The oldest trade group in hardwood flooring, the Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association, (NOFMA) has been consolidated into the National Wood Flooring Association. Ed Korczak, executive director and CEO of 4,000-member NWFA will oversee the newly expanded St. Louis-based organization.
noted that NOFMA, which was founded nearly 100 years ago and was based in
Memphis, Tenn., has been officially dissolved as a corporate entity. The
group’s certification program will retain the NOFMA name and be continued under
the direction of the NWFA, he added.
clear that we were singing the same hymns, so we decided why not use the same
hymn book,” Korczak told NFT, in explaining the reasons for
the move. “This is good for the [hardwood flooring] industry because it gives
us one solid voice. We can expand our marketing and include many more companies
in the certification program.”
noted that the certification program stands to be greatly expanded from the 16
companies that were members of NOFMA, to include more than 300 manufacturing
companies that belong to NWFA. Each will now be eligible to receive the NOFMA
seal on hardwood product that meets certain rules and standards
More than 50 manufacturer representatives were in attendance
at NWFA headquarters on Dec. 16 a when a formal agreement was signed by NWFA
chairman Ken Schumacher, and NOFMA president Bob Haggard. NWFA plans a press
conference some time during Surfaces to further discuss the new arrangement.
Hardwood Alliance: NWFA & NOFMA Consolidate
January 20, 2009