Carpet

    Stainmaster’s LiveWell line engineered to repel allergens

Stainmaster’s LiveWell line engineered to repel allergens

February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Ken Ryan It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from airborne allergies, including pet dander and dust mites. Unfortunately, many of these allergens end up embedded in carpet. To address what it deemed an obvious health need, Invista in 2012 began work on a carpet that would be easier to clean and allow for more thorough removal of allergens during vacuuming.

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    Carpet: Mills up the ante in the fight against spills

Carpet: Mills up the ante in the fight against spills

Stain protection update February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Ken Ryan   What drives carpet purchases? If ongoing research is to be believed, it’s all about stain and soil protection. So if you want customers to spend more money, the carpet products retailers offer should incorporate such treatments. Stainmaster PetProtect from Invista was a big hit in large part because it addressed a huge consumer need, executives say.

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    Surfaces carpet coverage: Suppliers find opportunities on the softer side

Surfaces carpet coverage: Suppliers find opportunities on the softer side

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Ken Ryan Las Vegas—Soft surface still represents nearly 50% of the flooring market and carpet remains the largest single category by a considerable margin. But you might not have known that at Surfaces which was dominated by hard surface introductions. “As a carpet guy I am disappointed,” said Steven Lewis, owner of Lewis Floor & Home, Northbrook, Ill. “I go to

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    Carpet: Spoiler alert—Broadloom isn’t going away

Carpet: Spoiler alert—Broadloom isn’t going away

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Ken Ryan With hard surfaces growing and gaining market share over soft surfaces every year, it might be easy to dismiss carpet as a has-been product. And yet, carpet is still the queen of floor covering, the largest percentage category by more than three times that of runner-up resilient, the fastest-growing segment. Carpet has lost market share, no doubt, but the drop-off

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    Executive interview: Phenix rises under Clayton’s leadership

Executive interview: Phenix rises under Clayton’s leadership

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 Industry veteran Mark Clayton has been at the helm of Phenix Flooring for the past five years. In that time the company has evolved into a significant player by introducing innovative products, turning its attention to a better product mix and merging with its yarn suppler Pharr Yarns. Many retailers who have sought alternatives to the big two have turned to Phenix. FCNews

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    Carpet: Campaign for Wool touts the benefits of all-natural fiber

Carpet: Campaign for Wool touts the benefits of all-natural fiber

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Ken Ryan British Royalty will be supremely represented at Surfaces 2017, at least in the figurative sense. The Campaign for Wool (CfW) will attend Surfaces with a Declaration launched by Prince Charles, a.k.a., His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, outlining the international standards of the wool industry in caring for sheep and the benefits of choosing real wool for interiors and

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    Mohawk’s Airo aims to ease installation issue

Mohawk’s Airo aims to ease installation issue

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Lindsay Baillie Mohawk is doing its part to address the skilled mechanic shortage by developing products that are much easier to install. Its latest innovation, Airo, is a step in that direction. The product falls into a new category called “unified soft floor covering or USF. “Airo represents Mohawk’s newest innovation in soft floor covering,” said Tom Lape, president of Mohawk Residential.

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    Area rugs: Color, design take center stage at Atlanta market

Area rugs: Color, design take center stage at Atlanta market

December 19/26, 2016: Volume 31, Issue 14 By Ken Ryan For many years the Atlanta International Area Rug market at AmericasMart has been the premier venue for new rug offerings, with the January show serving as the launch pad for that year’s introductions. However, success brings competition and some executives say the Atlanta show (Jan. 11-14) may have lost a bit of its momentum with the ascent of the World

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    Executive Forecast: Carpet—Mills predict rebound as improving economy takes hold

Executive Forecast: Carpet—Mills predict rebound as improving economy takes hold

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Ken Ryan   While 2016 was less than stellar for carpet mills—due in part to the acrimonious Presidential election that some believe hurt consumer spending—executives are looking to bounce back in 2017. Buoyed by an improving economy that many see gaining significant traction, mill executives are forecasting anywhere from a 2%-5% gain, which, if true, would easily eclipse 2016 figures. Mark Clayton,

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    Shaw opens $85M carpet tile facility

Shaw opens $85M carpet tile facility

New plant to bolster manufacturing capacity, recycling capabilities December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Ken Ryan Shaw Industries, the largest carpet tile producer in North America, officially unveiled its new carpet tile manufacturing facility in Adairsville, Ga., on Dec. 1. The $85 million facility, which became operational this quarter, will provide added capacity and recycling capability for the company’s Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial and Shaw Contract modular carpet brands.

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    Carpet: Style and performance define 2016 intros

Carpet: Style and performance define 2016 intros

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Ken Ryan Carpet mills ratcheted up their R&D efforts in 2016 like never before to deliver to the market a constellation of compelling products that cover all the important bases: style and design, durability, softness, and stain and pet protection. Following is a closer look at the some of the top introductions and innovations from 2016: Beaulieu Group So Suede and Mulberry

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    Nance Industries: From scraps to success

Nance Industries: From scraps to success

October 24/31, 2016: Volume 31, Number 10 Nance Industries was founded in 1972 with the dream and determination of a young mother who found a way to turn carpet scraps into quality rugs. For the past 44 years Carol and Bob Nance built four manufacturing plants with more than 150 employees. With the help of family consisting of three generations, Nance Industries currently ships nationally and internationally to many big

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    Carpet recycling stewardship program to be extended for third year

Carpet recycling stewardship program to be extended for third year

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 Dalton—The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) announced an extension of the voluntary product stewardship (VPS) program to assist sorters of post-consumer carpet diverted from the nation’s landfills. After having supported the program for two years, 2015 and 2016, this extension will provide funding for one additional year through 2017. The VPS program is market-based and designed

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    State of the industry: Mills see path to growth via style, fashion

State of the industry: Mills see path to growth via style, fashion

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Ken Ryan Despite generally favorable economic trends, the U.S. residential carpet market has failed to gain any appreciable traction in the first eight months of 2016. The deciding factors are not always evident: While the growth of hard surfaces has certainly played a role in shrinking broadloom’s share, there is vibrancy in the upper end of the market as mills push the

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    Carpet: Combatting the hard surface surge with a ‘soft’ touch

Carpet: Combatting the hard surface surge with a ‘soft’ touch

July 4/11, 2016; Volume 30, Number 27 By Ken Ryan There may be no stopping the well-documented emergence of hard surfaces as the dominant flooring surface, but some recent reports suggest carpet remains a very viable category, at least with one key demographic. In a recent report, Mintel Global Research found the 25-34 age group (millennials) was the most active purchasers of flooring; in 2015 65% of millennials who were

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Elegant Mosaics welcomes Rachel Moriarty to design program

Elegant Mosaics welcomes the award-winning, leading homestyle expert Rachel Moriarty to its brand. Moriarty will be a key partner to the “Design, Play, Create” program, which Elegant Mosaics created specifically

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Sustainable Surfaces, Hero Flooring receive LGBTBE certification

Las Vegas—Hero Flooring and parent company Sustainable Surfaces have received their certification as LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBE) through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Supplier Division Initiative. End users who support the LGBT

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wedi North America celebrates U.S. factory grand opening

Batavia, Ill.—wedi North America celebrated the official grand opening of its factory and corporate office with a ribbon cutting ceremony. wedi management and staff, local and state officials as well

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