• Metroflor holds grand opening for new facility

      Calhoun, Ga.— Halstead International and Metroflor received the prestigious Green Globes certification for its Innovation & Design Center here. To celebrate, the company held a grand opening celebration for the facility—the third in Georgia and the first in Calhoun to have earned that distinction. Harlan Stone, CEO and president of Halstead, was joined by Russ Rogg, president and CEO, Metroflor, at the ribbon cutting ceremony on July 28. Joining staff were representatives

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    • Beaulieu Canada announces price increase

      Acton Vale, Quebec—Beaulieu Canada will increase current base prices for all flooring products by a minimum of 4% and as high as 6%, effective Sept. 1. “As one of only a very few Canadian manufacturers, Beaulieu Canada strives to invest significantly in new product development, expand product sourcing and continue to work diligently to streamline its operations and maintain costs,” said Mario Bergamin, executive vice president residential sales. “Notwithstanding these

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    • INSTALL names new Alliance Partners

      Haddonfield, N.J.—INSTALL (International Standards and Training Alliance) has added Better Life Technology and UpoFloor as Alliance Partners in its mission to improve installation training and certification standards across the flooring industry. Better Life Technology is a leading manufacturer of roll-out vinyl flooring. UpoFloor focuses on creating smart flooring materials that are environmentally friendly, strong and easy to maintain. INSTALL’s Alliance Partners participate in ongoing curriculum reviews and work with INSTALL

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    • Mohawk releases sixth annual sustainability report

      Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries has released its sixth annual sustainability report, which details how Mohawk has honed its ability to grow profitably and responsibly while acquiring and integrating 30 new businesses over the past three decades. “Our continued success at Mohawk is due in large part to growing the organization responsibly,” said Dave Patton, chief sustainability officer for Mohawk. “With our ongoing internal investments and acquisitions, we are committed to taking

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    • NAFCD releases 2015 Quarterly Sales Trends Report

      Chicago—The NAFCD (North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors) has released its 2015 Quarterly Sales Trends Report, a robust benchmarking and forecasting tool that provides NAFCD members with invaluable data and insights. The report delivers NAFCD members with information on near term and regional demand trends, sales forecasts as well as business management. “The Quarterly Sales Trends Report is helpful in seeing how the industry is doing overall,” said Rosana

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    • Shaw Industries releases 2014 Sustainability Report

      Dalton—Shaw Industries has released its 2014 Sustainability Report. The manufacturer’s shift to the Global Reporting Initiative’s newest G4 standard converged with a notable increase in the demand for supply chain transparency surrounding product ingredients across the flooring industry. The company, well prepared by more than a decade of designing for Cradle to Cradle Certified product standards and a long history of meeting and anticipating market changes, is continuing to develop

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    • Dal-Tile acquires Cerámica San Lorenzo, North America

      Dallas—Dal-Tile, a leading manufacturer of ceramic tile and natural stone products in North America, has acquired the North American operations of Cerámica San Lorenzo. The purchase includes a modern manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico, and a product showroom and warehouse in Southern California. The plant is Dal-Tile’s 11th manufacturing facility in North America; it produces tile collections under the San Lorenzo brand for the builder, residential remodeling and commercial segments.

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    • Biedermann joins Beaulieu America as executive vice president for residential sales

      Dalton—Kevin Biedermann has joined Beaulieu America as executive vice president of residential sales, effective immediately. In his new role, Biedermann will be responsible for driving the development of all Beaulieu America sales strategies and will work closely with the marketing group to develop, establish and direct all channel and distribution strategies and programs. Biedermann joins the company with over 13 years of flooring experience, most recently as senior vice president

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    • Quick-Step cycling team races in Tour de France 2015

      Dallas—The Etixx, Quick-Step’s cycling team, is currently participating in the Tour de France 2015, which started July 4 in Utrecht, Netherlands, and will finish July 26 in Paris. Since 1903, cyclists have competed in this bicycle race across France that is now the world’s largest annual sporting event; a three-week race covering over 2,000 miles.

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    • Shaw’s carpet recycling facility successfully processes nylon, polyester

      Dalton—Shaw has enhanced its robust carpet reclamation and recycling program with the opening of its new Evergreen Ringgold facility, which can recycle nylon and polyester fiber. The investment of more than $20 million in carpet recycling illustrates the company’s continued commitment to converting what has historically been seen as waste into a resource. Shaw will create at least 70 full-time jobs as the facility reaches full capacity. Shaw will retire its

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    • NWFA petitions Congress in support of Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015

      Chesterfield, Mo.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has sent a letter to Congress in support of The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (H.R. 2647). If implemented, the act would give managers of federal lands the tools to improve forest resiliency through active management and collaboration. In addition to the NWFA, the letter was signed by 58 other wood industry associations. The NWFA is also encouraging members to send copies of

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    • DriTac partners with Midwest Floor Coverings

      Clifton, N.J.—DriTac Flooring Products has formed a new distribution partnership with Midwest Floor Coverings, a Utah-based flooring and installation supplies distributor serving the flooring industry for over 77 years. Midwest Floors will carry the full line of DriTac premium flooring adhesives, concrete moisture control systems, wood floor repair kits, adhesive removers, trowels and the complete range of DriTac’s solvent-free and VOC-free adhesives for all green installations of hardwood and resilient

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    • American OEM enters next phase with management additions

      Dickson, Tenn.—American OEM has appointed Todd Braun as chief operating officer and Allie Finkell as vice president of administration. Braun comes to American OEM from the financial industry after holding positions around the world as group controller with Terex Corp. He entered the wood products industry with Foley Marten as general manager, Aacer Flooring as COO, and group manager of the Zickgraf Solid Flooring Group at Shaw Industries. “Todd brings a wealth of financial and manufacturing knowledge to our team, and as COO he is

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    • White Oak Carpet to expand operations in Spindale, N.C.

      Spindale, N.C.—White Oak Carpet Mills, a division of CAP Carpet, will invest $4.1 million to expand its operations in Spindale, N.C., according to Area Development. The company will relocate its current operations to a 250,000-square-foot building that was constructed in 1973 and has been vacant for more than five years. The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded Rutherford County a Building Reuse Program grant in the amount of $300,000

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    • Sergenian joins Fuse Alliance as executive vice president

      Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, has named Kevin Sergenian executive vice president. A seasoned flooring industry veteran, Sergenian will focus on increasing the organization’s exposure in the real estate development market in an effort to build this segment of Fuse Commercial, Fuse Alliance’s highly successful national contracting initiative specializing in senior living, retail and hospitality flooring installations across the continental U.S. and Canada.

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    CDC Distributors wins Schönox Smooth Performer Award

    Cincinnati—HPS Schönox presented the first ever Schönox Smooth Performer Award this week to CDC Distributors. Al Futscher, CEO and president, and Tony Roberto, COO, both of CDC Distributors, accepted the

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    Durkan names Vaughn senior vice president of hospitality sales

    Calhoun, Ga.—Durkan has promoted hospitality industry veteran Dale Vaughn to senior vice president of hospitality sales. Vaughn joined Durkan, the hospitality brand of Mohawk Group, in 2010 when he came

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    Crossville sponsors 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse

    Sag Harbor, N.Y.—Crossville is a sponsor and product supplier for the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse here, presented by Traditional Home and benefiting Southampton Hospital. Now in its 14th year, associated

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