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    Distributors, retailers upbeat about 2018 prospects

Distributors, retailers upbeat about 2018 prospects

December 18/25, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 14 By Ken Ryan   Flooring retailers and distributors are all but guaranteeing that 2018 will be a banner year for business, with signs pointing toward healthy growth both residentially and commercially. While the known (shortage of skilled labor) and the unknown (geopolitical strife) could threaten the feel-good story, the consensus among flooring observers is 2018 will be the best year in the last

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Bostik introduces Pro Rewards contractor loyalty program

Wauwatosa, Wis.—Bostik has created an incentive program specifically tailored for installation professionals. Bostik Pro Rewards offers contractors the opportunity to earn reward points which ultimately may be redeemed for thousands of brand name items, travel rewards and much more, all while growing their respective businesses. “Bostik offers specialty installation products and systems for any flooring project, commercial or residential,” said Scott Banda, Bostik’s director of marketing and business development. “We

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    Chameleon Power debuts next-gen software at NAHB International Builders’ show

Chameleon Power debuts next-gen software at NAHB International Builders’ show

Novi, Mich.—Chameleon Power, a leader in photorealistic visualization technology in 2D, 3D, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, will debut the next generation of its comprehensive set of software applications for home builders at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in January (Booth #W7271). This suite of tools helps builders to market their homes more effectively, and assists home buyers through the entire design and selection process. Chameleon Power builder’s software includes:  Lead Generation

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    Retailers recall top intros of 2017

Retailers recall top intros of 2017

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lindsay Baillie   FCNews asked retailers to name the top flooring introductions of 2017. It should come as no surprise that the responses covered a broad range of products across the spectrum—LVT/WPC, wood, laminate and carpet. Some of the products identified were updated designs and looks from intros of 2016, while others were completely new launches. Following is an overview of

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    Starnet fall conference: Members look to finish the year on a high note

Starnet fall conference: Members look to finish the year on a high note

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Reginald Tucker   Atlanta—The momentum generated at Starnet’s spring conference and silver anniversary celebration earlier this year (FCNews, May 8/15) appears to have carried all the way over into the group’s fall meeting here this month as members expressed widespread optimism that business will finish strong to close out 2017. “2017 has been good for Starnet members overall,” said Jeanne Matson, president

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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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    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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    Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Lindsay Baillie The resilient category continues to follow its blazing path from 2016 with aggressive growth just six months into 2017. Industry observers attribute this activity once again to the industry’s “darlings”—LVT, WPC and rigid core. Based on FCNews research, LVT and its subcategories accounted for 42.3% of residential volume and 67.6% of residential dollars in 2016. Observers expect numbers in 2017

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Mannington Commercial enjoys success at NeoCon

Chicago—Mannington Commercial kicked off NeoCon 2017 with the launch of new hard and soft surface flooring products and a new showroom. The company also reported higher showroom traffic of visiting architects, interior designers and other specifiers than ever before. New products featured LVT and carpet designed by the in-house Mannington Design Studio, under the leadership of Roby Isaac, vice president of commercial design, as well as collaborations with the Los

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    Armstrong Flooring wins multiple ADEX awards

Armstrong Flooring wins multiple ADEX awards

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has been honored with a total of six ADEX awards—five Platinum and one Gold. ADEX stands for Awards for Design Excellence and is among the largest and most prestigious awards program for product and project design in the Architecture and Design industry. Conducted each year by Design Journal, the annual competition draws approximately 2,852 entries from 500 companies. The 2017 award-winning products are: Woodland Relics. This collection

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    Floors & More looks toward a bright future

Floors & More looks toward a bright future

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 Las Vegas—Floors & More has bold plans in store for the future. The retail buying group, which includes the Floor To Ceiling and the Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet divisions, outlined some of its plans during its annual convention held here earlier this year. Vinnie Virga, CEO and founder, said he believes there will be more change in the industry in the next

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Armstrong Flooring to showcase new products, designs at NeoCon 2017

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring returns to NeoCon 2017 to showcase its commitment as a design-focused, innovative and reliable source for commercial designers and interior architects. As the largest annual commercial interiors show in North America, NeoCon is the ideal place to showcase the brand’s newest products and designs. NeoCon attendees will be able to experience Armstrong Flooring in the Merchandise Mart in booth #7. With vertical markets constantly on the search

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    Bamboo, cork intros offer flair for the  dramatic

Bamboo, cork intros offer flair for the dramatic

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   As sub-segments of the hardwood flooring category, cork and bamboo are heralded for their eco-friendly attributes. Beyond their notable green characteristics, however, new cork and bamboo products are also renowned for their stunning visuals, durability, comfort underfoot and water-resistant properties. Following is an overview of some of the latest products cork and bamboo suppliers have to offer. Bamboo

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    Ceramic: Coverings to put the spotlight on latest trends, education

Ceramic: Coverings to put the spotlight on latest trends, education

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   Coverings, touted as the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, returns to Orlando with new features and a robust education program. Slated for April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, the show promises to deliver something for everyone. Some of the main points of interest for attendees include the show’s three pavilions—Spain, Italy and North

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    NWFA 2017 preview: Training, networking, products galore

NWFA 2017 preview: Training, networking, products galore

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker   Excitement is building for the 2017 National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) conference and exhibition, set to kick off April 11–14 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Named one of the 50 fastest-growing trade shows for five consecutive years, NWFA will feature scores of vendors showcasing the latest in hardwood flooring products, installation tools and accessories; dynamic keynote speakers and expert

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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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WF Taylor, Smell Away Solutions form strategic alliance

Overland Park, Kansas—WF Taylor and Smell Away Solutions have established a strategic relationship for Taylor to distribute the Smell Zapper line of odor elimination products throughout the United States. WF

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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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