Archives for August 2016

Wet polisher matches speed to application

Wet polisher from Makita introduced by Lackmond Stone features a variable speed control dial that enables the user to match the speed to the application. The polisher includes a soft start feature for smooth start-ups, electronic speed control that maintains constant speed under load, and a common fitting that accepts popular water hose connections. Units […]

Del Conca USA doubles tile capacity

In the two years since it opened its U.S. production facilities, Del Conca USA, a subsidiary of Del Conca Group in Italy, has put in motion plans to double its annual capacity of porcelain tile production from 32 to 65 million square feet. Even with excellent early indicators, this increase is happening even faster than […]

Mannington raises prices on select products

Salem, N.J.-based Mannington Mills has implemented a price increase of up to 5 to 7 percent on selected engineered wood flooring products. Continued increases in raw materials, transportation and labor costs have made this increase necessary, according to the company.

Mohawk becomes a Google Partner

Calhoun, Ga.-based Mohawk is the first U.S. manufacturer as well as the first company in the flooring industry to become a Google Partner — a certification of excellence in digital marketing. Google Partners are said to be considered trusted online experts who are qualified and certified to manage the online marketing of other businesses. Mohawk […]

Laminate patent case judgement for Unilin

Unilin, headquartered in Wielsbeke, Belgium, was recently awarded a $1.17 million US judgment in compensation for the patent infringement of Granada Kitchen & Floor, Granada Wood & Cabinets, Inc., and NSL Trading Corporation — all of of Anaheim, Calif. — for past imports and sales of approximately 600,000 m² of glueless laminate flooring products that […]

Online training with NWFA University

The St. Louis, Mo.-based National Wood Flooring Association has announced NWFA University, an online platform that gives individuals an opportunity to participate in wood flooring training when and where they want it. The NWFA University is comprised of individual learning modules lasting 15 to 20 minutes, with an online testing component. A series of modules […]

Projects in Canada win at Ceramics of Italy

Now in its 23rd year, the internationally-juried Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has announced six winning projects at Coverings 2016 in Chicago, Ill., that represent the competition’s goal of honouring use of Italian tile in North American architecture and design, included two from Canada. Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the […]

Flooring TV ad takes on big-box retailers

Carpet One Floor and Home, a cooperative of floor covering retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada headquartered in Manchester, N.H., has recently launched a new advertising campaign directly attacking big-box retailers. While some might consider this a bold strategy, Carpet One sees this as a win for smaller home improvement retailers trying to compete with […]

Wood products targeted by CSA emission standard

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) has released its first edition of CAN/CSA-O160, a formaldehyde emissions standard for composite wood products such as MDF, tMDF, plywood and particleboard. The standard is intended to harmonize with the existing California Air Resources Board’s Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) 17 CCR relating to responsibilities of manufacturers and third […]

E-letter: Big box forever? Not so sure

Whether in trade, association or consumer magazines, newspapers and broadcast, a good editor is a skeptic. Being a skeptic means not accepting everything people try to tell you at face value. Sometimes people lie. Unfortunately, the vast majority of current journalists are not skeptics. They are either lap dogs for special interests or they are […]