This year, Surfaces is back to its original schedule, from Tuesday, January 29, to Friday, February 1, with the show floor opening on January 30. As of late December, the expo was already 97% sold out with about 1,000 registered exhibitors.
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This is the fifth year that the three biggest players—Shaw, Mohawk and Armstrong—have opted to showcase their products in venues other than Surfaces, mostly through regional shows.
Over the last three years, the backings industry has been restructured, both by major acquisitions that vertically integrated Shaw and Mohawk, and by huge increases in energy and raw material costs.
The education market is really two distinct market segments with a common objective—educating students. It’s generally split into K-12 and higher education but there are as many differences between them as there are similarities.
Believe it or not, it’s generally during economic downturns that creativity and ingenuity flourish.
Success often comes to those who do things a little differently and that’s exactly what we found at Capital Carpet and Tile located on the southeast coast of Florida about 50 miles north of Miami.
The fallout from the housing downturn is having a big impact on the floorcovering industry these days. All along the distribution chain, companies are struggling.
It’s been a year of upheaval and consolidation in the floorcovering industry.
The commercial economy is far different today than it was two years ago, when we last took our survey of the nation’s top contract dealers.
When a retailer sells a hard surface floor, selling an area rug to go with it should be easy.