Carpet

    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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    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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    Shaw launches papal carpet giveaway

Shaw launches papal carpet giveaway

Dalton—Shaw Floors is offering consumers an opportunity to receive a swatch of the Shaw carpet used on the stage in Philadelphia where Pope Francis conducted the final Mass of his recent trip to the United States. Shaw is offering a 6 x 6 commemorative swatch of the carpet at shawfloors.com/popecarpet. In exchange, Shaw encourages recipients to make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, although donations are not required.

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Carpet: Beaulieu back on track under new leadership

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 Goal-oriented company on growth trajectory throughout North America By Steven Feldman Dalton—It wasn’t too long ago that Beaulieu owned the distinction of being the industry’s first and only privately held $1 billion carpet mill. But while recession and strategic restructuring may have knocked the company off that perch, it is not only still a viable mill but primed to start growing the business once again.

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USG expands tile, flooring salesforce

Chicago—USG Corp.’s Tile and Flooring Solutions group is reorganizing and expanding its team to better support its customers and its expanding portfolio of innovative products and solutions. Steve Bjorklund was

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Creating Your Space introduces new features

San Rafael, Calif.—Creating Your Space is introducing a host of innovations for 2018. These introductions include programmatic advertising, YouTube advertising, a “More Like This” feature as well as an e-commerce

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T&L Distributing partners with Tarkett

Houston—T&L Distributing has entered a distribution partnership with Tarkett. Through this collaboration, T&L Distributing will immediately begin offering Tarkett’s resilient residential and commercial products, including Tarkett’s Johnsonite brand, to its

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