Better than hoped

IN THIS ISSUE’S CFCRA COLUMN by Lee Senter, you will see jobs that once were left unfilled for lack of any candidates now have more applicants than can be easily reviewed. For the meanwhile, that means downward pressure on wages and a good pool of applicants. These people may not be interested in staying around […]

Jenga-style living

Intertwined urban town homes TAKING ITS CUE from the Jenga wooden block game, Toronto, Ont.,-based design and development company Baukultur/ca recently completed the construction of two new-build town homes integrated with sustainability in mind. With 25 feet in width available, according to architect Felix Reicher, it was necessary for the project, called zero79 (after near-zero […]

Committees tackle important construction challenges

Finding and filling cracks Bringing attention to some of the issues that plague us as floor coverers and helping to find solutions remains one of NFCA’s main objectives. One way we do this is by inviting industry experts from around the country and from other related industries to participate on teams tasked with addressing some […]


Important in the summer also! For floor coverers, the way we work in very cold or very warm weather is a detail that is often forgotten and, if not handled correctly, can lead to problems. We hear talk about “acclimation” and most often think of the cold weather months. However, I’ve seen as many, if […]

Generation Z is Generation Zoom

New scene affects all aspects of business The world has not changed much since the last column. There is uncertainty everywhere. Businesses are closing and in many cases are closed forever. Many of the others are still technically open, but are hanging by a thread financially. At my company, we have hired back the few […]

Creating beauty

It’s still in style in a brutal world Some people desire to create beauty. It’s as simple as that. Not only do they want to have beauty in their lives, they feel that they can create it, edifying both themselves and others. This seems to be something embedded in our human nature, unequally distributed in […]

Tracking beneficial owners

New record-keeping requirements In case you missed it, you may be surprised to find out that the Canada Business Corporation Act (the “CBCA”) has recently been amended on a couple of occasions to introduce new record-keeping requirements. As part of the global movement to enhance beneficial ownership transparency in an effort to curb money laundering […]

TCNA laboratory expands testing and research

Due to increased testing inquiries during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Anderson, S.C.-based Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Product Performance Testing Laboratory is expanding its microbiology-based services to meet industry needs for up-to-date product testing and analysis. ”The broad expertise of our lab, combined with our joint-use collaboration with Clemson University, means we can address […]

Roomvo flooring visualization app rollout

CCA Global Partners of Manchester, N.H., has chosen the Roomvo app to power the flooring visualizer on its Carpet One Floor & Home, Flooring America and Flooring Canada websites. Mountville, Penn.-based hardwood flooring specialist AHF Products, has also chosen the Roomvo visualizer tool across its flooring brands, including Bruce, Hartco and Robbins, to make it […]

Phenix Carpet partners with Melmart Distributors

Melmart Distributors of Mississauga, Ont., has announced that it will be the exclusive distributor of McAdenville, N.C.-based Phenix Carpet in its trading area from Ontario to Newfoundland. The partnership includes the distribution of the major Phenix brands of carpet such as Microban, Modern Contours and Stainmaster. Mannington Mills of Salem, N.J., announced their purchase of […]