Editor Darius Helm discusses the Stainmaster brand, which elevated nylon 6,6 carpet in 1986 and in recent years expanded to include PET fiber before the brand’s purchase by Lowe’s in 2021, after which Invista stopped producing nylon 6,6 carpet fiber.
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Creative Outlook: Top designers discuss the evolution of interior design and flooring’s role within it - Aug/Sept 2022
Editor Jennifer Bardoner interviews SC Collective’s Shashi Caan, Gensler’s Sheryl Schulze, Thiel Architecture + Design’s Nancy Thiel and Perkins&Will’s Ken Wilson.
Installation: Then=Now: Many of the challenges plaguing installation are the same as 30 years ago - Aug/Sept 2022
Editor Darius Helm speaks with Jim Walker, who led the foundation of the International Certified Flooring Installers Association in 1993, about what’s changed and what hasn’t when it comes to flooring installation.
Evolution By Surface Type: Industry Association Leaders share what their categories have accomplished and where they’re headed - Aug/Sept 2022
Carpet by CRI’s Joe Yarbrough; resilient by RFCI’s Bill Blackstock; ceramic by TCNA’s Eric Astrachan; hardwood by NWFA’s Michael Martin; and laminate by NALFA’s Barbara Ellenberg June.
Family Succession Story: Longtime business operations prove that some things never change - Aug/Sept 2022
Editor Jennifer Bardoner discusses family-run retailers, focusing on Myer’s Carpet with Rick and Ray Myers, Howard’s Rug Co. with Jesse and Rob Hailey, and Airbase Carpet & Tile Mart with Richard and Michael Longwill.
Laminate Report: Laminate manufacturers are cautiously optimistic amid flagging market conditions - Aug/Sept 2022
Editor Jennifer Bardoner takes a look at the state of the laminate category, including a discussion of market performance, reports on the residential and builder outlooks, and a section on product innovations.
Kalie Sheppard, an interior designer with MA+ Architecture, writes about how the use of flooring from Milliken, Emser, Tarkett, Kährs, Plyron and others helped achieve the design goals of a new performing arts center in Mustang, Oklahoma.
Contributing editor Sam Allman starts off by discussing the lack of information in his early years in the industry, and also discusses trusted sources and freedom of speech, including some key bullet points on the responsibilities of free speech.
Contributing editor Lew Migliore reports on adhesive issues, including different types of adhesives, the importance of selecting the right adhesive for the job and flooring product, common mistakes, and how to safeguard against them.
Contributing editor Dave Stafford builds a case for diversification and discusses it in the context of strategy, finances and marketing, including what success looks like, and offers some lessons learned.