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  • Haines, Belknap-White form partnership

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 Deal leverages strengths, broadens opportunities By Ken Ryan   Haines and Belknap-White Group, the No. 1- and 3-ranked flooring distributors in annual revenue with a combined $700 million in 2017 sales, announced the formation of a partnership intended to improve the strategic effectiveness of both organizations. As part of this arrangement, each company will hold a seat on the other’s board of directors,

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    Ceramic: State of the industry—Technology, design help drive tile consumption

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By K.J. Quinn   Slow but steady. That’s how industry experts describe the current state of the ceramic tile business. Still in recovery mode several years after the Great Recession, the industry continues taking gradual steps forward with economic indicators pointing in the right direction and significant investments being made to improve styling and performance. When you look at the numbers, ceramic is

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    Shaw merges Anderson, Tuftex brands into one

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 Combined entity to make debut at Surfaces By Reginald Tucker   Dalton–What has been rumored for months is now confirmed. Shaw Floors, parent company of the venerable Anderson Hardwood and Tuftex brands, has announced plans to merge the two with the combined entity to be called Anderson Tuftex. The change is effective Jan. 1, 2018. For Shaw, the deal made sense because both

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    NAFCD: Signs point to prosperity for distributors

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Reginald Tucker   Colorado Springs, Colo.—If current business trends persist, the next few years should be prosperous for floor covering distributors. That’s according to ITR president and economist Brian Beaulieu, who delivered an enlightening economic keynote presentation at the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) conference, which was held in conjunction with the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA)

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    Installation: Today’s adhesives in lockstep with ‘green’ flooring trends

    November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Lindsay Baillie   As more floor covering manufacturers embrace environmentally friendly practices in the development of their products, producers of adhesives and installation materials are following suit. Many of today’s green glues tout key attributes such as low-to-zero VOCs, are solvent free and are indoor air quality certified to high standards, thereby contributing to LEED. These qualities are beneficial to not only

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    Compliance: Suppliers reinforce pledge to health, safety and the environment

    November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11   With consumers and commercial end users placing more emphasis on environmentally friendly products, suppliers are working hard to ensure the products they source and develop do not pose health risks to customers. More manufacturers are providing chain-of-custody documentation as well as relevant environmental and operational certifications to demonstrate their compliance with regulatory statutes pertaining to the production of a host of hard

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    Tile: Innovation provides inspiration behind stone designs

    November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By K.J. Quinn   Stone flooring flourished as a premium upgrade over ceramic tile, high-end faux stones and even certain hardwoods the past several years, industry experts say. And while the green movement continues to influence consumer preferences toward materials made of or replicating natural materials, the category is experiencing some bumps in the road that threaten to slow down sales growth into

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    Tile: Spanish suppliers steal the show at Cersaie 2017

    November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 Bologna, Italy—More than 90 Tile of Spain companies showcased their latest ceramic tile innovations and styles at Cersaie 2017 held here earlier this fall. Spanish tile manufacturers unveiled collections that reflected popular design trends. It should come as no surprise that Spanish tile manufacturers drew a lot of attention at Cersaie. According to ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association, Spain is the

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    Marquis: The best is yet to come in hard surfaces

    November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   It is not uncommon these days for a mid-sized carpet mill to get involved in hard surfaces and try to catch the wave that is the LVT/WPC/rigid core movement. What is uncommon is for that mill to have genuine success to the tune of double-digit growth year over year. Marquis Industries made the leap into the luxury vinyl world

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    Laminate: Managing conflict via private-label strategies

    November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Reginald Tucker   In the ongoing battle between independent flooring retailers and the big boxes, laminate manufacturers have come up with a way to keep their channel partners happy: Develop private-label programs for some of the home centers while awarding specialty dealers with long established brands that carry the greatest brand equity. But this is not a distinction in name only; many

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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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