• USFContract hires Sean Finn as senior account executive

      Dalton—USFContract, the commercial division of USFloors, has hired Sean Finn as senior account executive for the Southeastern U.S. Finn has 14 years of experience in the flooring industry, most recently with Mannington Commercial. “Sean brings a wealth of knowledge in building successful, long-term relationships with end users, architects, designers and dealers,” said Rick Morris, USFContract vice president of sales. “I am delighted to have him on my team and I’m confident he

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    • Industry members come together at FCIF Benefit Gala

      Anaheim, Calif.—This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF), a one-of-a-kind non-profit organization dedicated to financially assisting people in the floor covering industry who have suffered extreme circumstances, whether through an unexpected illness or life-changing medical disability. To celebrate, industry members will come together for the second FCIF Benefit Gala, being held March 21 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The event will

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    • Tandus Centiva and Desso to collaborate in North America

      Dalton—Tandus Centiva and Desso, both Tarkett companies, will collaborate to provide customers in North America with an unprecedented commercial flooring product portfolio and level of service. Tandus Centiva will represent and service Desso modular carpet products in North America, featuring the exclusive AirMaster products. In addition, the North American Desso hospitality group will have access to select Tandus Centiva products for the hospitality market to complement Desso’s custom designed Axminster

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    • NWFA will ‘Play it Forward’ with Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program

      St. Louis, Mo.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program, which builds smart homes for veterans. Gary Sinise will speak at NWFA’s Wood Flooring Expo in April to officially launch the partnership. “Gary’s participation during Expo this year coincides with the event’s ‘Play it Forward’ theme,” said Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO. “While we will mark the NWFA’s 30th anniversary during Expo,

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    • Top flooring manufacturers continue Training record

      Flooring companies were well represented in Training magazine’s annual list of top training organizations, with Mohawk Industries ranked 14th, Shaw Industries 54th and Tandus Centiva 66th. The Top 125 ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives. Mohawk was the highest-ranked manufacturing

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    • Spray-Lock receives Best of Surfaces for Technology

      Chattanooga, Tenn.—Spray-Lock recently received the Best of Surfaces award for Technology for its newest product, RugLock Non-Slip Rug Grip in a Can, at The International Surface Event (TISE). RugLock is a permanent spray-on, non-slip rug backing that secures rugs to surfaces including hardwood, tiles, vinyl and carpet. With the introduction of RugLock, Spray-Lock has entered the consumer market with a real-world solution to the household problem of slippery rugs. The

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    • Armstrong to separate flooring, ceiling businesses

      Lancaster, Pa. — Armstrong World Industries said it plans to split the company into two separate publicly traded businesses, one focusing on flooring and the other on ceilings. Armstrong’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the plan. The spinoff is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. Armstrong executives said their hope is that the flooring and ceilings businesses will create two strong companies that are leaders in

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    • NWFA Expo tradeshow floor sold out

      St. Louis, Mo.—With 10 weeks to go until its 2015 Wood Flooring Expo, the National Wood Flooring Association’s (NWFA) tradeshow floor, being held April 28 to May 1 here, has sold out with 462 booths registered to 257 companies. This year’s Expo will celebrate NWFA’s 30th anniversary and promises a tremendous lineup of keynote speakers including Oscar-winning mill owner Bill Courtney and St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. “We really

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    • TISE issues call for 2016 educational presenters, introduces new members of advisory council

      Dallas— The International Surface Event (TISE) 2016, which will take place Jan. 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, is looking for industry professionals who want to share their insight and business expertise as presenters for the education program. The education program will present the latest topics and trends in the floor covering, stone and tile industries. Presenters with in-depth industry knowledge and a passion for sharing information

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    • Fuse Alliance Member Network expands with addition of dealer partners

      Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, has expanded its network member list with the addition of two dealer partners in the U.S. O’Neal Flooring Services, a South Carolina-based commercial flooring dealership, and New Orleans-based Priority Floors have joined the organization’s list of growing members around the country. With the addition of O’Neal and Priority, the Fuse Alliance network is now made up of more

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    • Haines welcomes new vice presidents

      Glen Burnie, Md.—Mike Barrett has joined the company as the new vice president of operations, leading all Haines Flooring warehouse and delivery functions. Bill Rothenbach has joined the company as the new vice president of human resources, leading all Haines corporate human resource functions. “We are excited to welcome these new executives, and look forward to reaping the benefits of their expertise and experience,” said Bruce Zwicker, president and CEO.

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    • Flooring retailers welcome 2015 in a hiring mood

      By Ken Ryan With the great recession in the rear-view mirror, flooring retailers are hiring again, buoyed by an improving business landscape. This upbeat mood is reflected in recent surveys showing small businesses across all sectors are more confident. In January small business optimism jumped to its highest level in more than eight years, according to a monthly survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Flooring dealers are

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    • Empire Today opens brick-and-mortar stores

      By Ken Ryan Westbury, N.Y.—Empire Today executives and key vendors took part in grand openings of its Commack, N.Y., and Westbury, N.Y., stores Feb. 5—one week after debuting its Fairfax, Va., store. The three openings marked the first time the 55-year-old at-home retailer opened physical stores. Keith Weinberger, chief merchandising officer, said Empire Today has been working toward the goal of opening brick-and-mortar stores for two years. Along the way

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    • EarthWerks to partner with Longust Distributing

      Houston—EarthWerks will form a new partnership for distribution with Longust Distributing, serving the Southwestern region. Longust Distributing will cover Arizona, Southern Nevada and Southern California, stocking product at warehouses in Mesa, Las Vegas, Anaheim and San Diego. Big D Floor Covering Supplies and JH Freed & Sons will continue to serve customers during the transition. “EarthWerks has been the leader and innovator in LVT flooring for over three decades,” said Amy

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    • Shaw named to Training magazine’s Top 125 for 11th consecutive year

      Dalton—Shaw Industries has been recognized by Training magazine as a Training Top 125 company for 2015, marking Shaw’s 11th consecutive year on the list. Training Top 125 ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs. The Top 125 ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs and how closely such development efforts are linked

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    Florida Tile expands digital print collection

    Lexington, Ky.—Florida Tile has introduced MalteseDP ceramic wall tile. The wall tile complements last year’s introduction of MalteseDP Digital Porcelain floor tile, gaining its popularity based on the ability to

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    Sound Seal adds Teri Douglas to the Impacta marketing team

    Agawam, Mass.—Sound Seal, a manufacturer of acoustical and noise control products serving the industrial, architectural, commercial and construction industries, has hired Teri Douglas to serve as the distributor sales and

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    Custom introduces flooring installation systems line of subfloor, concrete prep products

    Seal Beach, Calif.—Custom Building Products, a leading provider of tile and stone installation systems, introduced eight subfloor prep products in its new Flooring Installation Systems line, designed for use under

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