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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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    NALFA celebrates 20 years of leadership, innovation

NALFA celebrates 20 years of leadership, innovation

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   New York—Current and long-time members of the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) convened here earlier this month to mark a significant milestone—20 years in the business. The event included an update on the standards-setting group’s objectives and goals, a recap of the state of the laminate flooring industry and, most importantly, the unveiling of a new website more

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    NALFA introduces new leadership

NALFA introduces new leadership

Washington D.C.—The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) has announced a new leadership structure for the 20-year-old association. NALFA’s board of directors recently called a meeting to discuss the association’s future and direction following the passing of industry pioneer Bill Dearing, who served as president of NALFA since its founding in 1997. The new leadership team is as follows. Dan Natkin, president: Natkin is the vice president of hardwood and laminate

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Bill Dearing, NALFA president, 75

October 24/31, 2016: Volume 31, Number 10 By Ken Ryan E.C. “Bill” Dearing, who served as president of the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) since its inception in 1997, and who was instrumental in bringing the Pergo brand to the U.S. market, lost his battle with cancer on Oct. 24. He was 75. Flooring industry executives hailed Dearing as a terrific ambassador for the laminate flooring category and a

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    Armstrong Commercial Flooring joins NALFA

Armstrong Commercial Flooring joins NALFA

Chattanooga, Tenn.—Armstrong Commercial Flooring has joined the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) as its newest Regular Member. NALFA offers three levels of membership: Regular Manufacturing Membership, Associate Membership and Testing House/Lab/Academic Membership. NALFA Regular Members are manufacturers, importers or marketers that offer laminate flooring for sale within North America. Other NALFA Regular Members include Columbia Flooring, Mannington Mills, Mohawk, Pergo, Quick-Step, Shaw Industries and Torlys. “Armstrong is an important

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    Registration opens for NALFA Installer and Inspector Certification classes

Registration opens for NALFA Installer and Inspector Certification classes

Washington, D.C.—The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) has opened registration for the 2015 Advanced Laminate Installer and Inspector Certification classes. The specialized courses offer numerous benefits to installers and inspectors including a potential for higher income and increased business exposure. The Installer class will include a hands-on installation and will be taught by Anthony Palandro, an installer, inspector and consultant who has worked in the floor covering industry since

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    NALFA Certification provides quality, CARB compliant laminate

NALFA Certification provides quality, CARB compliant laminate

Washington, D.C.—In light of recent news stating Lowe’s has halted sales of some of its Chinese manufactured laminate flooring products, the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) assures retailers that laminate flooring products carrying the NALFA Certification Seal of approval have passed rigorous ANSI performance tests for quality and are also CARB 2 compliant. “Ultimately, we want consumers to have peace of mind that the products they place in their

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    NALFA tackles worries of formaldehyde following ‘60 Minutes’ exposé

NALFA tackles worries of formaldehyde following ‘60 Minutes’ exposé

Washington, D.C.—The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) offered some points of differentiation for retailers who carry NALFA-certified products, in light of a recent “60 Minutes” report regarding the dangers of high formaldehyde content in Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring, to help assure customers that not all laminate flooring carries the same danger. NALFA is the only ANSI-­accredited trade organization exclusively dedicated to the North American laminate flooring industry and

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    Laminate: NALFA takes the high road

Laminate: NALFA takes the high road

January 5/12, 2015; Volume 28/Number 14  Though laminate flooring’s market share has been negatively impacted by LVT—often the result of a direct sales-pitch assault espousing LVT’s superiority due to its water resistant, silent nature—North American Laminate Floor Association (NALFA) members have refrained from responding to the attack. Now, for the first time, NALFA president Bill Dearing discusses the issue in an exclusive FCNews interview. FCNews: Why hasn’t NALFA responded to

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    Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, Columbia to be featured in NALFA booth at TISE 2015

Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, Columbia to be featured in NALFA booth at TISE 2015

Dallas—Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo and Columbia will be featured prominently in the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) booth #S7371 during the upcoming International Surface Event (TISE) 2015 tradeshow at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas Jan. 20-23. The NALFA booth is designed to serve as a showcase for NALFA certified products. Only laminate flooring that meets the strictest criteria regarding quality can achieve NALFA certification. All Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo

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    Laminate: Global markets offer advantages, obstacles

Laminate: Global markets offer advantages, obstacles

June 9/16, 2014; Volume 27/Number 29 By Ken Ryan While laminate flooring at the lower and middle price ranges today is largely the domain of home centers, suppliers that can bring stylish higher-end products and upgrades to the market can still make money for their retail partners, flooring professionals say. Indeed, the importance of selling quality laminate flooring is essential to ensuring customer satisfaction, repeat buyers, minimal returns and increased

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    Clarion Laminates joins NALFA as Regular Member

Clarion Laminates joins NALFA as Regular Member

Washington, D.C. — Clarion Laminates, a made in the USA laminate manufacturer, is the newest Regular Member of the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA). NALFA offers three levels of membership–Regular Manufacturing Membership, Associate Membership and Testing House/Lab/Academic Membership. “Clarion Laminates is a great addition to our regular membership,” said Bill Dearing, president of NALFA.  “The company is committed to advancing the laminate industry, streamlining and perfecting processes every step

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    State of the industry: Laminate holds its own at the sweet spot

State of the industry: Laminate holds its own at the sweet spot

Volume 27/Number 21; March 3/10, 2014 By Jenna Lippin The expression “no news is good news” proves to be true when considering the laminate flooring market in 2013. The consensus among industry executives suggests the category posted low single-digit increases in both dollars and square footage, contradicting the sentiment on the part of some that laminate is about to be placed on the endangered product list. Thanks to improvement in

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NALFA names Lammy Awards winners

Las Vegas — The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) named the winners of the 2013 Lammy Awards, recognizing companies and individuals for excellence in the laminate flooring industry. 2013 Winners: Member of the Year, Jane Winters, Unilin-Mohawk Associate of the Year, Gary Palmer – Pregis Distributor of the Year, Elias Wilf Retailer of the Year, Lowe’s Associate Member of the Year, Selit Member Company, Quick-Step Some statistics mentioned during

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    Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, Columbia at NALFA booth

Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, Columbia at NALFA booth

Dallas — Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, and Columbia laminate brands will be featured prominently in the NALFA (North American Laminate Flooring Association) booth during Surfaces. The NALFA booth is designed to serve as a showcase for “NALFA certified products.”  Only laminate flooring that meets the strictest criteria regarding quality can achieve NALFA certification.  All Mohawk, Quick-Step, Pergo, and Columbia flooring is NALFA certified. “When purchasing our brands, consumers can have full

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Elegant Mosaics welcomes Rachel Moriarty to design program

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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