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  • Group membership, participation buck trends

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   Biloxi, Miss.—Mature associations ordinarily don’t see a 25% increase in membership year-over-year after 36 years in business. But these are no ordinary times for the FCICA, the flooring contractors’ association, which has experienced explosive growth on several fronts, as was evidenced at its annual convention here last month. Total membership climbed to 250 in 2018, up from 201 a

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    U.S.-China tariff tiff troubles some flooring executives

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   Flooring executives are acting with trepidation amid the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which ratcheted up a few notches last week when the Trump administration threatened to impose tariffs on some $50 billion in Chinese imports across 1,300 categories of products. The imports targeted for 25% levies range from high value-added goods, such as medicines and

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    Wood: State of the industry—Builder business, remodel sector propel category

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Reginald Tucker   Preliminary anecdotal information shows the hardwood flooring category grew between 3% and 4% in 2017, placing the estimated value of the category just north of $2.31 billion at the first point of distribution. That growth, manufacturer executives say, puts the category on par with the estimated growth of the industry as a whole but slightly above the total gross

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    Underlayment: Education is the key to sales success

    By Lindsay Baillie   Arming retail salespeople with the knowledge to prescribe and sell the right underlayment for the job is the key to success, supplier say. Once a retail sales associate is properly trained on the latest products he or she must make it a point to educate the consumer. Following are a few key points to remember when selling underlayments: Look for trade-up opportunities. Underlayments offered on a

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    Mills find a niche with custom rug programs

    March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   As hard surface products continue to take market share residentially, carpet mills are facing some choices: hope the pendulum swings back to broadloom, or get in on the action. Many of them chose the latter, offering custom area rug programs as an add-on sale to hardwood and other types of hard surfaces. In fact, for some mills, business has

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    Latest cushion products promote performance enhancements

    March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Nicole Murray As consumer flooring trends continue to lean toward hard surfaces—specifically LVT, WPC and SPC—underlayment manufacturers are innovating to stay ahead as well as provide dealers with upsell opportunities. During Surfaces earlier this year, a host of underlayment manufacturers exhibited their latest products made for all types of flooring. Amorim showcased its underlayment for LVT and WPC applications. “We have tweaked

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    Ribadao seeks to stand out with differentiated offerings

    March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker   In a sea of European oak, wide-plank/long length sameness, Ribadao Wood Boutique is looking to set itself apart from the pack. The key, according to the company, lies in targeting the mid-to-high-end tier of the market with visuals, profiles and product formats consumers and commercial end users won’t find among the bevy of commodity offerings currently flooding the market.

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    Spring promos help dealers shake off winter blues

    March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Lindsay Baillie   Even though the winter weather is still putting up a fight in certain areas of the United States, flooring manufacturers and buying groups are getting into the spirit of the impending spring season with exciting seasonal sales and promotions. Following are a few promotions and sales going on now. Abbey Carpet & Floor/Floors to Go Abbey Carpet & Floor

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    Spring product offerings ‘unseen’ at Surfaces

    March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   While the vast majority of flooring companies exhibit at Surfaces, there are a handful of companies that do not partake in the big show, preferring other venues in which to introduce their new wares. Several of these offerings will be available soon and are worth a closer look. Here are some of the spring introductions unseen at Surfaces. Metroflor

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    Gilford-Johnson meeting ranked ‘best one yet’

    March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   “Driving Performance Together in 2018” was the theme of Gilford-Johnson’s ninth annual Advantage Partners conference earlier this month. Judging by the robust turnout—100 flooring dealers, 19 vendors and 208 total attendees—the one-day meeting was a resounding success. “More people, more customers and a great deal of optimism and energy—probably our best one yet,” said Dennis Cook, president and CEO

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    Dal-Tile provides jobs for work-study program

    Dallas—Dal-Tile Corporation recently held a luncheon to celebrate several of Dallas Cristo Rey High School students who work at the company’s headquarters as part of an innovative corporate work-study program.

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    Mohawk Industries releases 2017 Sustainability Report

    Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries has released its 2017 Sustainability Report online, which outlines how business decisions rooted in corporate social responsibility have resulted in great dividends for the company, its customers,

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    William M. Bird expands commercial product offering

    Charleston, S.C.—William M. Bird has expanded its commercial product offering to include American Tile, InstaFloor and Centaur Floor Systems. The new products will be available throughout William M. Bird’s entire

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