Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the U.S. construction industry outlook, reports on the Total Solutions Plus meeting for the tile sector and the NAFCD distributor meeting in Colorado Springs, and weighs in on Mohawk's decision to buy Godfrey Hirst.
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Donna Wood, president of Bullock + Wood Design, details the employee-focused goals set forth by the Meridian Credit Union project. The firm relied on Interface to provide biophilic elements to create an environment promoting health and well-being.
Editor Jessica Chevalier highlights Mr. David's, a commercial flooring dealer with nine locations. Brothers David and Leonard were teenagers when they entered the flooring business. Today, they have 52 salespeople and offer a wide range of services.
Contributing editor Lew Migliore discusses the new OSHA crystalline silica standard, warns of misleading manufacturers' claims that their products pass OSHA standards and details the new standard, indicating that it is designed to help, not hurt.
Executive editor Darius Helm reports on independent flooring retailers, covers trends in flooring and independent dealer highlights, provides a buying group update and compiles the list of the top 100 retailers and residential builders.
Contributing editor Jim Dion warns retailers of the impact mega-retailer Amazon will have on their business, how to plan for it and how to take it on. An interest and investment in technology is the first step—specifically augmented reality.
Editors Beth Miller and Darius Helm report on the current flooring trends in the hospitality sector, starting with brand developments and moving to the generational impact on these trends while providing a look at the state of the industry.
Editor Jessica Chevalier reaches out to several of the industry's most storied brands to learn more about the current approach to brand building. Manufacturers admit there's too much to do, discuss brand name value and advise on authenticity.
Publisher Kemp Harr provides an update from Cersaie, the largest ceramic and porcelain tile show in the world. Updated hardwood-look tile, inkjet printed Venetian terrazzo and textured fabric looks were among the introductions.
Publisher Kemp Harr reports on meetings by Starnet, the National Floorcovering Alliance and CCA Global's FloorExpo, and also discusses the attempt to eliminate discount terms on carpet and takes a look at Engineered Floor's acquisition of Beaulieu.