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    Wood: NWFA awards honor craftsmanship, creativity

Wood: NWFA awards honor craftsmanship, creativity

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker Phoenix—Expert wood flooring craftsmen and contractors from North America were recognized for their creativity and installation skills during the 2017 National Wood Flooring Association’s annual Floor of the Year competition. The program, now in its 27th year, yielded 71 entries featuring flooring installations completed between January 2016 and January 2017. Following are the winners: Members’ Choice (Best circular/curved application)Contractor: Scheller

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    Galleher invests in custom wood finishing plant

Galleher invests in custom wood finishing plant

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker Phoenix—Galleher, a top five floor covering distributor, has begun the process of building a factory here dedicated to the production of high-end custom-made wood flooring products. The new, 60,000-square-foot facility, which includes both production and warehouse space, is expected to be up and running by June 2017. “Today, high-end contractors are turning more to prefinishing—either in their own shops or

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    NWFA: Education, training take center stage at annual expo

NWFA: Education, training take center stage at annual expo

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   Phoenix—There was certainly no shortage of dazzling wood floors, accessories and installation tools on display here earlier this month at the annual National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) convention. But make no mistake: The focus of this event—which is geared specifically to hardwood flooring contractors, distributors and specialty retailers—is on education, training and certification. To that end, during the opening

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    Bamboo, cork intros offer flair for the  dramatic

Bamboo, cork intros offer flair for the dramatic

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   As sub-segments of the hardwood flooring category, cork and bamboo are heralded for their eco-friendly attributes. Beyond their notable green characteristics, however, new cork and bamboo products are also renowned for their stunning visuals, durability, comfort underfoot and water-resistant properties. Following is an overview of some of the latest products cork and bamboo suppliers have to offer. Bamboo

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    Hardwood: State of the industry—Housing sector, engineered sales drive revenues

Hardwood: State of the industry—Housing sector, engineered sales drive revenues

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Reginald Tucker   By most accounts, 2016 was a respectable year for North American hardwood flooring manufacturers. Anecdotal information combined with preliminary estimates show the category grew between 5.5% to 6% in 2016, with volume increasing roughly 5%. That would put sales at the first point of distribution somewhere between $2.17 billion and $2.2 billion in sales with volume in the

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    NWFA 2017 preview: Training, networking, products galore

NWFA 2017 preview: Training, networking, products galore

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker   Excitement is building for the 2017 National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) conference and exhibition, set to kick off April 11–14 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Named one of the 50 fastest-growing trade shows for five consecutive years, NWFA will feature scores of vendors showcasing the latest in hardwood flooring products, installation tools and accessories; dynamic keynote speakers and expert

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    Havwoods marches into the U.S. market

Havwoods marches into the U.S. market

U.K.-based supplier looks to extend its brand to America’s retail, distribution and A&D communities. By Reginald Tucker   Havwoods International, a U.K.-based supplier of hardwood flooring products with 40-plus years experience in the business, is looking to expand its global footprint. The company—which specializes in wide-plank, oil-finished, European oak products featured in high-profile commercial/hospitality establishments as well as upscale residential applications—has its sights firmly set on the U.S. market. The

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    Surfaces wood coverage: Wider widths, longer lengths still in vogue

Surfaces wood coverage: Wider widths, longer lengths still in vogue

But expanded color palettes and unusual surface treatments emerge January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Reginald Tucker As dealers and distributors traversed the show floor at Surfaces last month, they caught glimpses of something familiar. Many found themes that emerged from Surfaces 2016—longer boards, wider widths, innovative surface texture treatments—carried over into this year’s show. Not that it’s a bad thing—dealers and distributors asked manufacturers to develop

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    Wood: Builders buck tradition in format shift

Wood: Builders buck tradition in format shift

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Reginald Tucker   New home builders have long chosen solid hardwood flooring for many of their projects. Perhaps out of tradition, attractive cost or product availability—or a combination thereof—solid ¾-inch products have long enjoyed a sizeable market share in this key end-use sector. However, advancements in manufacturing technology with respect to new engineered offerings that aim to mimic solid floors in terms

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    Wood: Not so made in America

Wood: Not so made in America

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 Mystery shopping exercise reveals RSAs don’t always properly identify product origins By Reginald Tucker Much has been made about the “Made in the USA” slogan in recent years, particularly as it applies to big-ticket items such as automobiles, appliances and, yes, even hardwood flooring products. While it has served as a rallying cry for those who support domestic sourcing and manufacturing, it can

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    Manufacturer Spotlight: DuChâteau stakes its claim at the high end of the market

Manufacturer Spotlight: DuChâteau stakes its claim at the high end of the market

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Reginald Tucker While some manufacturers are content to play the “me-too” game, competing in the realm of commodity hardwood flooring products, DuChâteau is taking a different tack. Instead of chasing the low-margin, small-profit end of the business, the San Diego-based producer of oil-finished European oak products has its eye keenly on upscale, high-profit offerings. “We’re committed to quality design and aesthetics,” said

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    HF Design goes boldly into 2017

HF Design goes boldly into 2017

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Reginald Tucker To say that HF Design is excited about its new programs for 2017 would be an understatement. Given the scope of what it has in store for its channel partners this year, the company is betting the house that its distributors and retailers will be thoroughly pleased. “We expect Surfaces 2017 to be the biggest show ever for us, not

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    Wood: Product quality hinges on sourcing, manufacturing capabilities, attention to detail

Wood: Product quality hinges on sourcing, manufacturing capabilities, attention to detail

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Reginald Tucker   In the world of football, you’ll find the top teams consistently execute in all three facets of the game—offense, defense and special teams. Things are not all that different when it comes to the hardwood flooring industry, where a continual emphasis on the fundamentals—sourcing, manufacturing capabilities and quality controls, to name a few—usually produces optimal results. This is particularly

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    Executive Forecast: Laminate & Wood—Suppliers dial up innovation to ward off competition

Executive Forecast: Laminate & Wood—Suppliers dial up innovation to ward off competition

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Reginald Tucker No one is expecting the laminate category to generate double-digit growth rates in 2017; after all, it is a fairly mature category in the U.S. On top of that, the segment is facing intense pressure from competing hard surface sectors, including LVT, WPC and, of course, hardwood. However, don’t expect the segment to roll over in the face of fierce

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    Executive Forecast: Wood—Changing demands drive innovations at manufacturer level

Executive Forecast: Wood—Changing demands drive innovations at manufacturer level

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Reginald Tucker   In much the same way that technological advances in wood flooring manufacturing paved the way for surface texturing, finishing options and new engineered offerings in 2016, the latest round of innovations are generating excitement for the coming year. Suppliers see 2017 as an opportunity to step up their respective capabilities as a means to further differentiate themselves while increasing

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