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    Laminate: Latest on-trend looks designed to entice dealers

Laminate: Latest on-trend looks designed to entice dealers

June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker     All the excitement swirling around the LVT, WPC and rigid core craze is giving competing hard surface categories a run for their money. But laminate suppliers are not sitting idly by; many are fighting back against some of these trendy products by leveraging laminate flooring’s well-known aesthetic attributes. “Laminate and other categories have been under pressure from LVT,

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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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    Rigid core continues to set new standards

Rigid core continues to set new standards

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Ken Ryan   Even seasoned flooring executives are stunned at the growth of the rigid core subsegment that burst onto the scene less than two years ago and has morphed into a super cell of flooring. Jimmy Tuley, vice president, residential resilient business, Mannington, just returned from Domotex Asia where he saw scores of new entries. “We saw combinations of wood on

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    Gilford-Johnson meeting ranked ‘best one yet’

Gilford-Johnson meeting ranked ‘best one yet’

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   “Driving Performance Together in 2018” was the theme of Gilford-Johnson’s ninth annual Advantage Partners conference earlier this month. Judging by the robust turnout—100 flooring dealers, 19 vendors and 208 total attendees—the one-day meeting was a resounding success. “More people, more customers and a great deal of optimism and energy—probably our best one yet,” said Dennis Cook, president and CEO

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    Laminate: State of the industry—Segment thrives despite impact of WPC, LVT

Laminate: State of the industry—Segment thrives despite impact of WPC, LVT

March 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 19 By Reginald Tucker   For all the talk about laminate’s demise in the face of intensifying pressure from competing hard surface categories, the now-mature product segment is proving it has staying power. Ongoing innovations in the form of dramatically improved resistance to moisture, ultra-realistic replications of natural materials like wood and stone, and upgrades in surface texture and product performance are keeping the

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    21st Award of Excellence recipients reap the rewards

21st Award of Excellence recipients reap the rewards

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    Laminate: In mature category, specialty retailers can still compete

Laminate: In mature category, specialty retailers can still compete

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   In the perennial slugfest with the home centers and big discount merchants, specialty floor covering retailers who sell laminate continue to find ways to differentiate themselves from low-end providers. Successful strategies range from focusing on higher-end goods (12mm or thicker), promoting private-label branded products that can’t be shopped around and providing professional installation services. A prime case in point

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    Inhaus looks to break new ground with Sono launch

Inhaus looks to break new ground with Sono launch

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Reginald Tucker Inhaus is looking to kick off the new year in a big way via the launch of an innovative product that aims to break new ground in the waterproof core category. The new product, called Sono, is fundamentally different than WPC offerings currently on the market as it is a homogenous product made in a one-step process featuring Inhaus’ patented

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    Executive Forecast: Laminate & Wood—Suppliers dial up innovation to ward off competition

Executive Forecast: Laminate & Wood—Suppliers dial up innovation to ward off competition

December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13          By Reginald Tucker No one is expecting the laminate category to generate double-digit growth rates in 2017; after all, it is a fairly mature category in the U.S. On top of that, the segment is facing intense pressure from competing hard surface sectors, including LVT, WPC and, of course, hardwood. However, don’t expect the segment to roll over in the face of fierce

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    Wood—Inhaus, FlorStar: Partners in collaborative design

Wood—Inhaus, FlorStar: Partners in collaborative design

October 10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Reginald Tucker At one point, Top 20 distributor FlorStar was a large Wilsonart laminate flooring distributor. But when the countertop and surface material company’s parent, ITW, decided to exit the laminate business several years ago, FlorStar had to find a suitable replacement. “We were looking for a new manufacturer to partner with in the same we did with Wilsonart,” said Scott Rozmus,

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    Inhaus welcomes Wong as marketing coordinator

Inhaus welcomes Wong as marketing coordinator

Vancouver, British Columbia—Inhaus, the North American sales and marketing arm of global manufacturer Classen, has hired Stefanie Wong as its marketing coordinator. Wong brings 12 years of experience in marketing and editorial roles to the company. In her new position, she will be responsible for collateral development, coordinating all marketing initiatives and providing support in the areas of brand and product development. Wong earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at

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    Laminate: Old favorite proves its worth in the face of threats

Laminate: Old favorite proves its worth in the face of threats

February 2/9, 2015; Volume 28/Number 16 By Nadia Ramlakhan Contrary to popular belief, the laminate segment is alive and well despite recent threats from LVT, LVP and its latest challenger—the hybrid, which can come in the form of cork plus synthetic WPC, a combination of polypropylene and wood fiber and much more. At Surfaces, laminate manufacturers honed in on the one thing that differentiates the product from any other in

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    Suppliers look for market opportunities with innovative styles, designs

Suppliers look for market opportunities with innovative styles, designs

December 8/15, 2014; Volume 28/Number 12 Laminate By Ken Ryan Flooring manufacturers and association members are forecasting growth of between 1% and 5% for laminate in 2015. While not headline-grabbing numbers, it does represent an increase for a segment that has been hurt by competing products and big boxes. Laminate continues to grow by offering high performing, visually appealing characteristics at affordable prices. Derek Welbourn CEO, Inhaus Overall we see

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    Will digital printing be the next big thing?

Will digital printing be the next big thing?

November 10/17, 2014; Volume 28/Number 11 Industry slow to embrace advanced technology By Jenna Lippin Despite some companies’ success with the technology, laminate flooring manufacturers have yet to fully embrace digital printing. Some further education, testing and investments may lead to increased usage of digital printing in years to come, but for now many producers are admiring the process from afar. “Currently digital printing doesn’t offer pure cost advantages, but

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    New wrinkles enhance locking systems

New wrinkles enhance locking systems

September 15/22, 2014; Volume 28/Number 7 By Ken Ryan Specialty retailers often cite ease of installation as one of the major benefits of laminate floors, particularly in comparison to other types of products. Indeed, the innovation of locking systems over the past decade has greatly simplified the installation process, allowing these floors to be used immediately, without the need for cleanup. “Locking systems are a critical item,” said Derek Welbourn,

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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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