Pictured (top row from left) are: Jason Mielnikowski, Columbia Flooring; Don Evans, Swiff-Train; (second row from left) Troy Lovegrove, Patrick Warren and John Patterson of Columbia; (third row from left) Steven Bunch, Columbia; Jack Miller, Columbia legal counsel; David Wootton, Columbia president; (bottom row from left) Bill Schollmeyer, Hoboken Floors; Ralph Singer, Diamond W Floor Covering; and Charles Kilgore, Southern Wholesale Flooring.

Columbia Flooring recently invited distributor representatives from six North American markets to attend the company's first-ever Distributor Council meeting in Danville, Va.

Columbia executives shared new laminate and hardwood strategies, detailed upcoming marketing and merchandising programs, and gave distributors a tour of the Danville engineered hardwood flooring plant, which is undergoing a $13.5 million expansion.

"It was great to take a role in the planning stage of some of Columbia's upcoming programs," said Bill Schollmeyer, wood product manager for Hoboken Floors.

According to Ralph Singer, CEO and chairman of Diamond W Floor Covering, the meeting was "a great opportunity to air concerns on both sides, as well as to interact with distributors in other markets."