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  • Rising star looks to make her mark in flooring arena

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Steven Feldman   Renowned designer Khristian A. Howell is getting into the flooring business. Howell, a color and pattern expert who has been featured in Elle Decor, Real Simple and HGTV magazine,” is in the process of choosing a complementary partner to launch an area rug collection that fuses her eclectic range of styles into bold designs for product and spaces. She

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    Wood: Category finds a new home—on the walls

    Vertical applications coordinate, contrast with floors  May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Reginald Tucker   Using flooring materials on the walls is by no means a new concept. Tile manufacturers have been doing it for years, and laminate flooring suppliers have also recently started to get in on the act. Now hardwood flooring producers are having success by finding multiple uses for their products by dressing vertical surfaces

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    OVF: From challenging times to top-tier status

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 The following feature is the fifth installment in a series highlighting the 14 distributors that constitute Bravo Services, a group comprising many of the top flooring wholesalers in the country. Here we focus on Ohio Valley Flooring, a top 20 distributor founded in 1978 as CDC Appliances (Cincinnati-Dayton-Columbus).   When Ohio Valley Flooring was established as a flooring division of CDC Appliances in

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    CARE releases annual recycling report

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 Indianapolis—Members participating in the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) program diverted more than 488 million pounds of carpet from U.S. landfills in 2016—down nearly 6% from 2015. That’s according to the group’s annual report, released at CARE’s 15th annual conference held here earlier this month. Of the carpet diverted to recycling, 167 million pounds were recycled into carpet and other consumer products, 174

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    Fiber report: Soft, durable and cleanability lead checklist

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Ken Ryan Advancements in technology and manufacturing have allowed carpet mills to make significant improvements in fiber construction. The result: carpets that are soft, durable and resistant to stains and soils. Mill executives say today’s demanding consumers are driving these innovative breakthroughs. “Performance-based fibers seem to be a big trend,” said Ayme Sinclair, marketing director, Stanton. “The biggest influence is an increased

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    Armstrong poised to grab VCT biz from Mannington

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Ken Ryan   Armstrong Flooring has agreed to acquire the vinyl composition tile (VCT) business of Mannington Mills for a reported $36 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter. Armstrong Flooring said it intends to use its existing plant and distribution networks to accommodate the increase in VCT volume to drive top- and bottom-line benefits through increased scale

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    Ten people making a difference

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 Some adjectives used to describe the leaders who made the cut in this year’s list include “visionary, bold, enthusiastic and innovative.” Then there are those who just seem to have a natural proclivity for developing creative ideas that generate results. In another camp you have those talented leaders who inspire others day in and day out, challenging them to continue raising their game

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    Haines retains its laser focus on the customer

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Ken Ryan   Oxon Hill, Md.—In the first 100 days of the Mike Barrett administration, the new Haines president and CEO, along with Chris Pratt, chief sales and marketing officer, and Hoy Lanning, special CEO advisor, set out to personally visit customers, mostly retailers but suppliers as well—including one- and two-person dealer operations. Barrett presided over his first Haines Loyalty Club Summit

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    Installation: Adhesive tips, tricks of the trade

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Lindsay Baillie   When it comes to working with today’s advanced, high-performance, user-friendly adhesives, it’s critical that installers avoid the temptation of taking shortcuts. That’s according to expert floor layers and instructors who say improper installations due to misapplication of adhesives can cause a host of problems, including voided warranties, bad company reviews and even safety risks. FCNews rounded up several experts

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    Starnet conference marks ‘silver’ milestone

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Reginald Tucker   Carlsbad, Calif.—Starnet kicked off its 25th anniversary conference in a big way earlier this month, drawing a record number of members and manufacturer reps alike. The event also marked a key turning point in the evolution of the organization. “We have more than 700 people here—that’s the most we’ve ever had,” said Jeanne Matson, president and CEO. “The mills

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    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    WFCA University adds to destination training, online offering

    Dalton, Ga.–In response to a recent membership drive and member demand, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has expanded its University course offerings with extended online training modules and destination camps

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    Briney to retire from Innocor

    Red Bank, N.J.—Jeff Briney, senior vice president of Innocor Foam Technologies (IFT), will be retiring at the end of June 2017. As senior vice president, Briney led Innocor’s commercial division,

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    Mannington enhances Restoration collection with SpillShield

    Salem, N.J.—Mannington’s laminate flooring is adding “moisture resistant” to its list of attributes with the company’s Restoration collection, which now has enhanced performance with SpillShield technology. SpillShield is an innovative

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