The shortage of qualified installers continues to be a pressing issue for much of the flooring installation industry. Two companies looking to address the situation with training initiatives are Ardex, a developer and manufacturer of high-performance flooring installation products, and Fishman Flooring Solutions, a distributor of flooring and flooring installation products. FCI recently sat down with Andy Smith, Mid-Atlantic Region sales manager for Ardex, and Bill Mabeus, executive vice president of Fishman, to gain their perspectives on training and how the two companies collaborate to raise the skill levels of both new and experienced flooring installers.
Q: How would you describe the state of the flooring installation industry today? Is it in crisis with regard to certifications and training?