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    Best of Surfaces deadline fast approaching

Best of Surfaces deadline fast approaching

November 27-December 11, 2018: Volume 32, Issue 13   Hicksville, N.Y.—Time is quickly running out for manufacturers to enter the 2017 Best of Surfaces competition. The deadline is Dec. 29, and there is no cost to enter. Now in its seventh year, the competition—cosponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa, owners and operators of The International Surface Event—has quickly become a benchmark for product and program excellence. The Best of

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    2018 Award of Excellence contest kicks off

2018 Award of Excellence contest kicks off

The FCNews Award of Excellence contest, now in its 22nd year, has become the premier manufacturer recognition program in the floor covering industry. Why? Because they are voted on by customers whose only motivation is to recognize those who perform flawlessly in every aspect of their business. Co-sponsored by Informa, the owners of The International Surface Event, the Award of Excellence is a way for manufacturers’ customers to honor the

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    Mohawk honored by Training Magazine for 12th consecutive year

Mohawk honored by Training Magazine for 12th consecutive year

Calhoun, Ga.–For the 12th consecutive year, Mohawk Industries has earned a spot in the 2018 edition of Training magazine’s annual Top 125 rankings, the training industry’s premier awards program. Mohawk was recognized for outstanding training and development programs that help employees expand their skills and inspire their ambitions. Mohawk has placed in Training’s top 10 on four occasions and is the only manufacturing company to repeatedly achieve such prestigious positions

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    Anderson Hardwood, Tuftex Carpets unite to create Anderson Tuftex

Anderson Hardwood, Tuftex Carpets unite to create Anderson Tuftex

Dalton–The strategic merger of Anderson Hardwood Floors and Tuftex Carpets of California will take effect Jan. 1, 2018, the company announced. Both of these brands have a long heritage in the flooring industry and are a natural fit to bring together into one premium brand: Anderson Tuftex. Anderson Tuftex creates floors that are designed with intention and crafted with care. The brand will take a holistic and consumer-centric approach to

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    Mohawk Group’s Homegrown selected for new IIDA headquarters

Mohawk Group’s Homegrown selected for new IIDA headquarters

Calhoun, Ga.—When looking for a woven broadloom solution that was classic, high-end, stylish, neutral and durable, the decision-makers at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) fixed their gaze on Homegrown, an elegant textured commercial carpet from Mohawk Group’s Karastan brand. With its high-end visuals and classic craftsmanship, Homegrown proved to be an integral component of IIDA’s new 17,000-square-foot headquarters in Chicago. “We are honored to have this beautiful product used

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    Dal-Tile’s ‘Breakfast with the President’ highlights corporate culture

Dal-Tile’s ‘Breakfast with the President’ highlights corporate culture

Dallas—Dal-Tile’s “Breakfast with the President” is a recurring event where the corporation’s president invites new team members to join him for breakfast in an intimate, small group gathering at the company’s Dallas headquarters. The event is just one more example of the unique, close-knit fabric of this industry giant. “‘Breakfast with the President’ is an important part of our corporate culture here at the Dal-Tile division of Mohawk Industries,” said

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    Installments: Getting a better handle on large format tiles

Installments: Getting a better handle on large format tiles

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Dean Cunningham   Large format tiles allow consumers to unleash a world of design possibilities and achieve a flawless, minimalist appearance to any residential or commercial space. As the contemporary, modern design trend continues to be a favorite among the consumer as well as installation professionals, large format tiles are creating major advantages in the marketplace. When large format tiles were first

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    Distribution: Tarver’s big plans for Wanke Cascade

Distribution: Tarver’s big plans for Wanke Cascade

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Over the last two decades Rob Tarver built a reputation as a go-getter whose background in sales and marketing, sourcing, design and product development for Wilsonart and later Wellmade made an impression on customers. During that time, he served in a number of different roles and familiarized himself with both domestic and foreign production of laminate, wood, tile and

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    Distribution: Despite threats from LVT/WPC, segment hold its own

Distribution: Despite threats from LVT/WPC, segment hold its own

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Prior to the explosive growth of LVT/WPC, hardwood was the hot product in the hard surface flooring segment. In fact, 2012 and 2013 saw some of the largest increases in the wood category, with double-digit gains each year. Since then wood has continued to grow, albeit at a declining rate. Some observers surmise that this slow growth, which in

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    Distribution: Haines’ secret to success

Distribution: Haines’ secret to success

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   For Haines, the industry’s largest distributor with $490 million in sales, 2017 has been a year of transition and transformation under Michael Barrett, who was appointed president and CEO on Jan. 1. For Barrett and his new executive team (which includes Hoy Lanning, senior CEO advisor; Reid McCarthy, CFO; Bill Rothenback, chief human resources manager; and Doug Drews, chief

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    Distribution: Wholesalers reap rewards of the red-hot LVT/WPC categories

Distribution: Wholesalers reap rewards of the red-hot LVT/WPC categories

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Most would agree that year-over-year growth among flooring distributors isn’t what it once was, especially in relation to pre-2006 recession rates. Today distributors are eking out much smaller gains, around 3%-5%, with those that choose the right product mix enjoying the most success. “You could be doing all the right things, but if you don’t have the right product

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    Distributors applaud Raskin’s eye for design

Distributors applaud Raskin’s eye for design

Founder’s knack for styling, hot trends raises the bar November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Some flooring distributors openly worry that LVT and its subsegments WPC and rigid core—popular and successful though they may be—are becoming another commodity category with low barriers to entry. Others are concerned about what they view as a “sea of sameness” that permeates the landscape. There are some companies that

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My take: Catching up with an old friend

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Steven Feldman   For 14 years Bruce Zwicker led Haines, formerly known as J.J. Haines, the industry’s largest distributor. Under his watch the wholesaler experienced unprecedented growth, both organic and through four acquisitions. I recently caught up with him, six months removed from his retirement from the company. He’s been enjoying life—traveling, family, the normal stuff—while looking for the next challenge. We

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    Retail roundup: Despite challenges, dealers remain hopeful

Retail roundup: Despite challenges, dealers remain hopeful

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Reginald Tucker   At Enhance Floors & More in Marietta, Ga., hard surface sales—especially wood—are driving the business, noted Elisabeth Stubbs, owner. A little farther south at Taylor Carpet One in Fort Myers, Fla., residents’ seasonal migration patterns are expected to boost business. “Our northern winter residents returning should continue to keep the momentum going for a strong end to the year,”

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    Galleher, Quad-C seal the deal on ownership stake

Galleher, Quad-C seal the deal on ownership stake

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—Galleher, the No. 5 ranked flooring wholesaler among FCNews’ top 20 distributors with 2017 sales projected at $198 million, has closed an investment with Quad-C Management, whereby the private equity firm will take a majority stake in Galleher. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Quad-C deal marks the second major transaction Galleher has

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Armstrong unveils enhancements to flagship residential website

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has launched key enhancements to its website with new and improved features to help guide homeowners through all stages of the buying journey—getting started, inspiration and ideas, product information,

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Cali Bamboo names Jackson president

San Diego—Cali Bamboo has named Doug Jackson president of the company. Jackson, an industry veteran, draws from over 20 years in the flooring business, most recently as the vice president of

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Domotex asia/Chinafloor brings back popular features

Shanghai, China—To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Domotex asia/Chinafloor, show organizers will reintroduce the widely popular InnovAction Flooring Campaign, Materia and cadex educational conferences. “InnovAction is a snapshot of the

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