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    Sunbrella hits the high end with Dickson brand

Sunbrella hits the high end with Dickson brand

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Steven Feldman Architects and designers have known the Sunbrella brand for decades. After all, Sunbrella enjoys the reputation of being a best-in-class manufacturer of fabrics in terms of performance, durability and design. While the company has a foothold in a variety of industries, upholstery fabric for both indoor and outdoor applications is probably what resonates most with the A&D community. Resistance

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    Installation: Latest adhesives promote eco-friendly attributes

Installation: Latest adhesives promote eco-friendly attributes

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Lindsay Baillie Adhesive manufacturers are continuing to develop premium environmentally friendly products as a means to stay in lockstep with the flooring industry’s continuous push toward greener floors. Many of today’s green adhesives are FloorScore certified, solvent free and contain zero VOCs—all of which help contribute points to LEED. These qualities are all beneficial to the end user and environment as

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Lisbiz strategies: Build relationships, get the sale

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Last week a retailer emailed me with a problem: “Some members of my sales team are losing sales at the last moment. I’ve been in business 20 years, and nothing ticks me off more than when I watch a salesperson lose what appears to be an easy sale. In my head, it’s a slam dunk. What’s up with

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Dear David: Effective management tips for all generations

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By David Romano Dear David:  I’ve been a general manager for the last 11 years and make it a point to attend educational events at conventions focusing on managing a millennial team. My struggle is that I’m having just as many problems managing my older staff. Do you have any suggestions on how I can manage my team regardless of age? Dear

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    American Biltrite receives ISO certifications

American Biltrite receives ISO certifications

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Mara Bollettieri Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada—Commercial resilient flooring manufacturer American Biltrite recently received perfect scores on two International Standards Organization (ISO) certifications—ISO 5001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment). According to Jean-Pierre Benoit, general manager and vice president, the supplier achieved the benchmark level in both categories. This means the company can serve as a role model for other organizations on how to

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    Opportunities aplenty in Main Street market

Opportunities aplenty in Main Street market

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Main Street has been growing in importance as a strategic channel for flooring dealers and manufacturers for the past several years, thanks in large part to a healthy small business climate that is fostering growth. Along with that demand, observers say, comes the need for versatile flooring materials. There are many theories as to why Main Street has

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    NeoCon Preview

NeoCon Preview

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Mara Bollettieri   This year NeoCon celebrates its 50th anniversary of showcasing innovative flooring designs for the commercial contract market. The three-day event kicks off June 11 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The exhibition will feature thousands of new flooring products from a plethora of manufacturers and includes 100 CEU seminars, various programs, special anniversary celebrations, marquee presentations and more.

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    Al’s column: Lessons learned from baseball

Al’s column: Lessons learned from baseball

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Torrey Jaeckle   I love watching baseball. Unfortunately, I rarely watch it the “right” way. What do I mean by that? Well, let me start by describing how I usually watch a game. First, I record the game. Then I sit down, after the kids are in bed—usually around nine or 10 o’clock—and begin watching. To save time, I fast forward

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My take: Award of Excellence—Behind the winners

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Steven Feldman   Now that the 22nd Annual Award of Excellence winners have been announced, we can dig a little deeper and try to provide a little commentary on the results. In what seems to be the case each year, there were some surprises interspersed between the usual suspects as you will find on page 22. But with the voting surpassing

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    Starnet members host pre-NeoCon event

Starnet members host pre-NeoCon event

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Steven Feldman New York—Three New York City-based Starnet commercial flooring contractors recently collaborated on a pre-NeoCon product showcase featuring about 10 Starnet vendors. Consolidated Carpet, Lane’s Floor Coverings & Interiors and Architectural Flooring Resource promoted the event, dubbed Inspiring Possibilities, which featured inspirational speaker John Maclean. “The theme is twofold,” said Umberto Aponte, vice president of Lane’s, which spearheaded the event.

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    LVT, carpet tile make the (commercial) grade

LVT, carpet tile make the (commercial) grade

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Flooring executives say there are several reasons why LVT and carpet tile—two modular options—represent the fastest growth and most popular flooring types for commercial interiors. Modular flooring categories offer numerous options, enough to address virtually any budget, performance need or design requirement, according to Quentin Quathamer, commercial brand and marketing manager for Philadelphia Commercial, a division of Shaw

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    Xpress Global Systems: Going the extra mile

Xpress Global Systems: Going the extra mile

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker In today’s hypercompetitive distribution economy, it’s no longer enough to simply move products from point A to point B. In order to gain an advantage, wholesalers must also go above and beyond by offering value-added services to manufacturers and retailers alike. That’s precisely the edge that Xpress Global Systems, formerly Crown Transport, claims to offer its partners across the

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    Award of Excellence: Mohawk returns to winner’s circle as Best Overall

Award of Excellence: Mohawk returns to winner’s circle as Best Overall

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Garden City, N.Y.—For the third year in a row, Mohawk Industries was voted Best Overall Manufacturer—one of four Mohawk-branded honors, and six in all for Mohawk Group—in FCNews’ 22nd annual Award of Excellence competition. Mohawk won for Best Carpet Manufacturer (Group A), Best Commercial Carpet Manufacturer and Best Laminate Manufacturer (Group A), as well as Best Overall. Further,

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    Contract: State of the industry—Key end-use sectors drive specifications

Contract: State of the industry—Key end-use sectors drive specifications

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By K.J. Quinn   In many ways the commercial contractor flooring market is like an onion—as you delve into each sector, one layer at a time, you start uncovering macro issues impacting flooring choices that go beyond traditional metrics. Sustainability, wellness principles and environmental impacts are among the major factors affecting facility design across the board, experts say. “Manufacturers have increased focus

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    Forbo Flooring Systems increases prices

Forbo Flooring Systems increases prices

Hazleton, Pa.—Forbo Flooring Systems will be implementing a 1.2% freight and delivery charge on all U.S. and Canada material orders, effective July 1, 2018. For the past three years, Forbo has absorbed shipping charges as an added benefit to their customers; however, continued rising energy and transportation costs have reached a point where a freight and delivery charge is necessary. Specific price-sensitive LVT and adhesive products will also be increased.

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Karndean Designflooring to showcase luxury vinyl at AIA Conference

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring will exhibit at the AIA Conference on Architecture, June 21-23, at New York City’s Javits Center. This exhibition marks the first showcase of Karndean Designflooring at the

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Johnson Hardwood Floors partners with Gilford-Johnson

City of Industry, Calif.—Johnson Hardwood Floors is making a major change in its distribution policy in a large part of its trading area. The company will turn over its direct

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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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