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Karndean Designflooring introduces Vantage program

Export, Pa.–Karndean Designflooring has announced the introduction of its online retailer platform, Karndean Vantage. The program, a new support system for continued growth, is designed to provide its retail partners with access to qualified sales leads, a more detailed “Find A Retailer” store profile, online ordering and marketing materials. All aspects of the Vantage program will be live in early 2018. Karndean Vantage gives retailers the tools they need to

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    Bostik unveils winner of Hardwood Flooring Design Contest

Bostik unveils winner of Hardwood Flooring Design Contest

Wauwatosa, Wis.—Bostik has named Jennifer Sheets, interior designer at Studio R Interiors based in Colorado, the winner of its Signature Spaces design competition: The Art of Hardwood Flooring Design Contest. Sheets’ winning design will be installed this month in a new steakhouse within Las Vegas’ new Park MGM Resort, currently under development by MGM Resorts International and Sydell Group. Additionally, she will receive a trip for two to Paris, France,

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    Distributor’s perspective: Online marketing in flooring distribution

Distributor’s perspective: Online marketing in flooring distribution

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Steve McKenna   In this modern technology age, no one can dispute the importance of developing and maintaining a viable online marketing strategy. Problem is, many of us are not utilizing our websites to their full potential. As I look around the industry, I’m noticing our websites are vastly different from our day-to-day customer interactions. In the flooring distribution world, many distributors

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    Trendspotting: Green design dictates style direction at NeoCon ’17

Trendspotting: Green design dictates style direction at NeoCon ’17

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Rebecca Blasdel   Chicago—NeoCon 2017 can be viewed as a success based on traffic alone. Show organizers put attendance just north of 50,000, a 7% uptick over the prior year (FCNews, July 3/10). But brisk traffic and sold-out showroom space weren’t the only major takeaways from the show. Exhibitors and attendees alike were equally impressed with the vast array of new products,

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    Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Lindsay Baillie The resilient category continues to follow its blazing path from 2016 with aggressive growth just six months into 2017. Industry observers attribute this activity once again to the industry’s “darlings”—LVT, WPC and rigid core. Based on FCNews research, LVT and its subcategories accounted for 42.3% of residential volume and 67.6% of residential dollars in 2016. Observers expect numbers in 2017

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    Karndean to present full flooring suite at CCA Global convention

Karndean to present full flooring suite at CCA Global convention

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring will showcase its full suite of flooring solutions—including gluedown, loose lay and rigid core—at the CCA Global summer convention in Salt Lake City Aug. 8-10. The company will feature new product introductions and designflooring possibilities as well as engage visitors using interactive kiosks throughout its booth space (#429). The company’s kiosks will explore the global design inspiration behind Karndean’s two newest product ranges (Korlok and LooseLay Longboard), guide visitors

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    Bonewell joins Floors & More

Bonewell joins Floors & More

Auburn, Mass.—John Bonewell has joined Floors & More as director of national franchise & membership sales. Bonewell has a proven record of success including having dramatically grown the franchise systems of large national companies including: Steak’n Shake, Domino’s Pizza, Dairy Queen and others for over 22 years. “John is incredibly strong in franchise sales—a natural leader with relevant experience that will greatly benefit our team as we grow our group,”

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    M-D launches new corporate website

M-D launches new corporate website

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada—M-D Building Products has launched its new corporate website. The site functions as a one-stop space showcasing the company’s culture, values, history, career opportunities and manufacturing capabilities and aims to be a valuable source of information for all stakeholders, according to the company. The M-D Building Products site also provides an in depth look at the M-D business as a whole, representing the breadth of the company’s multiple

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    Eagle Bay launches website

Eagle Bay launches website

Boonville, New York—Eagle Bay Hardwood Flooring, a new brand exclusively produced by Delta Hardwood Flooring in upstate New York, has launched its website. The site marks the company’s new beginning, according to Randy Bowers, owner. “Our family-owned business has been producing private label/OEM hardwood flooring for over a decade, supplying major customers throughout America,” Bowers said. “Opportunity knocked, and the time was right for us to start producing new materials as

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    The ABCs of WPC

The ABCs of WPC

FCNews Ultimate Guide to WPC: July 17/24, 2017   WPC—it goes by several different names depending on to whom you are speaking. Some say it translates as “wood plastic/polymer composite,” while others believe it stands for “waterproof core.” Either way you define it, many would agree this relatively new category represents a game-changing product that has generated excitement and, more importantly, additional sales opportunities for retailers and distributors. As the

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    WPC: Common ways to lay it down

WPC: Common ways to lay it down

FCNews Ultimate Guide to WPC: July 17/24, 2017   While WPC-type products may be relatively new to the flooring industry, many boards can be installed using existing installation methods. Of course, installers are advised to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for their specific product lines. Following are some tips and installation guidelines specific to COREtec plank and tile flooring. (In 2014, COREtec Plus transitioned from a drop & lock glueless profile

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    Distributors rally around WPC, rigid core

Distributors rally around WPC, rigid core

FCNews Ultimate Guide to WPC: July 17/24, 2017 By Ken Ryan   Flooring distributors have seen hot product categories before. In 1994, Pergo laminate flooring was introduced to the U.S. market and soon the category was ablaze. Alas, while laminate zoomed in the retail channel it never cracked builder or commercial in a meaningful way due to inherent limitations and perhaps a little overselling of its purported performance attributes. “It

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    ‘Waterproof’ flooring category creates watershed moment

‘Waterproof’ flooring category creates watershed moment

FCNews Ultimate Guide to WPC: July 17/24, 2017 By Ken Ryan   Not so long ago the terms rigid core and multilayer flooring, and the acronym WPC would have had even the most astute flooring retailers scratching their heads. Today, these subsegments of luxury vinyl tile have created new revenue streams for dealers. According to FCNews research, LVT, WPC and rigid core products made up more than half the dollars

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    NWFAU reaches 15,000 courses completed

NWFAU reaches 15,000 courses completed

St. Louis, Mo.—Since the National Wood Flooring Association launched its NWFA University a year ago, more than 15,000 online courses have been completed. NWFA University offers a combination of online and hands-on training for wood flooring professionals. “The engagement with our online learning platform has been overwhelming,” said Stephanie Owen, NWFA education and member engagement director. “Having 15,000 courses completed in just one year certainly has exceeded our expectations, but

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NAFCD partners with JAST Media

Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) has partnered with JAST Media, a Portland-based digital marketing agency that offers distributors and manufacturers comprehensive web marketing and branding solutions. The new partnership leverages JAST Media’s expertise and experience to assist in educating and informing NAFCD members on opportunities to leverage digital marketing to achieve sales goals and execute corporate strategy. JAST will deliver content and training to members via

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Aspecta by Metroflor translates Declare labels

Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor has published all the Declare labels for its Aspecta LVT commercial range in five languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Rochelle Routman, Metroflor chief sustainability officer, who

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NeoCon celebrates 50 years of tomorrow’s design

Chicago—Registration is now open for the 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. NeoCon 50 will take

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Couristan bolsters sales team

Fort Lee, N.J.—As Couristan prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at Surfaces 2018, the company has hired two leading residential floor coverings sales executives

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