• Schönox expands sales and technical support team

      Florence, Ala.–HPS Schönox announced additions to its sales and technical support team. Bernie Cooper and David Lepird have joined the company as regional business managers in high growth geographic areas. Cooper is based in Pennsylvania where he will support Schönox in New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania. Lepird lives in Winter Park, Fla., and will support Schönox customers throughout most of Florida. “Bernie and David bring both the business

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    • Crain joins H.J. Martin commercial flooring division

      Green Bay, Wis. – Elizabeth Crain has joined H.J. Martin and Son as a commercial interior sales and project management specialist. In that role, she will work closely with internal and external clients of the company’s commercial flooring division. Crain most recently spent seven-plus years as a healthcare account specialist at Building Service Inc., a Wisconsin-based commercial interior company.  Prior to that, she worked in sales locally with Nordon Business Environments

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    • EarthWerks expands Florida distribution

      Haines, the industry’s leading floor covering distributor, has extended its coverage of the EarthWerks brand of LVT to the Florida area. “J.J. Haines has grown rapidly with our product line, and adding it to their Wheeler, Inc. division will make it even stronger,” said Amy Sadler, EarthWerks national sales manager. According to Shane Calloway, EarthWerks vice president sales, A&M Supply has handled EarthWerks LVT in the Florida area for years

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    • Mohawk Industries releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

      Calhoun, Ga.–Mohawk Industries has released its seventh annual Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report. Mohawk’s key achievements highlighted in the report: Exceeded the 2020 reduction goal for waste to landfill intensity Reached 95% of its 2020 water intensity reduction goal Recycled operational waste and purchased recycled material resulted in diversion of more than 7.4 billion pounds of material from landfills Expanded “Zero Manufacturing Waste to Landfill” program to a total of

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    • WFCA announces new hire, promotion

      Dalton––Scott Humphrey, chief executive officer of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), announced has expanded its staff in response to the accelerated growth of membership. To that end, Kaye Whitener has joined the association as national manager, member relations. Meanwhile, Ashley Welch has been promoted to membership coordinator. Whitener joins WFCA from Metro Carpets in Nashville, Tenn. In her previous role she oversaw the retail, builder, and commercial divisions of

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    • Barnett named VP of marketing for Pharr divisions

      Dalton—– Pharr today announced that Merrie Barnett has been hired for the new role of vice president of marketing. Barnett will lead the marketing functions for Pharr, including its five business units, Pharr Yarns, Phenix Flooring, Pharr HP, Belmont Land & Investment and Strand Hospitality Services. Barnett will provide strategic marketing direction for Pharr and be responsible for managing all of the traditional, digital and social marketing efforts of each

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    • Armstrong Flooring to service CCA through distribution

      Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring (AFI) will now service the CCA dealer network through its distribution partners. The change was announced last week during the Flooring America/Flooring Canada and Carpet One Floor & Home conventions in Grapevine, Texas. Charlie Dilks, chief product officer, CCA Global Partners, said during the Flooring America/Flooring Canada Building Buzz conference that the switch will take place Oct. 1, with Armstrong transitioning from a direct model to distribution.

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    • Satin Flooring names new director of sales, U.S.

      Toronto—Satin Flooring, formerly Satin Finish Hardwood Flooring Limited, has appointed Dennis Mohn as director of sales, U.S. He will cover the entire U.S., developing business across the country for all Satin Flooring products: Origins Solid, Generations SolidFused two-ply engineered, high performance laminate, Euro Satin HDF core floating floors and Genesis Luxury Vinyl. “We look forward to broadening our reach in the U.S. with the addition of an industry veteran like

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    • Mr. David’s to open Indianapolis location

      Indianapolis—Mr. David’s Flooring International, answering the strong demand for a fully capable commercial flooring company, has announced plans to expand by opening its seventh office nationwide. This new location will provide the same integrity, craftsmanship and sustainability as every other Mr. David’s office. It also provides employee expertise with knowledge in every type of flooring along with services ranging from estimating and inspection to logistics and warehousing. For Mr. David’s,

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    • Routman joins Metroflor as chief sustainability officer

      Norwalk, Conn.—Russ Rogg, president and CEO of Metroflor, along with Harlan Stone, Halstead and Group CEO, announced the appointment of Rochelle Routman, LEED AP, O+M, as the first chief sustainability officer for Metroflor and Halstead International. Chosen for her reputation as an alliance-building and forward-thinking professional, Routman will oversee product development, customer service and regulatory aspects in a collaborative fashion to define the greatest potential for environmental leadership. She will

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    • Beaulieu announces Vercruyssen’s departure

      Dalton—Beaulieu has announced the decision of CEO Karel Vercruyssen to leave the company. Vercruyssen also acted as CEO of Beaulieu America’s sister company, Beaulieu Canada, since 2007. Michael Pollard, president of Beaulieu America, confirmed that although Vercruyssen was a strong asset, the leadership remains confident in the long-term success and future of Beaulieu America. “We will continue our efforts to increase efficiency and optimize operations, to ensure that we are

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    • Swiss Krono breaks ground for $230 million expansion

      Barnwell, S.C.—Swiss Krono Group, one of the world’s leading producers of laminate flooring, and its American subsidiary, Swiss Krono SC, held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 13 for its $230 million high-density fiberboard (HDF) mill and laminate flooring production expansion. Swiss Krono anticipates adding 105 new highly-skilled technical and management jobs to the Barnwell area, increasing its total employment to 275 employees. The project commences this summer and HDF operations will likely

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    • Mohawk forms industry’s first partnership with Yelp

      Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk has forged a new partnership to provide its aligned retailers an enhanced online presence on Yelp, called Mohawk Elevate powered by Yelp. It’s the first marketing partnership of its kind between Yelp and a flooring manufacturer. “Mohawk is the industry’s digital leader,” said Mollie Surratt, senior director of public relations, social media and content for Mohawk. “So this was a natural step for us—teaming up with Yelp, the

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    • Shaw releases 2015 sustainability report

      Dalton—Shaw Industries’ 2015 Sustainability Report released this week continues the company’s legacy of transparency through the disclosure of key metrics and progress against its goals. The company’s 2030 sustainability goals include: ŸReduce water intensity (per pound of finished product) by 50% Decrease energy intensity by 40% Reduce waste to landfills and hazardous waste by 100% ŸDesign 100% of Shaw products to Cradle-to-Cradle protocols Achieve an OSHA incident rate of zero

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    • NAFCT announces training conference and trade show

      Neenah, Wis.—The National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) is inviting floor industry professionals to attend the first annual technical training conference and trade show. Installers, retailers, general contractors, inspectors, claims professionals and anyone involved in the floor coverings industry are all welcome to attend. Manufacturer technical representatives will each be giving two-hour, hands-on and/or PowerPoint training sessions on how to use their products. These sessions include technical training—not sales presentations.

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    Dan Frierson celebrates 50 years of service to Dixie

    Dalton–Dan Frierson received an award honoring his 50 years of service and leadership to The Dixie Group Inc. Frierson began his career with Dixie Yarns on July 18, 1966, advancing

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    Mohawk Group’s True rubber products earn Declare label

    Calhoun, Ga.–Mohawk Group announced hat the company’s True rubber products have received a Declare label. Issued by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), Declare labels provide manufacturers and specifiers of

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    Two Ecore employees to participate in 2016 Summer Olympics

    Lancaster, Pa.—Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to announce two of its employees will participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de

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