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2014 December

This month's publication of Floor Trends features a special retailer profile of Adam Nonn of Nonn's Design Showplace, as well as a look at Mohawk's launch of SmartStrand Forever Clean.

Mohawk Launches SmartStrand Forever Clean

Ten years ago, Mohawk Industries launched the SmartStrand carpet brand featuring triexta fiber and it quickly rose to become the most successful product introduction in the company’s history, which dates back to 1878.


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Inaugural TISE East Sets Stage for Future Shows

Gauging an inaugural event, especially a trade show, can be a difficult thing, as there is nothing to which it can be compared other than the expectations of all the parties involved—the show’s owners/promoters, exhibitors and attendees.


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Starnet ‘Revs Up Members’ at Fall Meeting

There was a time when Starnet’s fall meetings were intimate affairs—not any more as the most recent event drew 300 people for three-days of education and networking opportunities.


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NFA Gaining More Strength

For many, the thought of holding a retail convention in Maui, Hawaii, would be considered folly, as most would figure everyone who shows up would spend their entire time at the beach and not be interested in working.


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Flooring Shows Its Leadership at Greenbuild

While the number of flooring companies was noticeably down at this year’s Greenbuild in New Orleans it was still clearly evident the industry as a whole remains a leader in this area.


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CFI/FIANA Strong on Education, Networking

The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) and Floor Installation Association of North America (FIANA) recently held their first, and only, joint convention in New Orleans.


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CarpetsPlus Summit Has Members Teaching Members

When it comes to buying groups, franchises or co-ops, conventions are generally the one way for the corporate entity to gather the members in one location and lay out the company’s agenda for the next six to 12 months.


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Surfaces 2015 Preview

The 2015 edition of The International Surface Event (TISE) in Las Vegas will once again feature the combination of SURFACES, StoneExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo, but as is usually the case with the industry’s largest all-encompassing trade show in North America there’s a whole lot more for participants to seek their teeth into.


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The Importance of Underlayments with Laminate

From the beginning, laminate products have had a reputation of having a “hollow” sound when walked upon.


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Dealers’ Secrets for Selling Laminate

A Google search for “laminate retailers” will retrieve over a million results in about 30 seconds.


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Retailer Profile: Wisconsin’s Adam Nonn

Dreams are what homes are made of.


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Industry News - December 2014

Come check out the latest industry news and see what is going on within the flooring industry!


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Editorial

2014 Wasn’t As Bad As You Think

Before anyone goes crazy, first let me say, yes, I understand this has been a tough year, much tougher than just about anyone thought it would be after the way 2013 finished.


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Contractor’s Corner

Incorporating Knowledge and Technology to be a True Resource

When it comes to behind the scenes we believe the part of the project you don’t see is what really makes a difference.


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The Trusted Sales Advisor

The Past and Future of Laminate Floors

It seems like not so long ago, I remember being a much younger sales advisor at a retail floor covering store in Southern California.


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Let’s TalkFloor

The consumer of today is a totally different animal than the customer of five to 10 years ago.


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Guest Column

Why the Industry Needs an Installation School

Please let me start with full disclosure: I do have an ax to grind and I do have a dog in this fight.


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Guest Column

6 reasons for Selling Premium Underlayment

Often considered a throw-in, an afterthought, underlayment for new hard surface glue-down, nail-down and floating floors in residential and commercial installations is anything but.


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Old World Charm with Artistic’s Hydraulic

Hydraulic by Artistic Tile is a low maintenance, commercially rated line of decorative glazed porcelain tile.
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Class is in Session with Invision’s Student Union

Designed specifically for the education market, Invision’s Student Union Collection allows a school to better promote its brand and create a space with school spirit.


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Karndean Expands LooseLay Range

Karndean Designflooring has expanded its collection of wood designs with the addition of six wood planks to its LooseLay range.


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Flint Introduces Hi-Floor Laminate Flooring

Flint has developed laminate flooring with resistance and endurance qualities which make it ideal for hospitality, contract and residential spaces, according to the company.


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Surya Partners with DwellStudio for New Line

Surya will launch a line of rugs from DwellStudio at the Fall High Point Market in High Point, N.C., Oct. 18-23.


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Longleaf to Create Products from Salvaged Wood

Salvaged wooden beams used in the early 20th century construction of Watertown's 45-47 Bacon Street manufacturing and warehouse building in Massachusetts are being recycled into flooring, paneling, and other millwork products by reclaimed lumber company Longleaf Lumber.


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Expanko Expands Vallarex Line

Expanko Resilient Flooring has expanded its floating cork flooring line, Vallarex, to include 24 new visuals designed to meet the needs of the commercial market, according to the company.


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Capel Expands Biltmore Legacy Collection

Capel Rugs has added three patterns to its Biltmore Legacy collection.


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McDevitt Analyzes the Economy - Part 1
John McDevitt, former 3M corporate economist, assesses the economy of today and the effects the falling price of oil is having on the economy. McDevitt shares his forecast for the next several years, discussing the consumer and their propensity to spend, the housing and commercial real estate market and the recent jobs report.

Posted: December 22, 2014

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This month's publication of Floor Trends features a special retailer profile of Adam Nonn of Nonn's Design Showplace, as well as a look at Mohawk's launch of SmartStrand Forever Clean.

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