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    Wood: Anticipating trends is the key to successful product development

Wood: Anticipating trends is the key to successful product development

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Reginald Tucker   Fashion trends come and go, but hardwood flooring installations are designed to last for many years. For manufacturers, that poses a challenge: How to accurately forecast color/style design trends several years in advance of actual product rollouts? “The biggest challenge is always developing a product inspired by a home fashion trend that’s too early for the market,” said

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    Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Southwind Carpets, a division of Cherokee Carpet Industries, has been known for providing a range of residential and Main Street commercial carpets to dealers throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since its hard surface division launched in 2015, the company has added LVP, WPC and hardwood collections to its portfolio—providing retailers with the complete flooring package. Southwind’s leap into hard

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    In Style: Wood design forecasting—Hitting the mark takes good timing

In Style: Wood design forecasting—Hitting the mark takes good timing

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Reginald Tucker   Fashion and style play a key role in the development of today’s floor covering products, and hardwood is no exception. While the correlation is well documented, many would also argue that the development of hardwood looks, patterns, colors and styles are largely a function of regional tastes irrespective of overarching, global fashion trends. The key for many suppliers, experts

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    Wood: Mythbusters set the record straight on bamboo

Wood: Mythbusters set the record straight on bamboo

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Reginald Tucker   When it comes to selling bamboo, a big draw is the category’s well-known environmental, aesthetic and performance attributes. But achieving consistent success in retailing the product also requires educating the consumer or end user about the product’s attributes, advantages and limitations. FCNews recently rounded up several bamboo experts—including David Keegan, president and CEO, Bamboo Hardwoods; Philippe Erramuzpe, COO of

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    Wood: Wide-width surge fuels sales upgrade opportunities

Wood: Wide-width surge fuels sales upgrade opportunities

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Reginald Tucker   The growing popularity of wide-width/long-length planks reflects consumer demand for hardwood floors that add depth and character to living spaces, design experts say. What this means for retailers is many of these wider/longer products—which, by their very nature, entail greater use of the raw material—retail in the high-middle to upper end of the register. This has the dual effect

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    Armstrong Flooring launches Paragon solid hardwood

Armstrong Flooring launches Paragon solid hardwood

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring is revolutionizing the hardwood flooring industry with the introduction of Paragon solid hardwood with Diamond 10 technology, offering the timeless beauty of genuine hardwood and the ultimate in scratch resistance. Paragon hardwood is made from 100% solid Appalachian wood and offers today’s most in-demand wood colors and textures. The collection features a variety of choices in both high- and low-gloss finishes. Three popular looks include smooth hardwood, for a

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NWFA Wood Floor of the Year contest accepting applications

  St. Louis—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) recently opened the application process for the 28th annual Wood Floor of the Year contest. Recognized as the “Academy Awards” of the wood flooring industry, this competition celebrates innovation and quality craftsmanship in wood floor installations. “Over the years, we have had the honor of presenting more than 200 awards to the artists and craftsmen behind these incredible floors,” said Michael Martin,

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    Wood: U.S. ‘domestic exotics’ broaden their appeal

Wood: U.S. ‘domestic exotics’ broaden their appeal

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   As demand for certain “tropical exotic” hardwood floors softens in the U.S., the popularity of several domestic exotic species has been steadily rising, industry observers say. While there continues to be niche market opportunities for tropical species such as Brazilian cherry, Santos mahogany and the like, more American consumers are leaning toward homegrown species such as birch, hickory and

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    Hemisphere Imports’ not-so-secret weapon

Hemisphere Imports’ not-so-secret weapon

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   First-time visitors to the Hemisphere Imports booth space at the recent CCA Global Partners convention (FCNews, Aug. 14/21) found out firsthand what all the fuss was about. The focus was on a unique species called kupay, a durable, dense hardwood sourced from Paraguay. While it might not be easy to pronounce (it’s also known by its genus name, “copaifera”),

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    Armstrong plans to consolidate wood flooring plants

Armstrong plans to consolidate wood flooring plants

August 14/21: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Reginald Tucker Armstrong Flooring has announced plans to consolidate its wood manufacturing operations, paring production down to six plants in the U.S. The move will result in the closure of two manufacturing facilities—Jackson, Tenn., and Vicksburg, Miss.—in the fourth quarter of this year. The closings will result in the elimination of more than 300 jobs—215 in Jackson; 93 in Vicksburg. According to Don

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Armstrong Flooring to close two wood floor facilities

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring released its reported financial results for the second quarter, which ended June 30. The company also announced the planned closing of two wood floor facilities. “Second quarter 2017 results were disappointing to us and fell short of our expectations, with the main driver soft demand in our legacy categories, primarily residential sheet and wood flooring,” said Don Maier, CEO. “Our LVT sales continued to grow at a

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    Wood: Canadian suppliers seek to play the ‘Q’ (as in quality) card

Wood: Canadian suppliers seek to play the ‘Q’ (as in quality) card

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   In some circles, Canada is renown for developing some of the greatest hockey players—and teams—in the history of the sport. Well, the same could be said for the nation’s formidable forestry sector, which has produced some of the most prolific producers of hardwood flooring. But it’s not just high volumes that some of these well-respected companies are cranking out. Many

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    Wood: Demand for raw materials impacts lumber pricing

Wood: Demand for raw materials impacts lumber pricing

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker For much of 2016 and the year before that, U.S. hardwood flooring suppliers reported more stable pricing trends compared to the 2010-14 period, which saw more volatility. This trend is based on a number of variables ranging from winter weather patterns in the top growing regions for lumber that will eventually be used for wood flooring to shifting demands for solid

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    Wood: New engineered platforms provide momentum

Wood: New engineered platforms provide momentum

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   The U.S. hardwood flooring category continued to hold its own against the intensifying pressure of competing categories—namely LVT/P, WPC and even laminate—all of which continue to make strides in replicating the look, texture and heft of genuine wood. FCNews research shows sales in 2016 reached $2.23 billion, a 5.1% increase over 2015’s upwardly revised sales of $2.12 billion. Volume growth

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    Wood: Latest Mirage offerings put focus on color, design

Wood: Latest Mirage offerings put focus on color, design

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25   Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada—Mirage has expanded its offering across four signature collections to meet growing consumer demand for trendy colors, patterns and designs. The Sweet Memories collection, which hearkens back to the charm and authenticity of old-fashioned floors created via Mirage’s exclusive brushing and staining processes, gets two new colors: Gelato and Peppermint. Gelato is a beige-gray hue that imparts a distinctive, luxurious

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