News


W.F. Taylor and Spray-Lock Inc. enter alliance

Friday, January 13, 2017

[Dalton] W.F. Taylor, LLC (Taylor) and Chattanooga-based Spray-Lock, Inc. (Spray-Lock), a leading ma...
Inspect Solutions launches tuition incentive program

Friday, January 13, 2017

[Fort Lauderdale, Fla.]  Answering a demand to bring new, trained, certified inspectors to the ...
Registration open for NWFA Expo

Thursday, January 12, 2017

[St. Louis] Registration is now open for the National Wood Flooring Association 2017 Wood Flooring E...

Consumer Connection


Buyers willing to trade square footage for amenities, survey shows

Thursday, January 12, 2017

[Orlando, Fla.] The average size of newly built homes decreased in 2016 - a sign that the home building industry is preparing for the coming wave of first-time buyers as Millennials begin to dip their...
Connecting with consumers

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Today’s online flooring shoppers have become far more discerning than ever before. They are much more educated in their buying processes thanks to social media, forums, online reviews and manufacturer...
Bloggers walk consumers through installation process

Thursday, November 24, 2016

[Dallas] A component of Quick-Step’s influencer outreach program is that the bloggers generally walk their readers through the installation process, demonstrating how fast and easy installation of Qui...

Products


New Moon rugs to be featured at Domotex’s World of Flooring

Thursday, January 12, 2017

[Hannover, Germany] New Moon, known for its hand-crafted rugs from Nepal, will be featured at Domotex’s The World of Flooring showcase. As the leading trade fair for the international floor coverings ...
DuChâteau to launch Atelier Series at TISE 2017

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

[San Diego, Calif.] DuChâteau has announced its Atelier Series will step into the world of resilient flooring with The Sovereign Edition. This new vinyl flooring line is set to launch at The Internat...
DuChâteau reimagines concrete with new division launch at TISE 2017

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

[San Diego, Calif.] Driven by innovation and the beauty of nature, DuChâteau announced it will reveal its new concrete division, DuChâteau Concrete DeLuxe, at The International Surface Event at BOOTH ...

Business Builder


Q4 2016 sales weak

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

U.S. floor coverings manufacturer sales continued their second-half slowdown, according to the Catalina Research quarterly report. In the fourth quarter of 2016, dollar sales increased by only an esti...
55+ housing market shows continued growth

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[Orlando, Fla.] The 55+ housing market is expected to keep on its path of growth, according to industry experts at a press conference held today at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Int...
Housing to continue gradual climb in 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[Orlando, Fla.] Fueled by a growing economy, solid employment gains and rising household formations, single-family production will continue on a gradual, upward trajectory in 2017, according to econom...

Retail


O’Krent’s legacy: Family ties assured into fifth generation

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

[San Antonio] Having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015, O’Krent’s Abbey Flooring Center is likely the oldest family-owned retail flooring business in the U.S. “We were originally founded in 191...
Does price really matter?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

As we ended 2016 and move ahead into the new year, I was reflecting on the customers I have encountered this year. One customer in particular sticks in my mind. A local contractor came into my store o...
Inventory outlet: Xintory sets out to help with overstocks and out-of-fashion merchandise

Monday, December 26, 2016

Xintory (short for Inventory Exchange) is aiming to solve a perennial problem in the flooring industry — what do manufacturers, distributors, dealers and installers do with all their excess inventory?...

Style & Design


J+J Flooring reveals 2017 senior living design trends

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[Dalton] J+J Flooring Group announced it identified four major trends influencing the design of today’s senior living residences and communities. The four trends are: defining home, connection to comm...
Driving flooring up the wall: Technology creates new opportunity

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Adding tile treatment to walls is nothing new. Its beauty and durability have long been admired. In fact, according to Ted Acworth, CEO and founder of Del-Conca, mosaic originated almost 3,000 years a...
Shimmer, shine & statements: Talking trends with Kathy Ireland

Monday, November 21, 2016

[High Point, N.C.] Color, pattern and making a personal statement drive interior design from the floor up.  “The basis to a room is the carpet, be it broadloom or area rugs,” said Barclay Butera,...

Opinions


Spirit of the industry

Monday, January 16, 2017

I had the pleasure of spending a week with my dad over the holidays — time that I cherish since we haven’t lived in the same state for many years. We talked about a lot of things but one conversation ...
Unless there is an opposing wind, a kite cannot rise

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

That’s why you run one way on the beach and let the kite out of your hands and it goes up and up the other way. You give the kite to your four-year-old and tell her/him to run. But when your very youn...
An industry poised for growth

Friday, December 30, 2016

December is a busy month for us here at FCW. We spend a lot of time meeting with leading industry suppliers and retailers. Most told us that growth in 2016 was tepid. But don’t mistake slow growth for...

Technology


National Flooring Equipment showcases surface preparation range

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

[Las Vegas] National Flooring Equipment announced it will display its surface preparation machines at two major industry events taking place in Las Vegas. The company will exhibit on booth S10515 at W...
Bostik launches mobile app

Thursday, January 05, 2017

[Wauwatosa, Wis.] Bostik, Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, recently announced the launch of its mobile application, Bostik Construction USA.  The mobile a...
Connecting with consumers

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Today’s online flooring shoppers have become far more discerning than ever before. They are much more educated in their buying processes thanks to social media, forums, online reviews and manufacturer...

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Calendar of Events

The International Surface Event
January 17 - January 20, 2017
Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Convention Center
World Market Center
January 22 - January 26, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Flooring America ConneXtion
January 22 - January 24, 2017
FCICA
March 4 - March 8, 2017
Fuse Annual Conference
March 5 - March 8, 2017
Coverings 2017
April 4 - April 7, 2017
Orlando, FL
NWFA Expo - 2017
April 11 - April 14, 2017
Phoenix, AZ
China Guangzhou International Floor Fair CGFF 2017
May 12 - May 14, 2017
Poly World Trade Center Exhibition Hall
CARE 2017
May 18 - May 19, 2017
Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel

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