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    New multi-family housing rides rollercoaster in 2017

New multi-family housing rides rollercoaster in 2017

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By K.J. Quinn   Builders and residential contractors experienced a rollercoaster ride serving the multi-family housing market in 2017, observers reported, as this volatile business saw demand fluctuate by quarter and macro issues impede growth. “When the final data come in, we expect multi-family starts to be down almost 10% over the course of 2017,” said Robert Dietz, senior vice president and chief

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    Randy Merritt: Letter to the editor

Randy Merritt: Letter to the editor

Dear Friends, Where does time go? It is hard to believe that it has been almost 42 years since Shaw Industries offered me a job as a trainee in the spring of 1976. I remember the day well…I could not say “yes” fast enough! With everything I owned in the back of a Vega station wagon, Dalton became my new home. Over the past 41 years I have been so

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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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    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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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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    Laticrete taps Maheu as North America director, product management

Laticrete taps Maheu as North America director, product management

Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete has hired Spencer Maheu as the North America director, product management. Maheu will supervise the Laticrete team of product managers in driving new product innovation across the North American region through the continued development and diversification of the company’s integrated marketing communications. “Spencer has the background and experience that will push our company’s product innovation further, allowing Laticrete to continue providing cutting-edge solutions for our customers,” said Sean

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CFI annual convention sees records attendance

Forney, Texas—The 24th annual CFI Convention saw a record-breaking number of attendees from every sector of the flooring industry, according to Robert Varden, vice president, Certified Floorcovering Installers Association. The event, which kicked off Aug. 16 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, spanned three days and commenced with a welcome reception sponsored by Royal Adhesives, Traxx, Tarkett, Parabond, Tools4Flooring.com and Sponge Cushion. The event included programs, training and networking

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    Private-label programs support distributors, dealers

Private-label programs support distributors, dealers

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Reginald Tucker   For many floor covering distributors, private-label programs provide opportunities to differentiate themselves in a marketplace or region where competing companies might offer the same, or similarly constructed, products. By that same token, some specialty retailers—particularly those who are buying group members—see private-label offerings as a way to compete against the big boxes that often carry well-known manufacturer brands. While

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My take: Make no mistake—The future of retail is here

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Steven Feldman   What does Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods mean to you? Probably nothing. Possibly everything. At the very least, if you are a Whole Foods shopper, you are going to see lower prices. Gone are the days of referring to Whole Foods as “Whole Paycheck.” It happened immediately after the $13.7 billion deal closed Aug. 28. Shoppers realized an instantaneous

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    Lanning to stay on as Haines senior CEO advisor

Lanning to stay on as Haines senior CEO advisor

Glen Burnie, Md.—Haines’ Hoy Lanning has agreed to stay with the company as senior CEO advisor. Lanning originally planned to retire at the end of 2017. After working with the new leadership team at Haines there was mutual agreement for Lanning to remain as part of the executive leadership team for the foreseeable future. “We have worked very hard the last three years integrating Haines and CMH,” Lanning said. “The

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    FCLC holds strategic planning meeting, funds installation research

FCLC holds strategic planning meeting, funds installation research

Orlando, Fla.—The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) held its annual fall meeting Aug. 16, here, in conjunction with the Second Annual Installation Summit. The primary focus of the FCLC meeting was to hold a facilitated strategic planning session designed to prioritize objectives and confirm a plan of action for the coming year. Volunteer leaders and executive staff from 11 flooring associations participated in the meeting. The FCLC noted it cannot

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Karndean to host Korlok launch party

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring invites area architects, designers, retailers and homeowners to celebrate its new rigid core interlocking floor and find out why “everything clicks with Korlok” at the company’s U.S. corporate showroom and headquarters, Aug. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. After more than three years in development, join Karndean for the unveiling of its new Korlok collection, comprised of 12 colors in a 56 x 9 format that features

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Emser Tile expands East Coast, Midwest operations

Suffolk, Va.–Emser Tile has opened its third distribution center in North America. This Suffolk, Va., location will service the growing East Coast and Midwest markets. The distribution center expands the company’s resources to account for a growing product portfolio and increased customer demand. The new 400,000-square-foot distribution center, with the capacity to expand to 850,000 square feet, stems from Emser Tile’s considerable growth and increased inventory, and supports Emser Tile’s

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Karndean Designflooring introduces Vantage program

Export, Pa.–Karndean Designflooring has announced the introduction of its online retailer platform, Karndean Vantage. The program, a new support system for continued growth, is designed to provide its retail partners with access to qualified sales leads, a more detailed “Find A Retailer” store profile, online ordering and marketing materials. All aspects of the Vantage program will be live in early 2018. Karndean Vantage gives retailers the tools they need to

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    M-D launches new corporate website

M-D launches new corporate website

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada—M-D Building Products has launched its new corporate website. The site functions as a one-stop space showcasing the company’s culture, values, history, career opportunities and manufacturing capabilities and aims to be a valuable source of information for all stakeholders, according to the company. The M-D Building Products site also provides an in depth look at the M-D business as a whole, representing the breadth of the company’s multiple

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WFCA, ESR Commercial become partners

Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has developed a new business partnership with ESR Commercial, the country’s largest trade association real estate broker. With more than 35 years of

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Novalis taps Ehrlich as VP of sales, marketing

Toronto, Canada—Novalis Innovative Flooring has tapped industry veteran Steve Ehrlich as vice president of sales and marketing for its North American operations. Ehrlich most recently directed new business activity at Invista

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Crossville unveils 2018 Color Trends look book

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has released its 2018 Color Trends look book, forecasting the use of black and rich, shadowy hues in commercial and residential design in the coming year. In addition

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