Executive editor Darius Helm reviews the 3.3% industry growth during 2017, one of the strongest years for the housing market, as well as the top players in each flooring category. As the market strengthens, new craftsmen and installers are needed.
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Editor Beth Miller interviews four designers about trends influencing the higher education sector. Communal flooring spaces with multiple uses that support individual needs are being used to create the design story the school tells.
Editor Jessica Chevalier discusses the category's recent 6.3% growth rate, labor pains, installation alternatives, design capabilities and trends, and competition from other flooring categories, among other topics.
Editor Beth Miller highlights some of the exhibitors and products at the 2018 National Wood Flooring Expo. Centered around the theme "Deep Dive," the NWFA hosted its own version of Shark Tank, called Plank Tank. Expo attendance totaled over 3,000.
Contributing editor Sonya Jennings celebrates the history of Karastan, from its conception by Marshall Field to its rise to prominence, its weaving developments, introduction of broadloom and ultimately its acquisition by Mohawk Industries.
Publisher Kemp Harr reports on the NWFA expo as well as the Starnet and NFA meetings, and he also offers his personal insights as a flooring consumer going through the process from shopping to final installation.
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Tim Curran, owner of Crossville Tile, covering topics including business philosophy, the firm's purchase of tile distributors, and what the future holds. Curran Group will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year.
Jocelyn Stroupe, CannonDesign's director of healthcare interiors, spotlights the partnership and designs her firm and NEUF Architects made to create a replacement for Hotek Dieu of Montréal, Notre-Dame and Saint-Luc Hospital, set to complete in 2021.
Best Practices: Atlanta Flooring Design Center's multi-pronged approach to diversification - May 2018
Editor Jessica Chevalier covers Donny Phillips' success in growing his one-man operation, Atlanta Flooring Design Center, into a $100 million enterprise by investing in education from The Center for Leadership Studies and CFI for his employees.
Contributing editor Sandy Smith breaks down the stereotype of optimists being happy because they are in denial and discusses how the business world is in a moment of positive change. Optimists not only see a bright future, but also make good leaders.