainability Report. The report was compiled with input from

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