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Mannington issued patent for LVT planks

SALEM, N.J.—Mannington Mills announced today the issuance by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent covers PVC planks, including LVT planks with a tongue and groove connection, a system which has been gaining in popularity for floating flooring.

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    Gorilla Floors enters LVT market with ‘strong’ story

Gorilla Floors enters LVT market with ‘strong’ story

NEW YORK—Michael Raskin knows a thing or two about floating LVT. After all, as the former president of Metroflor, Raskin in 2007 pioneered the category with the launch of Konecto. So after breaking from the company earlier this year to launch his own brand, the question was how he would take what he started to the next level.

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    Distribution: No stopping resilient’s momentum

Distribution: No stopping resilient’s momentum

In a black universe, vinyl is the shining star. That was the assessment of Elias Wilf president Jeff Striegel, who like many of his brethren sees resilient products as the beacon of light amid the darkness. In recent years, many of the leading flooring distributors have increased their percentage of resilient offerings, from the high single digits to low double-digits. New construction and printing technology continues to elevate the category.

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    Armstrong’s Rejuvenations: Commercial sheet vinyl for style and performance

Armstrong’s Rejuvenations: Commercial sheet vinyl for style and performance

NEW YORK—The commercial arm of Armstrong officially introduced Rejuvenations recently, a new sheet collection with a versatile range of designs, merging commercial and residential aesthetics, cross pollinating colors and textures for choices to fit any environment, from healthcare to retail. “Our customers need solutions,” said Julianne Pierce, director, marketing and design. “We strive to be the first flooring resource designers and architects consider, and the flooring brand they request because

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Innovative, resilient solutions in glue are here

Back in the day, flooring adhesives were, well, were adhesives for flooring. The offerings in this segment were just as broad as the floorings available; basically, glue for carpet and the rest, with not much emphasis on the rest. Nowadays, in the modern age of specialization—not unlike how in baseball relief pitchers have evolved into closers, seventh- and eighth-inning men, left-handed relief specialists (who usually face only one batter), and

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    Floating floor concept making waves in resilient category

Floating floor concept making waves in resilient category

While the concept of installing a floor without the use of adhesives is no longer new to the industry, the idea of “floating” the floor has become all the rage in the resilient category. Thanks to advances in technology, as well as the acceptance of floating floors by retailers, installers and consumers, manufacturers continue to bring out innovative installation systems to help make the overall process of selling and buying

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    High-end resilient products meeting consumer wants and needs

High-end resilient products meeting consumer wants and needs

Since the economic downturn began the resilient category has been just that—resilient. Not only has the segment picked up market share it lost the previous decade, it has done so with technologically advanced products in an array of high end offerings. Consumers may have become more cost conscious in recent years, but what they are most interested in is a product that provides great performance for the price. And manufacturers

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    Beaulieu International Group enters exclusive LVT licensing agreement

Beaulieu International Group enters exclusive LVT licensing agreement

ST. LOUIS—Beauflor, a division of Beaulieu International Group (BIG), has entered into an exclusive licensing and cooperation agreement with Mei Li Sheng of Guangzhou, China, for the mechanical-locking LVT technology known as Super-Click.

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    Fall product preview: Tiles and sheet vinyl goods rolling out for back-to-school

Fall product preview: Tiles and sheet vinyl goods rolling out for back-to-school

As one of the strongest categories across the flooring industry, resilient producers are introducing a number of new collections and updates this fall. Focusing on a strong value proposition, stone and wood looks are the popular visuals, while easy installation features seem to be en vogue from a technical perspective. Many companies are also introducing goods for the commercial side, or warranting performance with light commercial guarantees. With the residential

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    Mannington products resounding with retailers

Mannington products resounding with retailers

(Second of two parts) SALEM, N.J.—“Elevating flooring” is the mantra at Mannington for 2011, and the mill has done so with a rounded product portfolio aimed at gaining the consumer’s interest and market share. Recognizing one of the most important links in that chain—the retailer—the company has taken care to present stories that relate to the consumer’s preferences visually, environmentally and financially. Dan Natkin, manager of hardwood and laminate business,

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Resilient: Environmental update, NSF 332 in early implementation with mills ready to follow

The philosopher Aristotle once said, “If one way be better than another, that you may be sure it is nature’s way.” A widespread embrace of sustainability initiatives brought the resilient flooring industry to a realization that nature’s way is the best, and the market was flooded with third-party certification programs proving so. Simplifying that process is the ANSI standard NSF 332, in its early stages of implementation.

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    Resilient category ends downward slide

Resilient category ends downward slide

Though the resilient category isn’t in the clear just yet, conditions are improving—as much as the flooring industry can improve in this economy. In this case, improving means 2010 may be the end to a consistent drop in category sales since 2006.

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    Commercial resilient category grows with economy

Commercial resilient category grows with economy

Despite a sluggish recovery, particularly in the commercial sector, the resilient category is one area performing quite well. A value proposition paired with easy maintenance and installation makes resilient flooring a natural choice for commercial locations.

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Resilient revival: Flooring dealers loving Alterna, Luxe

It wasn’t so long ago that Jim Walters, president and co-owner of Macco’s Floor Covering in Green Bay, Wis., viewed the vinyl category with disdain. “It was a non-issue residentially; it didn’t exist in our market,” he said. Then grouted luxury vinyl tile hit the market, and products like Armstrong’s Alterna LVT completely transformed the category for Macco and many other flooring retailers and distributors. “We classify LVT as a

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    LVT Guide: A directory to the fastest growing product in the industry

LVT Guide: A directory to the fastest growing product in the industry

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the hottest new product in flooring, with growth of 22.5% in residential product sales when the resilient category was down by 14.2% (FCNews, June 28). Most recently, it captured the fancy of exhibitors and attendees alike at the recent Domotex asia/ChinaFloor as the product du jour in the exhibit halls (FCNews, April 4/11).

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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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