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Xpress Global Systems opens new service center

Chattanooga, Tenn.–Xpress Global Systems, LLC (XGS) has opened a new, 68,500-square-foot service center in Lakeland, Fla. According to Darrel Harris, CEO, the new facility allows XGS to more efficiently service a greater footprint in Florida. “Analysis showed us that a much larger, more modern facility in Lakeland would provide better service to our valued customers and allow us to improve efficiencies,” Harris stated. “The Lakeland facility fits well with our

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    Wood: Oil and urethane—A winning combination of aesthetics, function

Wood: Oil and urethane—A winning combination of aesthetics, function

Blend of finish formulations expands end-user options May 14/21, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 24 By Reginald Tucker With the advent of aluminum-oxide finishes, hardwood manufacturers were able to deliver high-performance products that could withstand the rigors of everyday wear and tear. But as consumer trends evolved over time, consumers began to clamor for a more natural, low-luster topcoat—hence the resurgence of the oil-based finishes that are trending today. Manufacturers are

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    Wood: NWFA Awards showcase craftsmanship, creativity

Wood: NWFA Awards showcase craftsmanship, creativity

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22   Tampa, Fla.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) announced the winners of its 2018 Wood Floor of the Year contest during its annual conference and expo here earlier this month. The awards recognize innovative craftsmanship and design in wood flooring installations. All entries featured installations completed between January 2017 and January 2018 and were evaluated by a panel of industry members and press

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    NWFA conference delivers value for installers, vendors

NWFA conference delivers value for installers, vendors

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   Tampa, Fla.—Scores of hardwood flooring contractors, manufacturers and distributors converged at the Tampa Bay Convention Center here recently for the 33rd annual National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) conference and expo. As advertised, the event offered something for everyone in attendance—new products galore, networking and educational opportunities, technical tips and even some entertainment. “It was a great event,” Michael Martin,

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Armstrong extends Diamond 10 tech to new collection

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21   Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring is extending its exclusive Diamond 10 Technology, which was first made available on its resilient sheet flooring line, to Appalachian Ridge, a new solid hardwood collection. Utilizing the technology, Armstrong Flooring believes it is able to deliver a beautiful solid hardwood that is more versatile and durable. “Our research consistently shows solid hardwood is the most coveted flooring choice

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American OEM achieves CARB-exempt status

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21   Burns, Tenn.—American OEM, a private-label hardwood flooring manufacturer, has obtained renewed status of its CARB ULEF exemption on engineered wood flooring products. This renewal was granted after a perfect record of passing indoor air quality tests for formaldehyde emissions and was also extended to include product with HDF core materials, which the company will manufacture beginning in the second quarter of 2018.

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    Wood: State of the industry—Builder business, remodel sector propel category

Wood: State of the industry—Builder business, remodel sector propel category

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Reginald Tucker   Preliminary anecdotal information shows the hardwood flooring category grew between 3% and 4% in 2017, placing the estimated value of the category just north of $2.31 billion at the first point of distribution. That growth, manufacturer executives say, puts the category on par with the estimated growth of the industry as a whole but slightly above the total gross

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    Ribadao seeks to stand out with differentiated offerings

Ribadao seeks to stand out with differentiated offerings

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker   In a sea of European oak, wide-plank/long length sameness, Ribadao Wood Boutique is looking to set itself apart from the pack. The key, according to the company, lies in targeting the mid-to-high-end tier of the market with visuals, profiles and product formats consumers and commercial end users won’t find among the bevy of commodity offerings currently flooding the market.

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    Hardwood price hikes slated for April, May

Hardwood price hikes slated for April, May

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker Price increases on select brands of hardwood flooring are scheduled to take effect this spring. Armstrong Flooring plans to initiate a 5%-7% price hike on solid hardwood products in the United States and Canada in May. “We have experienced significant increases in raw material costs, with lumber inflation across wood species and grades, coupled with energy, transportation and operating cost

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American OEM obtains renewed status of CARB ULEF exemption

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM has obtained renewed status of its CARB ULEF exemption on engineered wood flooring products. This renewal was granted after a perfect record of passing indoor air quality tests for formaldehyde emissions, and it was also extended to include product with HDF core materials, which the company will manufacturing beginning in the second quarter of 2018. This exemption grants American OEM the ability to reduce submittal samples for

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    Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan and Reginald Tucker   Putting the brands together just makes sense because this is how people live in their homes. That’s how Katie Ford, director of brand strategy, describes the thought process behind the combination of the Anderson and Tuftex brands to form one company. Rest assured, this is not just a merger of brands for simplicity’s sake. “We have

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    Surfaces Wood Coverage: New finishes, formats steal the show in Vegas

Surfaces Wood Coverage: New finishes, formats steal the show in Vegas

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Reginald Tucker   Hardwood flooring suppliers across the industry are combining creativity and technology as they seek to develop the next generation of products that will compete against the likes of WPC, LVT and rigid core floors. Case in point is the staining technology employed by Hearthwood in the manufacture of its Controlled Chaos and Dynamic Earth lines. Designed to mimic a

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    Wellmade’s Opti-Wood offers best of two worlds

Wellmade’s Opti-Wood offers best of two worlds

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Reginald Tucker   The warmth, look and feel of genuine hardwood and bamboo, combined with the performance attributes of composite, rigid-core flooring. That’s the winning combination Wellmade says it has achieved with the full-scale rollout of Opti-Wood. Developed more than a year ago and initially sold through a large retailer on a private-label basis, Opti-Wood is now being offered to the masses.

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    Wood: Emerging design trends are gaining momentum in the marketplace

Wood: Emerging design trends are gaining momentum in the marketplace

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Reginald Tucker   Wider, longer boards. Subtle (but still visible) distressing. Double staining and wirebrushing. And engineered planks that mimic the attributes of solid wood floors. These are among the most popular trends in hardwood flooring today—trends that experts believe will continue into the foreseeable future. “I expect the continued popularity of wide and long boards will fuel most of the category’s

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    Wood: Flooring products find home with wall applications

Wood: Flooring products find home with wall applications

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Nicole Murray   Luxury vinyl tile, laminate and wood products that are typically used for flooring installation have expanded to wall applications. Experts cite design elements and functional attributes as the primary reason. According to Drew Hash, Shaw Floors’ vice president of hard surface, this flourishing trend is not surprising as new ideas are developed in flooring every day as the industry

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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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