Carpet

    Carpet: High-end looks, colors, constructions bolster dealer profits

Carpet: High-end looks, colors, constructions bolster dealer profits

February 16/23, 2015; Volume 28/Number 17 By Ken Ryan As witnessed at Surfaces 2015, higher-end carpet manufacturers are upping the ante on patterns, colors and textures that are providing specialty dealers with a pathway to turning a profit. “I noticed quite a few new products at Surfaces, and it was nice to see some changes from the normal textured carpet,” said Janice Clifton, owner of Abbey Floors Unlimited in Napa,

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    American Carpet One wins WFCA’s Gold Standard Award

American Carpet One wins WFCA’s Gold Standard Award

Anaheim, Calif.—American Carpet One, a Honolulu-based retailer, was honored by the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) with its Gold Standard Award for excellence in retailing. The WFCA Gold Standard Award winner is chosen based on knowledge, customer service, quality of store image and code of conduct, and receives a $5,000 check, press recognition, a trophy, acknowledgement on the WFCA website and a customized WFCA seal for the winning store’s entrance.

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    Carpet: New innovations, processes refresh soft surface offerings

Carpet: New innovations, processes refresh soft surface offerings

February 2/9, 2015; Volume 28/Number 16 By Ken Ryan (First of two parts) From advanced dyeing techniques to new manufacturing processes to the marketing strength of Stainmaster PetProtect, the carpet category created a buzz at Surfaces. A look at some of the top introductions: Dixie Home Dixie Home expanded its Stainmaster PetProtect line with Rockport, available in a multicolor pattern, and Fantasia, a cut and loop that gives a high-end

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    Carpet One at 30: Group stays true to core values on which it was founded

Carpet One at 30: Group stays true to core values on which it was founded

January 19/26, 2015; Volume 28/Number 15 By Amanda Haskin National Harbor, Md.—Carpet One’s annual winter convention took place earlier this month here, and the event can only be described as one big family reunion—without the drama. “The walk from the hotel check-in to the elevator took me a half hour because I ran into 10 people I know,” said John Taylor of Taylor Carpet One in Fort Myers, Fla. “We’re

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    Shaw debuts ‘game-changing’ carpet protection system

Shaw debuts ‘game-changing’ carpet protection system

January 19/26, 2015; Volume 28/Number 15 By Ken Ryan Dalton—Shaw Floors has introduced an innovative carpet protection system for residential applications that covers the entire product, from face fiber to backing. Marketed under the brand LifeGuard, these carpets are treated with Shaw’s patented R2X stain and soil resistance protection, while a patented 100% thermoplastic commercial-grade backing provides a moisture barrier engineered to be highly resistant to liquids soaking into the

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    Carpet Design Awards 2015 finalists announced

Carpet Design Awards 2015 finalists announced

Hannover—The finalists in the Carpet Design Awards 2015 presented by Innovations@DOMOTEX have been announced. More than 250 designer pieces from 23 countries were submitted for the coveted award, and 25 have made it through to the finals. The finalists will be showcased at the upcoming DOMOTEX show to be held Jan. 17-20. The winner from each category will be formally announced Sunday, Jan. 18 at 4.30 p.m. in Hall 17.

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    Armstrong welcomes second Carpet King location as an elite retailer

Armstrong welcomes second Carpet King location as an elite retailer

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong World Industries, Inc. announced today that a second Carpet King location has become part of the Armstrong Elite Retailer program. Armstrong Elite flooring showrooms are hand-selected retailers that display the broadest selection of Armstrong flooring in every product category, and whose employees are subsequently trained to be experts in Armstrong product knowledge and installation techniques. “Brand power with 97% consumer awareness makes Armstrong the number one brand in flooring

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    Carpet: Manufacturers continue to step up their green game

Carpet: Manufacturers continue to step up their green game

November 10/17, 2014; Volume 28/Number 11 By Louis Iannaco When it comes to recycling efforts, flooring is among the leaders for environmentally conscious industries nationwide. Several major players from the broadloom segment recently updated FCNews on their latest initiatives. Mohawk For the past 15 years, Mohawk has diverted an average of 3 billion PET bottles annually from local landfills and transformed those bottles into polyester carpet. Last year, Mohawk invested

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    State of the industry: Carpet looks to play catch-up in tough year

State of the industry: Carpet looks to play catch-up in tough year

September 15/22, 2014; Volume 28/Number 7 By Ken Ryan The carpet category grew both in dollars and units virtually every year for 50 years. But the flooring industry was then hit with the worst recession in its history, and since then carpet has been slowly on the mend. According to carpet executives, by the end of 2014 housing starts will have recovered 70% of 2006 historical highs, with 93% by

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    Scott Group acquires Hokanson Carpets

Scott Group acquires Hokanson Carpets

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Michigan-based Scott Group Custom Carpets, LLC announced that it has acquired Texas-based Hokanson Carpets, Inc. The acquisition will allow Scott Group, which focuses on designing and producing luxury carpets and rugs for the private aviation and architectural-design markets, to expand its geographical footprint and to move aggressively into the residential design sector, the company said. Hokanson concentrates on designing and producing custom rugs and carpets for

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    Care releases 2013 annual report: 534 million pounds of carpet diverted from landfills

Care releases 2013 annual report: 534 million pounds of carpet diverted from landfills

August 4/11, 2014; Volume 28/Number 4 Dalton—Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), the primary non-profit organization charged with advancing market-based solutions for carpet recycling and landfill diversion, has reported a more than 52% increase in U.S. gross post-consumer carpet collections from 2012 to 2013. As revealed in the organization’s 2013 annual report, CARE partners have diverted 534 million pounds of carpet, or 14% of the 3.7 billion pounds of total discarded

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Shaw study: Carpet can maintain indoor air quality

January 6/13, 2014; Volume 27/Number 18 Dalton—A series of studies indicates that effectively cleaned carpets can trap allergens and other particles, resulting in less matter escaping into the air and thus contributing to the maintenance of indoor air quality. Shaw Industries supported the studies, which were conducted by Airmid Healthgroup Limited, a leading independent biomedical and aerobiological research organization that helps leading companies develop, innovate   and differentiate their products and

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    Carpet tile blends style, substance and practicality

Carpet tile blends style, substance and practicality

May 26/June 2, 2014; Volume 27/Number 28 By Ken Ryan Modular carpet is quickly becoming the go-to choice in commercial applications as specifiers leverage the product’s attractive styling and multiple format options along with ease of installation and maintenance benefits. According to flooring executives, carpet tile now represents about 60% of the total revenue—and 50% of volume—in the commercial carpet market, a percentage that has only increased in recent years.

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    Driven to succeed: Cissell’s plan to grow Bob’s Carpet Mart

Driven to succeed: Cissell’s plan to grow Bob’s Carpet Mart

May 12/19, 2014; Volume 27/Number 27 By Louis Iannaco After joining Bob’s Carpet and Flooring Mart as director of operations late last year, following a successful 20-year tenure heading up the flooring division of the Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM), as well as serving as president of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) from 1999 to 2004, Gary Cissell found himself on a mission. The lure of the 15-store Bob’s chain, which

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    Carpet: Mills step up efforts to lessen carbon footprint

Carpet: Mills step up efforts to lessen carbon footprint

May 12/19, 2014; Volume 27/Number 27 By Louis Iannaco One does not have to watch the news to know the planet continues to grow more environmentally conscious each day. With programs and initiatives designed to make products and processes increasingly sustainable, the flooring industry has been a major force in leading this Earth-friendly movement. FCNews recently checked in with several carpet/fiber producers to discover the latest happenings involving their environmentally

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Aspecta by Metroflor translates Declare labels

Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor has published all the Declare labels for its Aspecta LVT commercial range in five languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Rochelle Routman, Metroflor chief sustainability officer, who

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NeoCon celebrates 50 years of tomorrow’s design

Chicago—Registration is now open for the 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. NeoCon 50 will take

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Couristan bolsters sales team

Fort Lee, N.J.—As Couristan prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at Surfaces 2018, the company has hired two leading residential floor coverings sales executives

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