• Tarkett hires Chris Stulpin as senior VP of design

      Solon, Ohio—Chris Stulpin will be joining Tarkett as senior vice president of design. In his new role, Stulpin will be responsible for leading the design team for Tarkett’s North American division. He will work closely with the design community and the global Tarkett design group to further expand the company’s established design leadership position. “We are extremely pleased that Chris has decided to join our organization,” said Jeff Buttitta, CEO

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    • Mohawk’s Love Your Floor spring sale begins March 27

      Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk’s annual Love Your Floor spring sales event will feature an expanded package of promotional tools based on retailer feedback and take advantage of sophisticated online lead generation to drive retail traffic and close more sales than ever before. The sale runs from March 27 through May 11. “Mohawk continues to strive to be the preferred supplier for our customers, and we’re excited about this year’s Love Your Floor

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    • Shaw ranks No. 8 among Forbes’ ‘America’s Best Employers 2015’

      Dalton—Shaw Industries has been ranked No. 8 out of 500 companies named to Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers 2015​.” The company is the highest rated manufacturing employer and th​e only company listed within the floor covering industry. “Our ability to attract and retain the best possible people and to help them achieve their highest potential is key to remaining competitive in an ever-evolving, fast-changing global economy and a key factor in

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    • ACT certifications to include two new programs at Coverings 2015

      Orlando—The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program will be administering a total of four unique certification field tests during this year’s Coverings 2015 being held April 14-17 here. The first newly introduced program, Thin Porcelain Tile (TPT) will instruct installers on proper handling, installation techniques, cutting and achieving maximum coverage of thin set materials. The second program, the Grouting Applications Certification, will validate the knowledge and skills needed to

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    • U.S. Customs seizes patent-infringing laminate flooring products

      Dallas—U.S. Customs officials have seized and destroyed containers of laminate flooring that are using Unilin’s patented click technology without authorization. Recently, multiple containers of laminate flooring manufactured by Changzhou Century Wind were seized and destroyed. In 2007, Unilin obtained a General Exclusion Order from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) stating that products utilizing Unilin’s click patent portfolio without authorization would be blocked from entry into the U.S., and in certain

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    • Innovations4Flooring granted expanded patent protection from USPTO

      Willemstad, Curaçao—Innovations4Flooring, a new technology company providing flooring installation solutions, has received an additional grant from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its 3L TripleLock innovation. This new U.S. patent expands the total scope of its protection in the U.S. and provides its licensees with additional legal certainty of 3L TripleLock’s innovative character. “This additional U.S. patent from the USPTO strengthens our market position in the United

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    • Shaw launches redesigned website

      Dalton—Shaw has launched the redesign of its website (www.shawfloors.com). Elements of the redesign include motion ­graphics, videos and a catalog of products featuring realistic images. Shawfloors.com is putting on a new suit to meet the new digital consumer with a design­ savvy framework and design­ inspired content. “​To meet the demands of today’s digital consumer and further our lead as the preeminent brand in flooring, we created an online showstopper,”

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    • Unilin’s IP business enters agreement with Eucalyptus Timber

      Dallas—Flooring Industries, Unilin’s IP business unit, has entered into a cooperation agreement with Guangzhou Australian Eucalyptus Timber Flooring (hereinafter Eucalyptus Timber), regarding the compressed wood technologies that Eucalyptus Timber developed and patented in 2014. Under this cooperation agreement, Flooring Industries will be the exclusive licensing agent of Eucalyptus Timber’s patented compressed wood technology and is looking forward to offering this new technology to interested parties. “I am convinced that this

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    • Mohawk Group promotes Lee Blair to senior VP of global sales and business development

      Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Group has promoted Lee Blair to serve as the company’s senior vice president of global sales and business development. Blair has more than 30 years of industry experience, skillfully serving in various high-profile sales roles throughout his distinguished career. “During his tenure with Mohawk and in previous executive positions outside the company, Lee has demonstrated his ability to execute effective business strategies and build meaningful industry relationships,” said

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    • AFA appoints Teiya Eubanks to marketing director

      Dalton—Teiya Eubanks has been named Marketing Director of the American Floorcovering Alliance (AFA). In her new role she will be responsible for revitalizing the association industry presence, strengthening membership benefits, growing the membership base, launching the new Council of Flooring Industry Advisors and increasing trade show participation. Eubanks has more than 20 years of experience working within the marketing, customer relations and event planning segments. She was a founding member

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    • NAFCD Quarterly Sales Trends Report indicates increased confidence in 2015

      Chicago— The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) has released its Quarterly Sales Trends Report for the first quarter of 2015. Initial 2015 sales growth forecasts are positive with NAFCD distributors forecasting 6% growth vs. 3% growth in 2014. NAFCD manufacturers currently expect to maintain the 11% growth rate posted in 2014. NAFCD members are anticipating 5% to 6% profit growth on average in 2015. Distributor-specific insights from

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    • Tarkett receives 2015 ADEX for design excellence

      Chagrin Falls, Ohio—Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, recently received the Platinum Award for Design Excellence (ADEX) for its new range of Johnsonite rubber textures: Brushed, Concrete and Leather. Selected by a panel of professionals representing a cross section of the design industry, these awards recognize the best product and project designs of the year. ADEX is one of the largest and most

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    • Fuse Alliance unveils next generation website, online member dashboard

      Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, unveiled a next generation public facing website and proprietary online member dashboard. As a national and international organization, a dynamic and robust online presence that responds to new technologies, business needs and stellar marketing is an important aspect for the business. The website is the main organization initiative for 2015 and part of Fuse Alliance’s overall marketing strategy,

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    • J+J Flooring partners to host workshop for facilities professionals

      Dalton—J+J Flooring Group is partnering with APPA, a leading professional association of education facility managers, to present a Facilities Drive-In Workshop Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. In collaboration with APPA and Kent State University, J+J Flooring Group has developed a content focus that has strategic application to financial outcomes and student and faculty satisfaction in education facilities. The primary

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    • INSTALL adds four new partner companies

      Haddonfield, N.J.—The International Standards & Training Alliance (INSTALL) has added four new partner companies to its ranks. The newest companies to join INSTALL’s mission are Aquaflex, E.J. Welch Company, FastenMaster and Procedo. INSTALL partners participate in ongoing curriculum reviews by designating technical and/or educational representatives to work with INSTALL instructors to revise and refine the INSTALL curriculum. This ensures that future floor covering professionals are trained according to the needs

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    Press Release

    Quick-Step’s Tuxedo Pine lands coveted spot in WFCA 2015 consumer media tours

    Dallas—Quick-Step’s new Tuxedo Pine has landed a coveted spot in the World Floor Covering Association’s (WFCA) consumer media tours for 2015. Tuxedo Pine is part of Quick-Step’s Envique collection and

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    Michael Sage joins Ecore as vice president of sales

    Lancaster, Pa.—Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, has named Michael Sage as the new vice president of sales. Prior to joining Ecore, Sage worked for

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    Fuse Alliance welcomes C/F Data Systems as service provider

    Laguna Niguel, Calif.—C/F Data Systems, based in Weymouth, Mass., has joined Fuse Alliance as its newest network service provider. Fuse Alliance is a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors

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