• Bamboo Hardwoods inks distribution deals with All Tile, NRF

      Seattle—Bamboo Hardwoods, an innovator in bamboo flooring and panel products since 1995, has entered into two distribution agreements with top 20 wholesalers All Tile and NRF Distributors. The new deals expand Bamboo Hardwoods’ nationwide distribution network. Headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill., All Tile supplies 54 lines of building materials to clients throughout 14 states in the North Central region of the U.S. NRF Distributors, based in Augusta, Maine, services

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    • CARE awards $2 million in grants

      Sacramento, Calif.—Carpet America Recovery Effort’s (CARE) California Carpet Stewardship Program has formally signed contracts to distribute approximately $2 million in grant funding for six capital improvement and three product testing projects, with 85% of funding allocated for California-based projects. In total, the award funding will result in millions of pounds of recycled California-generated post-consumer carpet (PCC) output and tens of new California jobs by the end of 2016. The grant funding supports capital

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    • Armstrong names 2015 Elite Retailers of the Year

      Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has named its 2015 Elite Retailers of the Year: Gold – AJ Rose Carpets and Flooring; Silver – Long Island Paneling, Ceilings & Floors; and Bronze – The Floor Store. The award is based on a variety of factors including sales, lead conversion rates, overall program support, showroom quality and website excellence. “With 170 Elite showrooms nationwide, we wanted to recognize and thank the best of the best for their

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    • WFCA, NAFCD team up on training initiative

      Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) have formed a partnership focused on increasing participation in WFCA training offerings by leveraging NAFCD members’ local relationships with retailers. The first initiative planned by the two organizations—announced by Scott Humphrey, CEO of WFCA, and Kevin Gammonley, NAFCD executive vice president—aims to significantly increase awareness of WFCA research and training resources within the flooring

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    • WFCA execs discuss installation during FCNews webinar

      By Ken Ryan What do you get when you have three leaders from the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) discussing arguably the most pressing issue in the flooring industry today—installation—during the monthly FCNews Marketing Mastery webinar series? A record turnout of flooring retailers with a 50% increase in attendees from the previous webinar. Scott Humphrey, CEO of the WFCA; Tom Jennings, vice president, member services, WFCA; and Robert Varden, vice

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    • Coverings reports growth for 2016 edition

      Alexandria, Va.— The growth and energy at Coverings 2016 strengthened the show’s position as the leading international tile and stone exhibition in North America. More than 25,000 industry professionals attended the week-long expo, held April 18-21 in Chicago. This figure is an increase in overall attendance from the 2015 show and affirms positive movement in the tile and stone market. The attendance count is a 15% increase from 2009, the last year Coverings

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    • Shaw to consolidate operations

      Dalton—Shaw Industries Group plans to shift production from Plant 14 in Valley Head, Ala., into other facilities across Georgia and Alabama. This consolidation will impact 183 associates and will result in the closing of Plant 14. The consolidation process will begin in May with operations ceasing in July. The change aligns with the ongoing trend of consumer preference for products manufactured with filament yarn instead of spun yarn. As Shaw

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    • Unilin prevails in laminate patent case

      Unilin was recently awarded a $1.17 million judgment in compensation for the patent infringement of Granada Kitchen & Floor, LLC, Granada Wood & Cabinets, Inc. and NSL Trading Corporation’s past imports and sales of approximately 600,000 m2 of glueless laminate flooring products that infringed on Unilin patents. This final judgment brings to a close the patent infringement action that Unilin launched in March 2014 against several California-based companies involved in

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    • Mohawk becomes Google Partner

      Calhoun, Ga—Mohawk is the first U.S. manufacturer as well as the first company in the flooring industry to become a Google Partner—a certification of excellence in digital marketing. Google Partners are considered trusted online experts who are qualified and certified to manage the online marketing of other businesses. As a digital leader in the flooring industry, Mohawk already provides a comprehensive and successful suite of digital marketing tools to its

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    • Gerflor USA strengthens market presence, expertise

      Chicago–Gerflor USA, a leading resilient flooring designer and manufacturer, is expanding and excelling in sales, staff and specialty products. The company, which continues its upward trajectory since CEO Benjamin Bachman took the helm in 2013, recently welcomed four new territory sales managers and one technical specialist to its thriving team. “We’re thrilled to have such highly skilled, highly talented professionals join Gerflor USA,” Bachman said. “Together, they bring more than

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    • Sponsor a Chemo Care Pouch and make a difference

      Join FCNews in supporting children with cancer. With the purchase of KEEP’s new pink or navy pouches, you can help provide cancer patients with goodies that will help bring a smile to patients and make them more comfortable during their treatments. Each pouch will be filled with lip balms, socks, hard candies, games and more! In addition, sponsors may provide a personalized message to attach to the pouch. To learn

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    • Empire Today to test flooring department inside JCPenney stores

      By Ken Ryan Empire Today, ranked among the top 10 U.S. floor covering retailers, has announced a partnership with JCPenney to establish separate flooring departments in seven of its stores—four in the Tampa market and three in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. These store-in-store formats will be Empire Today-branded and will range in size from 750 to 1,200 square feet. Keith Weinberger, CEO of Empire Today, told FCNews that the stores

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    • NAFCD, NBMDA partner again for 2016 annual convention

      Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) have extended their partnership in 2016. The highly anticipated NAFCD + NBMDA annual convention will take place Nov. 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency here. Bringing together more than 700 distribution professionals representing the leading distributors in the U.S. and Canada, the tabletop networking forum allows distributors and manufacturers to connect face-to-face and

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    • QFloors doubles in size, undergoes personnel changes

      South Jordan, Utah—QFloors has doubled in size in the past three years, according to the floor covering software’s CFO Trent Ogden. Sales for the flooring business management (or ERP) software have experienced explosive growth; in response, QFloors has undergone some restructuring including adding new positions and employees. “This rapid growth has caused us to restructure in order to meet the needs of our flourishing customer base,” Ogden said. “It’s important to us

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    • Crossville celebrates 30 years

      Crossville, Tenn.—Domestic porcelain tile manufacturer Crossville celebrates its 30th anniversary today, May 5. Founded in 1986, the company is U.S.-owned and operated, with headquarters and manufacturing facilities located here. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Curran Group—a privately held holding company renowned for its core values of family, respect, partnership, integrity, and improvement—Crossville benefits from exceptional support and infrastructure that has made its 30 years of success possible. In addition

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    NWFA announces 2016 board of directors

    St. Louis, Mo. – The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) announced its 2016 board of directors during its recent annual convention in Charlotte, N.C. The 2016 lineup is as follows:

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    Tandus Centiva shows support for Publicolor

    Dalton—Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Publicolor at the organization’s annual Stir, Splatter + Roll Gala on May 16 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York

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    Mohawk Group’s Light Lab receives ILFI certification

    Dalton—Mohawk Group’s Light Lab, the company’s recently renovated design studio, has received Petal Certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Living Building Challenge 2.1. The ILFI’s Living Building Challenge

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