Atlanta is set to add an additional 250,000 sq. ft. of space for furniture,
home furnishings and area rugs in time for the January ’08 Atlanta Rug Market.
The expansion in Bldg. 1 follows a planned 1.5 million sq. ft. addition to
Bldg. 2 slated to open in 2009. When completed, the new wing in Bldg. 2 will
create one of the largest assortments of high design, garden and gourmet
products in the U.S., according to the company.
Online training group
Trainingspace now offers a course on window coverings. Topics include selling
window coverings, window coverings types, and measuring, installing and
maintaining the product. The window coverings class marks the first course from
Trainingspace that moves beyond the traditional areas of flooring and
“Change! Challenge! Choice!” was the theme of the 14th
annual Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) meeting in Kansas
City, Mo. With an eye toward arming CFI members with the latest tools and
techniques to combat the recent downturn in housing, the recent event included
educational sessions and hands-on workshops designed to take a hard look at the
Full-service commercial flooring provider Intertech Flooring,
with offices in Austin and San Antonio, recently opened its third office.
Located in Mission, Texas, in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, the branch
location will serve the Rio Grande with the company’s blend of commercial
flooring products, installation expertise, design consultation and maintenance
Solutia’s Ultron carpet fibers business has named its judges
for the upcoming 2007 Doc Award Competition in New York. Set for Nov. 28, the
contest aims to honor outstanding achievement in contract interior and product
design. The awards honor not only architects and designers and their projects,
but carpet mills for creating aesthetic and durable contract floor coverings
using the company’s fiber.
Armstrong World Industries said it has received Platinum
Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system for its
Lancaster, Pa.-based headquarters. Built in 1998, the location is only the
sixth existing building and the first outside of California, to achieve USGBC’s
highest certification, according to Armstrong.
Colonial Mills Inc. is hosting its annual Summer Splash Rug
Sample Special event, now through Aug. 31. Featuring savings of up to 60
percent for dealers on the company’s Rug Sample Centers, Swing Arm Systems,
Fabric Rug Customizers and Custom POM Sets, the sale is designed to help
dealers get the most up-to-date samples and selling tools at deep discounts.
Six carpet cleaning solutions and eight extractors recently
earned the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval certification. Seal of
Approval products meet the highest standards of effectiveness and quality in
carpet cleaning, according to CRI. Products must pass a series of stringent
tests based on strict criteria in order to receive the certification.
Shaw Learning Academy, the training arm of Shaw Industries,
said that flooring professionals who completed the company’s Floor Tech class
in the last three years have increased their sales volume by more than 20
percent. The course remains one of Shaw’s most popular offerings, according to