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    Cain & Bultman: True partners in business

Cain & Bultman: True partners in business

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 The following feature is the fourth installment in a series highlighting the 14 distributors that constitute Bravo Services, a group comprising many of the top flooring wholesalers in the country. Here we focus on Cain & Bultman, which was founded in 1924 and has been in the flooring business for more than 80 years. Cain & Bultman, based in Jacksonville, Fla., got its

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    Laminate: Taking a page (or two) from wood’s playbook

Laminate: Taking a page (or two) from wood’s playbook

Emerging design trends mirror those of competing category April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   It’s no secret that laminate flooring suppliers are focusing their product design and development efforts on more accurately mimicking natural materials, especially hardwood. (A cursory review of the various laminate designs and patterns introduced at Surfaces bears this out.) But what is newsworthy is the rapid pace of new product development

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    Carpet: Weighing the merits of common dye methods

Carpet: Weighing the merits of common dye methods

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   As most flooring dealers know, there are two ways that fibers are colored, and each method produces different characteristics. One way to color fibers is to dip them in a vat of dye after they are extruded. This method, proponents say, yields bright colors and allows manufacturers to create smaller quantities of dyed fibers. In this method, known as

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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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    Mannington works with Gary Sinise Foundation to aid veterans

Mannington works with Gary Sinise Foundation to aid veterans

Salem, N.J.—Mannington Mills recently partnered with the National Wood Flooring Association to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program, which builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans. Mannington donated Andean Pecan hardwood flooring for the Duluth, Ga., home of U.S. Army Master Sergeant Cedric King (Ret.) and his family. King was severely wounded by an IED while deployed in Afghanistan during 2012. He lost both of his legs

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    Karndean to spotlight new hospitality floors at HD Expo

Karndean to spotlight new hospitality floors at HD Expo

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring will showcase its full hospitality product portfolio, featuring new product ranges and installation clinics, at HD Expo 2017 located in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Karndean offers an array of products for hospitality environments across glue down, loose lay and rigid core formats, each featuring Karndean’s own original designs. The company’s two newest floating floors, LooseLay Longboard and Korlok, will be featured at the show, and are designed

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    ARDEX Americas wins Engaging Pittsburgh Innovation People Practices award

ARDEX Americas wins Engaging Pittsburgh Innovation People Practices award

Aliquippa, Pa—Ardex Americas has received the Engaging Pittsburgh Innovative People Practices award, recognized in the category: Innovation in Learning and Development. The Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA), the largest Pittsburgh based HR organization, has sponsored this event for over a decade. This award celebration recognizes employers from across the Pittsburgh region that have demonstrated creativity in designing business practices that have significantly contributed towards organizational and employee achievements. Ardex Americas was

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    Retailer education: Proven methods to boost business

Retailer education: Proven methods to boost business

This FCNews Retailer Education series, sponsored by 3M, is designed to help retailers develop ways to improve their business. April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Lindsay Baillie   Whether you are a veteran in the retail flooring industry or just starting out, there is always room for improvement. As consumer confidence continues to increase, now is the time to implement change, drive more traffic to your store and

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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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    Coverings 2017: What’s old is new again

Coverings 2017: What’s old is new again

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Nadia Ramlakhan   Orlando—Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, returned to a familiar location earlier this month after being hosted in Chicago in 2016. Roughly 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries showcased the latest trends, technologies and styling techniques in their respective categories across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space. According to many show veterans, Orlando is an attraction

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    Resilient sheet price hikes on the horizon

Resilient sheet price hikes on the horizon

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   Mannington, Shaw and Forbo are among the suppliers raising prices on resilient flooring, mainly sheet vinyl. The price hikes—which are the result of increased costs of raw materials, transportation and manufacturing—are set to take effect in May. Mannington is implementing a 3% to 6% price increase on select residential vinyl sheet products in the U.S. and Canada. “Continued increases

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    Brenten Bailey named divisional vice president of Beaulieu America

Brenten Bailey named divisional vice president of Beaulieu America

Dalton, Ga.—Beaulieu Group has appointed Brenten Bailey as divisional vice president of Beaulieu America for the Western territory. Bailey joins Beaulieu after over 15 years in the industry as he worked his way up from territory manager to regional vice president with Shaw. “Brenten brings an immense amount of experience, market intelligence, leadership and enthusiasm to our team,” said Dallas Chapman, executive vice president of sales. “We are thrilled to

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    Hester’s Abbey awards two seniors $4,000 scholarships

Hester’s Abbey awards two seniors $4,000 scholarships

St. Augustine, Fla.—Hester’s Abbey Floorcoverings, through the Pilot Club of St. Augustine, has awarded $4,000 scholarships to two high school seniors, Khloe Berg and Adam Snowden. These scholarships are awarded each year to seniors who are going to pursue a degree in the STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Berg attended St. Augustine High School and will be pursuing an Exploration Degree at Florida State University. Snowden attended Ponte

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    Gerflor celebrates legacy, future of original design

Gerflor celebrates legacy, future of original design

Chicago—This year, Gerflor USA marks two noteworthy milestones on its already impressive innovation timeline: the 80th anniversary of Mipolam, the original homogeneous sheet flooring, and the 70th anniversary of Taraflex, the original resilient sports flooring. Both are industry firsts in their respective product categories and are as valued by designers and specifiers today as they were when introduced to the market decades ago. “Mipolam and Taraflex are just two of

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    Shaw Contract relaunches A Walk in the Garden

Shaw Contract relaunches A Walk in the Garden

Dallas, Texas—Shaw Contract recently relaunched A Walk in the Garden—a refreshed look at the first-ever Cradle to Cradle Certified flooring product, created in collaboration with visionary William McDonough. The collection will relaunch in a new shape and color palette, expanding on its connection to nature with patterns applicable for hospitality, retail, healthcare, education and workplace. The collection is inspired by McDonough’s travels to China while strolling and taking in the

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CFI Convention promises a plethora of programs

Forney, Texas—The CFI Convention and Expo is back with a punch this year taking place August 16-18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. The three-day educational event, designed

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Domotex Deutsche Messe to house new creative product showcases

Hannover, Germany—In 2018, Domotex will have a stronger focus on interior trends and lifestyle that will frame floor coverings in the broader context of ideas and innovations from the worlds

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Melissa Quick to head product development, marketing for AVA brand

Toronto, Ontario, Canada—Melissa Quick has joined Novalis Innovative Flooring as the new commercial product and marketing manager for the AVA LVT brand. “Melissa brings over 30 years of experience with

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