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NWFA announces keynote speaker for Wood Flooring Expo

St. Louis – The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is pleased to announce that Howard Putnum, former CEO of Southwest Airlines, will be the keynote speaker at its 2013 Wood Flooring Expo.  The event will be held April 2-5 in Dallas at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.

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    Mannington organizes a litter cleanup

Mannington organizes a litter cleanup

Salem, NJ —Mannington Mills, in cooperation with Ocean Conservancy and New Jersey Clean Communities, did its part to clean up the local environment.  The “Green Team Recyclers,” a group of Mannington associates who raise environmental awareness through events and education, spent a portion of their day on Friday, October 5th, cleaning up litter and trash left by fishermen and motorists around the entrance to Mannington Mills.

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    Surya awards top reps

Surya awards top reps

Calhoun, GA — Surya, a leading manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories, announced yesterday the winners of a special sales contest at an award ceremony held at High Point Market. More than 60 Surya sales representatives, operating nationally, have been competing for cash prizes totaling $100,000 over the last year.  As part of the contest, sales representatives were challenged to open new accounts, expand existing accounts, and increase overall

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Al’s Column

GOLD STANDARD: The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) is now accepting nominations for its annual Gold Standard Award. The honor is presented each year to one WFCA member retailer who has been in business at least three years and exemplifies the standards of the organization and has created an outstanding retail experience. Dealers will be judged on four criteria—  knowledgeable management and staff; providing courteous customer service throughout the selling

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Ignorance is free

by Kelly Kramer (Second of two parts) In flooring, and many other industries for that matter, “free” is the code word for ignorant buyers—ignorance that’s played upon by deceptive sellers. Just a reminder: Ignorance means “a lack of knowledge.” We’re all ignorant to a wealth of topics; take the word for what it is when dealing with your prospective buyers. Every consumer feels it’s his or her duty to get

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    Dal-Tile opens interactive design studio

Dal-Tile opens interactive design studio

By Louis Iannaco Dallas—Just outside the downtown area here, an eclectic assortment of antique shops, architectural firms and design studios have replaced what was once a fading industrial complex. The newest addition to this urban revival mosaic is a cutting-edge design studio, conceived by Dal-Tile and brought to life by designers, for designers. This is Dal-Tile’s 10th studio and features tile and stone in every conceivable shape, color and size,

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    Technology gives consumers more options

Technology gives consumers more options

By Louis Iannaco In recent years, the bamboo segment has been one of the industry’s most dynamic, growing exponentially in popularity. Whether it’s the idea of bringing the outdoors inside, an increasing sense of environmental responsibility or designers using a myriad of new applications, flooring manufacturers have answered the call with more options.

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Credit gives retailers a boost in sales

By Emily J. Cappiello One of the most important ways to increase floor covering sales is credit. When the economy dipped, consumers had a hard time getting credit, but now that consumer spending has increased, credit lenders like GE Capital, TD Retail Card Services and Wells Fargo are ensuring retailers have the means to create blossoming sales. Private-label credit cards are one way retailers offer credit to consumers. “It gives

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    There’s nothing like spending an occasion with friends

There’s nothing like spending an occasion with friends

The first Tuesday in October came and went like an autumn breeze, just like any other day. It felt neither different nor special. I was somewhat surprised. After all, it’s not every day you turn 50. For some time, I had been contemplating how I would spend the day. (There was no 25-year celebration because my dad had passed a couple of months prior.) This time, I wanted memorable, preferably

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    Baker Bros.’ Koufidakis elected president of NFA

Baker Bros.’ Koufidakis elected president of NFA

  By Steven Feldman Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands—Phil Koufidakis, president of Phoenix area retailer Baker Bros., has been elected president of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA). He will succeed Jim Mudd, president of Sam Kinnairds in Louisville, Ky., at the end of the year.

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FTC revises guide for environmental marketing claims

NEW GUIDELINES SEEK TO ELIMINATE GREENWASHING By Melissa McGuire In an attempt to continue the elimination of greenwashing, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a revision of its Green Guides (Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims) for marketers/manufacturers to further ensure their products’ claims are accurate and truthful. The changes contain updates to the existing Guides as well as new sections on the use of carbon offsets,

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    USGBC’s 2012 Leadership Awards highlight innovators in sustainability

USGBC’s 2012 Leadership Awards highlight innovators in sustainability

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its 2012 Leadership Awards, recognizing individuals who contribute to the evolution of green buildings and communities as a vehicle to enhance quality of life. Awards will be presented at the Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 15, during USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held in San Francisco, Calif.

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Centiva announces new creative director of brand and design

Florence, AL – Centiva is pleased to announce the promotion of Leigh Przyborski to creative director of brand and design, effective October 1, 2012. Przyborski joined Centiva in 2004, most recently serving as senior designer where she led the development of the company’s web and social media presence in addition to its latest advertising platform.  During her tenure with Centiva, she has also aided in the development of new products. 

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Teragren’s complete bamboo line certified USDA BioPreferred

Bainbridge Island, Wash. –Teragren, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for their complete line of bamboo building products. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the products’ amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds prescribed USDA levels. Biobased products are goods composed in whole or significant part of agricultural, forestry or marine materials.

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    Armstrong’s Striations Biobased Tile honored at the 2012 Symposium Distinction Awards

Armstrong’s Striations Biobased Tile honored at the 2012 Symposium Distinction Awards

Nancy Jo Hauck, vp business development, Symposium presents an award to Christy Reed, Armstrong. Armstrong’s Striations BioBased Tile from Armstrong Commercial Floors took top honors at the 2012 Symposium Distinction Awards sponsored by FacilityCare magazine, winning both Architect’s Choice and Best in Show.

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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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