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    Latest cushion products promote performance enhancements

Latest cushion products promote performance enhancements

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Nicole Murray As consumer flooring trends continue to lean toward hard surfaces—specifically LVT, WPC and SPC—underlayment manufacturers are innovating to stay ahead as well as provide dealers with upsell opportunities. During Surfaces earlier this year, a host of underlayment manufacturers exhibited their latest products made for all types of flooring. Amorim showcased its underlayment for LVT and WPC applications. “We have tweaked

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    Spring product offerings ‘unseen’ at Surfaces

Spring product offerings ‘unseen’ at Surfaces

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   While the vast majority of flooring companies exhibit at Surfaces, there are a handful of companies that do not partake in the big show, preferring other venues in which to introduce their new wares. Several of these offerings will be available soon and are worth a closer look. Here are some of the spring introductions unseen at Surfaces. Metroflor

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    Technology: Flooring software aims to bring simplicity to daily workflow

Technology: Flooring software aims to bring simplicity to daily workflow

March 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 19 By Lindsay Baillie   Las Vegas—Business management, estimating and measuring software manufacturers continue to serve up solutions to simplify flooring dealers’ daily processes. At Surfaces, these companies showed off the latest programs and apps in cloud- and browser-based formats for both residential and commercial businesses. The following is an overview of some of the new programs and apps unveiled during Surfaces 2018. Comp-U-Floor

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My take: Best of Surfaces entries that just missed

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Steven Feldman   This issue celebrates the Best of Surfaces winners, the awards competition co-sponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa Exhibitions, owners and operators of The International Surface Event, for the past seven years. The competition highlights innovation, technology, sustainability, style and design, and best large and small booths on display at the industry’s premier event. It is structured in such

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    Best of Surfaces honors innovation, booth space design

Best of Surfaces honors innovation, booth space design

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By FCNews staff   Las Vegas—Six manufacturers were voted best of class in the 2018 Best of Surfaces competition, a contest sponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa Exhibitions, which owns and operates The International Surface Event. The awards program, now in its seventh year, has become the benchmark for new product excellence and booth design at the industry’s premier trade show. The

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    Surfaces Laminate Coverage: Suppliers look to cash in on waterproof craze

Surfaces Laminate Coverage: Suppliers look to cash in on waterproof craze

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Reginald Tucker   Water, water everywhere. Some of the laminate booth spaces at Surfaces this year looked more like aquariums than traditional room vignettes with all the fish tanks and waterfalls touting the products’ enhanced water-resistant or waterproof capabilities. It’s a trend that manufacturers are looking to leverage. Case in point is Mohawk, which has revamped the way it is marketing its

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    Surfaces Ceramic Coverage: Tiles go bigger, colors stay neutral

Surfaces Ceramic Coverage: Tiles go bigger, colors stay neutral

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Nicole Murray   One thing still seems to be true regarding the tile trends at this year’s Surfaces: the bigger the better. Large slabs with infinite design possibilities due to printing technologies were seen all over the showroom floor in varied thicknesses. These new slabs are available for floor, wall or countertop applications. Roy Viana, Dal-Tile’s director of slab and natural stone

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    Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan and Reginald Tucker   Putting the brands together just makes sense because this is how people live in their homes. That’s how Katie Ford, director of brand strategy, describes the thought process behind the combination of the Anderson and Tuftex brands to form one company. Rest assured, this is not just a merger of brands for simplicity’s sake. “We have

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    Surfaces Resilient Coverage: Innovations aim to add simplicity to the buying and selling process

Surfaces Resilient Coverage: Innovations aim to add simplicity to the buying and selling process

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Lindsay Baillie   There’s a common thread among the plethora of new resilient flooring products introduced at Surfaces: They all aim to make it easier for retailers to sell and consumers to understand. A majority of the manufacturers at the event noted that the resilient market is saturated with products—a phenomenon that can cause confusion for distributors, retailers and consumers alike. To

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    Surfaces Wood Coverage: New finishes, formats steal the show in Vegas

Surfaces Wood Coverage: New finishes, formats steal the show in Vegas

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Reginald Tucker   Hardwood flooring suppliers across the industry are combining creativity and technology as they seek to develop the next generation of products that will compete against the likes of WPC, LVT and rigid core floors. Case in point is the staining technology employed by Hearthwood in the manufacture of its Controlled Chaos and Dynamic Earth lines. Designed to mimic a

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    Surfaces Carpet Coverage: Despite hard surface surge, mills double down on soft

Surfaces Carpet Coverage: Despite hard surface surge, mills double down on soft

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan   Traditional carpet mills invariably face this decision: Do we ride the hard surface tide and introduce our own products, or do we stick to our knitting and stay soft? Surprisingly many are choosing the latter, and they are not apologizing for it. While Dixie Group, Phenix Flooring and Marquis Industries expanded their hard surface assortments at Surfaces—while Engineered Floors

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    Mannington in lockstep with design trends

Mannington in lockstep with design trends

Product development process feeds off cues in fashion, home decor February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Reginald Tucker   Salem, N.J.—At Mannington no product is brought to market without the requisite research, forethought and consideration of retailer needs and consumer trends and designs. FCNews got a glimpse of that extensive creative design and development process at work at the company’s in-house design showroom at its facilities here during

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My take: Page 24 from my Surfaces diary

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Steven Feldman   Dear Diary, Another January, another Surfaces. How is it possible that 24 years have flown by this quickly? And how is it that each year we gear up for months for what has to be the most grueling week of the year, yet the show seems to be over in a nanosecond? An adrenaline rush, indeed, in every sense

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    NFA Vendor Showcase: Strong turnout reflects member optimism

NFA Vendor Showcase: Strong turnout reflects member optimism

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan   Las Vegas—A record 49 vendors, including 20 first-timers, turned out for the annual National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) specialty vendor meeting, held here on the Monday before Surfaces. The mood inside the Mandalay Bay conference hall was positively upbeat as business leaders look to build on the momentum that carried over from the second half of 2017. “This is a

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    Crossville hosts interior designer panel at Surfaces

Crossville hosts interior designer panel at Surfaces

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville will be hosting an interior designer panel discussion with Christopher Kennedy and Kerrie Kelly at booth 5403, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m., during The International Surface Event. In addition to the in-booth opportunity, Crossville will be streaming the session on Facebook Live. “We’re excited to offer this unique panel discussion with Christopher Kennedy and Kerrie Kelly, two highly regarded interior designers,” said Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of

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Dal-Tile provides jobs for work-study program

Dallas—Dal-Tile Corporation recently held a luncheon to celebrate several of Dallas Cristo Rey High School students who work at the company’s headquarters as part of an innovative corporate work-study program.

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Mohawk Industries releases 2017 Sustainability Report

Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries has released its 2017 Sustainability Report online, which outlines how business decisions rooted in corporate social responsibility have resulted in great dividends for the company, its customers,

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William M. Bird expands commercial product offering

Charleston, S.C.—William M. Bird has expanded its commercial product offering to include American Tile, InstaFloor and Centaur Floor Systems. The new products will be available throughout William M. Bird’s entire

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