The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA), gathered in Clearwater, Florida, for its annual fall meeting and to celebrate the association’s 25th anniversary.

Dr. Robert Dietz of the National Association of Home Builders gave a virtual presentation on housing statistics and short-term economic predictions, and designer John Cialone of Tom Stringer Design Partners gave a presentation on design trends and positive impacts. 

Attendees included representatives from Arauco, Arclin USA, Classen Group, Floor & Decor, Foam Products Corporation, Framerica Corporation, Kaindl Flooring, Kronospan USA, North Carolina State University, Mannington Mills, Mohawk Industries, MP Global Products, Pak-Lite, Schattdecor, Selit North America, Shaw Industries Group, Swiss Krono USA, Torlys, Versatrim and Zamma Corporation.

NALFA welcomed former participants who played integral roles during the 25 year history: Duane Reimer (MP Global retiree), Jack Boesch (MP Global retiree), Jane Winters (Unilin/Mohawk retiree).

As part of the celebration, NALFA President Barbara June awarded the NALFA President’s Award for the second time in the association's 25-year history to Dennis Bradway of Mannington Mills. Honoring NALFA’s founder, Bill Dearing, the award has been renamed as the Bill Dearing Memorial President’s Award. 

Bradway has been a part of NALFA from the beginning, each year contributing significantly to NALFA’s efforts, especially on the Technical Committee. Bradway’s expertise in standardization of test methods, organizing interlaboratory studies, and participating in ISO and ANSI meetings has provided great benefit to NALFA, the association said. 

“Dennis has been the constant for NALFA for many years," June said. "His dedication to NALFA is exemplary and we are grateful for his service. Thank you, Dennis.”

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