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  • American OEM obtains renewed status of CARB ULEF exemption

    Burns, Tenn.—American OEM 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 it was also extended to include product with HDF core materials, which the company will manufacturing beginning in the second quarter of 2018. This exemption grants American OEM the ability to reduce submittal samples for

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    Flooring America: Times are good, no time to get complacent

    February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan   Grapevine, Texas—Flooring America’s winter conneXtion, held at the Gaylord Texan Resort, was a celebration of the good times that most members are experiencing. And president Keith Spano’s message to the group: Let the good times roll. “We have to make hay when the sun is shining, and the sun is shining now,” said Spano, who oversees the Flooring America,

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    CCA Global Conventions: Carpet One dealers welcome new supplier, push digital, training

    February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan   Grapevine, Texas—Fresh off a year in which it achieved its highest purchase volume in 11 years, Carpet One Floor & Home convened its winter convention here with a strong tailwind that portends an even stronger 2018. “You translate purchase volume into sales,” Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One, told FCNews. “We have strong economic indicators. Our overall performance was

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    Credit: The importance of offering financing to consumers

    February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Rose Burke   When consumers shop for big-ticket items such as new flooring, they are likely to use some kind of credit to make the purchase. What’s more, some credit experts believe people are far more compelled to commit to bigger purchases when they can see their payments broken down into monthly installments instead of seeing the total amount. For example, a

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    Surfaces Laminate Coverage: Suppliers look to cash in on waterproof craze

    February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Reginald Tucker   Water, water everywhere. Some of the laminate booth spaces at Surfaces this year looked more like aquariums than traditional room vignettes with all the fish tanks and waterfalls touting the products’ enhanced water-resistant or waterproof capabilities. It’s a trend that manufacturers are looking to leverage. Case in point is Mohawk, which has revamped the way it is marketing its

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    Surfaces Ceramic Coverage: Tiles go bigger, colors stay neutral

    February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Nicole Murray   One thing still seems to be true regarding the tile trends at this year’s Surfaces: the bigger the better. Large slabs with infinite design possibilities due to printing technologies were seen all over the showroom floor in varied thicknesses. These new slabs are available for floor, wall or countertop applications. Roy Viana, Dal-Tile’s director of slab and natural stone

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    Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

    February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan and Reginald Tucker   Putting the brands together just makes sense because this is how people live in their homes. That’s how Katie Ford, director of brand strategy, describes the thought process behind the combination of the Anderson and Tuftex brands to form one company. Rest assured, this is not just a merger of brands for simplicity’s sake. “We have

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    Surfaces Resilient Coverage: Innovations aim to add simplicity to the buying and selling process

    February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Lindsay Baillie   There’s a common thread among the plethora of new resilient flooring products introduced at Surfaces: They all aim to make it easier for retailers to sell and consumers to understand. A majority of the manufacturers at the event noted that the resilient market is saturated with products—a phenomenon that can cause confusion for distributors, retailers and consumers alike. To

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    Surfaces Wood Coverage: New finishes, formats steal the show in Vegas

    February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Reginald Tucker   Hardwood flooring suppliers across the industry are combining creativity and technology as they seek to develop the next generation of products that will compete against the likes of WPC, LVT and rigid core floors. Case in point is the staining technology employed by Hearthwood in the manufacture of its Controlled Chaos and Dynamic Earth lines. Designed to mimic a

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    Surfaces Carpet Coverage: Despite hard surface surge, mills double down on soft

    February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan   Traditional carpet mills invariably face this decision: Do we ride the hard surface tide and introduce our own products, or do we stick to our knitting and stay soft? Surprisingly many are choosing the latter, and they are not apologizing for it. While Dixie Group, Phenix Flooring and Marquis Industries expanded their hard surface assortments at Surfaces—while Engineered Floors

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    Novalis’ rigid products receive FloorScore certification

    Toronto, Canada—Novalis Innovative Flooring’s high performance core (HPC) and high density core (HDC) products have successfully passed SCS Global Services testing and fully qualify for FloorScore certification. These products include NovaFloor Serenbe

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    Armstrong Flooring recognizes another Elite Retailer

    Lancaster, Pa.—Floortrends, a family owned business that began in 1967 as Kawartha Karpet & Tile, is Armstrong Flooring’s newest Canadian Elite Retailer. It is the first Elite location for the

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    Armstrong Flooring announces price increases

    Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring will initiate a 3% to 6% price increase on select residential and commercial sheet and vinyl composition tile products in the United States and, due to continued exchange rate

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