NALFA Holds Fall Meeting, Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Washington, DC, October 17, 2022-NALFA, the North American Laminate Flooring Association, gathered in Clearwater, Florida October 11 to 13 for its annual fall meeting and to celebrate the Association’s 25th anniversary.
The Association continues to grow and hosted a record number of attendees.
Representatives from Classen Group; Kaindl Flooring; Kronospan USA; Mannington Mills; Mohawk Industries; Shaw Industries; Swiss Krono USA; Torlys; Foam Products Corporation; Framerica Corporation; MP Global Products; Pak-Lite; Schattdecor; Selit North America; Versatrim; Zamma Corporation; Arauco NA; Arclin USA; Floor & Decor; and NC State University attended the meetings.
NALFA welcomed former participants who played integral roles during the 25-year history: Duane Reimer (MP Global retiree), Jack Boesch (MP Global retiree), Jane Winters (Unilin/Mohawk retiree). We were thrilled to have these alumni join us.
The group met over the course of three days and discussed a wide range of topics to further the laminate category. Dr. Robert Dietz of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) gave a virtual presentation on housing statistics and short-term economic predictions. Designer John Cialone of Tom Stringer Design Partners joined us with a presentation on Design Trends & Positive Impacts.
On Wednesday evening, NALFA hosted its traditional reception and dinner for the members and guests. As part of the celebration, current president Barbara June awarded the NALFA President’s Award for the second time in the Association’s 25-year history to Dennis Bradway of Mannington Mills. Bradway has been a part of NALFA from the beginning, each year contributing significantly to NALFA’s efforts, especially on the Technical Committee. Bradway’s expertise in standardization of test methods, organizing interlaboratory studies, and participating in ISO and ANSI meetings has provided great benefit to NALFA. Honoring NALFA’s founder, Bill Dearing, the award has been renamed as the Bill Dearing Memorial President’s Award.