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Contributing editor Paul Friederichsen discusses Invista’s sale of its Stainmaster brand to Lowe’s and what this means for the retailers that had focused on Stainmaster’s residential nylon 6,6 for decades.
Floor Focus’ annual flooring industry report includes statistics for the whole industry, the various product categories and the lead manufacturers in every category, along with indepth analysis, trend reports and industry highlights.
The K-12 education sector remained active over the course of the last year as schools sought to update their facilities for students’ return. For flooring manufacturers, products that offer ease of cleanability and flexibility will get a second look.
Homebuilders have been scrambling to keep up with the demand amid the pandemic, as city- and apartment-dwellers sought more space, and that trend is expected to continue in 2021 despite the current record-setting price tag on some building materials.
Just east of Dalton, Georgia, at the foot of Fort Mountain, is a sleepy little town on Highway 411 called Chatsworth. It is home to a new 400,000-square-foot rigid core LVT factory owned by Huali Floors, which started production in May.
More than a year into the pandemic, installation protocols continue to evolve and so too must the flooring contractor business. To help navigate the changing landscape, John McGrath, executive director of INSTALL, shares advice from industry leaders.
Publisher Kemp Harr talks about the share shift occurring between categories as resilient gains more ground on carpet and what it means looking ahead, and he weighs in on the purchase of the Stainmaster brand by Lowe’s and the impact to dealers.
Carl Delia is the quiet man at the helm driving Emser’s rapid growth in the builder, specified commercial and retail replacement sectors of the flooring business. Publisher Kemp Harr caught up with him to learn his keys to successful leadership.