• Mohawk’s Houzz marketing program available to aligned retailers

      Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Flooring is providing a new marketing program for its aligned retailers in 2017 through a new program on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. As part of Mohawk’s Houzz Pro+ Local Marketing Program, its retailers will have access to Houzz’s technology and marketing capabilities to reach a localized community of homeowners actively renovating or redecorating their homes and searching for professionals, vendors and retailers. As

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    • Shaw opens $85 million carpet tile facility

      Adairsville, Ga.—Shaw Industries Group has completed construction of a new carpet tile manufacturing facility located in Adairsville, Ga. The $85 million facility, which became operational in the fourth quarter of 2016, employs 170 associates and will create a total of 500 new jobs once it reaches full capacity. Known as Shaw Plant T1, the facility provides added production capacity and recycling capability for the company’s Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial and Shaw

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    • Wickham enters distributor deal with Abraham Linc

      Quebec, Canada—Wickham Hardwood Flooring has partnered with Abraham Linc to distribute and market the Wickham brand of products in the Mid-Atlantic region. Established in 1988, Abraham Linc is a full line distributor of floor covering products serving West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Jersey, and portions of Ohio and Kentucky. Abraham Linc is headquartered in Bridgeport, W.Va., with additional warehouse facilities in Baltimore, Maryland and Waynesboro, Va. “We

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    • Beaulieu promotes Dominie, Bagley

      Dalton—Steve Hillis, president, Beaulieu Group Flooring, has announced a pair of promotions: Paul Dominie has been elevated to the position of senior vice president of the central division for Beaulieu; Robert Bagley becomes senior vice president of the Southeast division. In his new role, Dominie will be responsible for the management of the residential and commercial business units in the central division of the U.S. Prior to this assignment, he

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    • Kronospan previews Surfaces 2017 introductions

      By Reginald Tucker New York—Kronospan USA held a press conference in Times Square on Nov. 10 to announce its plans to launch its new, comprehensive product line for the North American market at Surfaces 2017 in Las Vegas in January. At its exhibit space on the Surfaces show floor (booth #603), Kronospan USA will unveil its complete product line that encompasses 94 new laminate flooring products across five distinct, on-trend

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    • Carpet One helps support injured veterans, service members

      Manchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home continues to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers’ Building for America’s Bravest program in its effort to build specially adapted “smart homes” for catastrophically injured service members. Building for America’s Bravest was developed with the goal of offering America’s returning heroes the opportunity to live better, more independent lives. Each “smart home” is built to be energy efficient, automated and easily accessible, with

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    • INSTALL, H2H partnership brings veterans to industry

      Glassboro, N.J.—In April 2016, INSTALL and Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) forged a partnership calling on INSTALL contractors to sponsor veterans with the goal of bringing new skilled workers into the floorcovering industry through an apprenticeship program. The partnership has since been actively recruiting veterans in both the U.S. and Canada, and has seen tremendous results. At the outset of the partnership INSTALL and H2H set a goal of enrolling at

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    • Mannington Mills named New Jersey Family Business of the Year 2016

      Salem, N.J.—Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently named Mannington the New Jersey Family Business of the Year for 2016. This recognition coincides with the company’s centennial year as it joins an elite group of local and national family-owned companies—those in continuous business for 100 years. As only 1% of family-owned businesses survive to the fourth generation, Mannington’s success as a fifth generation, family-owned company places it

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    • 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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    International Living Future Institute partners with GreenCircle Certified to boost transparency

    Seattle, Wash.—To boost product transparency, International Living Future Institute created Declare, a “nutrition-label” for products that provide a clear, elegant and informative method to disclose a product’s ingredients. Originally envisioned as

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    CTEF launches new website

    Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) has launched a new website to better communicate the value of ceramic tile education and certified tile installation to homeowners, architects, design specifiers,

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    NAFCD scores 100% of FCN top 20 distributor list

    Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) recently reported that every distributor featured on Floor Covering News’ 2016 Top 20 Distributors are also NAFCD distributor members. (Floor Covering

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