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  • HLC Summit: Change comes fast for ‘nimble giant’ Haines

    April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan Charlotte, N.C.—Change may be inevitable, but the pace of change occurring at Haines in the past two years—all aimed at delivering a strong, stable, scalable and sustainable platform to the flooring market—has been downright dizzying at times. As Michael Barrett, president and CEO, told FCNews, “If you are standing on the sidelines, you can’t make sense of all the changes.

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    NWFA conference delivers value for installers, vendors

    April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   Tampa, Fla.—Scores of hardwood flooring contractors, manufacturers and distributors converged at the Tampa Bay Convention Center here recently for the 33rd annual National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) conference and expo. As advertised, the event offered something for everyone in attendance—new products galore, networking and educational opportunities, technical tips and even some entertainment. “It was a great event,” Michael Martin,

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    Dealers report mixed reviews for first quarter

    April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   The first 100 days of 2018 have yielded some uneven performances for flooring retailers and distributors, with most reporting a slow start in January and February followed by some improvement in March/early April. Still, the prevailing sentiment is that, to date, 2018 has been an underachiever, saddled by late winter weather woes in the East and Midwest along with

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    Greyne Company debuts Livable Luxury merchandising system

    Fort Mill, S.C.—Greyne Company’s new Livable Luxury display brings flooring retailers a comprehensive, innovative and value driven engineered wood flooring and accessory program. The display includes four new designer inspired collections: Tahoe, Newport, Estate and Reserve. These collections encompass 28 running line products on hickory, European oak and walnut platforms. The Livable Luxury program also includes a customization option where consumers can create a personalized floor by selecting from a

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    Guru USA looks to make a splash in North America

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Mara Bollettieri      Guru USA knows a thing or two about waterproof membranes for ceramic tile flooring and wall installations. The Spain-based company brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of waterproofing membranes, shower drain systems and other accessories designed to advance installation performance and increase sales opportunities for its customers. Derick Cooper, national sales and marketing manager

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    Latest bamboo, cork intros stir visual interest

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   Touting qualities such as durability, comfort underfoot and water resistance, cork and bamboo products provide the industry with eco-friendly flooring suitable for both residential and commercial applications. Following is an overview of some of the newest cork and bamboo innovations that promise to captivate consumers not only with updated visuals, but also with reasonable price points. Bamboo Hardwoods Bamboo

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    Proper education is the key to closing sales

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie Arming retail salespeople with the knowledge to prescribe and sell the right underlayment for the job is the key to success, suppliers say. Once a retail sales associate is properly trained on the latest products, he or she must make it a point to educate the consumer. Following are a few key points to remember when selling underlayments. Look for

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    Nuflors’ SetaGrip grabs the attention of retailers

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. This certainly holds true for Nuflors’ new SetaGrip product, which imitates the nano-suction technology on geckos’ feet to create an adhesive-, tape- and click-freeluxury vinyl floor. “It’s no secret nature has inspired solutions for everyday challenges, including those in design,” said David Kim, managing partner, Nuflors. “Scientists have

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    Armstrong extends Diamond 10 tech to new collection

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21   Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring is extending its exclusive Diamond 10 Technology, which was first made available on its resilient sheet flooring line, to Appalachian Ridge, a new solid hardwood collection. Utilizing the technology, Armstrong Flooring believes it is able to deliver a beautiful solid hardwood that is more versatile and durable. “Our research consistently shows solid hardwood is the most coveted flooring choice

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    American OEM achieves CARB-exempt status

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21   Burns, Tenn.—American OEM, a private-label hardwood flooring manufacturer, has obtained renewed status of its CARB ULEF exemption on engineered wood flooring products. This renewal was granted after a perfect record of passing indoor air quality tests for formaldehyde emissions and was also extended to include product with HDF core materials, which the company will manufacture beginning in the second quarter of 2018.

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    Crossville’s Physics collection offers sophisticated update on classic colors

    Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville Inc. has launched Physics, a new porcelain tile collection offering a fresh, sophisticated interpretation of a classic visual by incorporating micro-particles for a subtle mingle effect. This domestically-produced

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    Karndean Designflooring challenges guests to ‘see flooring differently’ at HD Expo

    Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring invites hospitality designers, managers and hotel owners to see flooring differently May 2-4 at the company’s booth at HD Expo in Las Vegas. From the company’s original

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    Plans underway for 2018 fcB2B annual meeting

    Dalton, Ga.—The next annual fcB2B meeting will be held Oct. 16-18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel located adjacent to Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport, according to Scott Humphrey, chief executive officer,

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