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    Latest bamboo, cork intros stir visual interest

Latest bamboo, cork intros stir visual interest

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   Touting qualities such as durability, comfort underfoot and water resistance, cork and bamboo products provide the industry with eco-friendly flooring suitable for both residential and commercial applications. Following is an overview of some of the newest cork and bamboo innovations that promise to captivate consumers not only with updated visuals, but also with reasonable price points. Bamboo Hardwoods Bamboo

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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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    Cork: Combination of technology, natural attributes create durable, quality floors

Cork: Combination of technology, natural attributes create durable, quality floors

Aug. 17/24; Volume 30/Number 5 By Nadia Ramlakhan Although cork floors have gained popularity in the U.S. over the last 100 years, they have actually been in use for well over 300 years in Europe, where the product first originated. In fact, despite cork’s rocky start and reduced usage in the U.S., some cork floors installed in high-traffic areas like government buildings, banks and churches are still in service today, proving

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    Cork: Latest looks

Cork: Latest looks

Volume 27/Number 24; March 31/April 7, 2014 As environmental awareness spreads throughout both retail and commercial markets, an increasing amount of manufacturers have created products to help meet the needs of green-minded customers and end users. Recently, numerous cork companies have refreshed their offerings to include the latest from the sustainable, fashionable and practical category. Expanko Over the years, the look and feel of classic homogeneous, gluedown cork has evolved

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    Wood: Less focus on price means more options, innovation

Wood: Less focus on price means more options, innovation

Feb. 17/24 2014, Volume 27/number 21 By Ken Ryan (Second of two parts) More than ever, hardwood floors are making a distinctive statement. Featuring wider widths, longer lengths, tremendous graining and color variations, today’s hardwood floors are very much a fashion product. Numerous hardwood suppliers exhibited their latest, trendy products at Surfaces 2014, looking to seize this market opportunity with eager-to-buy consumers. Ark Floors Today’s consumers are savvier than those

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    Cork: A smart, sustainable choice

Cork: A smart, sustainable choice

Manufacturers highlight inherent benefits, new designs to retailers Nov. 4/11 2013; Volume 27/number 14 By Jenna Lippin Hicksville, N.Y.—While top players across all categories, from wood to carpet to LVT, work to create a more sustainable flooring option, the major manufacturers in the world of cork flooring can sit back and relax as their products are inherently environmentally friendly and made of rapidly renewable material.

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    Wood: Technology helps drive category to recovery

Wood: Technology helps drive category to recovery

By Matthew Spieler Volume 26/Number 20; February 18/25, 2013 (Second of two parts) Las Vegas—As illustrated in Part I of this feature (FCNews, Feb. 4/11), wood manufacturers are using technology to help the category recover from the housing collapse. This technology is allowing new ways of presenting classic species by merchandising exotic looks without the matching price tag. Following is more of what attendees witnessed last month on the Surfaces

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    J.J. Haines rockets to new heights

J.J. Haines rockets to new heights

by Emily J. Cappiello Baltimore—It takes more than a challenging economic climate to slow the Haines Loyalty Club’s momentum. The retail group arm of the nation’s No. 1 flooring distributor saw its membership increase from 272 to its current 288, according to Scott Roy, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, and those members grew their businesses a collective 4% compared to the distributor’s retailers outside the program, who

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    Cork flooring goes hi-tech

Cork flooring goes hi-tech

by Louis Iannaco Cork flooring has been around for 100 years or so but has never been more popular than it is today. From its sustainable attributes to the increasingnumber of patterns and colors now available, the sky is the limit for cork. The trend in cork flooring continues to be patterns that approximate the appearance of slate, granite or other products of nature, noted Lanny Trot-tman, president of Qu-Cork.  

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    APCOR update: Year-long road show comes to a successful close

APCOR update: Year-long road show comes to a successful close

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—Last fall, the Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) kicked off a 13-city road show in New York City with the goal of educating consumers about the different styles, varieties and benefits of cork flooring. By all accounts, the tour, which wrapped up this summer in Los Angeles, was considered a huge success.

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    Dispelling the myths about cork

Dispelling the myths about cork

The term “preconceived notions” has a negative ring to it as those involved in the production and sales of cork flooring can readily attest. For a segment that has been around for generations, it seems not nearly enough people know fact from fiction when it comes to the benefits and performance attributes of this alternative offering. Today’s cork flooring manufacturers have made it a large part of their mission to

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    Surfaces 2011: Hardwood blends style and performance

Surfaces 2011: Hardwood blends style and performance

Although hardwood is one of the oldest categories of flooring, it never fails to evolve with consumer tastes and innovate to meet her needs. Her tastes gravitate toward softer character looks and texturing for unique and authentic visuals, while her needs are for a floor that will withstand a busy, often demanding lifestyle without the need for refinishing or touch-ups. Mills came forward this year to meet both those needs

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    Cork: Nature’s gift to flooring

Cork: Nature’s gift to flooring

One of the major trends in flooring in recent years has been moving the outside indoors. Whether it’s celebrating the rustic characteristics of hardwood or the slate and travertine textures offered in the ceramic category, consumers want something real and natural underfoot. Cork is one product that fits the bill. There is probably no better example of something more natural and more eco-friendly than cork flooring. So what are some

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    Cork’s latest looks more ‘dramatic’ than ever

Cork’s latest looks more ‘dramatic’ than ever

Cork, the ultimate alternative flooring, has come a long way in the last few years. With new developments in the manufacture and production of this niche offering, cork has increasingly become an option for designers, architects and specifiers who are seeking something different, fresh and environmentally friendly. New colors, shades and textures have expanded the applications for cork, allowing it to be used in almost every room of the house

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    J.J. Haines Loyalty Club: Diversity helps members grow margins

J.J. Haines Loyalty Club: Diversity helps members grow margins

BALTIMORE—Club member. Society fellow. VIP. Part of the crew. One of the gang. However you want to say it, it should be in reference to J.J. Haines’ Loyalty Club. With 283 members and additional prospects in attendance, this year’s convention readied retailers to maintain fiscal dominance. Members were urged to consider diversifying into various markets to keep earning options broad. “The most successful company today has a foot in all

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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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