FCLC Commissions Research Initiative on Installation Crisis

LaGrange, GA, January 16, 2018-The Floor Covering Leadership Council has announced the commissioning of a strategic research initiative to lead the industry through the next phase of resolving the flooring installation crisis.  

Installation has prevailed as the top industry concern for several years, and while a number of initiatives have been undertaken to combat the problem, it is not clear that there is widespread agreement on the root cause of the problem, or the best path to its long-term solution according to the Council leadership team. A flooring industry coalition led by FCLC is commissioning the new research project.

Research from the National Association of Home Builders points out that more than eight out of ten single-family builders identified the cost/availability of labor as the most significant issue they face. The current scarcity of labor is all the more concerning given projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that the construction industry will add around 790,00 new jobs in the decade leading up to 2024. This data further emphasizes the point that the flooring industry will be competing for scarce labor resources and must be strategically organized to do so.

In September, members of FCLC worked with an industry consultant to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the research project. Four research firms were selected and made proposals for the program. In December, coalition members within FCLC met with the contenders and decided to move forward with Chicago-based firm, The Blackstone Group.

The Blackstone Group brings thirty years of expertise in delivering custom marketing research and consulting solutions.

The research initiative includes reaching out to a broad range of stakeholders in all facets of the industry. This will ensure that all issues and probable solutions are strategically identified from many perspectives.

Key research objectives of the FCLC commissioned study include an examination of the evidence for gaps between the supply of and demand for floor covering installers, including an estimation of the size of this gap now and over the next five to ten years. The study also will seek to quantify the financial consequences of the installation crisis on industry participants and lay out a stakeholder-driven determination of barriers and potential solutions.

The coalition is now working to gain industry support to fund the approximate $150,000 required for the research project. Floor Covering Leadership Council members committed approximately $50,000 to kick off the funding. Research sponsorships are available as follows:  Platinum $20,000+; Gold $10,000+; Silver $5000+ and Bronze $2500+. To discuss participation, please contact FCLC member Phil Zolan by email at pzolan@wfca.org or call at 229-220-4974.

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