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My take: If we can’t control guns, how about bullets?

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Steven Feldman   When I took over this column from FCNews founder Al Wahnon more than seven years ago, I promised that the subject matter would from time to time go beyond the world of flooring, because, after all, our lives transcend this industry. This is one of those times, because something has been on my mind for quite some time. Controversial?

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    HLC Summit: Change comes fast for ‘nimble giant’ Haines

HLC Summit: Change comes fast for ‘nimble giant’ Haines

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan Charlotte, N.C.—Change may be inevitable, but the pace of change occurring at Haines in the past two years—all aimed at delivering a strong, stable, scalable and sustainable platform to the flooring market—has been downright dizzying at times. As Michael Barrett, president and CEO, told FCNews, “If you are standing on the sidelines, you can’t make sense of all the changes.

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    NWFA conference delivers value for installers, vendors

NWFA conference delivers value for installers, vendors

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   Tampa, Fla.—Scores of hardwood flooring contractors, manufacturers and distributors converged at the Tampa Bay Convention Center here recently for the 33rd annual National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) conference and expo. As advertised, the event offered something for everyone in attendance—new products galore, networking and educational opportunities, technical tips and even some entertainment. “It was a great event,” Michael Martin,

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    Dealers report mixed reviews for first quarter

Dealers report mixed reviews for first quarter

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   The first 100 days of 2018 have yielded some uneven performances for flooring retailers and distributors, with most reporting a slow start in January and February followed by some improvement in March/early April. Still, the prevailing sentiment is that, to date, 2018 has been an underachiever, saddled by late winter weather woes in the East and Midwest along with

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    Dal-Tile provides jobs for work-study program

Dal-Tile provides jobs for work-study program

Dallas—Dal-Tile Corporation recently held a luncheon to celebrate several of Dallas Cristo Rey High School students who work at the company’s headquarters as part of an innovative corporate work-study program. The company is a founding member of the school.  “Cristo Rey self-describes as the only network of high schools in the country that integrates four years of rigorous college preparatory academics with four years of professional work experience through their

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    Crossville’s 2017 recycling program milestones

Crossville’s 2017 recycling program milestones

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville Inc. has recycled 23,447,883 pounds of fired porcelain in 2017, bringing the company’s cumulative recycling total to more than 114 million pounds since the 2009 launch of the Tile Take-Back® program and subsequent TOTO USA recycling partnership.   These recycling initiatives are based on the company’s proprietary process for recycling fired porcelain products, including post-consumer materials. Through Tile Take-Back®, Crossville is able to recycle previously installed tile collected

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    Coverings 2018 conference programming

Coverings 2018 conference programming

Arlington, Va.—On May 8-11, Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 45 sessions in the 2018 conference program. Speakers will share their knowledge and industry insights with attendees, with conference programing highlighting key topics for the tile and stone industry at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. With CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring invaluable free education to the show.

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    Daltile’s One Quartz countertops featured on ‘Bargain Mansions’

Daltile’s One Quartz countertops featured on ‘Bargain Mansions’

Dallas—Tamara Day, host of “Bargain Mansions,” recently aired her love for Daltile’s One Quartz countertops on social media after featuring the product in several episodes of the show’s first season, currently airing on HGTV.     “As you may have noticed in our houses on season one of ‘Bargain Mansions,’ I’m a huge fan of Quartz countertops,” said Day. “I love the clean and classic feel they bring to a kitchen.

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    Stanton makes changes to West Coast sales team

Stanton makes changes to West Coast sales team

Syosset, N.Y.—Stanton Carpet has made key changes to its West Coast sales leadership. Rich Crawford was promoted to Western regional vice president of Antrim, Rosecore and Crescent, effective April 9. Additionally, Bob Rawlins joins Stanton as Western regional vice president. “We continue to strengthen and expand our sales leadership with these new and very important roles setting the stage for our next phases of growth,” said Jonathan Cohen, Stanton’s CEO

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    DuChâteau names Doug Robinson Midwest regional sales manager 

DuChâteau names Doug Robinson Midwest regional sales manager 

San Diego—DuChâteau has named Doug Robinson as its new Midwest regional sales manager.  Robinson, who has more than 35 years of sales and marketing experience in the flooring industry, will oversee the company’s sales team in the Midwest, leading 11 territory managers in support of DuChâteau’s growth initiatives and expansion into new markets. He will be responsible for increasing the company’s market share in territories such as Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St.

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    Guru USA looks to make a splash in North America

Guru USA looks to make a splash in North America

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Mara Bollettieri      Guru USA knows a thing or two about waterproof membranes for ceramic tile flooring and wall installations. The Spain-based company brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of waterproofing membranes, shower drain systems and other accessories designed to advance installation performance and increase sales opportunities for its customers. Derick Cooper, national sales and marketing manager

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    Latest bamboo, cork intros stir visual interest

Latest bamboo, cork intros stir visual interest

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   Touting qualities such as durability, comfort underfoot and water resistance, cork and bamboo products provide the industry with eco-friendly flooring suitable for both residential and commercial applications. Following is an overview of some of the newest cork and bamboo innovations that promise to captivate consumers not only with updated visuals, but also with reasonable price points. Bamboo Hardwoods Bamboo

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    Proper education is the key to closing sales

Proper education is the key to closing sales

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie Arming retail salespeople with the knowledge to prescribe and sell the right underlayment for the job is the key to success, suppliers say. Once a retail sales associate is properly trained on the latest products, he or she must make it a point to educate the consumer. Following are a few key points to remember when selling underlayments. Look for

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    Lessons learned: A few minutes makes a big difference

Lessons learned: A few minutes makes a big difference

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Tom Jennings     When asked to compare the difference in performance characteristics between a top producing sales professional and an average performer, I always respond that a common trait professionals exhibit is they are willing to invest an extra few minutes per day toward their goal of being successful. By this I mean the minutes they are willing to prepare prior

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    Nuflors’ SetaGrip grabs the attention of retailers

Nuflors’ SetaGrip grabs the attention of retailers

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. This certainly holds true for Nuflors’ new SetaGrip product, which imitates the nano-suction technology on geckos’ feet to create an adhesive-, tape- and click-freeluxury vinyl floor. “It’s no secret nature has inspired solutions for everyday challenges, including those in design,” said David Kim, managing partner, Nuflors. “Scientists have

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Invista names Kimball vice president of global commercial solutions, home textiles

Kennesaw, Ga.—Invista has promoted Kip Kimball to vice president of global commercial solutions and home textiles. In this expanded capacity, Kimball will lead the Antron and Dacron branded businesses, while developing new business

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Laticrete launches LHT Plus for large, heavy tile flooring applications

Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete has introduced LHT Plus, a polymer-modified large and heavy tile mortar specifically formulated to provide a one-step installation for large format ceramic tile, porcelain tile and stone on

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CTEF focuses on qualified labor at Coverings 18

Atlanta, Ga.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) will focus on tile installation excellence and qualified labor demonstrations during Coverings’18, the Global Tile & Stone Experience taking place at the Georgia

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