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Certified Floorcovering Installers Association goes global

Forney, Texas—Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) has expanded its presence in China, according to Robert Varden, vice president. Negotiations to establish a CFI satellite operation in Shanghai have been underway since last summer. “A year’s worth of planning, negotiating and research has culminated in a partnership with the Shanghai Chemical Building Materials Trade Association (SCBMTA),” Varden said. “Our new arrangement in China represents CFI’s first free-standing overseas operation.” The new

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CFI annual convention sees records attendance

Forney, Texas—The 24th annual CFI Convention saw a record-breaking number of attendees from every sector of the flooring industry, according to Robert Varden, vice president, Certified Floorcovering Installers Association. The event, which kicked off Aug. 16 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, spanned three days and commenced with a welcome reception sponsored by Royal Adhesives, Traxx, Tarkett, Parabond, Tools4Flooring.com and Sponge Cushion. The event included programs, training and networking

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    Armstrong installation expert honored with CFI Chris Davis Award

Armstrong installation expert honored with CFI Chris Davis Award

Lancaster, Pa.—At the 24th Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) Convention in Orlando last month, the fifth annual Chris Davis Award was presented to Rick Herr, field installation specialist of Armstrong Flooring, for recognition and dedication to quality flooring installation. Since 1993, CFI has been a trusted source and destination for the latest information on new products, tools, techniques and training for the flooring professional. To qualify for the award an individual must

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    CFI ‘steps up its game’ as installation issues linger

CFI ‘steps up its game’ as installation issues linger

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   Orlando, Fla.—After two years at a Courtyard Marriott in Grapevine, Texas, the Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) moved its annual convention to the expansive Rosen Shingle Creek, an opulent 255-acre, AAA Four Diamond resort with 500,000 square feet of meeting/ event space. The change in venue was no accident. “It was time to step up our game,” Robert Varden, vice

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    Retail education: Training remains priority No. 1

Retail education: Training remains priority No. 1

This special FCNews Retail Education series, sponsored by 3M, is designed to help specialty retailers build their business through proven merchandising and marketing strategies as well as general best practices.     August 14/21, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 5 A flooring retailer stood up at a trade conference and bemoaned the amount of training he was providing his staff. “What if I spend the next year training them and then

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    FCLC to hold second Installation Summit

FCLC to hold second Installation Summit

Orlando, Fla.—Leaders from across the flooring industry will convene at the second Installation Summit next month here, according to Robert Blochinger, president, National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors, and chairman of the Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC). Retail owners, executives and other key personnel will meet on August 16 to discuss the installation crisis affecting the industry, progress made since leaders began addressing the problem and methods for furthering that

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CFI partners with Beaulieu do Brasil to bring installation training overseas

Forney, Texas—An international CFI training seminar commissioned by Beaulieu do Brasil was successfully completed in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, according to Robert Varden, vice president, CFI. The seminar took place May 9-18. Varden and Efren Llamas, Jr., CFI trainer, traveled to Brazil to meet with Marc Vancamelbeke, industrial director, Beaulieu do Brasil. Together they provided training for 39 installation professionals who came from all regions of Brazil to learn high-end patterned

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WFCA, Abbey Carpet form alliance

Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and Abbey Carpet have entered an alliance focused on improving the business environment for flooring retailers from coast to coast, according to Scott Humphrey, CEO, WFCA; Philip Gutierrez, chairman and CEO, Abbey Carpet; and Steve Silverman, president and COO, Abbey Carpet. With complementary foundations focused solely on the success and advancement of the flooring retailer, a union between WFCA and Abbey was a

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    CFI honors recent graduates

CFI honors recent graduates

Forney, Texas—CFI’s floor installation training school is honoring its 5th graduating class, according to Robert Varden, vice president. The CFI Institute offers accelerated training and professional certification to individuals seeking to learn how to install all types of flooring. Graduates of the most recent residential carpet installation class came from across the United States, from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest, New England and the Southeast. “We created our school

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    Installation: Adhesive tips, tricks of the trade

Installation: Adhesive tips, tricks of the trade

May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Lindsay Baillie   When it comes to working with today’s advanced, high-performance, user-friendly adhesives, it’s critical that installers avoid the temptation of taking shortcuts. That’s according to expert floor layers and instructors who say improper installations due to misapplication of adhesives can cause a host of problems, including voided warranties, bad company reviews and even safety risks. FCNews rounded up several experts

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    CFI enters international partnership with FiTA

CFI enters international partnership with FiTA

Dallas—Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) has partnered with the South African Flooring Industry Training Association (FiTA) to bring ongoing floor covering installation training classes and certification to professionals throughout the country and beyond. Nearly 10 years ago, CFI began working with Belgotex Floorcoverings, a carpet manufacturer based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to help establish a formal training program and institute qualification guidelines for professional installers. “At the time we entered

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    Latest WFCA initiatives aim to support independent retail members

Latest WFCA initiatives aim to support independent retail members

December 19/26, 2016: Volume 31, Number 14 By Ken Ryan Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has announced a series of initiatives designed to benefit independent dealers. Chief among them is a three-tiered membership structure tailored to meet their specific business needs. Since its founding in 1959, the WFCA had offered members a one-tier approach. But as Tom Jennings, vice president of professional development, said, “It was a one-size-fits-all approach,

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    WFCA broadens categories for Gold Standard Awards

WFCA broadens categories for Gold Standard Awards

Dalton, Ga.—World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has expanded the format of its Gold Standard Award, which recognizes flooring retailers for outstanding achievement. Beginning in 2017, the award will have two categories, over $10 million and under $10 million, to better accommodate retailers of all sizes. For both categories, retailers are judged based on: knowledge, customer service, quality of store image and code of conduct. In addition, companies must also be

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    CFI announces partnership with Legacy Flooring to help veterans

CFI announces partnership with Legacy Flooring to help veterans

Lenexa, Kan.—The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association, Inc. (CFI) announced a partnership with Legacy Flooring of Raleigh, N.C., to help transitioning veterans find a career in the floor covering installation trade. Under their non-profit entity, Leave A Legacy Foundation, Legacy Flooring’s mission is to assist the CFI with the Next Generation initiative to recruit new installers for the floorcovering installation industry. Their personnel will work with the various military transition

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    CFI conference emphasizes pride, professionalism

CFI conference emphasizes pride, professionalism

By Ken Ryan Grapevine, Texas—Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) recently held its 23rd convention. The theme at this year’s show was #IamCFI, which conveyed the message: “Your individual commitment is what makes the organization great.” Robert Varden, vice president of the CFI division of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), opened the conference by asking for a number of hands of first-time attendees. He was taken aback by the high head

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