Carpet

    Carpet: Category maintains dominant market position

Carpet: Category maintains dominant market position

Broadloom cedes share to modular tile in commercial June 20/27, 2016; Volume 30, Number 26 By Ken Ryan Despite an improving housing market, the U.S. carpet industry ended 2015 virtually flat with overall sales barely edging higher while total volume fell. FCNews research shows carpet sales rose 0.7% to $8.87 billion last year compared to $8.809 billion in 2014. However, total volume—which includes carpet and area rugs—fell 1% to 11.09

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    Carpet: Latest advances in color and texture invigorate fiber category

Carpet: Latest advances in color and texture invigorate fiber category

May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Ken Ryan The growth of hard surfaces may have taken market share away from soft surfaces, but the news is not all doom and gloom for carpet. In fact, the popular looks in hardwood and LVT have inspired mills to move away from basic beige to develop multicolor, textural visuals offering varying degrees of softness. “[Carpet] is no longer a blah floor

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    Carpet: Solution-dyed PET offers numerous advantages

Carpet: Solution-dyed PET offers numerous advantages

April 11/18, 2016; Volume 30, Number 21 By Ken Ryan There are many good reasons why carpet mills have focused on the solution-dyed PET segment. It is an easy sell, offering value to the consumer and increased profits for the dealer, especially at the high end. How is this possible? Start with the fact that almost all PET carpets are made from continuous filament fibers, which lend themselves to high

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    Carpet: A guide to protective treatments

Carpet: A guide to protective treatments

March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Ken Ryan Stain and soil protection has always been an important issue for the carpet industry, but what has changed is today’s consumer is busier than ever with little time to spend worrying about keeping her floors clean. Beyond performance attributes, carpets featuring the latest in stain and soil protection chemistry can also deliver higher profits as well, according to Seth Arnold,

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    Carpet: Solution dyed vs. piece dyed

Carpet: Solution dyed vs. piece dyed

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    Carpet: Mills push innovation to ward off gains in hard surface

Carpet: Mills push innovation to ward off gains in hard surface

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    Carpet: Suppliers strive to help dealers achieve greater profits

Carpet: Suppliers strive to help dealers achieve greater profits

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan Carpet manufacturers have a vested interest in helping their retail partners’ success, whether that means offering higher-end goods, online training programs or effective merchandising systems. “It’s simple,” said Mike Sanderson, vice president of marketing, Engineered Floors. “If our customers are not successful, neither are we.” Manufacturers and retailers often talk about the importance of trading up customers. To that end, Mike Lindbergh,

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    Shaw launches papal carpet giveaway

Shaw launches papal carpet giveaway

Dalton—Shaw Floors is offering consumers an opportunity to receive a swatch of the Shaw carpet used on the stage in Philadelphia where Pope Francis conducted the final Mass of his recent trip to the United States. Shaw is offering a 6 x 6 commemorative swatch of the carpet at shawfloors.com/popecarpet. In exchange, Shaw encourages recipients to make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, although donations are not required.

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Carpet: Beaulieu back on track under new leadership

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 Goal-oriented company on growth trajectory throughout North America By Steven Feldman Dalton—It wasn’t too long ago that Beaulieu owned the distinction of being the industry’s first and only privately held $1 billion carpet mill. But while recession and strategic restructuring may have knocked the company off that perch, it is not only still a viable mill but primed to start growing the business once again.

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    Carpet: State of the industry

Carpet: State of the industry

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 Economic trends point to better days for mills By Ken Ryan The residential carpet market may not set any records in 2015 and will likely fare only slightly better than 2014 in terms of sales and volume, executives predict. Still, there are enough positive signs today—and on the horizon—that point to an improving landscape for soft surface. Several factors influence the residential market, chief among

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    CRI unveils key changes to carpet installation standards

CRI unveils key changes to carpet installation standards

Dalton—The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has updated its installation standards for carpet 104 (commercial) and 105 (residential). Developed by a team of industry leaders, these changes address innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation. “Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a flood of new carpet products, materials and technologies in the market,” said Joe Yarbrough, CRI president. “Carpet installers need updated guidance

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    Carpet One: How membership helps stores exceed expectations

Carpet One: How membership helps stores exceed expectations

Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4 Proprietary brands, selling systems, online presence ingredients in recipe for success  By Jenna Lippin Dallas—Carpet One Floor & Home continues to offer members a multitude of opportunities to grow their businesses and increase sales. The theme of the group’s 2015 summer convention, held here July 15-16, was “Impact Performance,” with much discussion on how each Carpet One member can stand out from other stores. “Carpet One

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    Engineered Floors to open carpet tile facility

Engineered Floors to open carpet tile facility

Dalton—Engineered Floors is finalizing the site selection process for a state-of-the-art carpet tile facility in Northwest Georgia. Plans for this facility will be on the same scale and magnitude as the company’s other production facilities in the area. Engineered Floors’ manufacturing model minimizes energy, water usage and raw material transportation costs. “Our PureColor Solution Dyed Nylon and Polyester fiber represents the best-in-class fiber system with built-in stain and fade resistance,”

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    Shaw’s carpet recycling facility successfully processes nylon, polyester

Shaw’s carpet recycling facility successfully processes nylon, polyester

Dalton—Shaw has enhanced its robust carpet reclamation and recycling program with the opening of its new Evergreen Ringgold facility, which can recycle nylon and polyester fiber. The investment of more than $20 million in carpet recycling illustrates the company’s continued commitment to converting what has historically been seen as waste into a resource. Shaw will create at least 70 full-time jobs as the facility reaches full capacity. Shaw will retire its

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    Carpet: Innovation continues to drive evolution of PET

Carpet: Innovation continues to drive evolution of PET

July 6/13; Volume 30/Number 2 By Ken Ryan For the last 10 years PET has been gaining market share over nylon on the strengths of PET’s value proposition: Retailers were able to sell consumers on lower-priced carpet that still offered quality. Today, PET has become the largest fiber in the industry, commanding 45% of the residential market. Overall, including commercial and residential, polyester has 35.5% of the market compared with 22%

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Shannon Specialty Floors names Ellie Dowden Priester director of marketing

Chicago—At NeoCon 2018, Shannon Specialty Floors named Ellie Dowden Priester director of marketing—a newly created position that she was promoted to here. “Ellie has played a pivotal role in the

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Armstrong energizes commercial vinyl sheet in new DecorArt Rejuvenations

Lancaster, Pa.—DecorArt Rejuvenations flooring, a vinyl sheet collection from Armstrong Flooring, introduces a versatile range of updated designs that deliver enhanced realistic visual impact and long-lasting performance to contract interiors.  New visuals with exquisite

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Crossville’s Convergence collection awarded Silver at Best of NeoCon

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville was recognized with a Silver Award for its new Convergence glass collection at the Best of NeoCon showcase, June 11, in Chicago at the kickoff breakfast to NeoCon 2018. Honored

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