More Positive Momentum For Architecture Billings
April 24, 2013
The ABI is reflecting a steady upturn in design activity. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
Mannington Commercial Is Bringing LVT Production, And Jobs, Back To The USA
April 3, 2013
Luxury Vinyl Tile is the fastest growing category in commercial flooring today. Popular across many market segments – healthcare, retail, corporate, education, higher education and more, it entered the market through the realistic mimicking of wood, stone and other natural materials. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Continues to Improve At A Healthy Pace
March 21, 2013
With increasing demand for design services, the ABI is continuing to strengthen. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 54.9, up slightly from a mark of 54.2 in January. Read more
Mannington Commercial Launches Best Of NeoCon Gold Winning Vivendi Carpet Collection
March 19, 2013
Mannington Commercial, a leader in commercial flooring, announces the launch of the 2012 NeoCon Gold-award winning Vivendi Collection of broadloom and modular carpet. Read more
US Green Building Materials Market
March 13, 2013
Through 2017, a rebound in construction activity, combined with continuing consumer interest in environmentally friendly products, will propel US growth in green building materials demand 11 percent annually to $86.6 billion. Read more
Q.E.P. Co., Inc. Completes Acquisition Of HomeLux
March 5, 2013
Homelux is a leading, global supplier of tile accessories to the DIY and professional markets with a product portfolio that includes extruded plastic and metal tile trims, flooring profiles, bathtub seals, under-tile heating, crack isolation and waterproofing solutions.
Six Designers From D.C. Named Mannington Design Local Champions
February 27, 2013
TEAM DC, a collaboration of six architects and interior designers from Washington DC, Boston and New York, has been named the grand prize winner in Mannington Commercial's inaugural DESIGN LOCAL competition. Read more
Strong Surge For Architecture Billings Index
February 22, 2013
As the prognosis for the design and construction industry continues to improve, the ABI is reflecting its strongest growth since November 2007.
Aacer Flooring Launches New 2013 Color Line Up For XL Pre-Finish
February 14, 2013
Combining the strength of its dedicated craftsmanship and outstanding styling, Aacer continues its superior performance in the wood flooring industry.
Mannington Expands Amtico Collection Of LVT By 78 Inspired New Products
February 13, 2013
Mannington Commercial announces the launch of 78 new LVT products in its Amtico Collection, expanding the total Amtico Collection to 188 products and redefining the product offering.
Striations BBT From Armstrong Wins Good Design Award
February 12, 2013
Available in both stone and wood visuals, Striations BBT has five times greater impact resistance than traditional Armstrong vinyl composition tiles (VCT).
Voting Opens To Select Winning Team In Mannington Commercial Design Local
February 5, 2013
Mannington Commercial has joined with teams of architects and interior designers in Austin TX, Chicago IL, Washington DC and San Francisco CA to create four flooring collections inspired by the unique spirit of their cities. Read more
QEP Named As Exclusive Distributor Of Homelux Products
January 31, 2013
QEP will be representing the full line of Homelux-branded products and accessories throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean region.
Incremental Increase In Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected For 2013
January 30, 2013
Growing at a faster rate than the overall U.S. economy, the nonresidential construction industry is expected to see solid, yet measured, increases in activity this year. Read more
Fifth Consecutive Month Of Gains In Architecture Billings Index
January 24, 2013
“While it’s not an across the board recovery, we are hearing a much more positive outlook in terms of demand for design services,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. Read more
NAFCD Announces Lifetime Achievement And Leadership In Action Award Recipients
January 18, 2013
The Lifetime Achievement Award recipients were honored for their exceptional leadership and contributions that have helped expand the floor covering distribution industry. Read more
Measure Square Corp To Launch New iPad Edition
January 14, 2013
Measure Square Corp (formerly Floor Covering Soft) will launch an iPad Edition of its next generation flooring layout and estimating program for commercial and retail flooring contractors and dealers. Read more
AIA And NIBS Launch Building Research Information Knowledgebase
January 10, 2013
The initial online offering will focus on healthcare facilities, learning environments and high-performance building types and contain 500 different reports. Read more
Shaw Contract Group Seeks projects For Design Is…Award
January 9, 2013
For the seventh consecutive year, the Shaw Contract Group Design Is…Award honors the architects and interior designers that continue to redefine what design is and the impact it has on our lives. Read more
Architects Issue Statement On Fiscal Cliff Vote
January 2, 2013
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement in reaction to the House and Senate votes approving the “Fiscal Cliff” deal negotiated by Congressional leaders earlier this week. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Signaling Gains For Fourth Straight Month
December 19, 2012
As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
Armstrong Announces Exclusive Partnership With Homes For Our Troops
December 18, 2012
Armstrong Floor Products is proud to announce its partnership with Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization that builds specially adapted homes for the nation's severely injured veterans.
Architects Issue Report Documenting The Connection Between Design And Public Health
December 12, 2012
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued a report: Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design that provides a roadmap for towns and cities looking to help their populations stay healthy. Read more
Zeftron Names 2012 Sustainable Practices Award Winners
December 11, 2012
Zeftron nylon announced the grand prize and runner-up winners for its 2012 Sustainable Practices Award. Read more
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Receive The 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award
December 7, 2012
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors voted for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to receive the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award. Read more
Tandus Flooring Continues Commitment To Provide Customers CarbonFree Certified Product Offerings
December 4, 2012
Tandus Flooring has renewed its commitment to offer customers the option to offset the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions of its hybrid resilient and modular product lines. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Positive For Third Straight Month
November 26, 2012
As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
DOMOTEX Adds Ceramic Tile And Stone
November 24, 2012
Cermaic tiles and stones will be held in a dedicated pavilion. With the addition of ceramic, the show now presents every major flooring product category.
Mohawk, Quick-Step And Columbia Laminate Earn FloorScore Certification
November 19, 2012
Mohawk, Quick-Step and Columbia laminate have recently earned the highly-coveted FloorScore certification by passing one of the most stringent indoor air quality certification programs in the world. Read more
Mannington Commercial Named A 2012 Best Place To Work In Georgia
November 15, 2012
One of eight companies state-wide to receive the honor, Mannington Commercial has a rich history in the state, with its headquarters in Calhoun and manufacturing facilities in Calhoun, Conyers and Madison.
Beaulieu Group Announces Its Winter 2013 Show Schedule
November 12, 2012
Beaulieu of America announced its upcoming Winter 2013 “Clearly the Best” show dates and locations. Beaulieu dealers are urged to contact their reps for specific locations and times in their areas. Read more
Winners Announced In 2012 Armstrong i2r Design Competition
November 8, 2012
Winners of the 2012 i2r design competition where commercial architects, interior designers and specifiers showcase their creativity using Armstrong Commercial Floors and Armstrong Commercial Ceilings and Wall Systems. Read more
Increase For Architecture Billings Index
November 7, 2012
Billings at architecture firms in September increased at their fastest pace since late 2010. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 51.6, up from the mark of 50.2 in August. Read more
Karndean Designflooring Launches Commercial Floorstyle
November 3, 2012
Karndean Designflooring has introduced Commercial Floorstyle, an online floor-visualizing program dedicated to the commercial market. Read more
Shaw Announces 2013 Activate Winter Market Events
October 30, 2012
The 2013 theme, Activate, will help set the stage for the introduction of hundreds of new products and exciting new programs and marketing initiatives. Read more
Q.E.P. Co., Inc. Acquires Ludell Brand Of Striking Tools
October 24, 2012
Ludell® tools have been distributed in the U.S. for over 100 years and will continue to be manufactured and distributed in the USA from the Company’s Oklahoma City, OK facility. Read more
Commerce Department Award To Help Architects Increase U.S. Exports And Create Jobs
October 24, 2012
The AIA announced that it had accepted an award from the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration’s Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) to promote American architectural services to India and Sri Lanka.
Q.E.P. Co., Inc. Announces Acquisition Of Imperial Industries, Inc.
October 23, 2012
Q.E.P. announced that it acquired Imperial Industries, Inc., which through its subsidiary, Premix-Marbletite Manufacturing Co., is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of pool, stucco, plaster and roofing products. Read more
NWFA Announces Keynote Speaker For Wood Flooring Expo
October 18, 2012
The National Wood Flooring Association is pleased to announce that Howard Putnum, former CEO of Southwest Airlines, will be the keynote speaker at its 2013 Wood Flooring Expo. Read more
QEP Co., Inc. Adds Roberts 18 In. And 25 In. PRO Flooring Cutters
October 16, 2012
QEP Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of the Roberts 10-66 18 In. and 10-68 25 In. PRO Flooring Cutters to our expanding line of flooring cutters in our professional line of Roberts branded tools.
Looming Fiscal Cliff Could Cost Design And Construction Industry More Than $2 Billion In Lost Work
October 15, 2012
The design and construction industry could face another $2 billion in lost work if Congress and the White House fail to reach agreement on a federal budget in time to avoid massive mandatory federal spending cuts on January 2. Read more
Striations BBT By Armstrong Receives Symposium Distinction Awards
October 12, 2012
Striations BioBased Tile from Armstrong Commercial Floors took top honors in the 2012 Symposium Distinction Awards sponsored by FacilityCare Magazine, winning both Architect's Choice and Best in Show. Read more
NWFA Announces Restructured Technical Education Schedule For 2013
October 8, 2012
Workshop topics include moisture identification/mitigation, subfloor preparation, intermediate installation, intermediate sand and finish, factory finish repair and recoat, and field equipment repair.
VCT Recycling Designed To Reduce Environmental Impact
October 3, 2012
Armstrong Commercial Flooring’s Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) Flooring Recycling Program is the first program of its kind to recycle all Armstrong VCT flooring products as well as competitor VCT products. Read more
Tarkett Acquires Tandus Flooring
September 27, 2012
Tarkett announces the acquisition of Tandus Flooring, a US-based floorcovering designer and manufacturer who for more than 50 years has been creating floorcoverings that enhance spaces for learning, working, healing and living.
The University Of Pennsylvania And Four Leading Flooring Associations Announce Program Launch
September 24, 2012
The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences and four flooring associations have finalized the curriculum for the customized learning program that is the basis of “The Institute for Leadership and Business Growth.”
Architecture Billings Index Inches Back Into Positive Territory
September 20, 2012
On the heels of a nearly three-point increase, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) climbed into positive terrain for the first time in five months. Read more
Economic Downturn Cut Architecture Firm Revenue by 40 Percent, Employment By Almost A Third
September 17, 2012
Since the beginning of the recession in early 2008, architecture firms have collectively seen their revenue drop by 40 percent and have had to cut personnel by nearly a third. Read more
AIA Selects Four Projects For National Healthcare Design Awards
September 13, 2012
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. Read more
Domotex 2013 Focuses On Flooring Deluxe
September 12, 2012
Following a highly successful DOMOTEX 2012, the organizers of the leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings are busy enhancing the show for even more global appeal. Read more
Pfleiderer Announces Agreement To Sell Uniboard Canada Inc.
September 10, 2012
Pfleiderer Canada Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its Particleboard, MDF, Thermally Fused Melamine and Laminate Flooring facilities to a subsidiary of Kaycan Ltd. Read more
Armstrong Announces Sale Of Patriot Flooring Supply
September 7, 2012
Armstrong announced the sale of Patriot Flooring Supply to The Belknap White Group, a 35-year-old flooring distributor operating in New England and upstate New York. Read more
Mohawk Carpets Runway At New York Fashion Week
September 4, 2012
The Mohawk Group has been chosen to carpet the runway for the unveiling of the CZAR by Cesar Galindo Spring 2013 fashion line during this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Read more
Green Apple Reveals Polished Guide To Laminate Flooring
August 30, 2012
The wooden flooring specialists just keep lifting customers with hoards of generosity. The latest gift from Green Apple Flooring is a unique Advice Centre providing vital information on every aspect of laminate flooring.
Architecture Billings Index Downturn Moderates As Negative Conditions Continue
August 27, 2012
As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
NeoCon East Announces Keynote Speakers
August 24, 2012
NeoCon® East, the premier design exposition for commercial interiors for the Mid-Atlantic community, has secured two high-profile keynote speakers for this year’s show. Read more
Harris Wood Expanding Social Media Presence
August 21, 2012
Q.E.P. Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that in an effort to grow our social media presence, Harris Wood has unveiled their latest foray on the social media platforms joining Pinterest, and Houzz.
Armstrong Accepting Entries For Architect And Design Competition
August 20, 2012
Architects, interior designers and specifiers will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity with sketches or installed projects using Armstrong Commercial Floors and Armstrong Commercial Ceilings.
The AIA Recognizes 15 Projects With The 2012 CAE Educational Facility Design Award
August 17, 2012
The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities. Read more
WFCA Seeks Hall Of Fame Applications
August 14, 2012
The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) is now accepting applications for nominations to the Floor Covering Industry Hall of Fame.
Shaw Receives RPP Certification
August 13, 2012
The certification verifies that all domestic lumber being utilized in Shaw facilities is being sourced from US renewing forests.
Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected To Increase With Stronger Growth Projected For 2013
August 6, 2012
Even with the myriad of obstacles preventing a full scale recovery, the design and construction industry appears to have reasons to be at least modestly optimistic in the coming months and into next year. Read more
New Buildings Institute Announces Launch Of LEED Automation Tool
August 2, 2012
The COMNET Portal is an online platform used to collect energy modeling simulation results, perform quality assurance checks, and submit the results to LEED Online for Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite 2 and Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1. Read more
Harris Wood Names Suncrest Supply, Inc. As Newest Distributor
August 1, 2012
Suncrest will be representing the full line of Harris Wood-branded engineered flooring products and accessories throughout the state of Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more
Oltmans Construction Wins A Gold Nugget Award For Best Rehab Of A Commercial/Industrial Project
July 31, 2012
Oltmans Construction Co. has won a Gold Nugget for Best Rehab of a Commercial/Industrial Project for a building transformation it helped to complete for Unical Aviation, Inc., one of the world's top aviation parts and service suppliers.
Zeftron Nylon Announces 2012 Sustainable Practices Award
July 27, 2012
Zeftron nylon, a nylon 6 fiber brand for the commercial marketplace, announces the launch of its fourth annual Sustainable Practices Award. Read more
Weak Market Conditions Persist According To Architecture Billings Index
July 24, 2012
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw more poor conditions last month, indicating a drop in design activity at U.S. architecture firms, and suggesting upcoming weakness in spending on nonresidential construction projects. Read more
NSF Develops Product Category Rule For Flooring Industry
July 20, 2012
NSF International collaborated with multiple flooring trade associations to develop a Product Category Rule (PCR) for the flooring industry. Read more
NeoCon East 2012 Returns To Baltimore
July 16, 2012
NeoCon East will return to the Baltimore Convention Center for its tenth year with a special focus on showcasing products for the Federal Design community, MMPI announced.
Crossville Announces Recycling Program Milestones
July 13, 2012
Crossville, a domestic porcelain tile manufacturer based in Crossville, Tenn., announced the latest results of two of its recycling initiatives: the Tile Take-Back Program and the collaboration with TOTO USA. Read more
Pravada Floors Launches Designer “Palette”
July 10, 2012
Pravada Floors Inc. has launched its designer web page, entitled “Palette,” on its new website. “Palette” is catered to designers and architects and focuses on the effect of color and interior design on flooring choices. Read more
Mohawk Releases Third Annual Sustainability Report
July 9, 2012
Mohawk’s new interactive report highlights the Company’s inspiration in identifying and implementing sustainable and innovative solutions that drive successes in each area of the global business.
NeoCon 2012 Welcomed Thousands Of Attendees
July 6, 2012
This influx in activity comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for leasing activity with the Mart’s contract furnishings showrooms, nearly tripling activity for a typical year.
Mullican Is Exclusive Hardwood Flooring Sponsor For 2012 HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway
July 3, 2012
Mullican Flooring has announced that it is the exclusive hardwood flooring sponsor for the 2012 HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway – a consumer promotion in which viewers can enter daily for a chance to win a beautiful, fully furnished condominium in downtown Miami, Fla.
Shaw Industries Group, Inc. Releases 4th Annual Sustainability Report
July 2, 2012
Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has released its fourth annual Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) corporate sustainability report. Part of the company’s continued commitment to transparency regarding its sustainability efforts, the new report meets the GRI B+ disclosure requirements.
USDA Certifies Armstrong Linoleum As 100 Percent Bio-Based
June 28, 2012
USDA defines bio-based products as goods composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry or marine materials. Armstrong’s linoleum contains 100 percent bio-based content by weight per ASTM test method D6866.
Improving Housing Market Leading To Larger Home Sizes And Increased Property Enhancements
June 27, 2012
As the struggling housing market shows signs of improvement, there has been a reversal in the 6-year trend in smaller home sizes. Read more
Shaw Celebrates Opening Of St. Jude House
June 25, 2012
Shaw Industries’ national sponsorship of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway came to fruition close to home on June 14 when the company and St. Jude held a sneak peak at the Chattanooga-based home to be given away.
Substantial Drop In Architecture Billings Index
June 20, 2012
Following the first negative reading in five months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has had a significant drop in May. Read more
Shaw Hard Surface Earns Best Of NeoCon Gold Award
June 18, 2012
Shaw Hard Surface earned a Best of NeoCon Gold award in the hard surface category for Quiet Cover with In*Step, an innovative floating luxury vinyl plank. Read more
IVC To Launch BluePrint
June 14, 2012
IVC US announced it is rolling out BluePrint, a new heterogeneous sheet vinyl created for the Main Street commercial market, later this month.
Award-Winning Vivendi Collection From Mannington Expands Into Carpet, Wins Another NeoCon Gold
June 13, 2012
Mannington Commercial won Best of NeoCon Gold for their Vivendi Collection of carpet. Read more
DINOFLEX® - Evolution Flooring Tiles Win The ‘Gold Award’
June 12, 2012
Inspired by the texture and rich color combinations of the most popular carpet patterns, DINOFLEX® decided to create a color pallet that was able to meet some of the most creative design challenges.
NALFA Certification Highlights Domestic Laminates
June 11, 2012
NALFA is currently educating dealers that its certification seal not only assures laminate floor quality but that products are produced domestically. Read more
Metroflor Wins 5 ADEX Awards
June 8, 2012
Metroflor Corporation received five 2012 Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) for its luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring, including four garnered by its new Engage Locking LVT. Read more
Mohawk Launches Commercial Laminate Warranty
June 6, 2012
Mohawk has announced “almost all” of its laminate flooring, including Mohawk, Columbia and Quick-Step branded products, will now feature a five-year light- to medium commercial warranty. Read more
U.S. Green Building Council Announces Changes
June 5, 2012
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will delay ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013 (or potentially earlier in 2013 if USGBC members and the market indicate readiness for ballot). Read more
Technologically Advanced Playing Surfaces From VersaCourt Raise The Bar On Performance And Safety
June 4, 2012
VersaCourt International is proud to offer innovative athletic court and flooring systems that incorporate the most recent advancements in technology to ensure maximum performance and safety. Read more
Floor Directory iPhone And Android Apps
June 1, 2012
Get all of the features of FloorDirectory.com on your iPhone and Android Phone! Search our flooring manufacturer database, browse products by specific category and request catalogs. The app also keeps you up to date with flooring industry news, job postings and events.
Mohawk To Add 500 Jobs
May 30, 2012
Mohawk anticipates adding about 500 jobs in Summerville over the next five years through investments in manufacturing technologies that support the company’s sustainable manufacturing processes. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Reverts To Negative Territory
May 23, 2012
After five months of positive readings, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has fallen into negative terrain. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
Metropolitan Ceramics Achieves Green Squared Certification
May 22, 2012
Metropolitan Ceramics, a brand of Ironrock Capital, Inc., has recently had a large selection of unglazed ceramic quarry tile products Green Squared Certified by Scientific Certification System (SCS), the company announced.
NAFCD To Offer Executive Networking Forum
May 21, 2012
Booth space is now available at the NAFCD Annual Convention and Executive Networking Forum, providing manufacturers and suppliers a unique opportunity to meet with distributor partners for meaningful, executive-level business planning.
NWFA Awards Acme Floor Company
May 18, 2012
The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) recognized Acme Floor Company, a Lenexa, Kan.-based hardwood flooring business, with the "Best Commercial Wood Flooring" award at their Expo last month.
Tandus Receives Antron Awards, Recognized On Two Winning Projects
May 17, 2012
A Powerbond installation at Nederland Elementary School won the award that recognizes the use of performance-driven flooring in commercial applications. Read more
DINOFLEX® Honored To Receive Platinum 2012 ADEX Award For Design Excellence
May 14, 2012
The ADEX Awards are the largest recognition program for product design of furniture, fixtures and finishes marketed to the design trade. Read more
Shaw Contract Group Opens Beijing Showroom
May 11, 2012
Shaw Contract Group continues to expand its presence within China by opening a showroom in Beijing, the company announced. Read more
Mohawk Ranks High For Sustainability Practices
May 10, 2012
Mohawk Industries now ranks number three among Georgia-based companies for sustainable practices in the Southeast, moving up two spots from 2011. For the second straight year in the rankings, Mohawk leads the flooring industry in sustainability.
Voting Opens To Select Grand Prize Winner In Mannington tx:style Design Challenge 2012
May 8, 2012
In the past four years, the tx:style community has grown to include more than 20,000 architects, interior designers, members of the media and other fans of product design. Read more
Armstrong Receives IDA For Striations BioBased Tile
May 7, 2012
Armstrong Commercial Flooring was honored with a Bronze award in Sustainable Living/Environmental Preservation for its Striations BioBased Tile (BBT) in the 2011 International Design Awards (IDA), the company announced.
HomerWood Wins Two ADEX Awards
May 4, 2012
HomerWood Premium Hardwood Flooring has garnered two ADEX awards—the distinction awarded by Design Journal, a leading international design trade magazine, the company announced. Read more
Florida Tile Adds Initiative To Limit Carbon Footprint
May 3, 2012
Florida Tile is expanding its Creating a Responsible Environmental Strategy (CARES) — a program for lessening the company's national carbon footprint — by utilizing the national CSX Intermodal Transportation Network of trains and local carriers.
FLEXCO Receives Multiple ADEX Awards
May 2, 2012
The ADEX awards are viewed by the interior designers, architects and other design professionals as a glowing symbol of excellence, representing the absolute finest in product design. Read more
Johnsonite Launches Mobile App
May 1, 2012
Johnsonite, a Tarkett company, introduced its new Johnsonite mobile app that is available for free download in the Apple store, Android Market and Blackberry World, the company announced. Read more
Mannington And Starnet Partner To Create Starnet Healthcare Solutions
April 27, 2012
At its 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting earlier this month, Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership unveiled Starnet Healthcare Solutions, a new partnership with Mannington Commercial. Read more
Tandus Launches “I’m a Believer” Campaign
April 26, 2012
Customers of Tandus Flooring’s Powerbond believe so much in a hybrid resilient sheet flooring, the company is launching a two pronged campaign to showcase the product’s unique attributes, Tandus announced. Read more
Coverings Awards Best Booths
April 24, 2012
There was plenty of wow factor plus creative, inspiring ideas imparted among the four Coverings exhibitors who were named to receive this year’s Best in Show booth awards. Read more
Positive Conditions Persist For Architecture Billings Index
April 23, 2012
The commercial sector continues to lead the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) which has remained in positive territory for the fifth consecutive month. Read more
Mohawk’s EverStrand, Wear-Dated Revive Receive UL Environmental Claim Validations
April 20, 2012
Mohawk’s EverStrand family of carpets has earned “Environmental Claim Validation” from UL Environment. Read more
Florida Tile Presented With “Giving Green” Award
April 18, 2012
Mountain Re-Source Center (MRC) and Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH), the tile industry partnership that is part of MRC, awarded the inaugural Giving Green award to Florida Tile for its support of community improvement projects through generous donations of ceramic tile.
Carlisle Opens Showroom In The Chicago Merchandise Mart
April 17, 2012
LuxeHome is pleased to announce that Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, manufacturers of luxury wide plank flooring, is opening a showroom April 18 at LuxeHome, located on the first floor of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Read more
DINOFLEX® Achieves Climate Smart Seal
April 16, 2012
Climate Smart has long been recognized for their work in the arena of ‘energy’, helping businesses calculate emissions, then measure & reduce their carbon footprint while cutting costs. Read more
WFCA Supports Marketplace Fairness Act
April 10, 2012
The bill would help local flooring businesses stay competitive against internet retailers by forcing e-tailers to collect a sales tax at the point of purchase, just as local businesses are required to do.
Center For Green Schools Launches Green Classroom Professional Certificate
April 9, 2012
The certificate program provides pre-K-12 teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and parents with the knowledge and skills to support environmentally healthy, resource efficient and sustainable schools and classrooms. Read more
First Ever Certified Sustainable Tile Products Unveiled
April 5, 2012
After five years developing an all-encompassing multi-attribute sustainability standard for tile materials, the very first certified sustainable products are being announced. Read more
Mohawk Partners With Designer Pages
April 3, 2012
The world’s leading architects and designers can now evaluate and celebrate the work of their peers as part of a new project installation challenge, Mohawk announced. Read more
LEED Certified Green Building Projects Hit 12,000 Mark
April 2, 2012
Since its launch in 2000, the LEED green building program has been transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, operated, and maintained.
Mannington Commercial Launches Progressive Blog
March 30, 2012
Mannington Commercial, one of North America's premier manufacturers of high quality, hard and soft surface floor coverings, launched a progressive blog/website. Read more
Don Miller Honored As 2012 Al Wahnon Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
March 27, 2012
Don Miller, President/CEO of Roppe Holding Company has been selected as a 2012 recipient of the Floor Covering News Al Wahnon Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more
Architects And Interior Designers Invited To Bring Clients To Coverings 2012
March 23, 2012
Coverings has invited architects and interior designers to “Bring Your Client to Coverings” — an opportunity for consumers to see what their architects and interior designers are privy to in this decorative building materials category. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Remains Positive for Fourth Straight Month
March 22, 2012
The AIA reported the February ABI score was 51.0, following a mark of 50.9 in January. This score reflects a slight increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). Read more
DINOFLEX® FloorScore Certified For 3 Consecutive Years!
March 21, 2012
DINOFLEX® Group LP is proud to announce that Evolution Commercial Flooring, SportMat Flooring and Stride Fitness Tiles have received FloorScore certification for a third consecutive year!
Equinox Collection From Mannington Commercial Launches On Spring Equinox 2012
March 20, 2012
The collection features three carpet patterns – Light Grid, Shadow Play and Ecliptic Point – inspired by visual fields of light and shadow, rendered as pure texture in a high fashion aesthetic.
ASID Interior Design Index Slips Slightly
March 19, 2012
The ASID Interior Design Billings Index ended 2011 slightly below positive territory at 49.4, continuing a decline in November (50.2) from October (51.4), when the Index hit its highest point in the second half of the year. Read more
AIA To Honor Architects Involved Post-9/11 Design And Rebuilding Efforts
March 15, 2012
The AIA will dedicate the 2:00PM session on May 19th at the annual convention to honor the architects who orchestrated rebuilding initiatives and designed the memorials following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Durkan Expands Its Merit Select Collections
March 15, 2012
Durkan, the hospitality brand of the Mohawk Group, is launching two new merit select offerings that are certain to catch the eye of every hospitality designer. Read more
Florida Tile Donates 50,000 Square Feet Of Ceramic Tile
March 13, 2012
Florida Tile has responded to the call for building materials by donating five truckloads of ceramic tile to help rebuild communities devastated by tornadoes in Eastern Kentucky.
Tarkett To Lower VOCs In All Products
March 12, 2012
Recognizing the majority of the people in North America spend approximately 93% of their time indoors, Tarkett announced a worldwide initiative to lower the amount of total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) in all its products.
Four Finalists Selected In The Mannington tx:style Design Challenge 2012
March 9, 2012
Mannington Commercial is pleased to announce four finalists in the company's prestigious annual design competition, the tx:style design challenge. Read more
Surfaces Issues Call For Presentations For 2013 Education Program
March 7, 2012
Surfaces/StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2013 issues a Call for Presentations to all educators, consultants and experts who want to share their knowledge and business expertise as presenters for the education program.
Mannington Acquires Amtico International In A Move That Solidifies Its LVT Leadership
March 5, 2012
In a move that broadens its U.S. manufacturing base and global reach, Mannington Mills announced today that it has acquired Amtico International, a manufacturer of high-quality luxury vinyl flooring products.
Popular Portfolio Collection Expands With Launch Of Portfolio Naturals
March 1, 2012
Teragren introduces the expansion of the widely popular Portfolio Strand Bamboo Floating Floor collection with the addition of Portfolio Naturals.
Mohawk Group Launches iPad Product Catalog App
February 29, 2012
The Mohawk Group continues to make significant investments in new technology, demonstrating once again that it is the industry’s most innovative flooring provider, the company said. Read more
Registration Now Open For The 2012 National Green Building Conference And Expo
February 28, 2012
Builders, remodelers and other building professionals interested in green building are invited to register for the 2012 National Green Building Conference and Expo. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Remains Positive For Third Straight Month
February 24, 2012
On the heels of consecutive months of strengthening business conditions, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has now reached positive territory three months in a row. Read more
Forbo Launches New Interactive Online Design Tool
February 23, 2012
Available on Forbo’s website, the new design tool allows users to get creative by selecting a room scene and changing the flooring material and wall color, said Scott Day, Forbo product line manager.
Elevations Achieves FloorScore Certification
February 21, 2012
Raskin Industries, the supplier of the first truly adhesive-free, loose lay luxury vinyl tiles and planks, is pleased to announce its Elevations brand collections have been FloorScore certified for low VOCs. Read more
Nora Launches Revit Materials Library For 3D Projects
February 20, 2012
Designed to help architects and designers create more detailed, accurate renderings, the new Autodesk Revit Architecture materials library from nora systems makes it possible to incorporate nora flooring into their 3D designs.
Three Concept Rooms To Be Presented At Coverings 2012
February 16, 2012
The construction gets underway a day prior to the opening of Coverings, with completion marked for Wednesday, April 18. The exhibit will remain in full view even after the show’s close.
Durkan Announces Spectronics 25X HD Digital Printing Technology
February 13, 2012
Durkan, the hospitality brand of The Mohawk Group, has introduced the most innovative and advanced method of printing with its new Spectronics 25X digital printing technology.
Shaw Event Introduces St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Sponsorship
February 10, 2012
During a kick-off event held at the International Builder Show in Orlando, Fla., Shaw Floors publicly announced the company’s national sponsorship of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.
Tarkett Strives To Redefine Indoor Air Quality
February 8, 2012
Tarkett is making changes to its products’ chemistry and production methods to ensure its entire North American product portfolio emits less than 10 micrograms per cubic meter of total volatile organic compounds (TVOAC) by 2015.
DomotexAsia/ChinaFloor Exands Space And Services
February 6, 2012
DomotexAsia/ChinaFloor has expanded to 11 halls to accommodate over 1,100 exhibitors, including first-time showings by Lumber Liquidators, Forbo, Berry, Alloc, Invista, Mapei, and Nora. Read more
Excellence in Sustainable Building Products… Flooring That Lasts!
February 3, 2012
DINOFLEX® recycled rubber flooring can be found in one of Canada’s most environmentally responsible and sustainable facilities. Read more
Growth Drives Change At DINOFLEX ®
February 3, 2012
DINOFLEX ® Group LP, manufacturer of resilient recycled rubber surfacing products for over 20 years, welcomes departmental changes due to steady growth. Read more
Building Media Readers Rate Armstrong Number One
February 2, 2012
Building industry professionals have selected Armstrong as the top-rated vinyl floor manufacturer in the Peninsula Publishing 2011 Brand Preference Survey and as the “Greenest Floor Company” by readers of Green Builder magazine.
Increase In Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected In 2012 With Growth Projected For 2013
January 30, 2012
Despite the lingering effects of an over-built housing market, the continued difficulty to obtain financing for real estate projects, there are signs that the U.S. design and construction industry will be improving. Read more
Daltile Announces Winner Of The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship
January 27, 2012
Daltile, in conjunction with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, announced Sarah Garcia as the winner of the inaugural Daltile interior design scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation. Read more
Shaw Announces Sponsorship Of 2012 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway
January 27, 2012
Shaw Industries, Inc., announced a national sponsorship of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, a fundraising campaign that has raised more than $220 million in over 20 years for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Read more
Strong Regionals Kick Off 2012 Market Season
January 23, 2012
Robust turnout, strong product introductions and plenty of buying activity characterized this year’s Dallas regional market held here. Anchoring the show were Shaw, Mohawk and Beaulieu, along with larger distributors T&L, Swiff-Train and Adleta.
USGBC Releases List Of Top 10 States For LEED Green Buildings
January 22, 2012
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Positive For Second Straight Month
January 19, 2012
After showing struggling business conditions for most of 2011, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has now reached positive terrain in consecutive months. Read more
AmericasMart Celebrates Area Rug Industry’s Most Spectacular Introductions
January 19, 2012
The Area Rug industry’s most celebrated event honoring the most spectacular introductions took place at the height of the first Market of the year, the Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show. Read more
Mannington Launches Latest Grand Prize Winning Collection
January 17, 2012
Mannington Commercial has announced the launch of a carpet collection designed by Los Angeles designer Athena Abrol, a 2010 Grand Prize Winner of the tx:style design challenge.
USGBC And AIA Announce Second Architecture For Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow
January 13, 2012
Two years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the process of rebuilding has taken another step forward with the selection of Burtland Granvil as the new Architecture for Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow.
Hefeng USA Opens U.S. Operations And Launches Ecofusion Brand
January 12, 2012
Hefeng is looking forward to entering the North American market, and plans to launch the Ecofusion brand of innovative flooring products.
Tile Installer Thin-Set Certification (TITC) Online Course
January 12, 2012
The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) is launching its newest online course, Tile Installer Thin-set Certification (TITC) course, available in English and Spanish. Read more
2012 AIA Institute Honor Awards Recognize Excellence In Architecture, Interiors, And Urban Design
January 9, 2012
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2012 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Read more
Special Olympic Athlete Wins Shaw Design-A-Rug Challenge
January 8, 2012
Shaw Industries has named Sharrod Vaughn the winner of its Design-A-Rug Challenge, a creative competition that was open to all athletes who took part in the Special Olympics Georgia 2011 State Fall Games, held Oct. 21 – 23.
Floor Covering Soft To Release FloorEstimate Pro 2012 Cloud Edition
January 6, 2012
Floor Covering Soft will launch FloorEstimate Pro 2012 Edition (FEP2012), the next generation flooring layout and estimating program for commercial and retail flooring contractors and dealers, on Jan. 24, 2012.
Hard And Soft Flooring Materials Now Seamlessly Intermingle
January 3, 2012
Transitioning from carpet to hard surfacing could not be simpler than with LSI Loose Lay format vinyl tiles. LSI Floors is a leader in luxury vinyl tiles and planks for high performance commercial, healthcare, retail and hospitality facilities. Read more
Tx:style Design Challenge 2012 Launches With New Prizes, New Opportunities For Designers
January 2, 2012
Mannington Commercial announced today the launch of its annual tx:style design challenge, the interiors industry's leading social networking design competition.
Surfaces Announces Mobile App
December 30, 2011
Surfaces has announced its S2 app for the show, that is compatible with all mobile devices. With the free S2 app, quickly find exhibitors, education, events and more from any web-enabled mobile device, anywhere, anytime. Read more
NWFA Releases International Standards For Factory Finished Solid Wood
December 27, 2011
The new standards, which were finalized in March, provide detailed configuration guidelines and machining tolerances for manufacturing solid factory finished wood flooring.
Coverings Renews “Project: Green” To recognize Sustainable Tile And Stone Installations
December 27, 2011
Projects chosen for their exceptional eco-minded achievements will be honored in a centerpiece display at the April 17-20 expo and conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Architecture Billings Climbs Into Positive Territory For First Time In Four Months
December 22, 2011
Continuing the positive momentum of a nearly three point bump in October, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached its first positive mark since August. Read more
DINOFLEX® - Excellence in Sustainable Building Products…Flooring That Lasts!
December 20, 2011
The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies & Renewable Energy Conservation was designed & built to target the strict guidelines of the Living Building Challenge, considered a step up from a LEED Platinum designation.
AmericasMart To Introduce Home And Design
December 19, 2011
In a move to further reflect the designer-driven showrooms and types of customers they attract, AmericasMart is introducing a fashion-forward space called “HOME & DESIGN,” on the newly refurbished 14th Floor of Building 1. Read more
Amtico International Rolls Out New U.S. Website
December 16, 2011
The redesigned website serves specifiers, contractors and homeowners in the U.S. and Canada with such capabilities as a room visualizer that displays the luxury vinyl flooring in various environments and installation layouts. Read more
NALFA Announces 2011 LAMMY Award Nominees
December 15, 2011
The North American Laminate Flooring Association is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2011 LAMMY Awards, which are given annually to companies and individuals for exceptional contributions to the laminate flooring industry.
Center For Green Schools At USGBC Releases Best Of Green Schools 2011 List
December 14, 2011
The USGBC Center for Green Schools has released its inaugural best of green schools 2011 list recognizing school administrators and government leaders in 10 categories for their efforts to create sustainable learning environments.
Engineered Floors, LLC Expands With Acquisition Of Dream Weaver Carpet
December 13, 2011
Dream Weaver produces high-quality carpets made with PureColor fiber and sells through independent retailers, new home flooring contractors and wholesale distribution. Read more
LEED-Certified Existing Buildings Surpass New Construction Counterparts In Square Footage
December 10, 2011
As of this month, square footage of LEED-certified existing buildings surpassed LEED-certified new construction by 15 million square feet on a cumulative basis.
Winners Announced In First Armstrong i2r Design Competition
December 9, 2011
Armstrong World Industries has announced the winners of its first i2r (ideas 2 reality) professional design competition showcasing Armstrong commercial ceiling and flooring products in either an “idea” or a “reality” stage. Read more
Johnsonite Introduces Glueless Flooring System
December 8, 2011
To offer designers, installers and building owners greater flexibility, speed, sustainability and return on investment, Johnsonite, the commercial arm of the Tarkett company, introduced its new SlideLock glueless flooring system. Read more
Mohawk Launches Click LVT
December 6, 2011
Mohawk Industries has announced it will introduce a new click luxury vinyl tile line during first quarter 2012. The 4mm line will feature a Uniclic locking system and will be available in 14 wood décors. Read more
ASID Interior Design Billings And Inquiries Index Dips In Third Quarter
December 6, 2011
Results of the ASID Interior Design Billings & Inquiries Index for the July-August period of 2011 signaled that business conditions for the interior design industry were aligned with the broader U.S. economy’s sub-par growth.
AIA Commends Obama Administration’s $4 Billion Public/Private Sector Plan To Upgrade Buildings
December 5, 2011
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today expressed its support for the Obama Administration’s $4 billion public/private sector plan to upgrade buildings for energy efficiency throughout the country. Read more
Durkan Announces Its Third Annual D*scover Design Competition
December 3, 2011
Durkan, the hospitality brand of The Mohawk Group, and NEWH are now accepting entries for D*scover, an annual contest that recognizes the talent of professional and student designers on the rise. Read more
Armstrong Hosts Design Council To Shape Future Of Contract Flooring
December 2, 2011
Armstrong Commercial Flooring’s exclusive design councils bring together designers and architects from different firms to explore design trends and trade expert advice on concepts, prototypes, ideas, colors and new collections.
Coverings Seeks Stone And Tile Projects For 2012 Awards
December 1, 2011
A superior installation magnifies the real beauty of tile and stone. And, it is superior installations—along with the contractors and designers who’ve collaborated on them—that will be honored with the Coverings Installation and Design Awards. Read more
Durkan To Collaborate With Designer Stacy Garcia
November 30, 2011
Durkan, the hospitality brand of the Mohawk Group, is teaming up with Stacy Garcia, a designer known for her color forecasting and design trends. Read more
Floor Covering Inspectors Symposium At Surfaces 2012
November 29, 2011
Floor Covering Inspectors (FCI) will host a symposium during Surfaces 2012, with the theme being inspections 2011, carpet and hard surface flooring. Read more
DINOFLEX® Celebrates 10 Years of Re-Grind Program
November 25, 2011
Since 2002, DINOFLEX® has been collecting not only consumer building waste from construction projects but also post manufacturing waste from the manufacturing of indoor flooring. Read more
Vivendi Collection From Mannington Commercial Honored In Nightingale Awards
November 22, 2011
HOK Product Design and Mannington Commercial are pleased to announce that their latest collaboration, the Vivendi Collection, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Nightingale Awards. Read more
Johnsonite Gives Back
November 21, 2011
Johnsonite was recently involved in the 9th season’s premiere of ABC’s Emmy award-winning show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,”. The episode featured the Marshalls, whose home, also known as the Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House, is used as a transitional space for homeless female veterans. Read more
The Design Center At The Merchandise Mart Announces The 2012 DreamHome Designers
November 17, 2011
The 2012 DreamHome will bring to life the amazing talents of 9 of Chicago’s top interior design firms as they each design a room in the home using the luxury resources only available at the Design Center. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Moves Upward
November 16, 2011
After a sharp dip in September, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) climbed nearly three points in October. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
Georgia Department Of Agriculture Partners With The Mohawk Group
November 15, 2011
SmartStrand Contract, which was awarded a 2011 Best of NeoCon Gold award for its bio-based fiber system, is now the featured carpet incorporated into the design of the Georgia Department of Agriculture building in Atlanta. Read more
LIFCA Finishes Successful Year With Two Educational Events
November 14, 2011
The Long Island Floor Covering Association (LIFCA) has made a concerted effort to become more active over the past several years, as witnessed by a more aggressive schedule of meetings in 2011, such as the two educational events that drew good audiences this fall.
Cork Flooring Pros Publish Two New Cork Floor Repair Guides
November 14, 2011
Cork Flooring Pros is proud to announce today that they have published two new cork floor repair guides on their website. These guides were designed to help educate the average homeowner on how they can repair their cork tile floor or floating cork floor.
AmericasMart Atlanta Debuts New Website
November 8, 2011
The new site is the industry’s premier online resource for buyers and exhibitors with proprietary content as well as business and educational resources. Read more
AIA Launches Online Database Capable Of Matching Stalled Projects With Investor Financing
November 7, 2011
The AIA announced that it has launched an online database that will let developers and architects network with investors interested in lending to projects that have been stalled primarily due to lack of financing.
Research And Markets: Wood And Laminate Floor Coverings Market Report - UK 2011-2015 Analysis
November 4, 2011
The report provides an informed and up to date assessment of the market, and focuses on the three primary sectors of solid wood, engineered wood and laminates.
Mullican Shifts Engineered Manufacturing To U.S.
November 3, 2011
Mullican Flooring, a national hardwood flooring manufacturer, is more than doubling its employee base in Tennessee and moving its Johnson City, Tenn.-based corporate headquarters and production plant to a new location across town.
Langhorne Carpet’s Student Design Competition
November 2, 2011
The designs for Langhorne Carpet Company’s new Eco Line will be the product of the mill’s first Morrow Design Competition (MDC) featuring students from 10 leading design programs. A portion of sales will benefit conservation organizations, according to Bill Morrow, Langhorne’s president, and the fourth-generation mill owner-operator.
StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2012 Announces “Crews That ROCK” Contest
November 1, 2011
The StonExpo/Marmomacc has announced the all new “Crews that ROCK” contest as a tribute to the hardworking crews representing the backbone of our industry. Read more
Panel To Discuss Latest Trends At Healthcare Design Conference
October 31, 2011
HOK Product Design, Mannington Commercial, Pallas Textiles, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and IIDA in Panel at Healthcare Design 2011. Read more
Mohawk Ranks In Newsweek’s Top 500 Green Companies
October 27, 2011
Newsweek has once again recognized Mohawk Industries for its leading position in environmental performance. For the third consecutive year, Mohawk placed in the magazine’s annual ranking of the 500 “greenest” U.S. companies. Read more
NALFA Certifies 126 Laminate Inspectors
October 25, 2011
A total of 126 laminate flooring inspectors have earned professional certification from the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA), making them the first in the industry to complete the inaugural course exclusively dedicated to quality laminate flooring.
Beaulieu Secures $230 Million In Loan Refinancing
October 22, 2011
“We are now poised for continued growth in the current marketplace. And as the largest privately-held carpet manufacturer in the U.S., Beaulieu will continue to focus on the needs of its customers to be the supplier of choice,” said Ralph Boe, president and CEO of Beaulieu of America.
Hotel Reduces Carbon Footprint With Concrete Masonry Units
October 22, 2011
The building offers not only an attractive design, but also was constructed using innovative sustainable design techniques which reduced its environmental impact. Read more
Another Drop For Architecture Billings Index
October 20, 2011
Following the first positive score in four months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reversed direction again in September. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
The Mohawk Group Launches Product Catalog
October 14, 2011
The Mohawk Group is issuing its inaugural product catalog, which contains detailed information about every innovative product the company manufactures, as well as photography of all the company’s collections.
Mullican Flooring Photo Contest Offers $5,000 Grand Prize
October 11, 2011
Mullican Flooring is sponsoring a “WE LOVE OUR MULLICAN FLOOR!” photo contest. Consumers who have installed a Mullican floor can enter the competition by submitting an “after” photo of their renovated space.
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Introduces Five New Documents For Use On Sustainable Projects
October 11, 2011
Developed using AIA’s flagship documents as a base, and incorporating concepts and model language from the AIA’s Guide for Sustainable Projects, the new documents address the unique roles, risks and opportunities encountered on sustainable design and construction projects.
Expanko Acquires FritzTile
October 10, 2011
Expanko has acquired FritzTile, a national manufacturer of flexible terrazzo tile products and the product line will be known as FritzTile by Expanko. The announcement was made by Expanko partners, Paul DeJulius, CEO, and Randy Gillespie, senior vice president of sales and marketing. Read more
Shaw Design-A-Rug Challenge Open To 2011 Special Olympics Georgia Athletes
October 7, 2011
Shaw Industries Inc., has announced the introduction of the Shaw Design-A-Rug Challenge, open to all athletes taking part in the Special Olympics Georgia 2011 State Fall Games, Oct. 21 – 23. Read more
Global Laminate Flooring Market To Reach 1.92 Billion Square Meters By 2017
October 4, 2011
The global market for laminate flooring is forecast to reach over 1.92 billion square meters by the year 2017, driven by escalation in new housing starts and residential replacements, inclusive of the burgeoning DIY consumer market.
New Commercial Carpet Collection With DuPont Sorona Featured At Greenbuild 2011
October 3, 2011
DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer is the fiber of choice for the new “What Moves You” commercial carpet collection from The Mohawk Group. Read more
Capel Teams Up With Genevieve Gorder For New Rug Line
October 2, 2011
Capel Rugs has teamed up with interior designer and HGTV star, Genevieve Gorder, to create a line of soulful, whimsical rugs that will debut at the October High Point Market.
Aacer Flooring Installed In Marist College Renovation
September 30, 2011
The 34-year old facility was retrofit with a ScissorLoc DC subfloor system by Aacer Sports Flooring, complete with the PowerVent airflow system to ensure environmental control below the Northern Hard Rock Maple surface.
2012 Surfaces And StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas Online Registration Opens
September 28, 2011
Online attendee registration for the 2012 S2 events is now open for SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. There is no price increase from last year and because of this, the overall value for S2 attendees continues to rise. Read more
BR-111 Exotic Hardwood Flooring Launches New Website
September 26, 2011
The new site is both visually enticing and practical with beautiful photography and easy-to-use features for quick access to key information, according to the company. Visitors to the site are able to download the new catalog or request one by mail, locate a nearby dealer, or peruse a quick view digital flipbook. Read more
Roby Isaac Joins Mannington Commercial As Creative Manager, Commercial Hard Surfaces
September 26, 2011
An internationally recognized textile designer, Isaac brings more than ten years of experience to Mannington, including positions with the design management teams at Milliken & Company, Tandus, and Monterey Carpets. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Turns Positive After Four Straight Monthly Declines
September 21, 2011
On the heels of a period of weakness in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) took a sudden upturn in August. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
Shaw Releases Third Corporate Sustainability Report
September 20, 2011
Focused on Shaw’s commitment to Sustainability through Innovation, the report highlights the Berkshire Hathaway company’s environmental and social responsibility leadership. Beginning with the question, What if Sustainable Business Meant Smarter Business? Read more
CRI Members Approve Restructuring Of Association
September 20, 2011
A new organizational structure for the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) recently received board approval. According to John Wells, chairman, the changes, which took effect Sept. 1, will allow for greater efficiency in addressing issues facing the carpet industry.
Amtico International Launches Enhanced Slip Resistance Flooring Range
September 20, 2011
For almost 50 years Amtico International has been at the forefront of creating innovative and cutting edge design floors. The company has recently launched yet another product innovation: ‘Amtico Assura’ – an LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) design floor offering R10 enhanced slip resistance.
Rubber-Cal And ESPN Lay New Foundations For High School Sports
September 13, 2011
Rubber-Cal, Inc. has joined forces with ESPN to tackle a great American pastime: high school football. The Orange County, California-based industrial rubber company donated its flooring to the network's exciting new show RISE UP, set to air September 13, 2011. Read more
Mohawk And Karastan Launch Operation Rebuild
September 12, 2011
Two weeks ago, Hurricane Irene damaged 12 states. To assist retailers and consumers living in those five states in getting back on their feet, Mohawk and Karastan are launching Operation Rebuild.
Armstrong Launches Commercial Ceiling And Floor Design Competition
September 8, 2011
Armstrong announces “ideas 2 reality,” a professional design competition to showcase Armstrong commercial products in either an “idea” or a “reality” stage and to acknowledge talented and visionary design professionals.
Architects And Construction Sector Can Lead U.S. Economic Recovery
September 6, 2011
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued the most comprehensive look yet at the built environment’s role in economic recovery, highlighting six specific policy steps that will generate jobs and help grow the American economy. The AIA white paper was delivered to the White House and to Congressional leadership on both sides of the political aisle.
Architecture Groups Urge President, Congress To Adopt Measures To Boost Design And Construction Work
September 2, 2011
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) today issued a joint statement urging policy makers to take immediate steps to create jobs in the design and construction industry.
SlipNOT Products Contribute To A Cleaner Environment
September 1, 2011
SlipNOT(R) recognizes the importance of contributing to a cleaner environment. The SlipNOT(R) process utilizes a high percentage of recycled material and creates a long lasting product which eliminates the impact on the environment created by replacing products often.
Aqua Hospitality Carpets Re-Launches New Web Site
September 1, 2011
The functionality of the site was enhanced to allow existing and potential customers a simplified experience. The new site incorporates a number of significant improvements to support its' users, such as a redeveloped platform for faster interaction of custom coloring and room scene visualization. Read more
Beaulieu Website Receives Awards
August 30, 2011
Beaulieu officials announced critical acclaim for BlissFlooring.com, thanks to its reception in recent business and communication competitions. Among the recent awards bestowed on BlissFlooring.com was the ‘Stevie.’ Read more
AIA Selects Three Projects For National Healthcare Design Awards
August 26, 2011
The American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The AIA Healthcare Awards program showcases the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Read more
Rubber Flooring, Inc. Expands Product Line To Include Martial Art Mats
August 25, 2011
The Martial arts flooring options at Rubber Flooring Inc. provide a clean, comfortable and durable surface for any space. All training mat options are affordable and easy to install. Read more
Flowcrete Floors Packaged To The Industry At PPMA
August 25, 2011
Flooring systems available include fast-track MMA Flowfast coatings, which dramatically cut downtime and speed up new-build and refurbishment programmes, through an application process that sees the floor ready for use just two hours after installation. Read more
Quick-Step Creates New Category In Flooring
August 22, 2011
Quick-Step's newest proprietary technology has created a modern flooring category that offers one of the most positive combinations of style and value in exotic hardwood visuals in the flooring industry. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Drops For Fifth Straight Month
August 17, 2011
Following a drop of almost a full point in June, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell again by more than a point in July. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
Beyond Green - New Anti-Static Flooring Now A Rainbow of Color
August 16, 2011
Floropoxy ESD, a recent addition to the growing Florock industrial flooring low emissions product line, goes well beyond green. With the new pigment-rich hues, ranging from subtle neutrals to vivid brights, specifiers and designers now have a kaleidoscope of color from which to choose. Read more
Shaw Announces Design Is… Award Winners
August 15, 2011
All participants and awardees, selected from commercial and hospitality spaces worldwide, have come together sharing a mutual goal of redefining the idea of what design is: teaching, inspiring, healing and uniting. Read more
Eco Award Goes To Dunlop Flooring’s Springtread Carpet
August 14, 2011
Dunlop Flooring has been recognised among Australia’s most innovative organisations, winning the Australian Business Award for “Best Eco-Friendly Product” for 2011. The Dunlop Springtred range is Australia’s premier domestic carpet underlay range.
AIA Announces The Winner Of The AIA Architect Barbie® Dream House™ Design Competition
August 12, 2011
The design elements include solar panels, landscaped rooftop and irrigation system, operable shading devices, bamboo flooring, low flow toilet and sink fixtures, and locally sourced and manufactured materials and furnishings. Read more
Flooring Solutions Specialist, Dynamic Sports Construction, Introduces Versatile DynaSelect™ Product
August 11, 2011
DynaSelect™ HD, the newest innovative line of flooring solutions provided by Dynamic Sports Construction, Inc., offers many benefits far superior to those of wood flooring. Ideal for many high-use applications, DynaSelect™ HD mimics wood without the cost or required maintenance.
Flooring Market Estimated At $16 Billion In 2011
August 9, 2011
Even though sales of flooring products fell from $19.6 billion in 2009 to an estimated $16.3 billion in 2011, the category is full of new opportunities. This report explores them, along with specific recommendations for capitalizing on the changing landscape of the flooring category. Read more
Teragren Launches New Website Design
August 8, 2011
Teragren, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels and veneer, unveiled a new website design intended to give its customers, retailers and trade professionals easier access to useful and relevant product information. Read more
UV-Curing Coatings For Cost Efficient And Sustainable Coating Of Furniture And Parquet Flooring
August 5, 2011
The technology is characterized by high productivity and environmental compatibility, and has proven very effective in numerous applications for polyurethane coatings. This year the focus is on the industrial coating of wood, furniture and parquet flooring. Read more
Recycled Rubber Floor - Swisstrax Breakthrough
August 5, 2011
A revolutionary and environmentally friendly recycled rubber floor solution promises to remove thousands of tires from landfills across the U.S. The new tile is the first injection-molded, anti-fatigue modular tile made with recycled rubber tires anywhere in the world. Read more
RPM Performance Coatings Group Acquires Italian Flooring And Deck Coatings Business
August 3, 2011
RPM International Inc. announced today that its Performance Coatings Group has acquired API S.p.A., a $28 million producer and installer of polyurethane and urethane-based flooring and decking solutions for cruise ships, mega-yachts and naval applications. Read more
SlipNOT Metal Safety Flooring To Launch Renovated Website
August 3, 2011
SlipNOT’s new website launches today under the current domain, www.slipnot.com. The completely renovated website will provide visitors with printable case studies, user-friendly buttons, fresh content daily and a reformatted approach that provides customers with access to information efficiently while offering a unique browsing experience.
Decline In Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected In 2011 With Modest Growth For 2012
July 28, 2011
Lenders that have been extremely reticent to finance construction projects, budget shortfalls at all levels of government, the ripple effect of overbuilding, a depressed housing market and rising costs of key construction commodities are all contributing to what projects to be a decline of 5.6% in spending this year for nonresidential construction projects. Read more
Mohawk Industries Releases Second Annual Sustainability Report
July 26, 2011
This year, with the release of its second annual sustainability report, Mohawk Industries highlights its source of inspiration - all the people who make Mohawk successful - while developing a comprehensive report that shows improvement and excellence in nearly every measure of sustainability for 2010.
New Guide Explores And Compares Stained Concrete To Alternative Flooring Materials
July 22, 2011
Concrete staining is one of many flooring materials available on the market for rejuvenating floor surfaces. Exploring and comparing today’s popular flooring materials is made simple with ConcreteNetwork.com’s new guide comparing stained concrete to alternative flooring materials like carpet, tile, linoleum and others.
Another Setback For The Architecture Billings Index
July 20, 2011
June marked the third consecutive decline in revenue at U.S. architecture firms as measured by the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
ASID Announces 2011 Student Chapter Award Winners
July 19, 2011
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 ASID Student Chapter Awards. ASID Student Chapter Awards are given to outstanding student members and chapters responsible for promoting the ASID student member experience as an enriching learning tool for future interior designers. Read more
Pioneer Millworks Reintroduces Previously Sold-Out Reclaimed Oak Flooring
July 18, 2011
Pioneer Millworks is reintroducing one of their most popular reclaimed flooring products, Tan Oak, after securing a large supply of the rare oak planks from American horse farms. Hugely popular with large retailers, designers, and homeowners, Pioneer sold out of its original inventory of Tan Oak within a few months of introducing the product.
Invista Sets Goal To Reduce Its Energy Intensity 20 Percent By 2020
July 17, 2011
INVISTA, maker of LYCRA® fiber and STAINMASTER® and ANTRON® carpet fibers, has established a global goal to reduce its energy intensity 20 percent by 2020. The goal is part of the company’s commitment to use energy efficiently as it provides value-added products and services for its customers and society.
Facility Managers Still Have Time To Cash In On Siemens Smartest Building In America Challenge
July 15, 2011
"The Smartest Building in America Challenge rewards building owners and managers who make innovative use of building technology," says Rich Lattanzi, Vice President of Control Products and Systems (CPS) at Siemens. Read more
Flexco Announces Its Latest Distributors
July 14, 2011
FLEXCO®, a leading manufacturer of rubber, vinyl and ESD control commercial flooring, is pleased to announce its newest distributors: New England Flooring Supply, All County Flooring Supply And Tingle Flooring.
Flexco Introduces Spray-Grip Spray Adhesive
July 13, 2011
As Flexco®, a leading manufacturer in rubber, vinyl and ESD control commercial flooring, continues to strive and be the best manufacturer of design-oriented flooring products, we would like to introduce to market the Spray-Grip™ spray adhesive for vinyl tile as an added value to our flooring line.
Crossville Recycling Program Gets Certified
July 12, 2011
Tile maker Crossville said it has become the first tile manufacturer in the U.S. to achieve certification of its waste recycling programs through Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). Crossville has joined with TOTO, the world’s largest manufacturer of sustainable, luxury plumbing products, to recycle that company’s post industrial fired sanitary ware.
AIA To Develop Database Of Stalled Projects Suitable For Investor Financing
July 11, 2011
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced it would make available to potential investors a database of stalled building projects nationwide that make economic sense but which lack the financing to be completed.
Mohawk And Karastan Partner With Local Retailers To Fund Cancer Research
July 10, 2011
A portion of all Mohawk SmartCushion and Karastan KaraStep Reserve cushion sales will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the result of a new partnership between the two suppliers. The program, called "Decorate for the Cure," will both fund ongoing breast cancer research and promote healthy living.
CRI Seal Of Approval Program Adds Products
July 5, 2011
The Carpet and Rug Institute's Seal of Approval program has grown significantly in recent weeks, adding eight solutions, 14 new vacuums and nine new systems to the program, bringing the current total of approved products and systems to 789. Read more
California Rejects Offer For Caprolactam Study
July 4, 2011
California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has rejected the carpet industry's offer to fund additional research aimed at clearing up the controversy over the agency's proposed reductions in caprolactam exposure levels.
DinoFlex Celebrates 10 Years Of ReGrind Program
July 1, 2011
DINOFLEX Group LP, manufacturer of recycled rubber surfaces, who led the way in establishing post manufacturing “recycling” programs within the industry, is celebrating its 10th year of providing its own ReGrind Program. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Remains in Reverse
June 23, 2011
On the heels of a sizeable decrease in April, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slowed even further in May. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Tumbles Nearly Three Points
May 30, 2011
Following several months of relatively positive business conditions, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell almost three points in April. Read more
Architecture Billings Index In Holding Pattern
April 28, 2011
The first quarter of 2011 has seen the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remain virtually unchanged and right at, or slightly above, the break-even level. Read more
Mohawk Puts SmartStrand To The Test Again
April 11, 2011
After acing the zoo challenge in 2010, Mohawk is once again testing their SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona, this time with people. Read more
Shaw Hospitality Group Introduces Dash
April 7, 2011
Shaw Hospitality Group has introduced a new, custom, online design tool. Read more
Architecture Billings Index Shows Nominal Increase
March 24, 2011
During the first two months of 2011 the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is not exhibiting the strength of business conditions that were seen in the final quarter of 2010. Read more
The Department Of Commerce Announces Affirmative Preliminary CVD Determination
March 23, 2011
The Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of multilayered wood flooring form China. Read more
Laticrete Announces Aqcquisition Of Drytek Flooring Solutions
March 21, 2011
Laticrete announced the acquisition of Drytek Flooring Solutions, a supplier of self-leveling cements, decorative concrete toppings, and related products and systems Read more
Architecture Billings Hold Steady After Two Months Of Improving Conditions
February 25, 2011
After showing positive momentum during the fourth quarter of 2010, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slipped almost four points in January.
Beaulieu Gives Dealers The Tools To Succeed
February 23, 2011
Beaulieu officials unveiled their comprehensive campaign for dealers at Surfaces 2011 in Las Vegas and now the company is gearing up to give it's retailers the tools to succeed in this economic environment.
New Product Evaluation Committee For FCICA
February 23, 2011
FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association has formed a new sub-committee whose goals are to provide a mechanism wherein new products and applications developed by associate manufacturers can be field
evaluated by our contractor members. Read more
Builder Confidence Unchanged For Fourth Consecutive Month In February
February 23, 2011
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes remained unchanged at 16 for a fourth consecutive month in February, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).
2011 ASID Award Winners Announced
February 23, 2011
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announced today the five recipients of the 2011 ASID Awards. The awards honor the achievements of individuals and companies in the field of interior design.
Mohawk Named To Training Magazine’s “Top 125” Training Organizations
February 22, 2011
For the fifth year in a row, Mohawk Industries has been named as one of Training Magazine’s “Top 125” training organizations, ranking in the top 20 among the Fortune 500 companies reviewed for this past year. Read more