Several hundred flooring industry professionals made their way to the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, Wash., recently for the Market tradeshow sponsored by Flooring Association Northwest, formerly the Washington State Floor Covering Association. According to Debbie Tott, executive director, “Attendance was up. There was definitely a more upbeat attitude, with people interested in finding out what is new.”

The one-day show features close to 70 exhibitors and three educational seminars on working with LVT click products, presented by Roy Leach of Floor Covering Inspections NW; a heat-welding demonstration from Scott Esmay of UFloor Systems; and an overview of the HAZCOM federal labeling program, led by Dale Yerabek of Northwest Independent Contractors Association.

Tott said the show welcomed a wide array of flooring professionals. “We had a lot of dealers at the show, both in retail and commercial. We had designers and installers. We had a sprinkling of people from all across the industry. The show is multi-faceted, with everything from underlayment and pads, to tools on display, as well as machines, adhesives and almost any finished good you could imagine.”

She added the show, which brings people from across the Northwest and parts of Canada, is a great way for flooring business professionals across the region to network. “It is absolutely the best in the Northwest to make connections in the flooring industry. There are new products and services unveiled every year. The education we put on is always well-attended. This year we also took the opportunity to unveil our new website, flooringassociation.org.”

Attendees said they were pleased with the turnout and the optimistic tone of the event. “I found the vendors knowledgeable about their products and more than willing to share,” said Cara Fleming, Cara’s Interiors, Monroe, Wash.

Added Louis Gordillo, Mullican Flooring’s Western regional manager, “It is rare to find an event where so much good connecting and participating is going on.”

Distributors also found the event useful to their business. “The Market was a very worthwhile event that showcases a lot of new products as well as some very good buys; the importance of this market grows with each and every year,” said John Luttrell, product manager for the Cronin Co.

According to Barry Lindgren, owner of Abbey Carpet & Floor of Puyallup, “This trade show gives us the ‘Northwest perspective’ of what is new and being offered in our area. A lot of us would never see some of these products unless we attend the Market. We are fortunate to have one of the very few regional markets in the entire country.”

Tott said the group is already planning next year’s Market event, with the date and location to be determined. For more information on Flooring Association Northwest and the Market, visit http://flooringassociation.org.