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Ceramic Tiles: A Naturally Sustainable Material

Tile of Spain USA

Ceramic tiles stand out for their limitless visual potential, their versatile applications and properties such as their durability and resistance. But what contributions does this material make to the environment and to the current economy? CEVICA, Moxy Hotel – Miami, FL. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) conducted an environmental and circular analysis of Spanish ceramic tiles in conjunction with specialist consulting agency, Eco Intelligence Growth , with the support

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Must-have 2022 introductions

Floor Covering News

With supply chain disruptions finally easing, flooring retailers were suddenly awash in new 2022 introductions from their supplier partners this year. This embarrassment of riches produced its fair share of “must-have” offerings spanning all flooring types. Following are some notable 2022 introductions, along with their key selling points. . Blue1, part of Benchwick’s 2022 introductions.

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Happy Holidays!

JG Kitchens

They're also about looking forward to what I want to accomplish in the new year. I hope you'll join me in 2023 for all new posts and Clubhouse conversations -- starting on January 4th with a fitness space focus! This will be my final Gold Notes post of 2022. . The post Happy Holidays! comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Vinyl Flooring Is Best

Kitchen and Residential Design

The Surface Underneath Your Feet When I was a youngster, there was an age old tale that my family used to tell about my grandmother’s refusal to accept new floors every Christmas. My grandfather told my grandmother not to varnish the floor one year because it was a waste of money, because instead he wanted to install vinyl flooring because it was more cost effective.

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Industrial Vacuums That Quickly And Efficiently Clean Construction Sites

Onfloor Technology

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NSI to host 2023 Stone Summits

Floor Covering News

Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) has released the schedule for the 2023 Stone Industry Education Series. According to the organization, the Stone Summits will be led by industry leaders and cover a wide range of topics relevant to fabricators, including stone shop management, business diversification and ways to increase efficiency. During the Stone Summits, attendees will have the opportunity to source products from event sponsors and hosts and will benefit from dedicated network

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AHF receives Good Design award

Floor Covering News

Mountville, Pa.—AHF Products has revealed that its new vinyl based tile collection, Expressive Ideas, has scored a prestigious 2022 Good Design award. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, Good Design remains the oldest and most recognized program for design excellence worldwide. “AHF Products is pleased to win this award,” said Fred Reitz, vice president of commercial, AHF Products.

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J+J Flooring introduces Classics II

Floor Covering News

Dalton—J+J Flooring’s best-selling Classics II LVT line has gotten a facelift in six new colorways, featuring options that achieve the warm-cool tone driving so many aesthetics today. The new six colorways coordinate with the line’s original four. “It was the right time for a refresh,” said Marie Moore, design manager for Kinetex and LVT. “Many firms were telling us they’re working on refreshes and interior updates, so providing them with flooring in warm, cool and mid tones allows them to bridg

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Laminate: Experts share tried-and-true merchandising tips

Floor Covering News

Experts recommend merchandising laminate by grouping products by style, design and performance. Laminate flooring, a category introduced to the U.S. market nearly 30 years ago, still boasts a slew of benefits today. These include: realistic, eye-catching visuals; proven durability and performance; and environmentally friendly product attributes. However, that doesn’t mean the category can sell itself—it needs to be properly positioned and promoted on the showroom floor to achieve maximum impact.

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Mohawk opens VIP registration for TISE

Floor Covering News

Mohawk opens its VIP registration for TISE 2023. Calhoun, Ga.—Join Mohawk in Las Vegas at The International Surface Event from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2023, for its fourth stop of the Momentum Roadshow. VIP registration is back and now open with new perks. “We are thrilled to be back in Vegas for our 12th consecutive year to support and celebrate the industry’s premier show,” said Kelli Widdifield, senior vice president of marketing, Mohawk.

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Edge Retailer of the Year 2023 revealed

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Carpet Exchange, a flooring store with 17 locations across Colorado and Wyoming, has been named the 2023 Edge Retailer of the Year by Mohawk. The award was presented to Bruce Odette, president and CEO of Carpet Exchange, at Mohawk’s Edge Summit in Nashville, Tenn. this month. Carpet Exchange, which has a history that spans over 30 years and across multiple states, is an elite member of Mohawk’s Edge partner program.

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NWFA completes 66th R.I.S.E. home

Floor Covering News

Cumberland Furnace, Tenn.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has provided flooring for its 66th home in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds mortgage-free, custom, specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders.

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‘Tom’s Tips:’ Use descriptive terms

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tom’s Tips” regarding staging and displays. In the Tom’s Tips series, Tom Jennings, retail training expert, presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition.

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Mapei can now be found on Floorcloud

Floor Covering News

Deerfield Beach, Fla.—Mapei has just released specification data for its flooring installation products on Floorcloud, an online technology platform developed to allow users to remotely “monitor, communicate and store” jobsite-condition data in real time. The Floorcloud platform monitors jobsite conditions such as ambient temperature, humidity and dew point, as well as concrete moisture and temperature.

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Retailers React: How are you combating the installation shortage?

Floor Covering News

Every two weeks, FCNews seeks out flooring retailers across the country to offer their advice on hot topics of the day. This week we asked: How are you combating the installation shortage? Here are their responses: We treat our subs as best we can so they are happy doing work for us and hopefully that will spread the word to others. The biggest thing is making sure they know they are valuable and that our business couldn’t function without them.

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Mohawk Group updates Healthy Environments collection

Floor Covering News

Dalton—With a new range of styles and an expanded palette, Mohawk Group said its Healthy Environments collection now offers even more heterogeneous resilient sheet options than ever before. According to the company, the collection is designed to help create spaces that comfort patients and their families. High-performing heterogeneous sheet product styles feature the M-Force combination finish layer, wear layer and design layer, providing the exceptional scratch, stain and wear resistance requir

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U.S. seizes SPC products infringing Unilin’s patents

Floor Covering News

Waregem, Belgium—On Dec. 5, 2022, the U.S. International Trade Commission (U.S. ITC) ordered to seize and forfeit containers of SPC products imported by an international buyer from Georgia, since these products violated the General Exclusion Order regarding Unilin’s click SPC patents. “The General Exclusion Order was issued by the U.S. ITC on Sept. 16, 2020, and since then several seizure and forfeiture orders were issued by the ITC against companies that import patent infringing SPC products,”

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Single-family production continues to sag

Floor Covering News

Washington, D.C.—Single-family housing starts continued to fall in November , with the pace of construction down 32% since February when mortgage rates began to rise, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The housing market continues to weaken because stubbornly high construction costs, elevated interest rates and flagging demand are harming housing affordability.

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Five industry shows to convene in Las Vegas

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—In an unprecedented move, The International Surface Event (TISE) announced that it will co-date with Design & Construction Week (DCW), which features the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). This news follows the recent announcement that both the National Hardware Show (NHS) and The Las Vegas Winter Market will also co-date with DCW in 2023.

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Retail outlook: Flooring dealers exceed goals

Floor Covering News

Flooring dealers saw great success in 2022. Dillabaugh’s Flooring America attributed its double-digit gains in 2022 to a great culture. F looring dealers certainly faced stiff headwinds in 2022, from inflationary pressures to labor shortages to fears of a looming recession. And yet, as the year draws to a close, many dealers find themselves in a good spot, with some reporting numbers that eclipsed 2021’s record year.

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Reasons to transition to cloud-based software

Floor Covering News

While “the cloud” may sound like a nebulous term to some, it’s becoming much more critical in the day-to-day operations of businesses around the world, including retail. In fact, according to businessinsider.com , the amount of business software running on traditional, on-site servers shrank to 32% of all enterprise applications heading into the current year.

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Mohawk partners with Wreaths Across America

Floor Covering News

Calhoun Ga.—Mohawk drivers are among hundreds from across the country that are collectively delivering wreaths in partnership with Wreaths Across America to decorate veterans’ graves for the holiday season at approximately 2,500 cemeteries across the United States and abroad. This year, Mohawk said its drivers are transporting wreaths to cemeteries in Texas and Tennessee for National Wreaths Across America Day, taking place on Saturday, Dec. 17.

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Executive Forecast 2023: Laminate

Floor Covering News

The resurgence of the U.S. laminate flooring category has been well documented. Over the past two years in particular, laminate has recouped market share lost to certain sub-segments of the resilient category (i.e., SPC and WPC) due to supply chain challenges surrounding some popular imported resilient products. This phenomenon forced specialty retailers and distributors to fill the void with domestically produced laminate flooring. .

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Builder sentiment declined every month in 2022

Floor Covering News

Washington, D.C.— High mortgage rates , elevated construction costs running well above the inflation rate and flagging consumer demand due to deteriorating affordability conditions have dragged builder sentiment down every month in 2022, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB.). Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes posted its 12th straight monthly decline in December, dropping two points to 31, according to the National Association of Home Bu

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