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    Carpet: State of the industry

Carpet: State of the industry

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 Economic trends point to better days for mills By Ken Ryan The residential carpet market may not set any records in 2015 and will likely fare only slightly better than 2014 in terms of sales and volume, executives predict. Still, there are enough positive signs today—and on the horizon—that point to an improving landscape for soft surface. Several factors influence the residential market, chief among

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    CRI unveils key changes to carpet installation standards

CRI unveils key changes to carpet installation standards

Dalton—The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has updated its installation standards for carpet 104 (commercial) and 105 (residential). Developed by a team of industry leaders, these changes address innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation. “Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a flood of new carpet products, materials and technologies in the market,” said Joe Yarbrough, CRI president. “Carpet installers need updated guidance

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    Carpet One: How membership helps stores exceed expectations

Carpet One: How membership helps stores exceed expectations

Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4 Proprietary brands, selling systems, online presence ingredients in recipe for success  By Jenna Lippin Dallas—Carpet One Floor & Home continues to offer members a multitude of opportunities to grow their businesses and increase sales. The theme of the group’s 2015 summer convention, held here July 15-16, was “Impact Performance,” with much discussion on how each Carpet One member can stand out from other stores. “Carpet One

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    Engineered Floors to open carpet tile facility

Engineered Floors to open carpet tile facility

Dalton—Engineered Floors is finalizing the site selection process for a state-of-the-art carpet tile facility in Northwest Georgia. Plans for this facility will be on the same scale and magnitude as the company’s other production facilities in the area. Engineered Floors’ manufacturing model minimizes energy, water usage and raw material transportation costs. “Our PureColor Solution Dyed Nylon and Polyester fiber represents the best-in-class fiber system with built-in stain and fade resistance,”

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    Shaw’s carpet recycling facility successfully processes nylon, polyester

Shaw’s carpet recycling facility successfully processes nylon, polyester

Dalton—Shaw has enhanced its robust carpet reclamation and recycling program with the opening of its new Evergreen Ringgold facility, which can recycle nylon and polyester fiber. The investment of more than $20 million in carpet recycling illustrates the company’s continued commitment to converting what has historically been seen as waste into a resource. Shaw will create at least 70 full-time jobs as the facility reaches full capacity. Shaw will retire its

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    Carpet: Innovation continues to drive evolution of PET

Carpet: Innovation continues to drive evolution of PET

July 6/13; Volume 30/Number 2 By Ken Ryan For the last 10 years PET has been gaining market share over nylon on the strengths of PET’s value proposition: Retailers were able to sell consumers on lower-priced carpet that still offered quality. Today, PET has become the largest fiber in the industry, commanding 45% of the residential market. Overall, including commercial and residential, polyester has 35.5% of the market compared with 22%

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    White Oak Carpet to expand operations in Spindale, N.C.

White Oak Carpet to expand operations in Spindale, N.C.

Spindale, N.C.—White Oak Carpet Mills, a division of CAP Carpet, will invest $4.1 million to expand its operations in Spindale, N.C., according to Area Development. The company will relocate its current operations to a 250,000-square-foot building that was constructed in 1973 and has been vacant for more than five years. The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded Rutherford County a Building Reuse Program grant in the amount of $300,000

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    Carpet: Tough first quarter slows residential

Carpet: Tough first quarter slows residential

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Ken Ryan If you had asked a carpet manufacturing executive for his 2014 outlook back in the fall of 2013, his prediction would have been overwhelmingly bullish based on the strong push the category made in the latter half of the year. As we now know, 2014 was the carpet version of the “best laid plans of mice and men;” instead of a momentum-building

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    Lexmark acquires Northwest Carpet

Lexmark acquires Northwest Carpet

Dalton—Lexmark Carpet Mills has completed its acquisition of Northwest Carpet, a leading, Dalton-based hospitality manufacturer. Lexmark is a vertically integrated manufacturer that produces broadloom for hospitality, residential and niche commercial applications while Northwest specializes in solution-dyed broadloom for the hospitality market. Northwest Carpets was founded in 1977 by Randy Coker and his father, Edward Coker. From the onset, Northwest has focused on supplying solution-dyed broadloom carpet to the price-sensitive and

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    Carpet tile provides solutions  for light commercial

Carpet tile provides solutions for light commercial

May 25/June 1, 2015; Volume 29/Number 4 By Jenna Lippin Carpet tile continues to find favor in Main Street applications for a number of reasons, with experts citing characteristics like design flexibility, selective replacement, less waste material and ease of installation. It is easy for dealers and end users to sell and move the product in terms of shipping and handling as well, and is typically more readily available than

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    Fiber report: Polyester outpacing all yarn types

Fiber report: Polyester outpacing all yarn types

May 11/18, 2015; Volume 29/Number 3 By Ken Ryan For many years nylon was the fiber of choice for carpet manufacturers, but the last five years have seen a seismic shift from nylon to polyester in the residential segment as PET provides consumers with greater perceived value through dynamic aesthetics and improved performance. It’s not just the mega mills driving the change. Fast-growing manufacturers such as Engineered Floors and smaller

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    Tandus Centiva, Philips partner to launch Luminous Carpets

Tandus Centiva, Philips partner to launch Luminous Carpets

Dalton—Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company and leader in North American flooring, and Philips, a global leader in lighting, have established partnership to launch Luminous Carpets, a patented solution, in the North American market. The seamless integration of LED and carpet into the commercial interior design market creates a unique and intuitive medium with flexible and dynamic content. “Finally we can cater to the many requests we received from the U.S.

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    ANSI approves WFCA sponsored S600 Carpet Installation Standard

ANSI approves WFCA sponsored S600 Carpet Installation Standard

Anaheim, Calif.— The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) sponsored S600 Carpet Installation Standard, developed under the expert guidance of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The acceptance of S600 as an ANSI standard is a significant achievement for the flooring industry, marking the first time the entire industry assembled to jointly develop a universal standard for carpet installations across

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    Carpet: Mills come through with innovative styles, patterns, colors

Carpet: Mills come through with innovative styles, patterns, colors

February 16/23, 2015; Volume 28/Number 17 By Ken Ryan (Second of two parts) Carpet manufacturers seemed upbeat at Surfaces, likely because they are anticipating a strong 2015. Those good vibrations were also illustrated with product introductions that exhibited extensive investments yielding bold new offerings. Couristan Couristan highlighted two new broadloom products in its Purity collection. Sherman is hand-loomed in a cut loop construction that is 75% natural wool and 25%

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    Carpet: New Karastan styles target younger demographic

Carpet: New Karastan styles target younger demographic

February 16/23, 2015; Volume 28/Number 17 By K.J. Quinn Generation X is a sometimes forgotten—yet important—target market because members of the age group are either in or reaching their peak earning and spending years. The younger segment of this demographic is married with children and buying houses, while the older members have more disposable income; both stages generally involve major purchases. Karastan heard the call from Gen X and is

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Floor Covering News

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WFCA, ESR Commercial become partners

Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has developed a new business partnership with ESR Commercial, the country’s largest trade association real estate broker. With more than 35 years of

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Novalis taps Ehrlich as VP of sales, marketing

Toronto, Canada—Novalis Innovative Flooring has tapped industry veteran Steve Ehrlich as vice president of sales and marketing for its North American operations. Ehrlich most recently directed new business activity at Invista

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Crossville unveils 2018 Color Trends look book

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has released its 2018 Color Trends look book, forecasting the use of black and rich, shadowy hues in commercial and residential design in the coming year. In addition

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