FloorFolio Opens U.S. Factory
Edison, N.J.—FloorFolio Industries officially opened its first U.S. manufacturing facility for its patented EnviroQuiet Luxury Vinyl Tile.
Michael Freedman, president and CEO, who cut the ribbon in front of employees and invited guests, including local politicians, told Floor Trendsthe 60,000-sq.-ft. facility is currently able to produce 70% of the product and will soon be up to 90%, with the ultimate goal of getting the entire line domestically produced. “Our goal is to have this place running 24/7, making upwards of 10 million square feet of product per year. This factory will provide endless solutions, and is just the beginning of things to come”
For more information, call (732) 287-8200 or visit floorfolio.com.
Morrison Appointed President, CEO of Tarkett
Solon, Ohio—Glen Morrison has been appointed president and CEO of Tarkett North America.
Succeeding the retirement of Jeff Buttitta, Morrison joins Tarkett from Alcoa, where he served as president of its Building and Construction Systems business.
In retirement, Buttitta has been appointed senior strategy advisor for North America to Michel Giannuzzi, Tarkett Group’s CEO, and will remain a member of Tarkett’s executive committee.
For more, call (800) 367-8275 or visit tarkett.com.
Mather Selected as Crossville’s Next President
Crossville, Tenn.—Greg Mather has been appointed president-elect of Crossville. He will succeed John Smith who is slated to retire at the end of the year.
Mather comes to Crossville from Owens Corning, where he most recently served as vice president/general manager of Foamular Insulation. Prior to his tenure at Owens, Mather spent 15 years with personal care manufacturer Kimberly-Clark.
For more, call (931) 484-2110 or visit crossvilleinc.com.
Angie’s List Partners with Shaw
Indianapolis—Shaw Industries has partnered with Angie’s List to provide its members with exclusive product offerings.
In addition to product offers, Angie’s List members will be able to purchase pre-packaged items from Angie’s List’s online marketplace, which now includes Shaw flooring and installation.
For more, call (800) 441-7429 or visit shawfloors.com.
Fishman Flooring Acquires Tri-State Floor Covering Supplies
Baltimore—Fishman Flooring Solutions has purchased Tri-State Floor Covering Supplies.
“Acquiring Tri-State, in conjunction with Fishman’s established presence in Ohio’s Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo areas, gives our firm a solid base across the entire Ohio market and creates a platform for expanding our business in Kentucky and other nearby states,” said Bob Wagner, Fishman’s president and CEO.
For more, call (410) 633-2500 or visit lfishman.com.
NTCA Recognizes Industry Standouts
Orlando, Fla.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) recognized industry standouts at its third annual awards ceremony, during Coverings.
Jan Hohn of Hohn & Hohn of St. Paul, Minn., received NTCA’s 2014 Tile Person of the Year Award for her dedication to the trade. Hohn is the third woman to receive this award during the six decades it has been presented.
Eric Astrachan, executive director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), received the Joe A. Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award, offered to a leader in the tile and stone industry who dedicates his/her career to advancing the trade.
For more, call (601) 939-2071 or visit tile-assn.com.
DACF Reports Large Turnout
Shanghai, China—According to Domotex asia/ChinaFloor (DACF) show officials, a total of 46,115 people attended this year’s trade show. Of this number, 11,374 came from over 100 countries besides China.
In addition, 1,275 exhibitors, among which 289 coming from 38 different countries, participated in the show. Helping to confirm exhibitors’ satisfaction on the value and the opportunities the show brings to their business, officials said 60.7% of the space was rebooked for next year.
One of this year’s highlights was showcasing new and innovative products in the InnovAction center.
DACF also expanded the trading platform by organizing concurrent events with related industries, such as a forum on wood plastic composite (WPC) flooring and increasing the opportunity for information exchange, education and cross marketing, according to show officials.
For more, visit dacf.cn.
Decorative Surfaces Solutions Group Formed
Livermore, Calif.—Several long time industry veterans in both the flooring industry and the polished concrete industry have launched the Decorative Surface Solution Group (DSS) with the intent to connect the industry’s best suppliers with the premier contractors across several channels.
Curt Thompson, president and CEO, said DSS functions as a buying/marketing group serving four distinct markets—interior/exterior architectural concrete; site and structural concrete; large commercial flooring contractors (in the space), and non-traditional flooring contractors.
“These alternative surfaces to traditional flooring are relatively young and still somewhat fragmented,” he said. “We see an opportunity to bring both suppliers and contractors together to improve the overall industry and help capitalize on the tremendous growth in these segments.”
To learn more, contact Thompson at (925) 964-6377 or visit decorativesurfacesolutions.com.
Ontario Association Goes National
Toronto—The Canadian Flooring Cleaning & Restoration Association (CFCRA)—formerly the Floorcovering Institute of Ontario—is now incorporated as a national not-for-profit association dedicated to the flooring, cleaning and restoration industries, their stakeholders and consumers, across the country.
Jason Walker, CRCRA’s president, said, “The Canadian flooring, cleaning and restoration industries stand only to benefit from a single, principled, truly national presence focused on providing the tools, resources and educational forums necessary to progress our industries positively and professionally across the entire country.”
For more, call (905) 822-2280 or visit cfrca.ca.
AFA Establishes Flooring Industry Council
Dalton—The American Floorcovering Alliance (AFA) has established the Council of Flooring Industry Advisors (CFIA), an organizational board representing all segments and disciplines of the flooring industry and related services.
Wanda Ellis, AFA’s executive director, said, CFIA is based on 10 disciplines—operational management; human resources; product development; product design; manufacturing; sustainability; marketing and advertising; logistics and transportation; sales and strategy management, and installation and inspection.
Visit americanfloor.org or call (706) 278-4101 for more.
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