Happy New Year! And like many of you, I am optimistic that 2021 will be just that—a happy new year. 2020 presented us with several never-before-seen challenges, but I think it’s safe to say that as an industry, we’ve adjusted quickly in order to keep our businesses and livelihoods moving forward.

Around this time each year, many of us are preparing for one of our industry’s largest and most anticipated events, The International Surface Event (TISE). Whether you are an exhibitor or attendee, TISE is always an exciting way to kick off the year. TISE is the place to connect with industry peers, learn from industry experts and get a sneak peek at the innovative products and technologies that are set to shake up our industry in the coming year.

Although we won’t be starting the year with TISE this month as usual, the show is set to take place in Las Vegas in June. I am hopeful that things will go as planned this summer and I’m already looking forward to connecting with as many of you as possible on that bustling show floor.

But for now, I invite you all to enjoy the 2021 New Product Showcase found in this issue, where we’ve rounded up the latest flooring installation product introductions and technologies. Think of it as a show floor that you can enjoy at your own pace and peruse without the sore feet!

As for the connection part, (which is what I personally enjoy the most at industry shows like TISE) I invite you to engage with us on social media. Yes, things are different these days, but staying in touch with our readership is still a priority for us here at FCI. We look forward to another year of connecting with you, be it virtually or in person!