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  • MSI finds ‘window of opportunity’ with recycled glass

    By Nicole Murray Over the years, floor covering manufacturers have incorporated recycled materials into their products—the most common examples including used tires repurposed for rubber flooring; old wood panels recovered from dilapidated barns or railroad ties re-milled for rustic-plank flooring; and sawdust captured from woodworking operations that is then converted into MDF fiberboard for laminate flooring planks. MS International (MSI) continues in that tradition with the launch of Urban Cool,

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    Tuftex dealers thrive on West Coast styling, sales support

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By K.J. Quinn   The West Coast has earned a reputation over the years for being at the forefront of carpet styling. Tuftex, Shaw Floors’ premier residential brand, is among the California mills taking the lead creating fashionable designs based on regional preferences and trends. “Being on the West Coast gives them an edge for us, not only because they are local but also

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    Ceramic: Next-gen digital printing technologies unlock tile’s potential

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Lindsay Baillie   Digital printing has helped to change the tile industry by providing manufacturers with limitless designs that mimic what is trending amongst consumers. Whether it’s natural stone, cement, marble, slate or wood looks, digital printing offers consumers the looks they want, the ability to put it where they want and at a desirable price range—all of which ultimately benefits the specialty

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    Wood: Canadian suppliers seek to play the ‘Q’ (as in quality) card

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   In some circles, Canada is renown for developing some of the greatest hockey players—and teams—in the history of the sport. Well, the same could be said for the nation’s formidable forestry sector, which has produced some of the most prolific producers of hardwood flooring. But it’s not just high volumes that some of these well-respected companies are cranking out. Many

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    Haines: Large in scale, nimble in approach

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 The following feature is the seventh 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 Haines, the industry’s largest distributor. Haines was founded in 1874 by John J. Haines, who used his poker winnings from his time as a prisoner of war (Civil War) to

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    Exclusive interview: Jackson takes Tuftex on the road less traveled

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2   Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—It’s been three years since Doug Jackson took the reins of Tuftex, the premium carpet division of Shaw Industries. While Tuftex has always enjoyed a reputation of high-end, trendsetting, West Coast styling—first as a stand-alone mill, then as a division of Queen Carpet before the latter was purchased by Shaw in 1998—the company today still maintains its longstanding identity while

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    Resilient: The next evolution of Stainmaster—PetProtect LVT

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Ken Ryan   For more than three decades, Invista’s Stainmaster has enjoyed the prestige of being arguably the most recognizable brand in flooring, a name synonymous with fiber durability and stain protection. In recent years, Invista has built on that heritage with the launch of PetProtect. Designed with pets in mind, the Stainmaster PetProtect carpet and cushion system resonated with consumers and pet

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    Raskin Industries expands via To Market acquisition

    Objective is to bring proprietary products to array of channels July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Steven Feldman   New York—Raskin Industries earlier this year acquired the assets of To Market, a direct-to-design chain supplier, and will work in concert with company founder and industry icon Phil Wexler to continue developing unique, proprietary products that offer more profitability. The acquisition of To Market, which specializes in LVT but also

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    Commercial sector stalls, then rebounds, in 2016

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   The U.S. non-residential construction industry finished strong in 2016, with key end-use segments posting some of the highest numbers since the market began to rebound in the spring of 2015. That’s according to newly released U.S. Department of Commerce figures that show non-residential construction spending reached a seasonally adjusted annual value of $430.1 billion in December, nearly the same as

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    Mid-year report: After dull half, dealers, distributors hope for rally

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Ken Ryan   Following a first half that some flooring retailers and distributors described as “fair at best” and “lackluster,” industry executives are hoping the second half will yield more robust activity. At the same time, however, they expressed concern that pent-up demand remains bottled up and could dampen what many hoped would be a strong 2017. To be sure, some dealers reported

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    American OEM honors workforce with annual BBQ

    Burns, Tenn.—American OEM held its third annual Staff Appreciation Lunch at the Turney Center Correctional Facility, the company’s manufacturing location, July 14. The celebration was created to recognize the efforts

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    Karndean Designflooring updates Floorstyle tool

    Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring has released an updated version of its Floorstyle online design tool to include additional designflooring capabilities. Floorstyle is an interactive room viewer containing the company’s full product

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    WFCA, NWFA offer joint membership

    Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) have joined forces to offer a membership program that combines the resources of both organizations as part of

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