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    Carr Newton joins American OEM as executive VP of sales

Carr Newton joins American OEM as executive VP of sales

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM has brought on Carr Newton as executive vice president of sales. Newton will be responsible for the overall strategic planning and execution of sales for all products and channels of American OEM. In this position, Newton is relocating to the American OEM headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., and will report directly to the CEO, Don Finkell. Randy Schrecengost will continue to serve as vice president of sales, managing

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    Hearthwood Distribution Group partners with William M. Bird

Hearthwood Distribution Group partners with William M. Bird

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM has expanded the Hearthwood distribution group to Charleston, S.C.-based William M. Bird. This is the latest distributor to bring on the company’s brand, serving the Southeast market beginning in June. William M. Bird has a long legacy of excellence and integrity since their founding in 1865. “We are proud to partner with a company that, like Hearthwood, has such deep roots in the industry,” said Randy Schrecengost,

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    Made in the USA: U.S. suppliers leverage advantages of domestic production

Made in the USA: U.S. suppliers leverage advantages of domestic production

April 30/May 7, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 23 By Mara Bollettieri Many domestic flooring suppliers cite numerous advantages in producing stateside. A huge benefit that Don Finkell, CEO of American OEM, pointed out is the ability to respond quickly to changing design trends in the industry. “We are closer to the market, so we are more aware of consumer preferences,” he explained. “In addition, consumer trends favor locally made products.

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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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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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    U.S.-China tariff tiff troubles some flooring executives

U.S.-China tariff tiff troubles some flooring executives

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   Flooring executives are acting with trepidation amid the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which ratcheted up a few notches last week when the Trump administration threatened to impose tariffs on some $50 billion in Chinese imports across 1,300 categories of products. The imports targeted for 25% levies range from high value-added goods, such as medicines and

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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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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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    Wood: Anticipating trends is the key to successful product development

Wood: Anticipating trends is the key to successful product development

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Reginald Tucker   Fashion trends come and go, but hardwood flooring installations are designed to last for many years. For manufacturers, that poses a challenge: How to accurately forecast color/style design trends several years in advance of actual product rollouts? “The biggest challenge is always developing a product inspired by a home fashion trend that’s too early for the market,” said

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    Wood: U.S. ‘domestic exotics’ broaden their appeal

Wood: U.S. ‘domestic exotics’ broaden their appeal

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   As demand for certain “tropical exotic” hardwood floors softens in the U.S., the popularity of several domestic exotic species has been steadily rising, industry observers say. While there continues to be niche market opportunities for tropical species such as Brazilian cherry, Santos mahogany and the like, more American consumers are leaning toward homegrown species such as birch, hickory and

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    American OEM honors workforce with annual BBQ

American OEM honors workforce with annual BBQ

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM held its third annual Staff Appreciation Lunch at the Turney Center Correctional Facility, the company’s manufacturing location, July 14. The celebration was created to recognize the efforts of the company’s 200 offender workforce and correctional officers for their hard work, and to ensure they feel a part of the American OEM family, according to the manufacturer. During the event management staff served the offenders a home cooked

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    American OEM partners with Choice Hardwoods

American OEM partners with Choice Hardwoods

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM Hardwood Floors has partnered with Choice Hardwoods, a division of Healthier Choice Flooring based out of Dalton, to represent certain product lines in their existing portfolio. Effective immediately, all sales of American OEM’s engineered hardwood products previously distributed by Maxwoods under its City Lights, Monticello, Maple Suede and Quantum brands will now be handled exclusively by Choice Hardwoods. Choice Hardwoods has purchased all existing inventory of these

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    American OEM achieves Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for hardwood products

American OEM achieves Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for hardwood products

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM Hardwood Floors has achieved Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for its hardwood flooring products. Indoor Advantage Gold certification assures that building material products support a healthy indoor environment by meeting strict indoor air quality (IAQ) chemical emission limits for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). “Given that most of us spend the majority of our time inside, we know indoor air quality is an important concern for both residential and

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    Wood: Not so made in America

Wood: Not so made in America

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 Mystery shopping exercise reveals RSAs don’t always properly identify product origins By Reginald Tucker Much has been made about the “Made in the USA” slogan in recent years, particularly as it applies to big-ticket items such as automobiles, appliances and, yes, even hardwood flooring products. While it has served as a rallying cry for those who support domestic sourcing and manufacturing, it can

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    Wood: Product quality hinges on sourcing, manufacturing capabilities, attention to detail

Wood: Product quality hinges on sourcing, manufacturing capabilities, attention to detail

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Reginald Tucker   In the world of football, you’ll find the top teams consistently execute in all three facets of the game—offense, defense and special teams. Things are not all that different when it comes to the hardwood flooring industry, where a continual emphasis on the fundamentals—sourcing, manufacturing capabilities and quality controls, to name a few—usually produces optimal results. This is particularly

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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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