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    IC vs. employee update: As enforcement heats up, flooring dealers need to be vigilant

IC vs. employee update: As enforcement heats up, flooring dealers need to be vigilant

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   The debate over the misclassification of employees—treating them as independent contractors instead of employees—became a hot-button issue during the Obama administration after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new guidance that potentially put some flooring dealers at risk for the way they use subcontractor installers. Fast forward to 2018 and a Republican administration and GOP-led Congress are calling

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    Target Estimating assists contractors with net quantity calculations

Target Estimating assists contractors with net quantity calculations

St. Petersburg, Fla.—Target Estimating aims to make determining net quantities faster, more affordable and more accurate for flooring contractors. The company was created by Skip Bendig, a flooring contractor of 15 years. Target Estimating uses Estimate All, a software program developed by Safe Harbor, to complete all of its net quantity requests. The program was designed specifically for flooring and can handle all aspects of net quantity estimating. “I started

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Bostik extends warranty for wood flooring adhesives

Wauwatosa, Wis.—Bostik has announced that two of its industry-leading wood flooring adhesives will now be offering a lifetime warranty for unlimited moisture vapor protection. “We are going to take Bostik’s Best to unlimited moisture vapor protection for all engineered hardwood installations, and move the duration of the warranty from 10 years to lifetime of the flooring,” explained Eric Kurtz, market manager – hardwood installation systems, Bostik. “Vapor-Lock will also offer

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    INSTALL, H2H celebrate one year of partnership

INSTALL, H2H celebrate one year of partnership

Glassboro, N.J.—In April 2016, INSTALL and Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) forged a partnership calling on INSTALL contractors to sponsor veterans with the goal of bringing new skilled workers into the floor covering industry through apprenticeships. The partnership has since been actively recruiting veterans in both the U.S. and Canada and has seen tremendous results and surpassed expectations. At the outset of the partnership INSTALL and H2H set a goal of

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    ProMat aims to ease specification process

ProMat aims to ease specification process

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   Pro Material Solutions (ProMat) was created as a way for commercial contractors, designers and architects to manage product data for any given project. “We are simply a database for the industry,” said Jerry Freeman, IIDA, president of ProMat. The company provides users with a plethora of tools including a project binder, a specification download button, a palette builder

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    FCICA doubles down on educational initiatives

FCICA doubles down on educational initiatives

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   San Antonio—FCICA, the flooring contractors association, commemorated its 35th annual convention here by refocusing on its principal values: education, training and enhancing the skill sets of its core constituency—the professional installation manager. “From what I have seen over the last six years, I think this group is as healthy as it has ever been—not just financially but in terms

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    Fuse Alliance recognizes network members, suppliers at annual conference

Fuse Alliance recognizes network members, suppliers at annual conference

Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, recently recognized the recipients of the network’s Member and Supplier Awards, at the organization’s 2017 annual conference in Austin, Texas. Fuse Alliance also announced the winners of its inaugural Spark Awards, presented to network members only. Member Awards were presented to seven network businesses. OEC, based in Boise, Idaho, captured Excellence in Communication; Division 9, based in the

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MVP 3.0: Laticrete updates contractor loyalty program

BETHANY, CONN.—Laticrete announced major upgrades to its highly successful Most Valued Partner (MVP) customer loyalty program.

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Guru-USA names national sales and marketing manager

Ontinyent, Spain–Estil Guru S.L. (Guru), a manufacturer of shower waterproofing products, has named Derick Cooper national sales and marketing manager for the U.S. and Canada. Cooper has early 30 ears of

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Haines to exit Bravo Group

Glen Burnie, Md.—Haines has made the decision to exit the Bravo Services group effective April 1, 2018. After a long relationship with Bravo, the decision to end membership in the

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‘Locally-stocked’ program aims to help increase buying group dealers sales

Dallas—Daltile, Marazzi, and American Olean are offering buying group dealers the ultimate in timely product availability through innovative “locally-stocked” programs nationwide. “Traditionally, flooring retailers are used to tile orders being

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