Formed in 2014 by 12 flooring-focused associations to identify the most important issues affecting the industry and develop solutions for the benefit of floor covering businesses and professionals, the Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) held its first meeting in St. Louis.

The three initiatives set forth by members of FCLC at inception are the creation of an industry-training portal, improvement of communications between members and the industry and dealing with needs and issues related to installation. 

On the issue of training, the group identified a pressing need for access to efficient, effective and affordable professional training and instruction for industry members in all capacities. To address this concern, the group agreed that an industry “portal” was needed to consolidate all available training programs by all organizations within the flooring industry in one location. The council also reviewed plans and options for the shared platform collected from outside vendors and discussed ways to streamline communications and cooperation between association members as well as the industry overall.

The group unanimously decided to address the need for adequate installation training programs as one of their key drivers due to the shortage of trained professionals across the country.

The group will meet again in the fourth quarter to determine the next steps to be taken on this initiative.

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