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    The incredible shrinking face weight of carpet

The incredible shrinking face weight of carpet

Floor Tech Group‘s sales associate and Green Operations author, Rick Gregory, discusses the ever-shrinking face weights of carpet and how to measure the phenomena.    In 1989, Amory Lovins, Harvard and Oxford-educated experimental physicist, and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute coined the term “negawatt” in his keynote address to the Montreal Green Energy Conference. His value proposition here was that it is always cheaper to save electricity that might

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    FCA Network preps for the future

FCA Network preps for the future

by Emily Cappiello Chicago—While the road to recovery has been rocky, FCA Network is giving its members a map on how to navigate the path ahead. “We are here to help you prepare,” Olga Robertson, president of FCA Network, told members at its  annual convention held  here from March 25 to 27. Robertson and her team did just that. The group went with a retro theme, she said, because “sometimes

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    Underlayments: Making the ‘sound’ choice

Underlayments: Making the ‘sound’ choice

By Louis Iannaco The sound of silence was not only a hit song that propelled Simon & Garfunkel to musical prominence in the mid-1960s, it is also the ultimate goal of underlayment companies everywhere. Whether it’s for commercial spaces where unwanted noise is considered public enemy No. 1 or for residences where attempts to make the home a fortress of solitude doesn’t quite work when you can’t hear yourself think,

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    Advice from dealers who have survived the recession

Advice from dealers who have survived the recession

by K.J. Quinn It’s a jungle out there. The challenges retailers face in an industry still reeling from the effects of the worst recession in U.S. history are formidable. And only those with superior selling, merchandising, and marketing skills are expected to get out alive. Survival is the first order of business for any retailer. So FCN got in touch with 10 dealers – each varying in size and markets

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    Dasso: building a brand

Dasso: building a brand

by Emily J. Cappiello Dasso is on a mission: To build its brand recognition among consumers. “When people think bamboo and green flooring, we want them to think Dasso,” said Avery Chua, CEO. “We want Dasso to be in the consumer’s mind, not just known within the industry.”

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Closing the first time in

by Warren Tyler There are many ways to close a sale depending upon what it is you’re trying to get a commitment on. Because the big boxes are negligent in their training, they use a psychological ploy. They know, like some of us more knowledgeable people, once a shopper passes any amount of money in most cases, she will stop shopping. This is the reason they charge to measure. It

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I hear a sound

by Lew Migliore A consumer is complaining about being able to hear the tenant above her in a condo complex even though a sound barrier was put in place. Here are the details. This is a high-rise condo with tile flooring throughout in a tropical location. The substrate on which the tile is installed is concrete, which also acts as the ceiling of the condo below. The sound barrier is

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    Mohawk arms sales team  with iPads

Mohawk arms sales team with iPads

Marietta, Ga.—The Mohawk Group continues to find new, innovative ways to improve the customer experience for architects, designers and end users.

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    Soft fiber wars

Soft fiber wars

by Kelly Kramer Early in my career, I started my personal education of the various types of natural and synthetic fibers used in tufted and woven carpets. Fortunately for me, most of my education came from Reg Burnett of RBI and Floor Covering News’ master Lew Migliore. So you might say I learned from the very best in the industry. During my study, I learned a great deal about the

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    800+ exhibitors will bring stand-out goods to Coverings

800+ exhibitors will bring stand-out goods to Coverings

by Emily J. Cappiello Coverings 2012 will be bursting at the seams as more than 800 exhibitors from around the world show off the latest and greatest in tile. New inkjet products, eco-friendly offerings and new accessory pieces will be on display as retailers and distributors gear up for the selling year ahead. The following are some of the companies and their launches along with those from the Italian and

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    ReSource Commercial Flooring Network changes name to Fuse

ReSource Commercial Flooring Network changes name to Fuse

Aims to ‘ignite’ business moving forward Stone Mountain, Ga.—What’s in a name? Well, if you were to ask members of the ReSource Commercial Flooring Network (RCFN), their answer would probably be, “a lot.” That’s how it seemed as members responded with applause to the announcement at the group’s Network Exchange 2012 convention here that ReSource will now be known as the Fuse Commercial Flooring Alliance.

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    Obituary: Mack Hale

Obituary: Mack Hale

Long-time Invista sales representative Kennesaw, Ga.—After spending 40 years in the flooring industry where his contagious enthusiasm and optimism for work and life created strong and enduring relationships, Mack Hale passed away unexpectedly on March 22. He was 71. Throughout the years, Hale excelled in different roles in the mill, retail and fiber communities. Most recently, he was manager, major accounts, at Invista Surfaces, where for the last decade he

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Al’s column

by FCNews staff GROWTH RINGS: Everyone knows China and most of Asia for that matter has been growing at unprecedented rates during the last decade in terms of their importance on the world’s economic stage. As an example of how much, one just needs to look at the recently completed Domotex asia/ChinaFloor (DACF) in Shanghai (see complete story on page one). When Floor Covering News became the first flooring publication

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    Young appointed OW Hospitality’s director of global sales

Young appointed OW Hospitality’s director of global sales

London — OW Hospitality today announced the appointment of Jonathan Young, formerly of Brintons Carpets as the “Director of Global Sales” for the company. Mr. Young will be tasked with leading the sales effort worldwide for OW Hospitality as they continue with their aggressive expansion plans in the hospitality carpet segment. Young’s experience in hospitality dates back 30+ years and he has worked in key positions for such successful companies

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IndusParquet shines at The Architectural Digest Show

Medley, Fla. — IndusParquet, the world’s leader in Brazilian exotic hardwood flooring, made its mark in the big apple with their custom booth at the Architectural Digest Home Show (AD Show) March 22 through 25.  The annual four-day event attracted more than 40,000 home design enthusiasts and professionals. Since launching its brand nationwide in the US last year, IndusParquet has received a warm welcome from the industry and the AD

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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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