New CFI Training Facility Graduates First Class

The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) has graduated its first class from the new CFI Training Facility in Forney, Texas.

Since its opening, a number of retailers have contacted the institution with leads on potential students as well as an interest in underwriting scholarships for students who then can go on to work for them with certified, cutting-edge installation expertise that cannot be garnered anywhere else in the world.

Interested students do not need any previous installation experience to attend the CFI class. The course offers a comprehensive line-up of all the technical aspects required for basic residential carpet installation.

The next accelerated carpet installation class begins May 16 in Anaheim, Calif. In addition to the accelerated carpet class, the school also offers long and short-term training programs in every flooring product category for students at all levels.

For more information, visit cfiinstallers.org/school.html.
 

Armstrong Completes Spin-off, Names Executive Team

Armstrong World Industries has announced that it successfully completed its previously announced separation of Armstrong Flooring, Inc. as an independent public company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “AFI.”

Additionally, Armstrong Flooring announced the executive team for its newly spun-off flooring business.

Donald R. Maier will serve as president and chief executive officer. Maier came to Armstrong six years ago as part of the TPG private equity investment team. Prior to that, he worked for Hill-Rom. John “Jay” W. Thompson will serve as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Thompson has been with Armstrong for one year and prior to that worked with Chobani, Pepsico, TPG, Bain & Co. and Goldman Sachs.

David S. Schulz will serve as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Shultz has been with Armstrong four years and prior to that was CFO of P&G’s Snack Division.

Dominic C. Rice continues to serve as senior vice president focused on Armstrong’s North America commercial flooring business. Rice has been with Armstrong for 34 years.

Joseph N. Bondi serves as senior vice president for Armstrong’s North America residential flooring business. He has been with Armstrong for two years and prior to that worked for Certainteed and Lutron.
 

Festool Launches the Power Select Cordless Tool Program

Festool USA’s Power Select cordless tool program features a variety of purchase options, as well as interchangeable batteries and chargers across its entire line of cordless power tools for construction, trim carpentry, woodworking and remodeling.

According to the company, Power Select allows both new and existing customers to determine the delivery scope of Festool tools, providing them with a number of options and packages for batteries, chargers and accessories. From tool only to a full set of two batteries, a charger and accessories, Power Select also features an entire 18v Li ion line of tools with an interchangeable platform.

Whether users need a new cordless tool to use with existing batteries and charger, or a complete set with tool and accessories, PowerSelect simplifies getting the right tools and accessories with multiple ways to buy.


MMFA Publishes Technical Installation Bulletin

The Multilayer Modular Flooring Association (MMFA) has published its first technical bulletin on the subject “Installation of multilayer modular floor coverings (MMF).”

According to the association, this new technical document deals exclusively with how to lay a modular, multilayer floor (MMF) as a floating installation.

The technical bulletin provides an overview of the various MMF product structures and also illustrates the correct way to prepare different types of subfloors. Other sections of the bulletin address issues such as inspection and storage of MMF products prior to installation, a list of the tools generally required, an explanation of conventional laying directions and a recommendation for using a suitable underlay to improve the performance of the entire flooring system.

Because MMF should in principle be installed as a floating floor, the document also gives detailed advice on connecting to adjoining components and includes instructions on fitting expansion joints correctly and using suitable transition strips. The special aspects of installing MMF over modern underfloor heating/cooling systems are also outlined.


USGBC Announces Addenda to LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the quarterly addenda to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, which includes a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit that is designed to further advance environmentally responsible forest management and help rid buildings of illegal wood by promoting the use of wood that is verified to be legal.

The pilot ACP builds on the robust infrastructure that has been built around responsible wood sourcing and chain of custody to test an approach to prerequisite requirements, which could serve as a model for other building materials, USGBC noted.

This new pilot ACP is applicable to both LEED 2009 and LEED v4 systems. While LEED has always rewarded leadership in materials specification, this new ACP seeks to leverage LEED’s power by focusing attention on the significant need for more comprehensive and effective legality verification of building products. The pilot ACP is designed to address a critical piece of the supply chain and reward project teams who proactively verify the wood they are using is legal.


ProSource Opens New Showrooms

ProSource Wholesale has announced the grand opening of its Billings, Mont., and Coppell, Texas showrooms. The showrooms are independently owned by local business professionals and join more than 140 ProSource North American private showrooms that sell exclusively through a qualified network of more than 320,000 trade professionals who have become members since 1991.

Consumers can only access ProSource floor coverings through their builder, remodeler, interior designer, general contractor, real estate professional, installer and other trade professionals.

ProSource of Billings is the first ProSource showroom in Montana and ProSource of Coppell is ProSource’s fifth showroom in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Both of the showrooms are locally-owned franchise locations. Both showrooms feature over 40,000 flooring choices via in-showroom and online, including private label and name brand carpet, hardwood, ceramic, vinyl, laminate and more. In addition to floor coverings, ProSource of Coppell offers products for kitchen and bath, including cabinets and countertops.


InstaFloor Announces 15-Year Guarantee

InstaFloor has announced a new 15-year Guarantee for InstaLay when used with luxury vinyl tile (LVT) from Adore Floors. This follows the recent endorsement of InstaLay by Adore Floors.

The guarantee will cover registered installations of Adore’s dryback and click edge LVT systems, in various shapes, installed using either InstaLay 25 or 30. InstaLay 25hg, the 2.5mm-thick version of the self-adhesive InstaLay, was designed specifically for use with LVT, while InstaLay 30 is recommended for LVT of 3mm or thicker and if high acoustic performance is a priority.


I4F Receives Intention to Grant from EPO for Patent

Innovations4Flooring (I4F) has received an intention to grant letter from the European Patent Office (EPO) for a divisional patent application relating to its 3L TripleLock innovation.

I4F’s European patent strategy is designed to maintain flexibility as well as to fortify and broaden the scope of patent protection in relation to 3L TripleLock and its other technologies, according to the company. This benefits I4F licensees and makes it more difficult for competitors to design around I4F’s patent portfolio. I4F’s 3L TripleLock one-piece drop-lock technology currently has patents granted in 37 countries.


Reichow Partners with NAFCT for Wood Training

The National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) has added IICRC Certification Wood Floor Maintenance Technician (WFMT) to its list of classes.

NAFCT and IICRC-approved instructor Roy Reichow are bringing the class to locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, with classes already scheduled for Minneapolis, May 19-20 and Toronto, June 8-9.

The wood floor maintenance technician course consists of 14 hours of training over two days. Emphasis will be placed on teaching participants an overview of wood floor care that includes initial, routine, periodic and restorative processes.

The introductory course was developed for individuals engaging in floor maintenance. It will teach the basic understanding of wood science, wood floor finish type and proper care and maintenance. Completion of this course will provide participants with the academic and hands-on training to obtain certification.

Reichow is a National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) regional trainer, and holds NWFA certifications in wood floor installation, sanding and finishing, sales counselor, inspector and commercial inspector. He is also an IICRC certified wood/laminate floor inspector and a wood floor maintenance technician-approved instructor.


Välinge Shares Tech Updates at Domotex asia/Chinafloor

Välinge was one of approximately 1,400 exhibitors that took part in this year’s Domotex asia/Chinafloor in Shanghai, China. Technology updates, new flooring products and also an extended protection offer for LVT/WPC products all played part in the successful show outcome.

Välinge’s stand featured a range of the company’s technologies. Some of the highlights were innovations in mechanical locking such as added installation features for LVT/WPC products, a protective wear layer for resilient products as well as the two wood-powder based surface technologies Woodura and Nadura.

Another highlight in the stand was a new machine concept for production of low-weight LVT cores. The machine has been developed for Välinge’s LVT 3D-Core technology and is used to mill grooves lengthwise on the backside of the LVT board.


FCICA CIM Scholarship Awarded to Cashwell

Barry Cashwell from Just Floors, located in Fayetteville, N.C., is the winner of the FCICA Bruce Newbrough Memorial Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program Scholarship.

As the recipient of this scholarship, Cashwell received a fully paid tuition for the CIM Program, compliments of Ardex and nora systems. Upon completion of the program, he will join the growing number of flooring professionals that have made an investment in their future by becoming a certified installation manager.

Find out more at fcica.com/training-program.


Nail Gun Depot Updates Website

Nail Gun Depot’s updated website at nailgundepot.com is now mobile-optimized.

Users visiting the website can also find an expanded “Nail Gun Network” database with categorized articles and video content; cost-effective freight shipping options for high-volume orders; ability to sort products based on application specific criteria and enhanced user profiles with capacity to create personalized wish lists.

Visitors can also expect several new products and product categories on the site in coming months, as the company continues to expand its portfolio and branch into new segments of the building industry. Among other launch initiatives, a “Win Your Wish List” summer giveaway will encourage guests to learn more about new on-site features.


Clemente Joins Lackmond as Vice President of Sales

Mike Clemente is the new vice president of sales for Lackmond Products. In this role, Clemente will oversee the company’s sales strategies and business development in North America.

Clemente brings more than 36 years of experience in sales and distribution within the construction building materials markets.

Prior to joining Lackmond, he worked for Simpson Strong-Tie as the director of new business development for the anchor systems division. His other positions with Simpson Strong-Tie included national sales manager and regional sales manager.

During his time with the company, his team was recognized with consecutive Sphere 1 “Partner of the Year” awards as well as an Evergreen “Supplier of the Year” achievement award.


NWFA, Lägler Collaborate for Sand and Finish Program

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Certified Professionals and Lägler are working together to offer a dual-certification program for wood flooring sand and finishers. This dual certification opportunity will enable sand and finishers to build their credibility in the marketplace by holding certifications from two highly recognized entities.

According to the NWFA, the adoption of this program will raise the visibility of the NWFA Certified Professional certification. More than 30 manufacturers recommend using NWFA certified professionals for their wood flooring products.

Lägler has been offering a training and certification program for several years that recently came to the U.S. Once students complete the Lägler (PST) program and become Lägler certified, they can become an NWFA-certified sand and finisher as well.


Ardex Extends Warranties for Select MC Systems

Ardex Americas has extended warranties for its Moisture Control (MC) Systems when installed by an Ardex LevelMaster Elite Installer (LME) or an Ardex Academy-Trained Installer.

The extended warranties for each product are as follows: MC Rapid: LevelMaster Elite Installer–25 years, factory-trained installers–20 years; MC Plus: LevelMaster Elite Installer–25 years, factory-trained installers–20 years and MC Ultra: LevelMaster Elite Installer–30 years, factory-trained installers–25 years.


Wood Pro to Distribute Pallmann’s Hardwood Complete 

Wood Pro is the newest distributor for the Pallmann product line. Wood Pro will distribute Pallmann’s Hardwood Complete range of wood flooring products throughout the New England Region.

“Wood Pro’s long history of providing quality products and services throughout the New England Region matches up perfectly with our commitment of service excellence to the hardwood flooring distributor and contractor,” said Mark Weglowski, brand manager for Pallmann.


Jast Media Revamps Powerhold Brand’s Web Presence 

Jast Media has revamped the Powerhold flooring installation supply brand’s website (powerhold.com). Jast sought to create a website for the brand that was unique, professional and functioned at an optimal level, according to the company.

“Our situation was compounded by several issues—one being that our members range in size and amount in revenue,” said Jeff Brugman, executive director of the Floor Covering Distributor Alliance (FCDA) and Powerhold.

For example, one distributor brings in $1 million per year in revenue, while another has more than 25 locations that bring in more than $600 million each year. According to Brugman, Jast was able to accommodate the multi-locational company and come up with a website design that fit the brand perfectly.


Sen Names WarmlyYours Partner of the Year

WarmlyYours recently won the Sen Design Group’s Vendor Partner of the Year Award. The group, which includes more than 80 vendor partners such as Whirlpool and Houzz, gives out this award in order to recognize a company’s active participation within the Sen community.

“WarmlyYours has been an active and engaged vendor partner of Sen for more than 15 years,” said Leah Peterson, executive vice president of Sen. “In the past few years, WarmlyYours has really stepped up its game in terms of education and involvement with Sen.”

Peterson pointed to the efforts made by WarmlyYours to provide business-to-business educational training in the fields of management, marketing and sales training, as major components in the decision to award the company with one of Sen’s highest honors.


Delmhorst Updates Website

Delmhorst has updated its website (delmhorst.com). According to the company, the updated website will help end users and distributors navigate the site more easily and find the resources they’re looking for.

The site helps visitors get more from their moisture meters with product knowledge updates, user tips, education and support information. It is divided into seven main sections: Moisture Meter Applications, Parts, Support, Dealer Locator, About Us, Moisture Matters Blog and Contact Us, plus easy-to-find eGuides. The company has also customized finding the most-needed information by industry.

On the updated site, visitors will also find updated educational resources, improved product search, a dealer portal and a dealer locator.


Hammerschmidt Wins Luxe Shower Design Photo Contest

Hammerschmidt Construction is the winner of Luxe Linear Drains’ annual shower design project photo contest. The company’s winning photo was chosen by a panel of judges from more than 100 entries that arrived from around the country.

Hammerschmidt’s winning photo features Luxe’s 100% stainless steel pattern grate drain in a stylish, modern custom bath that incorporates barrier-free, zero-threshold shower entry design. The new shower in this Sunnyvale, Calif., home outside of San Francisco is anchored by a pair of 48” pattern grate Luxe drains that combine to stretch across the length of the far back wall below the multi-color mosaic tile design feature.

Hammerschmidt’s program also includes stylish, large-format thin porcelain tiles for both the floors and walls. The new bath uses three different styles of tile produced in Spain by Porcelanosa to create a warm, sophisticated space. The wetroom design is further accented by a gorgeous free-standing tub from Blu Bathworks in Vancouver, Canada.

Hammerschmidt took home a $250 American Express gift card as the grand prize winner.


Rug Doctor Establishes Business Development Team

Rug Doctor has established a new business development team to leverage the growing appeal for the company’s machines.

Heading up the business development team as president is Harrison Dean, a seasoned sales executive with more than 20 years of experience in developing teams and driving top-line growth for organizations such as Garretson Resolution Group and Inmar.

A former colleague from Inmar, Garry Church has been named senior director of business development. Church joins Rug Doctor from Pleio, and began his career as a merchandising specialist at Lowe’s. Austin Ferguson rounds out the business development team as senior manager, and also brings with her experience from Garretson Resolution Group and Inmar.

CEO Travis Lewis joined Rug Doctor in April 2015, and is driving the company’s strategy for growth.


Makita Launches ‘Road to 2016 MLS Cup Sweepstakes’

Makita, a manufacturer of power tools, has launched the “Road to 2016 MLS Cup Sweepstakes.” Fans who post photos or videos of their Makita tools on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag

MyMakita will be entered for a chance to win weekly prizes of Makita tools and authentic autographed Major League Soccer (MLS) jerseys, as well as a grand prize trip for two to the MLS Cup.

For more information, visit makitatools.com/RoadToMLS.