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    Surfaces Resilient Coverage: Innovations aim to add simplicity to the buying and selling process

Surfaces Resilient Coverage: Innovations aim to add simplicity to the buying and selling process

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Lindsay Baillie   There’s a common thread among the plethora of new resilient flooring products introduced at Surfaces: They all aim to make it easier for retailers to sell and consumers to understand. A majority of the manufacturers at the event noted that the resilient market is saturated with products—a phenomenon that can cause confusion for distributors, retailers and consumers alike. To

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    Executive interviews: Brand Building

Executive interviews: Brand Building

How Piet Dossche and Thomas Trissl created the most recognized names in their categories   January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16 By Ken Ryan   It has been said that a company’s brand is its lifeblood, its reason for existing, its greatest success and, potentially, its biggest failure. Few flooring industry executives understand that principle better than Piet Dossche, president and CEO, USFloors, and Thomas Trissl, president, Schönox–HPS North

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    Distributors proclaim Ceramix by Raskin a home run

Distributors proclaim Ceramix by Raskin a home run

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16 By Ken Ryan   Raskin Industries’ new built-in grout loose lay LVT, which will debut at Surfaces this week, is a product that must be seen to be fully appreciated, according to distributors who are carrying the line. “The Ceramix product line from Raskin is a continuation of Michael’s [Raskin, president] gift of style and design,” said Bob Weiss, CEO of All Tile,

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    Rigid core, WPC products force distributors to play name game

Rigid core, WPC products force distributors to play name game

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Lindsay Baillie   The success of the resilient category in 2017 is widely attributed to LVT and its sister products WPC and rigid core. While LVT continues to make a hefty splash in the ever-expanding ocean of resilient products, WPC and rigid core are starting to take center stage, capturing the interest of manufacturers, distributors and retailers alike. As the WPC and

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    Resilient: Felt finds its place within key market sectors

Resilient: Felt finds its place within key market sectors

December 18/25, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 14 By Lindsay Baillie   Anecdotal research shows fiberglass sheet vinyl continues to capture market share from felt products. But that’s not deterring manufacturers from supporting the sub-category. Many resilient flooring executives believe the product is still finding favor in various markets. What’s more, executives say felt’s unique characteristics will help it stay afloat in the sea of resilient products. While felt is part

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    Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Ken Ryan   Words like “sluggish” and “tepid” to describe growth in the flooring industry are being replaced by “healthy” and “sustainable” as some of flooring’s top executives see an industry that is now accelerating to a respectable cruising speed as we approach 2018. The catalyst driving this momentum is winning products—the still-booming LVT market and across-the-board innovations in other segments.

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    Retailers recall top intros of 2017

Retailers recall top intros of 2017

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lindsay Baillie   FCNews asked retailers to name the top flooring introductions of 2017. It should come as no surprise that the responses covered a broad range of products across the spectrum—LVT/WPC, wood, laminate and carpet. Some of the products identified were updated designs and looks from intros of 2016, while others were completely new launches. Following is an overview of

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    Spotlight: Karndean Designflooring makes it easier to sell more

Spotlight: Karndean Designflooring makes it easier to sell more

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Lindsay Baillie   For retailers navigating the sea of LVT products, diversity is the key to success, experts say. This differentiation can be found in product design and development as well as experiences with a particular manufacturer. Karndean Designflooring aims to provide retailers with opportunities to increase their business via exclusive designs, top-notch customer service and creative marketing materials. “At Karndean, we

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    Resilient: Suppliers pull curtain back on their variations of WPC/rigid core

Resilient: Suppliers pull curtain back on their variations of WPC/rigid core

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Ken Ryan There are many conflicting representations of what constitutes WPC (waterproof core, as we call it) and rigid core (solid polymer core) in this explosive resilient subcategory. The nascent Multilayer Flooring Association, which is tasked with setting the standard, recently met and agreed the multilayer flooring category is separated into two primary categories—WPC and SPC. But within those acronyms lie many

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    Marquis: The best is yet to come in hard surfaces

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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    Distribution: Wholesalers reap rewards of the red-hot LVT/WPC categories

Distribution: Wholesalers reap rewards of the red-hot LVT/WPC categories

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Most would agree that year-over-year growth among flooring distributors isn’t what it once was, especially in relation to pre-2006 recession rates. Today distributors are eking out much smaller gains, around 3%-5%, with those that choose the right product mix enjoying the most success. “You could be doing all the right things, but if you don’t have the right product

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    Distributors applaud Raskin’s eye for design

Distributors applaud Raskin’s eye for design

Founder’s knack for styling, hot trends raises the bar November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Some flooring distributors openly worry that LVT and its subsegments WPC and rigid core—popular and successful though they may be—are becoming another commodity category with low barriers to entry. Others are concerned about what they view as a “sea of sameness” that permeates the landscape. There are some companies that

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    Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Southwind Carpets, a division of Cherokee Carpet Industries, has been known for providing a range of residential and Main Street commercial carpets to dealers throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since its hard surface division launched in 2015, the company has added LVP, WPC and hardwood collections to its portfolio—providing retailers with the complete flooring package. Southwind’s leap into hard

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    Resilient: LVT—A five-tool player that’s finding comfort in virtually all segments

Resilient: LVT—A five-tool player that’s finding comfort in virtually all segments

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   In baseball, a five-tool player excels at all the fundamentals. In flooring, that five-tool “player” would be LVT—a rare product rich in features and versatility suitable for virtually all commercial and residential segments—from Courtyard Marriott hotel rooms to residential basements. LVT (including WPC and rigid core products) has been growing at a double-digit rate for the past several years,

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    ‘Pillars’ fortify Karndean’s corporate culture

‘Pillars’ fortify Karndean’s corporate culture

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Ken Ryan   In its 40-plus years, Karndean Designflooring has developed and maintained a closeness whereby every person has a voice. Even as it grew the company never lost sight of the importance of empowerment, where everyone from CEO Larry Browder to the warehouse worker had a say. That corporate culture led Karndean to roll out its “4 Pillars” initiative, which covers

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Armstrong Flooring recognizes another Elite Retailer

Lancaster, Pa.—Floortrends, a family owned business that began in 1967 as Kawartha Karpet & Tile, is Armstrong Flooring’s newest Canadian Elite Retailer. It is the first Elite location for the

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Armstrong Flooring announces price increases

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring will initiate a 3% to 6% price increase on select residential and commercial sheet and vinyl composition tile products in the United States and, due to continued exchange rate

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American OEM obtains renewed status of CARB ULEF exemption

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM has obtained renewed status of its CARB ULEF exemption on engineered wood flooring products. This renewal was granted after a perfect record of passing indoor air quality

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