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    Armstrong Flooring raises Airbase dealers to ‘Elite’ status

Armstrong Flooring raises Airbase dealers to ‘Elite’ status

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has announced that all 12 AirBase Carpet and Tile superstore locations have achieved Elite Retailer status. The retailers serve markets in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Jersey and South Carolina. “We are proud to recognize and thank AirBase for their continuing excellence and commitment to the Armstrong Flooring Elite Program,” said Tom Cole, senior channel marketing manager, aligned retail, Armstrong Flooring. “They are consistently on the forefront of

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    Credit: Financing options benefit retailers, consumers

Credit: Financing options benefit retailers, consumers

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Lindsay Baillie   With competition for the consumer’s disposable dollars heating up in the home improvement retail sector, more floor covering dealers are relying on credit programs to gain an advantage. These financing options not only provide consumers with more flexibility in making their purchases, but they also open the gateway to bigger tickets for floor covering retailers. According to a recent

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    Wood: Mythbusters set the record straight on bamboo

Wood: Mythbusters set the record straight on bamboo

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Reginald Tucker   When it comes to selling bamboo, a big draw is the category’s well-known environmental, aesthetic and performance attributes. But achieving consistent success in retailing the product also requires educating the consumer or end user about the product’s attributes, advantages and limitations. FCNews recently rounded up several bamboo experts—including David Keegan, president and CEO, Bamboo Hardwoods; Philippe Erramuzpe, COO of

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    Wood: Wide-width surge fuels sales upgrade opportunities

Wood: Wide-width surge fuels sales upgrade opportunities

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Reginald Tucker   The growing popularity of wide-width/long-length planks reflects consumer demand for hardwood floors that add depth and character to living spaces, design experts say. What this means for retailers is many of these wider/longer products—which, by their very nature, entail greater use of the raw material—retail in the high-middle to upper end of the register. This has the dual effect

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    Reader’s helps Houston recoup after Hurricane Harvey

Reader’s helps Houston recoup after Hurricane Harvey

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9   The following is the 10th installment in a series highlighting the 14 distributors that constitute Bravo Services, a group comprising many of the top flooring wholesalers in the country. Here we focus on Reader’s Wholesale, based in Houston. Reader’s Wholesale has been a fixture in Houston for eight decades, so when Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on southeastern Texas in late August—flooding large

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    Manufacturer spotlight: Uniboard striving to become retailers’ go-to supplier

Manufacturer spotlight: Uniboard striving to become retailers’ go-to supplier

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Reginald Tucker   Laval, Quebec, Canada—Uniboard is working hard to dispel the outdated notion that it is just a laminate flooring producer. With its recent foray into the engineered hardwood flooring sector and, now, the rigid core arena, the quality-minded manufacturer is seeking to establish itself as the go-to source for retailers and distributors seeking an array of well-made, hard surface products.

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    Beyond flooring: Daltile countertop program—A new revenue stream for retailers

Beyond flooring: Daltile countertop program—A new revenue stream for retailers

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9   Floor covering retailers are constantly seeking fresh ways to boost their bottom line, whether it’s expanding product offerings or entering new businesses altogether. To that end, with this issue FCNews launches its exclusive partnership with Dal-Tile, a major player in the countertop segment, in producing an ongoing editorial series that demonstrates how retailers can make money via this lucrative category. A profitable

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    Living Product Expo: Tarkett pushes boundaries of sustainable building

Living Product Expo: Tarkett pushes boundaries of sustainable building

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   Pittsburgh—There are flooring companies that like to stake their claim to the “green” label when, in reality, their products mostly meet baseline certification for sustainability. And then there are those few companies that take responsible manufacturing to an entirely different plane. That short list includes Tarkett. From eco-design and installation to recycling and reuse, Tarkett has demonstrated over decades

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My take: Who says there’s no news in flooring?

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Steven Feldman   It’s a pretty rare occurrence these days when a big story breaks in the flooring industry. It’s not like 20 years ago when every five minutes Shaw, Mohawk, Beaulieu and/or Armstrong were making significant acquisitions. So with that, consider this issue of FCNews somewhat of a throwback. In most weeks, the presentation of our Al Wahnon Lifetime Achievement Award

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    3M, Jon-Don tandem targets pro cleaners

3M, Jon-Don tandem targets pro cleaners

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Lindsay Baillie   3M, the leader in stain protection for many consumer goods, including flooring, has partnered with Jon-Don, an exclusive distributor of Scotchgard Protector and other 3M products, to reach professional cleaners across the U.S. 3M continues to help fight off carpet stains and messes with its Scotchgard Protector—a product applied by a professional cleaner after a carpet has been scrubbed.

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    Empire Today shutters all physical locations

Empire Today shutters all physical locations

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   Empire Today, the shop-at-home giant, has closed its three stand-alone locations in New York and Virginia, and shuttered its store-within-a-store concept in JCPenney locations in Florida and Tampa, FCNews has learned. There was no official announcement from Empire Today, nor private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, which acquired Empire in November 2016. Brian Schwartz, executive managing director of H.I.G., did

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    Engineered Floors poised to purchase Beaulieu Group

Engineered Floors poised to purchase Beaulieu Group

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   Dalton–Engineered Floors’ agreement to purchase substantially all operating assets of Beaulieu Group—a deal pending bankruptcy court approval—would make EF a dominant No. 3 player in the carpet segment, a billion-dollar player overall, trailing only industry titans Shaw and Mohawk. If approved, which is expected, the deal could be consummated in November. Back on Sept. 20, Engineered Floors and Beaulieu

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    Thabet receives FCNews’ Lifetime  Achievement Award

Thabet receives FCNews’ Lifetime Achievement Award

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9   St. Georges, Quebec, Canada—Pierre Thabet, owner of Boa-Franc, makers of the Mirage prefinished hardwood flooring brand, was honored Sept. 14 with Floor Covering News’ sixth annual Al Wahnon Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Thabet by publisher and editorial director Steven Feldman, associate publisher Dustin Aaronson and sales associate Nadia Ramlakhan at Boa-Franc’s headquarters here. Floor Covering News established the

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    Digital Marketing: Ready-made outreach programs at dealers’ fingertips

Digital Marketing: Ready-made outreach programs at dealers’ fingertips

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Lindsay Baillie   Most retailers know they have to invest in digital marketing. However, not all dealers have the time or resources to run an effective digital campaign. While various marketing companies are available to provide digital help, flooring manufacturers are also stepping up to assist retailers. Following is a sampling of some of the digital marketing initiatives currently available for retailers

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Armstrong Flooring receives FloorScore certification for solid hardwood products

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has achieved FloorScore certification for the company’s solid hardwood products including the Armstrong, Bruce and Capella brands. All Armstrong wood manufacturing facilities including Beverly, W.Va., Warren, Ark., and West Plains, Mo., are now FloorScore certified. FloorScore is a certification program that helps specifiers and end users easily identify manufacturers and products that adhere to the strictest standards for indoor environmental practices and production. Armstrong has a long

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Carpet One reveals 2017 pink ribbon welcome mat

Manchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home released its 2017 collection of pink ribbon welcome mats to support breast cancer research, with 18 new mats that are stylish, humorous or whimsical to

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Armstrong Flooring raises Airbase dealers to ‘Elite’ status

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has announced that all 12 AirBase Carpet and Tile superstore locations have achieved Elite Retailer status. The retailers serve markets in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Jersey and

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Galleher, 3M provide support for fire relief

San Francisco—Galleher and 3M are partnering to help those impacted by the fires in California. Both companies are sending food, clothing and supplies to people in need in Napa, Solano

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