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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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    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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