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    American OEM honors workforce with annual BBQ

American OEM honors workforce with annual BBQ

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM held its third annual Staff Appreciation Lunch at the Turney Center Correctional Facility, the company’s manufacturing location, July 14. The celebration was created to recognize the efforts of the company’s 200 offender workforce and correctional officers for their hard work, and to ensure they feel a part of the American OEM family, according to the manufacturer. During the event management staff served the offenders a home cooked

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WFCA, NWFA offer joint membership

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) have joined forces to offer a membership program that combines the resources of both organizations as part of an overall effort to enhance benefits for independent flooring dealers across the country. NWFA members electing to participate in the joint membership program will have access to a host of benefits including: discounted booth space at TISE, access to scholarship

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    Dal-Tile renews agreement with D.R. Horton

Dal-Tile renews agreement with D.R. Horton

Dallas—Dal-Tile Corp. was recently renewed as the “exclusive tile provider” for America’s largest home builder by volume, D.R. Horton. In addition, Dal-Tile was also selected as the home builder’s “preferred countertop provider.” Dal-Tile manufactures and owns top tile brands, including Daltile, American Olean and Marazzi. “In this relationship, America’s largest home builder and America’s largest tile manufacturer become a formidable force to bring the highest levels of design, quality and

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    Stepevi debuts ‘Sparkle’ rug collection

Stepevi debuts ‘Sparkle’ rug collection

New York—Stepevi will celebrate the beginning of summer with the launch of its new collection Sparkle. Inspired by the metallic quality of fine lurex fibers, Sparkle lends a tasteful touch of opulence to any space and can be customized to any size and/or shape. Produced using a new tufting technique, the handcrafted rugs feature superior silk, wool, viscose and metallic lurex materials that, when combined, give the collection its appearance

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NTCA completes first year of apprenticeship program

Flowood, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has completed the first year of related content for its apprenticeship program. Year one of the two-year online training program is composed of 64 courses that serve as an introduction to the tile industry, beginning with the basics of cutting, mixing and grouting, and moving to surface preparation, underlayment application and other installation processes. With 500 enrollments for the first year of curriculum,

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    Floors & More taps Cherico as vice president

Floors & More taps Cherico as vice president

Auburn, Mass.—Floors & More, the buying group that includes the Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet franchise and the Floor To Ceiling membership group, has appointed Mike Cherico as vice president. Cherico’s responsibilities will include recruitment of new members and franchisees, enhancing vendor relationships and programs, and leading the members services team. “Mike is a proven industry leader and veteran, who will increase our scale dramatically and play a key role in executing

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    FCLC to hold second Installation Summit

FCLC to hold second Installation Summit

Orlando, Fla.—Leaders from across the flooring industry will convene at the second Installation Summit next month here, according to Robert Blochinger, president, National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors, and chairman of the Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC). Retail owners, executives and other key personnel will meet on August 16 to discuss the installation crisis affecting the industry, progress made since leaders began addressing the problem and methods for furthering that

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    Metroflor launches floor visualizer on website

Metroflor launches floor visualizer on website

Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor Corp. has enhanced its website to include a new interactive feature that enables consumers to gain a realistic view of how Metroflor products will look in room settings. The FlorVisualizer showcases the portfolio of Metroflor brands—Engage Genesis, Engage, Konecto, Metroflor LVT and Artistek LVT—with the option of exploring them in myriad ways online. The journey begins by choosing a room scene from the photo library, which features everything from

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    Obit: Americo Amorim

Obit: Americo Amorim

Americo Amorim, known as the King of Cork for building his fortune on cork stoppers and believed to be Portugal’s wealthiest man, has died. He was 82. Amorim’s fortune was recently estimated by Forbes at 4.4 billion euros ($5 billion). His company, Corticeira Amorim, is the world leader in cork production. The board of directors of his Corticeira Amorim Group announced his death, adding a statement to their website to

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    Beaulieu Group files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Beaulieu Group files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Dalton—Beaulieu Group LLC announced that it has filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division. According to Beaulieu, the company’s existing lenders have agreed to continue to support the company by providing debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing that will be combined with its cash from operations to ensure and support continued business operations. “Beaulieu family members and our board of managers

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    fcB2B to unveil new standards at 2017 meeting

fcB2B to unveil new standards at 2017 meeting

Dalton—fcB2B will hold its annual meeting at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Aug. 15-17, according to Scott Humphrey, CEO, WFCA. The event will coincide with the CFI Convention and other industry events. “This year’s conference will include an unveiling and implemention of an all new set of floor covering B2B standards,” said Phil Zolan, executive director, fcB2B. These standards will address a laundry list of issues and “pain

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    MSI finds ‘window of opportunity’ with recycled glass

MSI finds ‘window of opportunity’ with recycled glass

By Nicole Murray Over the years, floor covering manufacturers have incorporated recycled materials into their products—the most common examples including used tires repurposed for rubber flooring; old wood panels recovered from dilapidated barns or railroad ties re-milled for rustic-plank flooring; and sawdust captured from woodworking operations that is then converted into MDF fiberboard for laminate flooring planks. MS International (MSI) continues in that tradition with the launch of Urban Cool,

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    FCITS makes changes for the future

FCITS makes changes for the future

Dalton—Beth Brown, current president and CEO of Flooring Consultants & Inspector Training Service (FCITS), recently purchased the company and hired 30-year industry veteran Joe Denman as director of technical services and training. In addition Ken Downey, former president of FCITS, announced his retirement. FCITS plans to update its curriculum and expand course offerings as a result of the new ownership. “First on the list, is a commercial carpet inspection class,”

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    Pharr Yarns launches new brand identity

Pharr Yarns launches new brand identity

McAdenville, N.C.—Pharr, formerly referred to as Pharr Yarns, has launched its new brand identity. The company—now known as Pharr, a family of companies—includes the following organizations: Pharr Fibers & Yarns, Pharr High Performance (HP), Phenix Flooring, Strand Hospitality Services, and Belmont Land & Investment. “This new brand launch is an exciting culmination of months of hard work repositioning Pharr and our five business units,” said Bill Carstarphen, president and CEO

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Bostik video chronicles 2017 DNG mosaic mural campaign

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American OEM honors workforce with annual BBQ

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM held its third annual Staff Appreciation Lunch at the Turney Center Correctional Facility, the company’s manufacturing location, July 14. The celebration was created to recognize the efforts

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Karndean Designflooring updates Floorstyle tool

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring has released an updated version of its Floorstyle online design tool to include additional designflooring capabilities. Floorstyle is an interactive room viewer containing the company’s full product

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WFCA, NWFA offer joint membership

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) have joined forces to offer a membership program that combines the resources of both organizations as part of

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