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Shoddy SPC takes its toll on the market

Floor Covering News

F or many, the meteoric rise of SPC flooring —the rigid core subsegment of the resilient category—seemed unstoppable. The segment posted astronomical gains over the last several years, beating out every other flooring category in terms of growth as it nabbed share from carpet, hardwood, ceramic and laminate. The flip side of this stellar growth, however, is the rapid entry of all manner of players in the category.

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How to Become a Tile Installer: A CTEF Career Path

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

A question that frequently comes up is how to become a tile installer. It can come from someone looking to change fields or someone who wants to become a Certified Tile Installer and isn't sure what the steps are. Unfortunately, there isn't yet an easy, set, defined career path for becoming a tile installe r other than through a tile apprenticeship program or a vocational school, and that's why CTEF has expanded its tile installation training and education for 2023.

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SUSTAINABILITY FOR COEM: Our commitment for a better future

Ceramics of Italy

For Coem, # sustainability is a value aimed at creating beauty, a promise of happiness and a powerful form of energy to reach even further. Sharing and storytelling are the basis of our commitment to give meaning to the present and build a better future by inspiring positive ideas and actions. For years we have been trying to combine sustainability with the technical performance and visual appeal of our ceramic surfaces, through an ongoing process of technological innovation and dedicated manage

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How Much Are Your Wellness Design Upgrades Worth?

JG Kitchens

My latest piece for Forbes.com answers that question, letting you know the most in-demand wellness design features for your home. My expert sources come from Zillow, Delos Living smart home tech firm and other experts from the real estate and wellness communities. If you’re looking at upgrading your home this year, you’re going to want […].

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Making a big impact with Instagram

Floor Covering News

When Instagram first made its debut in 2010, it largely consisted of poorly cropped square photos with chunky borders and overly saturated, unforgiving filters. Nothing about an Instagram aesthetic was cohesive. However, as social media trends evolved and increased in popularity, people began to realize that Instagram can be used for more than just sharing photos amongst friends.

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CarbonCure Technologies Welcomes New Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

The A to Z of Building

CarbonCure Technologies is proud to announce the hiring of S. Gabriel Carrero as its new Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Carrero joined the carbon removal technology company at the.

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Italcer wins Sustainability Award out of 100 top Italian companies

Ceramics of Italy

Italcer wins first place out of a shortlist of 100 Italian companies at the Sustainability Award 2022 , an important recognition now in its second year devoted to Italian-based companies that have excelled in tackling today’s challenges – for example, climate change, changing employee needs, and the demands of multiple stakeholders – and in turning them into an opportunity to express innovation and far-sighted vision and to align to more positive energies for the country.

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Louisville Tile opens new location

Floor Covering News

Louisville, Ky.—Louisville Tile Distributors is opening its Chicago area Pro Shop. The opening of the Pro Shop is a continuation of the integration of Mid America Tile into the Louisville Tile family. Louisville Tile’s acquisition of Mid America Tile in October 2022 marked its first expansion into the Chicago market. With this acquisition, Louisville Tile now has 13 branches in six states.

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Preservation of Historical Structures with MCI® Technology!

The A to Z of Building

The famous Zagreb Cathedral is the tallest and one of the most beautiful buildings in Croatia that attracts thousands of tourists worldwide. As the most impressive gothic-style sacral building.

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Italgraniti Group is a B Corp!

Ceramics of Italy

Società Benefit (Benefit Corporation in the US) since the beginning of this year, the Group founded and led by the Giacobazzi family enters the small number of Italian B Corporations today. Italgraniti Group has successfully completed the process required to obtain B Corp certification , awarded by B Lab, a US nonprofit organisation that since 2006 has been quantifying a company’s environmental and social performance with the same rigour as its economic results.

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Louisville Tile annual event sees record attendance

Floor Covering News

Louisville Tile’s Tammy Henry, Matt Saltzman and Gina Hewlett with Teresa Beck from TBEKTU Design & Development, and Christy George of By George Designs. Louisville, KY.—Louisville Tile experienced record-breaking attendance at its annual “Day at the Races,” with 420 people attending the event at the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack here.

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Duchateau, Martyn Lawrence Bullard collaborate

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard San Diego, Calif.—Duchateau launched its first ever designer collaboration with internationally recognized, award-winning interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Rooted in architectural references and reinvented for today’s lifestyles, the new collection features six finishes inspired by iconic architects throughout history.

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Coverings 2023 special programming announced

Floor Covering News

Orlando, Fla.—Coverings, North America’s largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference, announced an extensive lineup of new and returning activations for Coverings 2023, which will take place April 18-21, here at the Orange County Convention Center. Coverings 2023 will include four action-packed days of valuable insights and connections and state-of-the-art innovations in products, techniques and business practices for the tile and stone industry as well as the design industry.

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Mannington reveals inspiration behind its designs

Floor Covering News

Salem, N.J.—Trendy new products and technologies; strategic product line extensions; a revamped website and a refreshed corporate logo to boot. These are among the many highlights that Mannington is focusing on for 2023. The goal, according to the company, is to provide its retail partners with timely, on-trend products as well as the necessary tools that RSAs can leverage to sell more effectively and profitably.

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FCEF announces new board members

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) will add five new board members to fill open seats left by members whose terms have expired. Each board member has been selected for his or her experience and dedication to the ongoing support needed to recruit and train new flooring installation craftsmen, according to the company. “Our goal is to keep fresh perspectives and motivated industry representatives on our board of directors,” said Jim Aaron, executive director, FCEF.

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NSI reveals 2022 scholarship winners

Floor Covering News

Natural Stone Scholarship winner, Megan Ognibene (right), and and Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship winner, Bre Covell. Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) revealed the recipients of the 2022 Natural Stone Scholarship and Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. Both recipients will be celebrated during the association’s annual Awards Ceremony at StonExpo in Las Vegas on Jan. 31, 2023.

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Crossville products pre-approved for CHPS

Floor Covering News

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville-produced tile, porcelain tile panels and porcelain slab products have received pre-approved status through the Collaborative for High Performing Schools (CHPS). CHPS Pre-Approved products simplify the process of identifying, specifying and documenting building products that meet rigorous health and environmental standards.

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American Olean releases Foyer collection

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—American Olean highlighted its 100 year anniversary with the upcoming Spring 2023 release of its new benchmark product collection, Foyer, which is designed to embody the brand’s identity as one of the tile industry’s style and design leaders. According to the company, the Foyer collection exemplifies the fashion-based design philosophy of the brand and the on-trend products that American Olean continuously offers distributors, dealers and end consumers nationwide.

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WFCA names Tom Jennings Champion Award winner

Floor Covering News

The WFCA’s Scott Humphrey (left) and Shaw’s Mark Mulliniks (right) award Bruce Jones with the inaugural Tom Jennings Champion Award. Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has named Bruce Jones, co-owner of Carpet Mart, an independently owned store in Louisville, Ky., as the first recipient of the Tom Jennings Champion Award.

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The enduring allure of exotic, imported hardwood

Floor Covering News

Brazilian oak from Indusparquet. Over the past few years, European oak hardwood floors— especially white oak products —have reigned supreme when it comes to in-demand hardwood species. Retailers, designers and end users attest to not only the natural visual characteristics of the popular species but also the product’s ability to be further enhanced using fuming, surface texturing and innovative reactive staining techniques.

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Cali evolves from bamboo startup to poised powerhouse

Floor Covering News

San Diego—Not so long ago, Cali was a young bamboo startup serving a rather small niche in the flooring industry. Fast forward to today, the company has grown to a multi-product, $200 million-plus powerhouse under the auspices of Doug Jackson, CEO, and an incredibly strong sales, marketing and operational team with aspirations of doubling the business in short order.

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CCA convention: The era of Retail 2.0 takes shape

Floor Covering News

Attendees of the CCA Global convention 2023 were treated to a Retail 2.0 immersive experience. Phoenix—The tone for the CCA Global winter convention 2023 here was set the moment CEO, Rick Bennet, walked on stage to start the meeting and declared: “I’m not one for platitudes but we are embarking on the greatest transformation in our history.”. With that, the 1,200 retailer attendees at CCA Global’s winter convention spent three days in an immersive experience called Retail 2.0—the flooring

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Mohawk featured in new Sunshine on a Ranney Day makeover

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Sunshine on a Ranney Day, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that renovates rooms for children with special needs, chose Mohawk flooring for two of its latest makeovers—dream bedrooms for Braxton and Kaitlyn. “Mohawk made it easy to provide Braxton and Kaitlyn with flooring that suited their individual styles and needs,” said Joe Lane, executive director, Sunshine on a Ranney Day.

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Karndean receives platinum ADEX award

Floor Covering News

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring’s Opus Abstract product range has received a platinum Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) award. Since 1995 the ADEX Award has recognized superior innovation, function and aesthetics in design. Part of the company’s well established Opus glue-down range, the new Abstract capsule collection aims to redefine traditional trends from the Italian renaissance, including terrazzo, natural pigments, poured and speckled concretes, mixed media and Venetian stucco.

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Industry learning to cope with rising labor costs

Floor Covering News

W hile some aspects of the U.S. economy are returning to some levels of normalcy (or at least the “new normal”) as we approach the three-year anniversary of the start of the pandemic, there are other aspects that are still feeling the repercussions. For example, the number of people who have exited the workforce permanently as a result of the pandemic—combined with the impact of record-high inflation in the U.S.

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SFN 2023 conference back in full force

Floor Covering News

In keeping with the NFL playoff theme, Shaw designed an “arena” with stadium seating for its keynote sessions at SFN 2023. Orlando, Fla.—Upwards of 4,500 guests—including spouses and children of store owners—made the trip to the Shaw Flooring Network (SFN) conference this year —the highest ever level of attendance the event has seen since its inception in the late 1990s and the first time the event has been held since 2019.

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Karastan to be featured on HGTV

Floor Covering News

Karastan’s Savanna Scenes broadloom carpet in Antelope will be featured on the new HGTV series “Down Home Fab” with Chelsea and Cole DeBoer. The brand’s retail partner, Thornton Flooring in Sioux Falls, helped select the perfect pattern for a unique living space. Tune in weeknights on HGTV or stream on Discovery+. The post Karastan to be featured on HGTV appeared first on Floor Covering News.

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50+ recession-busting strategies (part 4)

Floor Covering News

(Last in a four-part series ) In this installment I’m continuing with strategies to help you weather a recession or market downturn. Review your costs (53-59) When you’re super busy and the money is rolling in it’s easy to let costs balloon. Now is a good time to review your expenses. Review all of your vendors and what you’re paying them each month.

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Remodeling market sentiment remains positive

Floor Covering News

Washington D.C.—The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released its NAHB/Westlake Royal Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for the fourth quarter, posting a reading of 66, declining 17 points compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. “Remodelers on balance remain positive about the market, but we saw how inflation took a toll on consumer budgets, causing many to pull back on projects,” said Kurt Clason, NAHB remodelers chair and a remodeler from Ossipee, N.H.

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Single-family starts edge higher in December

Floor Covering News

While single-family housing is showing a double-digit percentage gain, NAHB reports multi-family production is decreasing. Washington D.C.—According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), single-family housing starts posted a double-digit percentage gain in December, but production is running well below a rate of 1 million units annually, indicating ongoing weakness in the housing market as high construction costs and elevated interest rates continue to present affordability challe

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Taylor introduces wood flooring repair kit

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Taylor Adhesives introduced a new hardwood flooring repair kit, Repair, and a new size to its growing wood line up. Repair contains everything needed to repair hollow spots in hardwood flooring, except the drill, according to Taylor. The new kit contains a one-quart bottle of adhesive, one 60cc plastic syringe, two metal applicator tips, two drill bits, eight dowels and one dowel punch.

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Robert Varden joins Floorcloud board

Floor Covering News

Robert Varden. Boston, Mass.—Robert Varden has joined Floorcloud’s board of advisors. Varden is currently the founder, president and CEO of “UNITE,” The International Floor Covering Training Alliance. According to the company, Varden is the provider of vision, voice and operational oversight for the association, which advocates for professional installation training organizations throughout the world.

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The Dixie Group launches Fabrica website

Floor Covering News

Dalton—In response to the ever-growing trend of consumers doing their preliminary research, shopping and decision making on everything from electronics to home finishes from their phone or computer, The Dixie Group’s Fabrica brand has launched a new website to make it simple and hassle free. Making it easier for today’s consumer is the focus of the new experience.

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Republic thrives as it marches to its own drumbeat

Floor Covering News

C omm er c e , C alif.—Eight years after launching its brand in the U.S., Republic Floors has become a significant player in the floor covering arena with annual sales approaching $200 million. What makes this company unique is its unorthodox approach to capturing market share, whether it be controlling its logistics, its approach to being at the forefront of design or a greater number of SKUs than most companies out there.

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Mohawk to host VIP party at TISE 2023

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—E xcitement is building for TISE 2023 as the show’s director, Informa Exhibitions, expects it to be on par with past Surfaces prior to the pandemic. Mohawk, one of the largest exhibitors on the show floor, plans to capitalize on that excitement by organizing and hosting a series of special events designed to both draw attendees inside as well as entertain them while they’re there.

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Mohawk adds exclusive Edge Summit resources online

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—After a successful Edge Summit 2023 , Mohawk said it is bringing its retail renaissance online to MohawkToday.com for Edge partners. The newly renovated digital platform, created exclusively for Mohawk retailers, will now home highlights from the event, including engaging digital programs, the latest in innovative technologies and consumer insights and trends.

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‘Tom’s Tips:’ Adding to the bottom line

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tom’s Tips” this week. In the 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. In this week’s Tom’s Tips, Jennings discusses how to boost the ticket long after the sale is done with add-ons like maintenance products and more.

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