• Dal-Tile gets first EPD for ceramic tile category

      Dallas—Dal-Tile said it recently completed the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) development process for all products manufactured in the company’s North American production facilities. With third-party validation from PE International and certification by UL Environment, Dal-Tile is the first manufacturer in the ceramic tile category to voluntarily disclose cradle-to-grave impacts from its products—from Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Ragno brands—with UL Environment certified EPDs. An EPD is a comprehensive, internationally

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    • Max Windsor to raise hardwood prices

      Adairsville, Ga. — Max Windsor said it will raise its prices 4% -9% on all engineered wood floors, effective May 19. The company cited rising lumber costs, the stronger Chinese currency and increasing costs of ocean freight for the price increase.

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    • Armstrong formally starts $41M LVT plant expansion

      Lancaster, Pa. — Armstrong World Industries formally started an expansion Friday of its Lancaster luxury vinyl tile (LVT) plant. The $41 million project, announced by the company in October, is expected to create 60 jobs. Shipping of LVT is expected to begin in mid 2015. The Lancaster plant will replace product made for Armstrong by a manufacturer in China. In addition, a new production line for CushionStep, Armstrong’s fiberglass-backed residential sheet product,

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    • HPS Schönox, Spartan Surfaces in distribution deal

      Florence, Ala. — HPS Schönox and Spartan Surfaces announced that they have reached an agreement that will result in a new division for Spartan Surfaces that will distribute Schönox products from Virginia to southern New Jersey. Spartan Distribution will carry the full line of Schönox subfloor products including primers and moisture mitigation systems, patching and smoothing products, floor leveling compounds, and adhesives. Forest Hill, Md.-based Spartan Surfaces has flooring experts

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    • Armstrong to raise hardwood prices

      Lancaster, Pa. — Citing increases in raw material costs, Armstrong said it would increase prices 4%-10%  in the U.S. and Canada on solid and engineered hardwood products effective June 9. “As with prior price increase announcements, we are taking this action after serious consideration of the alternatives and options,” said Kevin Biedermann, senior vice president of Armstrong Residential Floor Products. “However, since the last announced increase in December 2013, we

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    • PanTim Wood names Knowles VP sales and marketing

      Scarborough, Maine — Harro Jakel, president of PanTim Wood Products, announced that Rick Knowles has been appointed vice president, sales and marketing for the company effective April 1. “This move allows me to focus all of my energy on product development, an improved customer experience, and the growth strategy for the company,” Jakel said.  Knowles was previously a hard surfaces executive for Shaw Industries. PanTim Wood Products has been representing

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    • Unilin’s Winters wins NALFA ‘Member of Year’ award

      Dallas — Unilin’s Jane Winters recently was named “NALFA Member of the Year,” an award given in recognition of “exceptional contributions to the laminate flooring industry”. “Jane Winters is one of those individuals who gives her all to each of her projects,” said Roger Farabee, senior vice president of marketing for Unilin and Winters’ manager. “She cares about her work and the contributions she can make in her role as

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    • J+J Flooring names Metzger director of design

      Dalton — J+J Flooring Group has named industry veteran Daniel Metzger as director of design. Metzger will focus on leading the design development of commercial flooring for the company’s corporate, education, healthcare, retail and hospitality markets. Metzger moves into the position from his previous role as J+J Flooring Group senior designer. Metzger has honed this expertise from more than 20 years’ experience in floor covering design with J+J Flooring Group

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    Press Release

    J+J Flooring awarded ISO certification for environmental management

    Dalton — J+J Flooring Group has been awarded ISO 14001 recertification for its Environmental Management System. J+J first certified to ISO 14001 in 2008. The company received an outstanding review

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    Interface wins two sustainability awards

    LaGrange, Ga. — Interface, the carpet tile maker, said it recently received two top sustainability honors, the Architizer A+ Award and induction into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame.

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    FCICA names new directors, vice chairman

    West Bloomfield, Mich. — FCICA, the flooring contractors association, said that three new directors were elected for a 2014–2017 term of office and a new vice chairman of associates was

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