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    FCLC commissions research initiative on installation crisis

FCLC commissions research initiative on installation crisis

LaGrange, Ga.—The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) has commissioned a strategic research initiative to lead the industry through the next phase of resolving the flooring installation crisis. In September, members of FCLC worked with an industry consultant to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the research project. Four research firms were selected and made proposals for the program. In December, coalition members within FCLC met with the contenders and

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Laticrete honored with 2017 Family Business Award

Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete was honored at Hartford Business Journal’s 2017 Family Business Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in family-owned businesses across the Northeastern region. “This award pays tribute to my parents, Dr. Henry M. Rothberg and Lillian Rosenstock Rothberg, and the company they took from a basement invention to a global powerhouse,” said David Rothberg, chairman and CEO of Laticrete. “We’re proud to have three generations—including four of their grandchildren—carrying on

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    Installation: Today’s adhesives in lockstep with ‘green’ flooring trends

Installation: Today’s adhesives in lockstep with ‘green’ flooring trends

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Lindsay Baillie   As more floor covering manufacturers embrace environmentally friendly practices in the development of their products, producers of adhesives and installation materials are following suit. Many of today’s green glues tout key attributes such as low-to-zero VOCs, are solvent free and are indoor air quality certified to high standards, thereby contributing to LEED. These qualities are beneficial to not only

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    FCLC tackles installation crisis head on

FCLC tackles installation crisis head on

Orlando—The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC), a coalition of 11 flooring industry trade associations, convened its annual fall meeting to address installation—the most vexing issue facing the flooring industry today. The meeting, which coincided with its second annual installation summit, prioritized objectives and confirmed a plan of action for the coming year. The industry leaders acknowledge they cannot solve the challenge of installation until the scope of the problem has

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    Wagner Meters, Sitefotos partner to benefit flooring professionals

Wagner Meters, Sitefotos partner to benefit flooring professionals

Rogue River, Ore.—Wagner Meters and Sitefotos have partnered to enable the integration of Sitefotos’ photo documentation app with Wagner’s Rapid RH Bluetooth Smart Reader. This partnership allows flooring contractors and other users of the Sitefotos app to read Rapid RH data via Bluetooth and automatically upload the readings to the user’s account in the cloud. The moisture readings, along with any photos, are tagged to the location and project. They are

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    Laticrete Supercap offers solution to OSHA silica dust regulation

Laticrete Supercap offers solution to OSHA silica dust regulation

Bethany, Conn.—Independent third-party testing has confirmed that Laticrete Supercap can help contractors and installers comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new workplace standards that reduces the allowable amount of exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust in construction projects. Fuss & O’Neill, an independent industrial hygiene consultant, conducted the testing at a Boston University construction project. The consultant concluded an installation of Supercap SC500 through the patented Supercap

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My Take: Installation—It’s time for the call to action

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Steven Feldman   We forever talk about the shortage of installers, to the point of often dubbing this the “installation crisis,” but how many of us are doing anything about it? I mean, many retailers throughout the country are finding innovative ways to recruit, train and retain mechanics, but unless you’ve spent the last decade burying your head in the sand like

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Certified Floorcovering Installers Association goes global

Forney, Texas—Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) has expanded its presence in China, according to Robert Varden, vice president. Negotiations to establish a CFI satellite operation in Shanghai have been underway since last summer. “A year’s worth of planning, negotiating and research has culminated in a partnership with the Shanghai Chemical Building Materials Trade Association (SCBMTA),” Varden said. “Our new arrangement in China represents CFI’s first free-standing overseas operation.” The new

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INSTALL sees continued growth in Southern U.S.

Glassboro, N.J.—INSTALL has recently set a goal of establishing at least six new Southern INSTALL contractors in 2018. Southern expansion has been a key initiative for the organization since 2016. As INSTALL continues to increase its presence in key markets across the country, it will maintain its focus on council-to-council and contractor support. This relationship provides contractors with the opportunity to enter viable construction markets and establish new offices, allowing

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    Fuse Alliance, Starnet Worldwide join forces to address industry issues

Fuse Alliance, Starnet Worldwide join forces to address industry issues

Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Fuse Alliance and Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring are forming a joint task force to focus on critical issues facing the commercial flooring industry. During a meeting last month in Chicago, both groups’ board of directors identified the task force as a collaborative step toward supporting each networks’ members and better serving their manufacturers. The task force will address long-standing industry concerns such as moisture mitigation—including high-moisture solutions—and labor

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    New Mapei solutions meet installation needs

New Mapei solutions meet installation needs

Deerfield Beach, Fla.—To meet the challenges inherent in the repairing and smoothing of existing gypsum underlayments before the installation of floor coverings, Mapei is complementing its traditional self-leveling technologies with two new high-performance, gypsum-based solutions—Planitex SL high-flow, gypsum self-leveling underlayment and Planitex SLF fiber-reinforced, gypsum self-leveling underlayment. Planitex SL and Planitex SLF are for use in dry interior residential and commercial areas. Planitex SL has high-flow characteristics, is easy to

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    Ardex releases new self-leveling concrete topping with aggregate surface

Ardex releases new self-leveling concrete topping with aggregate surface

Aliquippa, Pa.—Ardex Americas has announced that its Ardex K 521 self-leveling concrete topping with aggregate surface is now available for purchase at Ardex distributors throughout North America. Ardex K 521 is a self-leveling topping used for fast track resurfacing, smoothing or leveling of various indoor concrete and certain non-porous surfaces. Ardex K 521 can be installed from 3/8” up to 2”, walked on in 2-3 hours and polishing can begin in

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    Installation: Subfloor prep  tips from the trade

Installation: Subfloor prep tips from the trade

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Lindsay Baillie   The success of any flooring project begins with the proper substrate preparation. That’s according to expert installers and manufacturers who say any mistakes during the earlier stages of installation can cause trouble for all involved—consumer, retailer and contractor—years down the road. FCNews rounded up several installation experts who provided helpful guidelines to consider when preparing a subfloor. Clean the

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    Schönox ‘Worst Subfloor Contest’ focuses on fixing what lies beneath

Schönox ‘Worst Subfloor Contest’ focuses on fixing what lies beneath

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   Schönox on June 1 formally opened this year’s annual Worst Subfloor Contest with the theme, “What lies beneath?” It’s a question that, according to Schönox, reflects a common worry flooring professionals often have when tackling a challenging flooring project. “With Schönox, our approach is to develop subfloor products that can address even the most challenging conditions, knowing that success

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    CFI ‘steps up its game’ as installation issues linger

CFI ‘steps up its game’ as installation issues linger

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   Orlando, Fla.—After two years at a Courtyard Marriott in Grapevine, Texas, the Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) moved its annual convention to the expansive Rosen Shingle Creek, an opulent 255-acre, AAA Four Diamond resort with 500,000 square feet of meeting/ event space. The change in venue was no accident. “It was time to step up our game,” Robert Varden, vice

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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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