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    MaxWoods relocates office, warehouse; McGrane takes 50% ownership stake

MaxWoods relocates office, warehouse; McGrane takes 50% ownership stake

September 12/19, 2016; Volume 31, Number 7 By Ken Ryan Key West, Fla.—Josh McGrane, president and COO of MaxWoods, has purchased equity shares in the business from founder and sole shareholder Peter Spirer, CEO, resulting in an equal partnership in the hardwood flooring business. In support of the amendment to the ownership structure, MaxWoods announced it is relocating its office and some warehousing facilities. The company, currently located in Adairsville,

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    Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy causes minor hiccups

Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy causes minor hiccups

September 12/19, 2016; Volume 31, Number 7 By Ken Ryan Hanjin Shipping Co., the world’s seventh-largest container shipper, recently filed for receivership in Seoul, South Korea. As a result, an estimated $14 billion in cargo has been tied up globally as ports, tugboat operators and cargo-handling firms that are worried about not being paid refuse to work for Hanjin, according to reports. While some ships have been offloaded, bottlenecks are

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    Raskin Industries appoints Ted Rocha as director of sales

Raskin Industries appoints Ted Rocha as director of sales

Boca Raton, Fla.—Raskin Industries has appointed Ted Rocha to the position of director of sales. Rocha is responsible for expanding sales for the Raskin family of brands which includes FloorNation, the company’s first Made in the USA collection Elevations Loose Lay Formations glue down and new waterproof products Rocha has more than 25 years experience in the flooring industry with a strong background in manufacturing and distribution platforms. “Rocha brings

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New Brown Jordan rugs by Gertmenian at Casual Market Chicago

Los Angeles—Gertmenian will introduce its Brown Jordan indoor/outdoor rug collection to the casual furnishings trade at Casual Market Chicago in September 2016. The new collection will be available exclusively through designers and Brown Jordan dealers. The Gertmenian Design Studio created the versatile designs, which complement Brown Jordan’s outdoor furniture. The collection is available in 5’3″x7’5″ and 7’10″x10′ sizes and consists of six designs in multiple colorways, including Megalo and Rivington.

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Armstrong Flooring continues partnership with HFOT

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring announced it is continuing as the exclusive flooring sponsor of Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) through 2019. HFOT is a national non-profit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post 9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Armstrong Flooring has been a supporter of HFOT since 2013. Nearly 90 home build projects already have been completed with many more builds planned over

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NWFAU off to an auspicious start

St. Louis, Mo. – Since the National Wood Flooring Association launched NWFA University just eight weeks ago, more than 2,800 courses have been completed. NWFA University is a new training platform that expands NWFA’s hands-on training programs with online learning courses that can be completed when and where users want it. While the platform currently offers about 50 individual courses, more are being added every day. A series of courses

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Marketing mastery: How to generate high-margin referrals

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Jim Augustus Armstrong Even with dealers in some markets experiencing relatively high sales volume, now is a very challenging time to be in flooring retail. Box stores and online discounters continue to create downward price pressure, and many local retailers are attempting to compete by cutting margins and using cheap-price advertising. However, by using the right strategies, getting margins of 45% –

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    Technology: New measuring tools, updates aim to streamline estimating tasks

Technology: New measuring tools, updates aim to streamline estimating tasks

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Reginald Tucker Developers of measuring software and total retail management systems providers are enhancing their product offerings with new features and benefits. Following is an overview of what’s new and improved: Comp-U-Floor The Comp-U-Floor point of sales system—which interfaces with MeasureSquare’s mobile system—has been enhanced to further expedite measurement and estimating tasks for installers. How it works: A retailer, contractor or installer

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    Ceramic: Technology enables suppliers to render more realistic designs

Ceramic: Technology enables suppliers to render more realistic designs

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By K.J. Quinn It’s hard to believe a category representing one of the world’s oldest forms of floor covering can undergo a makeover. But that is exactly what is transpiring with ceramic tile, as new digital printing technologies are enabling producers to introduce game-changing formats and designs not seen since inkjet technology was introduced about 16 years ago. “Digital printing– especially when combined

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Lisbiz strategies: How Fitbit can help you prosper in business

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Lisbeth Calandrino Several months ago, I finally broke down and bought a Fitbit. I have been thinking about it for years but kept asking myself, “Why do I need one?” I’m good with my exercise, love the gym and find it a great place to socialize. I kept seeing lots of wrists with exercise bands, so I decided to get one. They

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    Floor covering dealers ride WPC’s rising tide

Floor covering dealers ride WPC’s rising tide

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Ken Ryan Flooring retailers report that WPC (wood plastic composite) has taken off as one of 2016’s most electrifying products, thanks in large part to the ability to demonstrate its many benefits. One such dealer is David Britt, owner of CW Floors & Lighting, with multiple stores in Texas. After a slow start in 2016, WPC has been his biggest product category.

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    Resilient: WPC offerings are spreading like wildfire

Resilient: WPC offerings are spreading like wildfire

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Ken Ryan What do you get when you have a distinctive looking product that is durable, versatile, competitively priced and provides real flooring solutions? You get arguably the hottest product on the market—WPC (wood plastic composite or waterproof core), the subsegment of the luxury vinyl category that is quickly making a name for itself. USFloors, with its award-winning COREtec, was the first

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Dear David: Making the most of your management meetings

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By David Romano Dear David: I find whenever I hold a management meeting, nothing seems to get accomplished. Everyone seems to have their own agenda and we never get to everything. Do you have any advice on how to hold a productive management meeting? Dear Distracted Meeting Leader, The purpose of a management meeting is to inform managers, exchange information and collaborate to

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Mendelsohn set to take Mohawk brand to the next level

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Steven Feldman When Karen Mendelsohn was named senior vice president of marketing for Mohawk Industries, the company gained an incredibly experienced, accomplished executive who has spent more than 30 years building brands, the last 27 at building products behemoth Masco. She brings a fresh perspective to flooring after spending most of her career involved with products such as cabinets, plumbing and faucets.

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    Al’s Column: It’s time to start thinking about TISE

Al’s Column: It’s time to start thinking about TISE

September 5, 2016; Volume 31, Number 6 By Carol Wilkins It’s hard to believe we are just a few months away from opening day of The International Surface Event (TISE), which encompasses Surfaces, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo, slated for Jan. 17-20, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For trade show veterans, retailers or wholesalers attending a conference and exhibition is a deliberate decision that requires proper

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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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