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NFA takes the lead in bringing back in-person events

By Ken Ryan When the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) convenes in Savannah, Ga., next week, it will mark the first time in more than six...

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WFCA endorses new COVID-19 stimulus framework

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) announced its endorsement of the Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) COVID-19 stimulus framework. With a focused goal to break...

What the payroll tax ‘holiday’ could mean for business owners

Washington, D.C.—As part of addressing the economic impact of COVID-19, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice that employers may suspend withholding and...

AHF Products raises prices on hardwood products

Mountville, Pa.—AHF Products has announced it will increase prices on hardwood products in the U.S. and Canada averaging 4%-6%, effective Oct. 19. The increase...

Shaw Floors kicks off virtual conference with ‘SFN Live’

By Reginald Tucker Last month, Shaw Floors announced its biennial Shaw Flooring Network conference (SFN), originally scheduled to take place in Orlando in 2021, would...

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Retail Recovery Across America: The Rug Rack

https://youtu.be/8gfFNMJ2HaU This edition of our Retail Recovery Across America video series takes us to Chattanooga, Tenn., where we visit The Rug Rack. We sat down...

Retail Recovery Across America: Manasota Flooring

https://youtu.be/nqDg5j_x4t0 This edition of our Retail Recovery Across America video series takes us to Sarasota, Fla., where we visit family-owned Manasota Flooring. We sat down with...

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https://youtu.be/wyT_UV9Hvxo In this episode of Retail Recovery Across America we're taking a quick visit to Chattanooga Flooring Center to chat with Richard Keene, general manager....

Retail Recovery Across America: H&R Carpets

https://youtu.be/YCzr8IomB0A This edition of our Retail Recovery Across America video series takes us to Waunakee, Wis., where we visit H&R Carpets store owner Brent Ziegler....
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