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    Wood: Mythbusters set the record straight on bamboo

Wood: Mythbusters set the record straight on bamboo

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Reginald Tucker   When it comes to selling bamboo, a big draw is the category’s well-known environmental, aesthetic and performance attributes. But achieving consistent success in retailing the product also requires educating the consumer or end user about the product’s attributes, advantages and limitations. FCNews recently rounded up several bamboo experts—including David Keegan, president and CEO, Bamboo Hardwoods; Philippe Erramuzpe, COO of

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    Wood: Wide-width surge fuels sales upgrade opportunities

Wood: Wide-width surge fuels sales upgrade opportunities

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Reginald Tucker   The growing popularity of wide-width/long-length planks reflects consumer demand for hardwood floors that add depth and character to living spaces, design experts say. What this means for retailers is many of these wider/longer products—which, by their very nature, entail greater use of the raw material—retail in the high-middle to upper end of the register. This has the dual effect

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    Wood: U.S. ‘domestic exotics’ broaden their appeal

Wood: U.S. ‘domestic exotics’ broaden their appeal

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   As demand for certain “tropical exotic” hardwood floors softens in the U.S., the popularity of several domestic exotic species has been steadily rising, industry observers say. While there continues to be niche market opportunities for tropical species such as Brazilian cherry, Santos mahogany and the like, more American consumers are leaning toward homegrown species such as birch, hickory and

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    Hemisphere Imports’ not-so-secret weapon

Hemisphere Imports’ not-so-secret weapon

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   First-time visitors to the Hemisphere Imports booth space at the recent CCA Global Partners convention (FCNews, Aug. 14/21) found out firsthand what all the fuss was about. The focus was on a unique species called kupay, a durable, dense hardwood sourced from Paraguay. While it might not be easy to pronounce (it’s also known by its genus name, “copaifera”),

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    Armstrong plans to consolidate wood flooring plants

Armstrong plans to consolidate wood flooring plants

August 14/21: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Reginald Tucker Armstrong Flooring has announced plans to consolidate its wood manufacturing operations, paring production down to six plants in the U.S. The move will result in the closure of two manufacturing facilities—Jackson, Tenn., and Vicksburg, Miss.—in the fourth quarter of this year. The closings will result in the elimination of more than 300 jobs—215 in Jackson; 93 in Vicksburg. According to Don

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    Wood: Canadian suppliers seek to play the ‘Q’ (as in quality) card

Wood: Canadian suppliers seek to play the ‘Q’ (as in quality) card

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   In some circles, Canada is renown for developing some of the greatest hockey players—and teams—in the history of the sport. Well, the same could be said for the nation’s formidable forestry sector, which has produced some of the most prolific producers of hardwood flooring. But it’s not just high volumes that some of these well-respected companies are cranking out. Many

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    Wood: Demand for raw materials impacts lumber pricing

Wood: Demand for raw materials impacts lumber pricing

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker For much of 2016 and the year before that, U.S. hardwood flooring suppliers reported more stable pricing trends compared to the 2010-14 period, which saw more volatility. This trend is based on a number of variables ranging from winter weather patterns in the top growing regions for lumber that will eventually be used for wood flooring to shifting demands for solid

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    Wood: New engineered platforms provide momentum

Wood: New engineered platforms provide momentum

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   The U.S. hardwood flooring category continued to hold its own against the intensifying pressure of competing categories—namely LVT/P, WPC and even laminate—all of which continue to make strides in replicating the look, texture and heft of genuine wood. FCNews research shows sales in 2016 reached $2.23 billion, a 5.1% increase over 2015’s upwardly revised sales of $2.12 billion. Volume growth

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    Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1   The flooring industry in 2016 continued its recovery from The Great Recession. While growth rates pale in comparison to the mid-2000s heydays, the industry last year continued to post steady gains across the board with increases of 5.1% in dollars and 3.8% in volume. This comes on the heels of 4.4% growth in dollars and 3.2% in volume in 2015; 3.6% growth in

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    Wood: Latest Mirage offerings put focus on color, design

Wood: Latest Mirage offerings put focus on color, design

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25   Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada—Mirage has expanded its offering across four signature collections to meet growing consumer demand for trendy colors, patterns and designs. The Sweet Memories collection, which hearkens back to the charm and authenticity of old-fashioned floors created via Mirage’s exclusive brushing and staining processes, gets two new colors: Gelato and Peppermint. Gelato is a beige-gray hue that imparts a distinctive, luxurious

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    Välinge unfolds new locking system

Välinge unfolds new locking system

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   Phoenix—Välinge, which pioneered the concept of glueless click flooring, continues to demonstrate its knack for innovation with the latest iteration of its signature 5G locking system. Dubbed 5G-i, the new system is designed, in part, to expand the installation options for a variety of new floating plank flooring products hitting the market. “The new locking profile is just as

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    Wood: Category finds a new home—on the walls

Wood: Category finds a new home—on the walls

Vertical applications coordinate, contrast with floors  May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Reginald Tucker   Using flooring materials on the walls is by no means a new concept. Tile manufacturers have been doing it for years, and laminate flooring suppliers have also recently started to get in on the act. Now hardwood flooring producers are having success by finding multiple uses for their products by dressing vertical surfaces

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    Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie When asked to identify the best flooring introductions of 2016, retailers cited a bevy of wood, laminate, carpet and LVT/WPC products. One highly regarded product was Mannington’s Adura Max, which received praise from multiple retailers for its new visuals. Other notable 2016 introductions touched on key product innovations spanning wood, laminate and resilient lines, soft carpets/rugs and industry-wide updates

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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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Carpet One reveals 2017 pink ribbon welcome mat

Manchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home released its 2017 collection of pink ribbon welcome mats to support breast cancer research, with 18 new mats that are stylish, humorous or whimsical to

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Armstrong Flooring raises Airbase dealers to ‘Elite’ status

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has announced that all 12 AirBase Carpet and Tile superstore locations have achieved Elite Retailer status. The retailers serve markets in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Jersey and

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Galleher, 3M provide support for fire relief

San Francisco—Galleher and 3M are partnering to help those impacted by the fires in California. Both companies are sending food, clothing and supplies to people in need in Napa, Solano

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