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    Amorim Revestimentos invests 10 million euros in Hydrocork

Amorim Revestimentos invests 10 million euros in Hydrocork

São Paio de Oleiros, Portugal—After only two years of Hydrocork’s launch, Amorim Revestimentos is taking a significant step and investing 10 million euros in its production infrastructure and procedures. This new production unit will increase the response to a growing and more enlightened demand, increasing Amorim’s throughput capacity in over 43 million square feet of flooring per year. “This investment aims to increase capacity to produce Hydrocork but also to

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    UofCTS releases updated ITS Verification course

UofCTS releases updated ITS Verification course

San Diego, Calif.—The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has released an updated version of the Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course. Both the USA and Canadian versions of this course were updated, as well as the Spanish version. The updated course offers a comprehensive review of the current industry installation standards, methods and practices for ceramic tile, porcelain tiles, glass tile, concrete tiles and natural stone tiles. It has two new

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    Gerflor USA increased LVT shipping in 2016

Gerflor USA increased LVT shipping in 2016

Chicago—In 2016, Gerflor USA recorded a 500% increase in LVT shipments from its Chicago-based warehouse from June 2015-December 2016—significantly exceeding its U.S. growth goals. Contributing to Gerflor’s significant growth of its Creation LVT line were achievements including: Winning a Red Dot Product Design 2016 Award, bestowed by an international panel of 41 experts (architects, designers and specialized journalists). Adding nine new styles to its Creation Clic portfolio, for a total

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    Suncrest Supply acquires “hand-crafted” wood manufacturing facility

Suncrest Supply acquires “hand-crafted” wood manufacturing facility

Palm Beach, Fla.—Suncrest Supply has acquired a “hand-crafted” wood manufacturing facility based in Kershaw, S.C. for custom wood walls, flooring, ceiling and furniture. This new facility will allow the company to capitalize on the evolving “hand-crafted” trend for exclusive designs featuring textures, accents and charred, mixed species to create unique offerings for OEM and private label programs for distributors, retailers and wood floor specialist, with an emphasis on Made in

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    Karndean Designflooring expands internal marketing department

Karndean Designflooring expands internal marketing department

Export, Pa—Karndean Designflooring, a market leader in luxury vinyl tile flooring, has expanded its corporate marketing department due to the company’s ongoing growth. As a result of these internal changes, Karndean can continue to provide the high level of service that its customers have come to expect from the company. Karndean U.S. product manager Jenne Ross has been appointed director of marketing. Ross has an extensive background across interior design,

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    Wickham adds distributor partner in Midwest

Wickham adds distributor partner in Midwest

Wickham, Quebec, Canada—Wickham Hardwood Flooring announced a strategic partnership with distributor Summit Hardwood Flooring to represent and market the Wickham brand of products in the Upper Midwest. “We are very pleased to be partnered with such a reputable, established organization,” said Jean-Pierre Nittolo, president of Wickham. “Their management and sales team will do a great job representing our products in the Upper Midwest.” Chad Lemair, Summit president, noted: “Our entire

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Coverings 2017 taps industry leaders for conference programming

Arlington, Va.—Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 65 sessions in its 2017 conference program—where distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and cutting-edge industry information with attendees. The conference program will highlight pressing topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the show from April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The conference sessions build upon Coverings’ dedication to providing

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Southeast Flooring Market announces 2018 dates

Atlanta, Ga.—On January 3-4, 2018, top flooring industry manufacturers, retailers and buyers from across the southeastern U.S. will gather at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Centre for the 2018 Southeast Flooring Market (SFM). Formerly known as the Cobb Flooring Show, the market has been providing attendees with early access to new products and emerging trends, as well as ample opportunities for networking. The two-day market is the industry’s premier event for fostering

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    Underlayment: Education is key to upselling consumers

Underlayment: Education is key to upselling consumers

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Lindsay Baillie   Underlayments are more than essential components that complete a hard surface or soft surface installation. They are also valuable accessories that help increase margins and generate higher ticket sales for specialty retailers. According to various underlayment manufacturers upselling from an entry-level product to a specialty underlayment is achievable through comprehensive product education. This focus on education starts with the

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    Installments: Offset labor shortage by seizing opportunities

Installments: Offset labor shortage by seizing opportunities

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Graham Capobianco   President John F. Kennedy once said, “In crisis, be aware of the danger but recognize the opportunity.” This memorable quote is still relevant today, particularly as it pertains to the flooring industry’s well-documented labor shortage (the challenge) vs. the growth of the overall construction market (the opportunity). The construction industry has been one of the fastest growing sectors in

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Lisbiz strategies: If you have to fall, it’s better to fall forward

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Nelson Mandela said, “There’s no passion to be found playing it small—in settling for a life that’s less than you’re capable of living.” Social media gives us an opportunity to play large. We used to talk about “word of mouth” but it’s now “world of mouth.” So how far are you willing to go? Are you afraid to step

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    Carpet: Noteworthy trends in pattern, texture, design

Carpet: Noteworthy trends in pattern, texture, design

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   Everybody who follows the flooring industry knows the biggest trend impacting carpet is the growth of hard surfaces, which in many instances has forced flooring dealers to revamp their showrooms. However, there are other trends in carpet that are both surprising and noteworthy. Executives and design experts offered their takes. Focus on soft For a time last year, the

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Dead David: How to make customers feel more special

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By David Romano   Dear David: I am getting concerned that competing on price and products is getting more and more difficult in the flooring industry. I feel confident we do a better job than most when it comes to installation, but I am not sure if that is enough to attract and retain customers. What would you suggest we do to provide

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    Shaw LVT plant ramps up

Shaw LVT plant ramps up

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Steven Feldman   Ringgold, Ga.—Three months after its first planks rolled off the line, Shaw Floors is already strategizing to manufacture more of the LVT and WPC products in its portfolio out of its brand spanking new facility here. After a substantial investment to convert the former Shaw Rugs facility to domestic LVT production, the game plan all along was to start

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    Spring introductions unseen at Surfaces

Spring introductions unseen at Surfaces

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   Surfaces served as the staging area for the bulk of new flooring introductions for 2017. However, there were many other noteworthy introductions of the spring that were not shown at the big show. Following are some of the spring introductions unseen at Surfaces. American OEM The company introduced 10 SKUs in its Covelo Canyon collection and eight offerings in

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Amorim Revestimentos invests 10 million euros in Hydrocork

São Paio de Oleiros, Portugal—After only two years of Hydrocork’s launch, Amorim Revestimentos is taking a significant step and investing 10 million euros in its production infrastructure and procedures. This

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UofCTS releases updated ITS Verification course

San Diego, Calif.—The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has released an updated version of the Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course. Both the USA and Canadian versions of this

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Gerflor USA increased LVT shipping in 2016

Chicago—In 2016, Gerflor USA recorded a 500% increase in LVT shipments from its Chicago-based warehouse from June 2015-December 2016—significantly exceeding its U.S. growth goals. Contributing to Gerflor’s significant growth of

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