• Bill Dearing, NALFA president, passes

      By Ken Ryan E. C. “Bill” Dearing, who served as president of the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) since its inception in 1997, and who was instrumental in bringing the Pergo brand to the U.S. market, lost his battle with cancer on Oct. 24. He was 75. Flooring industry executives hailed Dearing as a terrific ambassador for the laminate flooring category and a person with great zest for life.

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    • Joel Martin to head Engineered Floors’ western division; new manager hires

      Dalton—Engineered Floors appointed floor covering executive Joel Martin to the newly created position of regional vice president, western division. With over 16 years of industry experience, Martin previously served as Engineered Floors’ central regional manager. Martin’s appointment is a result of Engineered Floor’s continued sales growth and the addition of more sales personnel and regional management. Martin’s new responsibilities include overseeing company growth in Engineered Floors’ West Coast, Pacific Northwest,

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    • Shaw Industries to acquire USFloors

      Dalton, Ga.—Shaw has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase USFloors, which expands and complements Shaw’s position as a leader in the luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and hard surface markets. USFloors is a leading innovator and marketer of wood-plastic composite (WPC) flooring in the LVT category, as well as cork, bamboo and hardwood products. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, after customary closing conditions and regulatory

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    • Loxcreen Flooring Group launches new product line with 3M VHB adhesive technology

      Mississauga, Ontario—Loxcreen Flooring Group recently launched a new product line from its parent company, M-D Building Products, to their distributors all over North America. CINCH by M-D Building Products was established to describe the simplicity of installation on many of M-D’s weather-strip and floor transition products that utilize the 3M VHB adhesive technology. Loxcreen introduced four new profiles (stair edge, t-mold, seam cover and reducer) in four complementary colors that

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    • Greenbuild expands its sustainable movement

      Show emphasizes technology, transparency, social issues  October 10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Sarah Bousquet Los Angeles—This year’s Greenbuild, held Oct. 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, utilized its Southern California locale to pay homage to the great buildings of our time. Themed “Iconic Green,” the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building touted the mantra, “Like iconic screen roles and the Hollywood sign, our buildings

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    • Hurricane Matthew disrupts East Coast distribution

      October 10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Ken Ryan The impact from Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on several flooring distributors operating in the Southeast U.S., with wholesalers reporting service disruptions before the storm’s arrival on through its departure. Communities from central Florida up through Virginia have experienced problems ranging from substantial beach erosion and blackouts to homes made uninhabitable due to major flooding. At press time, for example, more

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    • CarpetsPlus gets first look at Destination showroom concept

      October10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Ken Ryan Pittsburgh—All buying groups use networking opportunities and best practices to educate their members. CarpetsPlus Colortile is going one step further with its biennial summit meetings where one member retailer hosts other floor covering dealers in a show-and-tell format. This year SP Floors & Design Gallery of Canonsburg, Pa. unveiled the group’s first fully furnished Destination showroom. Introduced in 2015, Destination started

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    • NFA celebrates 25th anniversary in grand style

      October10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Steven Feldman Palm Beach, Aruba—Against a backdrop that some say is only rivaled by paradise, the 42 retailers that comprise the National Floorcovering Alliance gathered here recently for their semi-annual summit to celebrate its silver anniversary. And the next 25 years will begin the way the first 25 ended: with Dave Snedeker, division merchandise manager, Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM), as president after being

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    • TISE prepares to celebrate Best Of 2017

      Dallas—The International Surface Event (TISE): Surfaces I StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas I TileExpo opens the call for entries for the 2017 “Best Of” awards program. To honor the TISE exhibitors’ contributions to the floorcovering industry, TISE, along with the awards program sponsors, host the “Best Of” awards program designed to celebrate industry successes.    The “Best Of” Event Awards is an annual awards program for exhibiting companies whose product, program, service, business

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    • WFCA teams up with Savings4Members

      Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association, WFCA, has formed an alliance with Savings4Members, one of the largest member-owned cooperatives in North America. The aim is to dramatically enhance the purchasing power of WFCA’s independent business owner members, taking away the competitive advantage previously enjoyed by larger conglomerates and big-box stores. “WFCA is always looking for ways to empower our members and help them enhance their businesses,” said Scott Humphrey, CEO. “Savings4Members

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    • Mohawk Flooring wins Promoboxx’s Aligned Awards

      Boston—Mohawk Flooring won the 3rd annual Aligned Awards at Promoboxx’s Aligned Conference for its Love Your Floor Sale campaign. Aligned brings together brands across industries to share marketing strategies that empower local retailers and was created by Promoboxx. The Aligned Awards recognize the best co-branded digital campaigns that connect and align a national brand with its local retailers. Mohawk Flooring’s winning Love Your Floor Sale campaign delivered in-market consumer leads to

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    • Karndean Designflooring gets a makeover

      Newly revamped showroom and warehouse facility support customer, end-user needs. October10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Lindsay Baillie Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring recently invited scores of its retailer, distributor and A&D customers to celebrate the official grand opening of its expanded headquarters and warehouse space here. The special event entailed a tour of the facilities along with installation demonstrations and new product previews. According to Larry Browder, CEO, the new

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    • Beauflor taps Distribution Jacques-Cartier to cover parts of Canada

      Atlanta–Beauflor continues to expand its North American distribution network with new partner Distribution Jacques-Cartier. The distributor will offer the full line of Beauflor cushion vinyl flooring as well as click luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and planks in eastern Canada. “This welcome addition to our distributor network allows Beauflor to be closer to our Canadian customers, providing a superior service and product delivery experience,” said Steve Roan, Beauflor’s sales and marketing

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    • CFI announces partnership with Legacy Flooring to help veterans

      Lenexa, Kan.—The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association, Inc. (CFI) announced a partnership with Legacy Flooring of Raleigh, N.C., to help transitioning veterans find a career in the floor covering installation trade. Under their non-profit entity, Leave A Legacy Foundation, Legacy Flooring’s mission is to assist the CFI with the Next Generation initiative to recruit new installers for the floorcovering installation industry. Their personnel will work with the various military transition

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    • QFloors customers collaborate on new cloud software

      Park City, Utah—QFloors customers gathered for the company’s biennial Users’ Conference, held Sept. 13-16. A large portion of the meeting was dedicated to showing attendees the current development of QPro POS+, the company’s new browser-based cloud software. After discussions and demonstrations, attendees were given individual log-in codes, and charged with the assignment to meet up on the last day of the conference with suggestions for improvements. The collaborative nature of the meeting

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    Metroflor Corp. appoints West Coast commercial sales specialist

    Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor Corp. appointed Pam Meehan as the company’s commercial sales specialist. Meehan will service Metroflor’s western distribution partners The Cronin Co., and Tri-West, Ltd., and assume responsibility for growing

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    Metroflor’s Aspecta Summit 2016 spotlights product innovation

    Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor hosted its Aspecta Summit 2016 sales meeting at the Green Globes-certified Design & Innovation Center in Calhoun, Ga., on Sept. 27-29. Attended by North American distributor-partners and Aspecta/Metroflor

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    Online registration opens for Domotex asia/ChinaFloor 2017

    Shanghai—Visitors to Domotex asia/ChinaFloor, the largest flooring tradeshow in the Asia-Pacific region, are invited to register online for the event, which is set to take place March 21-23, 2017, in

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