Joe Amato, vp of residential styling for Mannington, said he
is proud that his company won five top awards in the recent NFT
Styling Excellence competition – more than any other manufacturer
this year. Proud, but not surprised.
Alloc says that its
commercial business is well positioned to grow during the current economic
climate. Though most of its sales volume has traditionally been in residential
laminate flooring, Alloc said efforts that began three years ago to bolster its
commercial business have led to the company “building a foundation that has
readied the brand to tap opportunities in 2008’s challenged economy.”
Editor’s Note: The Retail Groups and Franchises listed below are those that responded to a special questionnaire send by National Floor Trends for our 2008 directory. This is not intended to represent all of the industry’s buying groups and should not be interpreted as such. If you represent a Retail Group or Franchise organization and would like to be listed in this directory, please let us know.
Armstrong Commercial has updated its website at www.armstrong.com/flooring with
details on how each product can contribute to LEED points and the EcoScorecard
tool that allows users to evaluate products under several “green” rating
NFT asked laminate flooring
manufacturers to weigh in on the issue of sustainability. It is hard to argue
that ‘green’ has become an increasingly important aspect of the industry, but
how does this translate to a product that is a composite of natural and manmade
materials? Here is what they had to say.
At a time when many makers of residential
flooring are eyeing the commercial market, Bentley Prince Street is taking a
different approach. The company, which is based in City of Industry, Calif., was
on hand at a recent design show in Santa Monica to promote bps rugs, a line of upscale
area rugs that are designed to expand flooring options for the home.
The 2007 Design Is … Awards hosted by Shaw Contract Group
honored six firms from the U.S. and across the world for projects that captured
“the challenges, processes and results” of great design using Shaw Contract
carpet. The award winners were given $2,000 to donate to schools or
organizations of their choice. Winners donated to design education funds, arts
colleges, demonstration houses and interior design programs.
Armstrong officials gave a preview of some of
their latest products during a press event recently at the company’s
headquarters in Lancaster, Pa. The company showed off additions to existing
lines and discussed the benefits of its recently launched Migrations BioBased
Tile product range as well as several green programs. While the products were
eye-catching, it was clear that the company is treading carefully in a
softening market that one staffer called “a unique economic situation.”
Armstrong Floor Products
president and CEO Frank Ready was even more blunt. “It’s a very tough
environment,” he said. “We’re very happy where we’re positioned right now – we
feel very good about where we’ll finish in 2007, but the market in 2008 is
going to be really tough.”
Milliken was recently honored for “outstanding contributions
to urban forestry” by the Georgia Forestry Commission. The flooring maker
helped establish the Making the Shade program, which is committed to planting
shade trees near elementary school playgrounds to help shield children from
Brintons, widely recognized for its range of Axminster
carpets, recently participated in a $20 million restoration of the historic
Leland Stanford Mansion in San Francisco. Built in 1856, the 19,000 sq. ft.
Victorian mansion originally served as the office of three governors and is
today used for the state’s diplomatic and business receptions. Brintons, which was founded in 1783, provided
carpet patterns designed to match the original flooring from photographs taken
during the 1870s.