• CTEF to hold CTI, ACT demonstrations at TISE

      Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, will be conducting ongoing demonstrations of the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) and the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) testing programs during The International Surfaces Event (TISE) in Las Vegas. These demonstrations will include step-by-step procedures for both the installer taking the test and the evaluation process.

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    • Retail Lead Management builds new integrations with flooring ERP systems

      Columbus, Ohio—Retail Lead Management has recently completed the development of its initial integrations with two flooring ERP systems: RollMaster and RFMS. The company is also scheduled to launch its Qfloors integration in time for The International Surface Event in Las Vegas. When the Retail Lead Management first launched its software in early 2017, the biggest piece of feedback it received from many of its users was they wanted a way

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    • Scott Group Studio names new co-CEOs, chairman

      Grand Rapids, Mich.—Scott Group Studio, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom, handmade luxury carpets, has named John Hart and Tim Hill as co-chief executive officers. Hart has a 20-year record of driving growth and developing market leading luxury interiors brands. He joined Scott Group Studio in February 2017 as executive vice president of residential and commercial, prior to which he led each of Kohler Company’s Ann Sacks, Kallista, Baker

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    • Karastan’s Enigma rug wins 2018 America’s Magnificent Carpets Award

      Dalton, Ga.—Karastan’s artistic Torrent Desert from the Enigma collection took home the 2018 America’s Magnificent Carpets Award for a machine-made rug at the Atlanta Rug Market. Karastan also received Best in Show for Outstanding Visual Display for its Atlanta Market showroom. The awards, sponsored by the Oriental Rug Importers Association, were presented on Jan. 11 at AmericasMart in Atlanta. “The Torrent Desert design is Karastan at its most creative,” said Brandon Culpepper, vice president of

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    • Phenix becomes approved vendor for Abbey Carpet & Floor

      Dalton, Ga.—Phenix Flooring has joined Abbey Carpet & Floor and Floors To Go as an approved vendor. Phenix Flooring products, including carpet and hard surface offerings, will now be available through Abbey Carpet & Floor and Floors To Go’s network of retailers in the United States and Canada. “This is an exciting opportunity for our company to join Abbey and Floors To Go and open additional channels to get our products in showrooms across the country,”

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    • Karndean challenges guests to ‘see flooring differently’ at Surfaces

      Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring marks the start of the 2018 show season at The International Surface Event in Las Vegas, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. Equipped with an expanded luxury vinyl product portfolio (including Korlok rigid core), a dedicated commercial space and a busy demonstration schedule, Karndean challenges guests to “see flooring differently,” not only in terms of design, product, partnership and support, but in terms of how the Karndean philosophy will grow

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    • Aspecta by Metroflor translates Declare labels

      Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor has published all the Declare labels for its Aspecta LVT commercial range in five languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Rochelle Routman, Metroflor chief sustainability officer, who spearheaded the initiative in tandem with the company’s product authority team, explained the rationale for the translation: “Our purpose was twofold: to help the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) continue to spread its word about Declare throughout the world, and

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    • NeoCon celebrates 50 years of tomorrow’s design

      Chicago—Registration is now open for the 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. NeoCon 50 will take place June 11-13 at The Mart in Chicago. Since its launch in 1969, the show has served as a launching pad for iconic brands and products in the commercial design world. Its conference program is at the forefront of thought

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    • Couristan bolsters sales team

      Fort Lee, N.J.—As Couristan prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at Surfaces 2018, the company has hired two leading residential floor coverings sales executives to service the Manhattan and Southern California markets. Troy Corey will ensure dealers in New York City will have access to Couristan’s residential broadloom and area rug collections, while Nick Maugeri will be responsible for the Southern California region. Both

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    • WF Taylor, Smell Away Solutions form strategic alliance

      Overland Park, Kansas—WF Taylor and Smell Away Solutions have established a strategic relationship for Taylor to distribute the Smell Zapper line of odor elimination products throughout the United States. WF Taylor began selling the odor eliminating products to its customers this month. “Smell Zapper provides our customers a permanent and inexpensive solution for eliminating subfloor pet odors without the mess, time and costs of painting,” said Dan Pelton, president and

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    • WFCA, ESR Commercial become partners

      Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has developed a new business partnership with ESR Commercial, the country’s largest trade association real estate broker. With more than 35 years of experience, ESR offers a multitude of real estate services for clients of all sizes whether opening their first location, expanding or relocating. ESR services include identifying, researching and analyzing potential sites for expansion or new locations, negotiating lease and purchase

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    • Novalis taps Ehrlich as VP of sales, marketing

      Toronto, Canada—Novalis Innovative Flooring has tapped industry veteran Steve Ehrlich as vice president of sales and marketing for its North American operations. Ehrlich most recently directed new business activity at Invista for the Stainmaster brand in the hard surfaces flooring category. Prior to his post at Invista, Ehrlich held executive positions with The Home Depot, where he was merchandiser for hard surfaces, and Hoboken Floors, where he was senior vice president of

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    • Crossville unveils 2018 Color Trends look book

      Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has released its 2018 Color Trends look book, forecasting the use of black and rich, shadowy hues in commercial and residential design in the coming year. In addition to visual inspiration for the 2018 color trend, Crossville included quotes from an array of nationally recognized interior designers. “The perspectives of leading designers really put this year’s color trend in context,” said Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for

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    • FCLC commissions research initiative on installation crisis

      LaGrange, Ga.—The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) has commissioned a strategic research initiative to lead the industry through the next phase of resolving the flooring installation crisis. In September, members of FCLC worked with an industry consultant to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the research project. Four research firms were selected and made proposals for the program. In December, coalition members within FCLC met with the contenders and

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    • Shaw returns to Surfaces with AT brand

      January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 Dalton—Shaw Industries is back at Surfaces with its newly launched Anderson Tuftex (AT) brand. Its appearance ends a decade-long hiatus for the company—not including USFloors, which showed last year following the Shaw purchase in 2016. “We felt like we have our eight shows, which are critical, but wanted to show Anderson Tuftex in a big way,” said Trey Thames, vice president of sales

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    CTEF to hold CTI, ACT demonstrations at TISE

    Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, will be conducting ongoing demonstrations of the

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    Retail Lead Management builds new integrations with flooring ERP systems

    Columbus, Ohio—Retail Lead Management has recently completed the development of its initial integrations with two flooring ERP systems: RollMaster and RFMS. The company is also scheduled to launch its Qfloors

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    Scott Group Studio names new co-CEOs, chairman

    Grand Rapids, Mich.—Scott Group Studio, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom, handmade luxury carpets, has named John Hart and Tim Hill as co-chief executive officers. Hart has a 20-year

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