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Floor Focus is a monthly magazine of analysis and education for the floor covering industry's interconnected business sectors: retailers, distributors, contract dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and commercial end users. While Floor Daily gives you the news, Floor Focus tells you what the news means for your business.

The Backing Business: Innovation focuses on niches in the market - Jan 2016   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm provides an update on the carpet backing business, with highlights from Propex, Mattex, Bonar, Etex, Don & Low, Dow, Universal Textile Technologies (UTT), Trinseo, Omnova, Shaw, Mohawk and more.

Greenbuild 2015: The nation's capital hosts the annual green building convention - Jan 2016   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm reviews the 2015 Greenbuild show, held in Washington D.C. in mid November, including reports on Mohawk, Interface, Shaw, Forbo, UTT, Nora, StonePeak, To Market, MP Global, SynLawn and DriTac.

LVT, Mannington's centennial, J+J and Engineered Floors: Strategic Exchange - Jan 2016   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr weighs in on whether domestic LVT capacity will outpace demand, and also reports on Mannington's centennial celebration, as well as the merger between Engineered Floors and J+J Industries.

ANF Architects describe an education project: Designer Forum - Dec 2015   Full Article
Bill Ferguson, owner of ANF Architects, discusses its work on Teacher Town USA, a grouping of education-related nonprofit organizations in Memphis, Tennessee, and Interface tile's pivotal role in redesigning the 1930s warehouse space.

Engineered Floors' James Lesslie: Focus on Leadership - Jan 2016   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews James Lesslie, assistant to the chairman, about how his background in chemistry led to a career in flooring, as well as the firm's plans with J+J Flooring and long-term strategies.

Century Tile & Carpet: Best Practices - Dec 2015   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Century Tile & Carpet, with 11 stores in the upper Midwest. The firm, co-owned by two families for nearly 70 years, does half its business in retail and half in the commercial market.

Designing a senior living facility with memory care: Designer Forum - Jan 2016   Full Article
Interior designer Jennifer Schuster details her work on Maplewood Senior Living in Bethel, Connecticut, and how carpet from Interface and J+J Flooring, along with LVT from Gerflor and Mannington, helped to fulfill design and performance objectives.

What do designers want and what do they need? Flooring Forensics - Dec 2015   Full Article
Contributing editor Lew Migliore uses Paul Lewandowski's Starnet presentation, "Notes from a Design Junkie," as a jumping off point for a discussion about designers' desire for knowledge, as well as the value of partnerships.

Carpeteria—Lancaster and Santa Clarita, California: Best Practices - Jan 2016   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles two Carpeteria locations run by Jack van Boheemen and Barry and Larry White, where a focus on customer service and a close relationship to the community have helped the business grow and thrive.

Design Ovations: Kathryn Mease - Dec 2015   Full Article
Kathryn Mease with Tecton Architects describes her current favorite flooring: reclaimed wood floors from ReSawn Timber; metallic carpet effects, like Shaw's Noble Materials or Bentley's Vertex; and hexagonal mosaics, like MSI's Henley Hexagon.