• KKR acquires 50% stake in Välinge

      Viken, Sweden–KKR, a leading global investor, announced the signing of three agreements to ultimately acquire a combined 50% stake in Välinge. Through the agreements, KKR will acquire the two 20% stakes of the current minority owners, Kronospan and Swiss Krono Group, as well as an additional 10% stake from the founder. The partnership with KKR will allow Välinge to invest behind new technologies in fast growing areas such as luxury

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    • Schönox names winners of ‘Worst Subfloor’ contest

      February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Ken Ryan Las Vegas–Right Touch Interiors, a flooring dealer in Greensboro, N.C., took home top honors in the second annual Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest, which was announced at The International Surface Event (TISE) here. Right Touch Interiors’ winning subfloor project involved a 7,500-square-foot, 40-year-old concrete slab. After a failed attempt at subfloor renovation by another organization, Right Touch was called in to save the

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    • Horizon changes name, logo as part of rebranding

      Las Vegas—Horizon Flooring has changed its name to HF Design as part of its rebranding efforts. With that, it has unveiled an HF Design logo to match the new image. “Our mission is to provide fashion-forward products to our partners at competitive price points,” said Alex Shaoulpour, president of HF Design. At Surfaces, HF Design showed new hardwood lines that featured more color movement and color variation in each plank.

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    • Tucker joins FCNews, Ramlakhan shifts to sales

      Reginald Tucker, one of the most respected trade journalists to cover the floor covering industry over the last 20 years, has joined Floor Covering News as senior editor and will be charged with a vast array of responsibilities. In a related move, associate editor Nadia Ramlakhan will now shift her talents to the sales side of the business as FCNews’ new sales associate. Tucker joined the industry in 1997 as

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    • Armstrong announces price increase in Canada

      Lancaster, Pa.–Armstrong announced that it would initiate a price increase for select residential sheet, residential tile, laminate, hardwood, installation and maintenance, and sample products sold in Canada. The increase takes effect with shipments on April 1, 2016. The company said it is necessary to adjust prices due to the sustained level of the current exchange rate. All orders shipped on or after April 1, 2016 will be impacted by this

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    • NWFA, Gary Sinise Foundation dedicate smart home for veteran

      St. Louis–The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) and several of its members participated in the Gary Sinise Foundation’s latest smart home building project completed earlier this month. Michael Martin, NWFA CEO, attended the home dedication ceremony for Army veteran Chris Sanna in House Springs, Mo. Sanna was attending a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game this past summer with his family to celebrate his mother’s birthday. He and his girlfriend left

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    • Stainmaster ‘Top Dog Sales’ winners named

      Kennesaw, Ga.—Invista announced that Brentwood Carpets (Raleigh, N.C.), The Carpet Shoppe (Honolulu), Floors By Ray (Chico, Calif.), McSwain Carpet & Floor (Cincinnati), and Britt’s Home Furnishings (Lawrenceville, Ga.) as the five nationwide store winners in its “Stainmaster Carpet Top Dog Sales Competition.” The competition, which ran from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, encouraged retail carpet stores that carry Stainmaster increase total store sales during September and October Based on previous

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    • Gobis recognized as 2015 TCNA Tile Person of the Year

      Anderson, S.C—Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has named Dave Gobis its 2015 Tile Person of the Year in recognition of his innumerable contributions and exceptional service in the North American tile industry over several decades. TCNA executive director Eric Astrachan said Gobis came to be recognized as an “industry guru,” a go-to resource in the tile industry who has had—and continues to have—enormous influence in the realms of training

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    • Shaw Industries to consolidate operations

      Dalton—Shaw Industries Group plans to consolidate the operations of Plant 24 in Winchester, Tenn., into other facilities in the North Georgia area. As the company continues to grow and innovate, it will continually adjustproduction to align with market demand and to leverage investments in more advanced technology and high-demand product categories. The production capacity for the type of commercial broadloom produced at Plant 24 will be leveraged at other Shaw

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    • KronotexUSA changes name to Swiss Krono LLC

      Barnwell, S.C.—KronotexUSA announced at The International Surface Event the latest of several changes that will provide distributors, retailers and consumers the best innovations and quality in laminate flooring. Effective with Surfaces 2016, KronotexUSA is changing its name to Swiss Krono to reflect the parent company’s and the products’ Swiss heritage in woodworking and precision technology. “It has been an exciting start for 2016,” said Travis Bass, executive vice president of

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    • Inhaus welcomes Wong as marketing coordinator

      Vancouver, British Columbia—Inhaus, the North American sales and marketing arm of global manufacturer Classen, has hired Stefanie Wong as its marketing coordinator. Wong brings 12 years of experience in marketing and editorial roles to the company. In her new position, she will be responsible for collateral development, coordinating all marketing initiatives and providing support in the areas of brand and product development. Wong earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at

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    • California Carpet Stewardship assessment to increase on April 1

      Sacramento, Calif.–The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) and CalRecycle announced at a public meeting an updated assessment fee of 20 cents per square yard on all carpet sold or shipped in California, effective April 1, 2016. The rate is an increase from the previous assessment of 10 cents per square yard, to be collected as a non-tax item at the point of sale, throughout the sale and distribution chain, to

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    • Lumber Liquidators to pay $13.2M for environmental crimes

      Toano, Va.–Lumber Liquidators will pay $13.2 million for illegally importing hardwood flooring, after the company pleaded guilty to environmental crimes last year. The Department of Justice said that Lumber Liquidators made hardwood floors in China from illegally cut Mongolian oak trees in Russia. Those trees are needed to protect endangered Siberian tigers and Amur leopards because their prey eats the acorns from them, the Justice Department said. Lumber Liquidators, which

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    • Novalis enters agreement with Unilin’s licensing division on COREtec

      Toronto—Novalis Innovative Flooring has entered into an additional license agreement with Unilin’s licensing division under which its NovaCore product line (and other WPC-type products) will from now on also be licensed under the USFloors patent portfolio. Novalis entered into a licensing arrangement with Unilin in early 2010, and was at that time one of Unilin’s first licensed partners for LVT flooring. This cooperation has since then been expanded by adding

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    • Meberg elected to BTEA executive position

      New York—David Meberg, president and CEO of Consolidated Carpet, was recently elected to the executive committee of the Board of Governors of the Building Trades Employers Association of New York (BTEA). Meberg has served on the Board of Governors for the past six years. He also sits on The Sub-Contractor Roundtable for the association. The BTEA’s membership is comprised of over 25 trade associations who represent 1,700 construction managers, general

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    Fuse Alliance adds USG to network as preferred supplier

    Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, announced that United States Gypsum Company, a building materials manufacturer, has joined the network as a preferred supplier. USG

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    Mirage refreshes its website

    Saint-Georges, Quebec–Mirage has announced the launch of its new website (miragefloors.com), which is optimized for standard and mobile platforms and automatically adapts to the user’s interface. The company said the

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    Bentley introduces Manifesto, new carpet design

    Los Angeles–Bentley has introduced Manifesto, a new carpet style that emphasizes the company’s core design principles and strengthens its mission to bring fashion to the floor. Part of the company’s

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