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    Carpet: Spoiler alert—Broadloom isn’t going away

Carpet: Spoiler alert—Broadloom isn’t going away

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Ken Ryan With hard surfaces growing and gaining market share over soft surfaces every year, it might be easy to dismiss carpet as a has-been product. And yet, carpet is still the queen of floor covering, the largest percentage category by more than three times that of runner-up resilient, the fastest-growing segment. Carpet has lost market share, no doubt, but the drop-off

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    Executive interview: Phenix rises under Clayton’s leadership

Executive interview: Phenix rises under Clayton’s leadership

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 Industry veteran Mark Clayton has been at the helm of Phenix Flooring for the past five years. In that time the company has evolved into a significant player by introducing innovative products, turning its attention to a better product mix and merging with its yarn suppler Pharr Yarns. Many retailers who have sought alternatives to the big two have turned to Phenix. FCNews

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    Carpet: Campaign for Wool touts the benefits of all-natural fiber

Carpet: Campaign for Wool touts the benefits of all-natural fiber

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Ken Ryan British Royalty will be supremely represented at Surfaces 2017, at least in the figurative sense. The Campaign for Wool (CfW) will attend Surfaces with a Declaration launched by Prince Charles, a.k.a., His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, outlining the international standards of the wool industry in caring for sheep and the benefits of choosing real wool for interiors and

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    Mohawk’s Airo aims to ease installation issue

Mohawk’s Airo aims to ease installation issue

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Lindsay Baillie Mohawk is doing its part to address the skilled mechanic shortage by developing products that are much easier to install. Its latest innovation, Airo, is a step in that direction. The product falls into a new category called “unified soft floor covering or USF. “Airo represents Mohawk’s newest innovation in soft floor covering,” said Tom Lape, president of Mohawk Residential.

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    Area rugs: Color, design take center stage at Atlanta market

Area rugs: Color, design take center stage at Atlanta market

December 19/26, 2016: Volume 31, Issue 14 By Ken Ryan For many years the Atlanta International Area Rug market at AmericasMart has been the premier venue for new rug offerings, with the January show serving as the launch pad for that year’s introductions. However, success brings competition and some executives say the Atlanta show (Jan. 11-14) may have lost a bit of its momentum with the ascent of the World

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    Executive Forecast: Carpet—Mills predict rebound as improving economy takes hold

Executive Forecast: Carpet—Mills predict rebound as improving economy takes hold

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Ken Ryan   While 2016 was less than stellar for carpet mills—due in part to the acrimonious Presidential election that some believe hurt consumer spending—executives are looking to bounce back in 2017. Buoyed by an improving economy that many see gaining significant traction, mill executives are forecasting anywhere from a 2%-5% gain, which, if true, would easily eclipse 2016 figures. Mark Clayton,

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    Shaw opens $85M carpet tile facility

Shaw opens $85M carpet tile facility

New plant to bolster manufacturing capacity, recycling capabilities December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Ken Ryan Shaw Industries, the largest carpet tile producer in North America, officially unveiled its new carpet tile manufacturing facility in Adairsville, Ga., on Dec. 1. The $85 million facility, which became operational this quarter, will provide added capacity and recycling capability for the company’s Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial and Shaw Contract modular carpet brands.

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    Carpet: Style and performance define 2016 intros

Carpet: Style and performance define 2016 intros

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Ken Ryan Carpet mills ratcheted up their R&D efforts in 2016 like never before to deliver to the market a constellation of compelling products that cover all the important bases: style and design, durability, softness, and stain and pet protection. Following is a closer look at the some of the top introductions and innovations from 2016: Beaulieu Group So Suede and Mulberry

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    Private-label programs expand opportunities for distributors

Private-label programs expand opportunities for distributors

November 7/14, 2016: Volume 31, Number 11 By Reginald Tucker With the crowded field of established flooring brands available at retail and through distribution, one might think the prospects for new, lesser-known labels might be limited. But several manufacturers are looking to disprove that notion by developing products and programs that cater to their customers’ specific needs while filling voids in the larger marketplace. “Private-label programming is all we do—that’s

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    Nance Industries: From scraps to success

Nance Industries: From scraps to success

October 24/31, 2016: Volume 31, Number 10 Nance Industries was founded in 1972 with the dream and determination of a young mother who found a way to turn carpet scraps into quality rugs. For the past 44 years Carol and Bob Nance built four manufacturing plants with more than 150 employees. With the help of family consisting of three generations, Nance Industries currently ships nationally and internationally to many big

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    Carpet recycling stewardship program to be extended for third year

Carpet recycling stewardship program to be extended for third year

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 Dalton—The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) announced an extension of the voluntary product stewardship (VPS) program to assist sorters of post-consumer carpet diverted from the nation’s landfills. After having supported the program for two years, 2015 and 2016, this extension will provide funding for one additional year through 2017. The VPS program is market-based and designed

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    State of the industry: Mills see path to growth via style, fashion

State of the industry: Mills see path to growth via style, fashion

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Ken Ryan Despite generally favorable economic trends, the U.S. residential carpet market has failed to gain any appreciable traction in the first eight months of 2016. The deciding factors are not always evident: While the growth of hard surfaces has certainly played a role in shrinking broadloom’s share, there is vibrancy in the upper end of the market as mills push the

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    Carpet: Combatting the hard surface surge with a ‘soft’ touch

Carpet: Combatting the hard surface surge with a ‘soft’ touch

July 4/11, 2016; Volume 30, Number 27 By Ken Ryan There may be no stopping the well-documented emergence of hard surfaces as the dominant flooring surface, but some recent reports suggest carpet remains a very viable category, at least with one key demographic. In a recent report, Mintel Global Research found the 25-34 age group (millennials) was the most active purchasers of flooring; in 2015 65% of millennials who were

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    Carpet: Category maintains dominant market position

Carpet: Category maintains dominant market position

Broadloom cedes share to modular tile in commercial June 20/27, 2016; Volume 30, Number 26 By Ken Ryan Despite an improving housing market, the U.S. carpet industry ended 2015 virtually flat with overall sales barely edging higher while total volume fell. FCNews research shows carpet sales rose 0.7% to $8.87 billion last year compared to $8.809 billion in 2014. However, total volume—which includes carpet and area rugs—fell 1% to 11.09

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    Carpet: Latest advances in color and texture invigorate fiber category

Carpet: Latest advances in color and texture invigorate fiber category

May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Ken Ryan The growth of hard surfaces may have taken market share away from soft surfaces, but the news is not all doom and gloom for carpet. In fact, the popular looks in hardwood and LVT have inspired mills to move away from basic beige to develop multicolor, textural visuals offering varying degrees of softness. “[Carpet] is no longer a blah floor

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    Carpet: Solution-dyed PET offers numerous advantages

Carpet: Solution-dyed PET offers numerous advantages

April 11/18, 2016; Volume 30, Number 21 By Ken Ryan There are many good reasons why carpet mills have focused on the solution-dyed PET segment. It is an easy sell, offering value to the consumer and increased profits for the dealer, especially at the high end. How is this possible? Start with the fact that almost all PET carpets are made from continuous filament fibers, which lend themselves to high

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    Carpet: A guide to protective treatments

Carpet: A guide to protective treatments

March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Ken Ryan Stain and soil protection has always been an important issue for the carpet industry, but what has changed is today’s consumer is busier than ever with little time to spend worrying about keeping her floors clean. Beyond performance attributes, carpets featuring the latest in stain and soil protection chemistry can also deliver higher profits as well, according to Seth Arnold,

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    Carpet: Solution dyed vs. piece dyed

Carpet: Solution dyed vs. piece dyed

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    Carpet: Mills push innovation to ward off gains in hard surface

Carpet: Mills push innovation to ward off gains in hard surface

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    Carpet: Suppliers strive to help dealers achieve greater profits

Carpet: Suppliers strive to help dealers achieve greater profits

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan Carpet manufacturers have a vested interest in helping their retail partners’ success, whether that means offering higher-end goods, online training programs or effective merchandising systems. “It’s simple,” said Mike Sanderson, vice president of marketing, Engineered Floors. “If our customers are not successful, neither are we.” Manufacturers and retailers often talk about the importance of trading up customers. To that end, Mike Lindbergh,

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Armstrong Flooring wins two 2016 Good Design Awards

Lancaster, Pa.–Two of Armstrong Flooring’s products–Vivero luxury flooring with patent-pending Diamond 10 Technology and Performance Plus hardwood–were awarded the Good Design 2016 Award. The award emphasizes quality design of the highest

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Schönox to announce contest winners at Surfaces

Las Vegas—The third annual Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest opened nine months ago with the starting-gun phrase, “Worst Case Scenario, You Win!” The winners will be announced at the Schönox booth

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Creating Your Space helps flooring dealers create more leads, sales

San Rafael, Calif.—Creating Your Space, an independent provider of online marketing products and services specifically for retail flooring dealers, will be introducing Easy Email Marketing at The International Surface Event

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