• Shaw Contract Group opens Singapore showroom

      Singapore—Shaw Contract Group has opened its new regional showroom in the central region of Singapore, where 2562 square feet of space will be used to showcase its full portfolio of inspired designs and can be used to host meetings and events for industry partners. Singapore joins London, Atlanta, Shanghai, Beijing and New York among other global design hubs where Shaw Contract Group’s presence is a catalyst for design excellence. The

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    • Calloway joins Swiff-Train as vice president of sales

      City of Industry, Calif.—Shane Calloway has joined Swiff-Train Company as vice president of sales. In his new role, Calloway will manage all sales in all divisions of the company. Calloway brings nearly 20 years of sales management experience in the flooring industry to Swiff-Train. He is joining the organization after eight years with Unilin Flooring, serving most recently as its vice president of sales. “We strongly feel Shane is a

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    • Shaw to expand South Carolina plant

      Columbia, S.C.—Shaw Industries Group is investing at least $45 million in its Lexington County, S.C., carpet fiber plant for additional capacity for both nylon and polyester production. The investment will create more than 50 new jobs. “This $45 million investment and plans to create more than 50 new jobs is terrific news for our manufacturing industry, Lexington County and our state as a whole,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

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    • Beaulieu America names Williams director of training and leadership development

      Dalton—Kirk Williams has joined Beaulieu America as director of training and leadership development, effective immediately. In his new role, Williams will oversee the development and implementation of training programs, helping both new hires and existing employees to be successful in the performance of their job duties. “His appointment generates an opportunity to positively impact many of our associates by bringing in a proven leader who not only teaches fundamental principles,

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    • INSTALL begins expansion into Texas

      Haddonfield, N.J.—INSTALL, the International Standards and Training Alliance, will celebrate its efforts to expand into Texas with a rollout event at the North Texas Training Center in Arlington Aug. 31. The event will include a tour of the training facility, an overview of the INSTALL program as well as a call-to-action for local contractors and installers to partner in bringing the INSTALL program to the Texas floor covering community. “Texas

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    • Metroflor names Keeble director of marketing

      Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor has appointed Gary Keeble as its director of marketing. In his new role, Keeble will assume marketing communications and brand management responsibilities for Metroflor’s portfolio of brands including Konecto, Engage, Engage Genesis, Metroflor and Artistek Dryback as well as Prevail Adhesives & Accessories. He will direct and supervise advertising and public relations, social media, merchandising, trade show activity and new product development. Keeble brings over 25 years of

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    • NeoCon East online registration opens, keynote presenters announced

      Philadelphia—Online registration is now open for the 13th annual NeoCon East, to be held Oct. 28-29 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Showcasing thousands of products across a wide range of verticals including workplace, government, health care, hospitality, retail, education and public spaces, the 2015 edition will include new partnerships with regional design organizations and world-class programming headlined by keynote presenters: Todd Bertsch, vice president and design principal, HOK Atlanta; Betsy

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    • Swiff-Train to distribute Alston engineered hardwood

      City of Industry, Calif.—Alston, a wood flooring manufacturer known for its production of a patented two-ply hybrid engineered product, has reached a distributorship agreement with Swiff-Train Company. Swiff-Train will begin offering 100% green, FSC-certified, CARB NAF-certified Alston-branded quality hardwood flooring to retailers throughout Texas, Oklahoma and parts of Louisiana and Arkansas.

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    • Florida Tile introduces Alava

      Lexington, Ky.—Florida Tile has introduced Alava, its latest high definition porcelain line which combines a stone and wood look within one single color. Alava is comprised of three colors: Cottage, Lodge and Villa. Each color is presented in four formats: 12 x 12, 12 x 24, 6 x 24 and 8 x 36. “The Alava line is named after a region in Northwestern Spain known for its rugged rocky landscape

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    • Armstrong to increase prices in Canada

      Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong will initiate a price increase for all residential and commercial flooring products in Canada, effective with shipments Oct. 12. This increase is due to the fluctuation in exchange rates over the past several months.

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    • Haines hosts Loyalty Club Southern Summit 2015

      Champions Gate, Fla.—More than 200 attendees gathered for the Haines Loyalty Club (HLC) Summit, held June 25-26 at the Omni ChampionsGate resort here. The annual event serves HLC Southern dealers with product specials, and offers business and product knowledge training as well as peer benchmarking opportunities. During the general session, Rosana Chaidez, senior vice president of CMH division sales at Haines, discussed the substantial growth of the HLC program since

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    • Mohawk Group names Clauson senior vice president of sales

      Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Group has promoted Kent Clauson to senior vice president of sales. In his new role, Clauson will be responsible for the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Ohio Valley and Midwest regions of the United States. Clauson holds over 10 years of flooring industry experience and joined the Mohawk team in 2010 as vice president of marketing. “Over the last five years, Kent has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Mohawk Group

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    • Wicanders introduces Hydrocork

      Paio de Oleiros, Portugal—Wicanders, the premium brand of Amorim Revestimentos, has introduced Hydrocork in the U.S. after its initial success in Europe earlier this year. Hydrocork is an innovative engineered product that combines premium LVT with waterproof cork featuring maximum durability and up to 51% noise reduction. Hydrocork is available in 48 x 5 ¾ planks and ranges from light shades of white and gray to intense tones of brown

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    • Innovations@Domotex 2016 issues call for exhibitors

      Hannover, Germany—The Innovations@Domotex 2016 showcase is accepting exhibitor applications. Innovations@Domotex is a major attraction at Domotex Germany, one of the world’s leading trade fairs for carpet and floor coverings, to be held Jan. 16-19 at the Hannover Exhibition Center. Exhibitors will have until Nov. 3 to submit innovations in the following product categories: textile floor coverings/fibers and yarns, resilient floor coverings, parquet, wood and laminate flooring, modern handmade carpets and

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    • Coverings 2016 issues call for presentations

      Alexandria, Va.—Coverings, the largest global tile and stone exhibition in North America, is seeking conference speakers and professional development seminar leaders for its 2016 exhibition programming, to be held April 18-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Highlighted for its comprehensive speaking and educational programs, Coverings is calling for leading authorities to submit proposals for one or more of the following categories: architecture and interior design, building and remodeling, fabrication, installation, green

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    Tarkett’s Johnsonite Arcade Rubber Sheet achieves Cradle to Cradle Bronze Certification

    Solon, Ohio—Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sport surface solutions, has achieved the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Bronze Certification 3.1 for its Johnsonite Arcade Rubber Sheet

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    TEC Skill Set adds heating system to product line

    Aurora, Ill.—TEC Skill Set has added a new UL-approved floor heating system to its product line of tile installation materials. TEC Skill Set In-Floor Heat is an innovative solution to

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    Crossville hosts private plant tour for congressman

    Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville recently hosted Congressman Diane Black for a tour of the company’s tile manufacturing facilities. Congressman Black, U.S. representative for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district including Crossville, requested the opportunity

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