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    IndusParquet set to bring stability to exotics market, former BR-111 supplier goes direct to U.S. distributors

IndusParquet set to bring stability to exotics market, former BR-111 supplier goes direct to U.S. distributors

Hicksville, N.Y.—Brazilian hardwood flooring manufacturer IndusParquet, which had been supplying the United States market with its exotics portfolio for the past 20 years through a private-label arrangement with BR-111, will now service dealers directly through many of the industry’s top distributors. Jason Strong, the former vice president of sales for BR-111, will head up the business as vice president of sales and marketing.

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Mohawk announces hardwood price increase

Dalton—Mohawk Industries announced it will raise prices by an average of 6% on select hardwood flooring and accessories in the Columbia and Century brands, effective on all orders and shipments made on or after July 5. Mill executives attributed the raise to the continued escalation of  lumber and transportation costs. Over the last two years, U.S. economic conditions have caused saw mills to reduce capacity and lower supply to the

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    Commercial hardwood: Suppliers bank on service, innovation, value

Commercial hardwood: Suppliers bank on service, innovation, value

The commercial sector for the past two years has been experiencing the same challenging conditions that have plagued its residential counterpart since late 2006. The good news is that the downturn will not be nearly as prolonged, with many indicators suggesting the rebound may be forthcoming during the second half of the year. For Mannington Mills, the segments hardest hit have been retail and hospitality as fewer new stores and

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Armstrong to raise prices on hardwood

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong announced it will initiate a 6% price increase in the United States and Canada on solid hardwood flooring products effective with shipments on July 1st, 2010. “Since the announcement of our last price modification, lumber and energy prices have continued to rise and early signs of a housing recovery are putting continued volume pressures on saw mills,” commented Daniel Call, vice president, wood product manager. “The cost impact

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    HomerWood launches redesigned website

HomerWood launches redesigned website

Titusville, Pa.—Homerwood.com is the place to go for information on the mill’s products and programs, with a newly designed site to be user-friendly, navigable, and a resource to consumers and the flooring industry. According to Dawn McElfresh, the manufacturer’s product manger, a consumer-centric marketing approach produced educational tools such as product searches by color, surface treatment or collection; detailed, visual zoom options; product links to room scenes, and practical decorating

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3rd International Wood Flooring Summit: U.S., European laws, regulations take center stage

SHANGHAI—While the legitimacy and/or necessity of various green movement initiatives can be debated, recent laws, standards and regulations enacted at both the federal and state levels in the U.S., as well as in other parts of the world, have made it clear that certain practices will no longer be tolerated. These are specifically related to wood products—be they hardwood or laminate—and deal with deforestation, illegal logging and the destruction of

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Shaw acquires Stuart Flooring, adds to wood portfolio

DALTON—Add Stuart Flooring to Shaw Industries’ wood portfolio as it announced the purchase of “substantially all” of the assets of the hardwood strip manufacturing facility located in Stuart, Va. Financial terms were not disclosed. Stuart manufactures unfinished solid wood flooring and unfinished parquet flooring for residential applications. In addition to retailers and distributors, its customers include original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The purchase includes Stuart’s production, maintenance, boiler, drying and transportation

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National Wood Flooring Association: Initiatives range from environmental to A&D

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD.—Things are looking up for the hardwood flooring industry. So said Ed Korczak, CEO and executive director, National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), at the group’s annual convention here two weeks ago. After a year in which the industry was down about 23% in dollars, Korczak said the association is seeing a 6% to 7% uptick in the first quarter of 2010 over the same year-ago period. “We attribute

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Customization and visual quality define high-end hardwood

Hardwood has long had a reputation for being higher-end, almost a symbol of status for the home. It raises the value of a home, and adds beauty and warmth. But when the economy crashed, so did hardwood prices. In order to capture margin sales, companies slashed prices so low that hardwood became accessible for nearly all types of buyers. However, a distinction still remains in higher end wood floors. Customization

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State of the hardwood industry: Category sees light at the end of the tunnel

While manufacturers weren’t exactly eager to strip their poker faces, major hardwood players recently gave FCNews an exclusive perspective of the game. As if an economic recession wasn’t challenging enough, issues like recent legislation, a rise in material costs and the consumer’s visual market demands keep mills in a state of constant adaptation. Though the flooring industry was hit hard with the collapse of the home remodeling and new construction

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*Web exclusive* State of the hardwood industry

Category’s future remains steady Cautious optimism is the buzz phrase here. With economists and officials telling everyone the worst of the recession is over, no one wants to jinx the good-but-not-great news. “We believe there will be continued improvement in 2010 driven by increases in the residential replacement market,” Buchanan said. “Our estimate is the wood market will be flat to slightly ahead of 2009.”

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Raw materials issues raise hardwood floor prices

Hardwood prices are on the rise, and it’s a simple matter of basic economics—supply and demand—as it relates to raw materials. Essentially, hardwood lumber prices have been increasing dramatically since August. While this was somewhat expected coming out of a recession, it is the extent of these price hikes that have manufacturers reeling. Some say prices are up as much as 50% since last winter. “We have seen this hap-

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Swiff-Train names Shane Calloway president, CEO

Houston, Texas – Swiff-Train has promoted Shane Calloway to the position of president and CEO, effective May 21. In his new capacity, Calloway will assume responsibilities of all key functions

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NTCA names winners of Five Star Contractor Project of the Year

Atlanta—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) named the winners of its sixth annual NTCA Five Star Contractor Project of the Year Awards at Coverings 2018 here.  NTCA’s Five Star Contractor

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Crossville names Shelby Ferriter as Common Thread for the Cure contest winner

Crossville, Tenn.— Crossville Inc. has named Shelby Ferriter as creator of the winning design for the company’s biennial Common Thread for the Cure scarf design contest. Ferriter’s scarf concept, one

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