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  • Underlayment: Education is key to upselling consumers

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Lindsay Baillie   Underlayments are more than essential components that complete a hard surface or soft surface installation. They are also valuable accessories that help increase margins and generate higher ticket sales for specialty retailers. According to various underlayment manufacturers upselling from an entry-level product to a specialty underlayment is achievable through comprehensive product education. This focus on education starts with the

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    Carpet: Noteworthy trends in pattern, texture, design

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   Everybody who follows the flooring industry knows the biggest trend impacting carpet is the growth of hard surfaces, which in many instances has forced flooring dealers to revamp their showrooms. However, there are other trends in carpet that are both surprising and noteworthy. Executives and design experts offered their takes. Focus on soft For a time last year, the

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    Shaw LVT plant ramps up

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Steven Feldman   Ringgold, Ga.—Three months after its first planks rolled off the line, Shaw Floors is already strategizing to manufacture more of the LVT and WPC products in its portfolio out of its brand spanking new facility here. After a substantial investment to convert the former Shaw Rugs facility to domestic LVT production, the game plan all along was to start

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    Spring introductions unseen at Surfaces

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   Surfaces served as the staging area for the bulk of new flooring introductions for 2017. However, there were many other noteworthy introductions of the spring that were not shown at the big show. Following are some of the spring introductions unseen at Surfaces. American OEM The company introduced 10 SKUs in its Covelo Canyon collection and eight offerings in

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    Tingle Flooring: A mainstay in the Midwest

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 The Moxley family has been managing the daily affairs of Tingle Flooring since the 1970s when Bill Tingle passed the torch to Bud Moxley, who joined the company two years after its founding. Bud managed the business until 1996, when Chip Moxley, Bud’s son, succeeded his father. Today, Chip and his daughter, Lauren Johnson, assist in managing the business alongside a seasoned executive

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    Suppliers kick off spring seasonal promos

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Lindsay Baillie   March 20 marks the vernal equinox—a signal to most that spring is finally on its way. As consumers look forward to warmer shopping weather, suppliers are planting spring promotions that are soon to be in full bloom. Following are a few sales, rebates and incentive programs starting this spring. Armstrong From April 14 through May 31, Armstrong Flooring will

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    For Gilford-Johnson, it’s full steam ahead

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   Florence, Ind.—Gilford-Johnson Flooring, a top 20 distributor with a marketing footprint that stretches from the Great Lakes to South Florida, welcomed hundreds of vendors and retailers to its spring meeting here earlier this month. The event covered a range of topics, from the integration of Gilford and Johnson to the spate of new products and programs available to its

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    Fuse Alliance: Group seeks greater interaction with A&D community

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker   Austin, Texas—“We’ve done a good job growing membership and increasing sales, but we could be doing much better in terms of engaging the A&D community.” That was the gist of Geoff Gordon’s message to contractors in attendance at the annual Fuse Alliance conference held here recently. As executive director of the organization, he believes the group might be losing

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    FCICA doubles down on educational initiatives

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   San Antonio—FCICA, the flooring contractors association, commemorated its 35th annual convention here by refocusing on its principal values: education, training and enhancing the skill sets of its core constituency—the professional installation manager. “From what I have seen over the last six years, I think this group is as healthy as it has ever been—not just financially but in terms

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    NWFA 2017 preview: Training, networking, products galore

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker   Excitement is building for the 2017 National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) conference and exhibition, set to kick off April 11–14 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Named one of the 50 fastest-growing trade shows for five consecutive years, NWFA will feature scores of vendors showcasing the latest in hardwood flooring products, installation tools and accessories; dynamic keynote speakers and expert

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    Amorim Revestimentos invests 10 million euros in Hydrocork

    São Paio de Oleiros, Portugal—After only two years of Hydrocork’s launch, Amorim Revestimentos is taking a significant step and investing 10 million euros in its production infrastructure and procedures. This

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    UofCTS releases updated ITS Verification course

    San Diego, Calif.—The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has released an updated version of the Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course. Both the USA and Canadian versions of this

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    Gerflor USA increased LVT shipping in 2016

    Chicago—In 2016, Gerflor USA recorded a 500% increase in LVT shipments from its Chicago-based warehouse from June 2015-December 2016—significantly exceeding its U.S. growth goals. Contributing to Gerflor’s significant growth of

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