Pain and gain

China’s world economy role in transition IT WAS NOT MY FIRST TRIP TO CHINA, but likely my second or third, when I came back from dinner to find my room had been searched. It was very obvious. The carry-on had been moved from a shelf to the bed, a drawer was left open and some […]

Show time!

Innovation, competition and personalities on display I have been going to trade shows for a long time. As a product designer, I’m especially interested in products, and trade shows offer the most intense new-product-immersion experience there is. The shows I go to, furniture, interiors, architecture, lighting, equipment, boats, autos and so on, usually have a […]

Blood from a stone

Three ways the law helps with collection The last thing a creditor would want, after spending significant time and money in suing a debtor, is a “paper judgment” worth no more than the paper it is printed on. The term is often used to describe a judgment that cannot be enforced in any practical way. […]

Ardex Academy announces Western Canada training schedule

Ardex Americas has announced its 2020 training schedule for the Ardex Academy in Delta, B.C. The following courses are now open for registration: March 4, 5 — Ardex Polished Concrete Systems; March 24, 25, 26 — Tile & Stone Installation Systems — Module 1; May 26, 27, 28, 2020 – Tile & Stone Installation Systems […]

NAC names David deBear sales director

Akron, Ohio-based NAC Products has named David deBear its director of architectural and commercial sales. A veteran of the flooring industry for more than 25 years, deBear will work to further NAC’s architectural program focusing on increasing specifications within the design community for NAC’s crack isolation, sound control and waterproofing membrane systems. He previously served […]

RU MARKETING or missing the MARK?

Target critical 18-39ers with education — not price THE JURY IS IN. NOTHING MATTERS BUT PRICE. RIGHT? Not so fast …. If you talk to today’s emerging generational markets, you will find, just as with young people through the ages, that much matters more than money. It’s just that you can’t act on your dreams […]

Warm hospitality ambience

Hotel restaurant/bar reno embracing ghosts of Expo ’67 Germain Hotels’ flagship property, Le Germain Hotel, in downtown Montreal, Que., has undergone a major renovation that both sheds and embraces its Expo ’67-era brutalist concrete architecture roots. Occupying the first two floors now is the welcoming ambiance of Le Boulevardier restaurant and Le Flâneur Bar Lounge, […]

An unresolved issue

The gap between Divisions 3 and 9 For many years, the same old scenario has repeated. The floor covering installer and general contractor butt heads over who will correct the concrete slab prior to floor covering installation. Over and over, we hear the same thing: “It’s the floor guy’s job to prepare his surface (sub-floor) […]

Clarifying vinyl options

WPC? SPC? LVT? SVT? VET? VCT? I spoke at a presentation for a large flooring contractor recently about a variety of flooring in the resilient category, especially vinyl and rubber. After the meeting, one of the industry veterans in the group pulled me aside. “Christopher, we have a lot of new people here, and they […]

Spring training

Looking forward to courses, conference, new standards The CFCRA is a shareholder of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC). This drives the purpose of holding the association together. We can be privy to the latest information being gathered in the industry and we are creating some leading-edge industry standards. This year, two new […]