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EPA Recommends Specifying Resilient Flooring with FloorScore & NSF 332

(LaGrange, GA – January 18, 2017) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing, and included FloorScore® and NSF/ANSI 332 on the list of recommended sustainable certifications for resilient flooring.  These guidelines are intended to help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally sustainable products and services FloorScore®, which is administered by SCS Global Services and the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, tests and certifies hard surface flooring for compliance with indoor air quality emission requirements.  The NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Flooring is a multi-attribute, third-party certification that evaluates criteria across the product’s life cycle, from raw material extraction […]

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California Agency Issues Safe Use Determination under Prop 65 for Vinyl Flooring Containing DINP Plasticizer

July 6, 2016 – LaGrange, GA – The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a Safe Use Determination (SUD) under Prop 65 for diisononyl phthalate (DINP) exposures to building residents and occupants from vinyl flooring products containing 18.9% DINP by weight or less. The finding is based on OEHHA’s determination that exposure of building residents and occupants to DINP from these vinyl flooring products does not exceed the DINP “safe harbor level” for protecting health. Thus, a Prop 65 consumer warning for the qualifying products is not required. DINP has been used as a plasticizer in many products to make them flexible, including some vinyl […]

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Sheet vinyl shows its resolve

Sheet vinyl shows its resolve

By Ken Ryan

If a rising tide lifts all boats, then perhaps the same truism can be applied to the vinyl category: the great success of luxury vinyl tile has raised the profiles of other vinyl products as well, notably the sheet category.

According to top executives including Paul Murfin, co-CEO of IVC US, and Dan Natkin, senior director, residential products, Mannington, sheet vinyl has shown “nominal” (i.e., single digits) growth in 2014. And while it may pale in comparison to the growth seen by LVT, sheet is still growing and has many viable applications, both residentially and commercially.

“Sheet continues to be one of the best values […]

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Quick Service

Quick-service restaurants focus on fashion & function
Resilient, ceramic solutions lead the way

By P.J. Quinn

Gone are the days of the sticky, plastic, cost-conscious materials one typically equates with the quick-service restaurant (QSR). Not wanting to lose market share, fast food establishments had to figure out how to compete with the “Starbucks Effect” and poach customers by offering the same physical amenities, giving the QSR industry no choice but to amp up its game. This is being done with two words: high design.

National and local fast-food joints are sprucing up their stores with unique,

distinguishing styles and adding a more comfortable eating environment for

customers.

“We project a steady, stable growth in the chain […]

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Groutable LVT STORY

Groutable LVT remains faithful alternative to ceramic

By Jenna Lippin

The industry is well aware that LVT is and will continue to be the hottest category in flooring. While innovations and variations appear to be limitless, one subcategory of luxury vinyl that maintains a solid standing is groutable LVT. A number of key manufacturers are in the groutable game, offering consumers a high-end design option at an affordable price point. Groutable LVT is a lower-cost alternative to ceramic tile, offering the aesthetic appeal of “the real thing.” According to Gary Keeble, director of marketing for Metroflor, a primary benefit for groutable LVT is its appearance. “The imaging technology that is being […]

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Resilient SOI

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY Resilient: LVT remains star of the show, opportunities robust in all segments

By Jenna Lippin

Continuing on a growth trajectory of 8.5% in 2013 and 8.4% last year, the resilient category is showing no signs of slowing in 2015. But the growth has not been limited to the last two years. The category has, in fact, risen 36.6% in value over the last five years.

Overall, industry experts see resilient up low- to mid-single digits for this year, numbers that would certainly be higher if not for a slow start caused by a debilitating winter.

LVT continues to drive the category, accounting for 27% of resilient’s volume last year and increasing 20.3% in […]

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Metroflor cuts the ribbon on new design center

Metroflor cuts the ribbon on new design center

By Steven Feldman

Calhoun, Ga.—With many of its employees and distributors in attendance, Metroflor with great fanfare raised the curtain on its brand spanking new innovation and design center here July 28. The idea, according to Russ Rogg, president, is to have a venue where Metroflor can host its distributors and their customers—architects, designers, retailers, etc.—to showcase new products and technologies.

The design center will not serve as a museum, according to Harlan Stone, CEO. “This will be a living, breathing communication device to get excited about the latest and greatest in the decorative surfaces business.”

Stone also sees the design center as […]

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American Biltrite-2

American Biltrite makes noise with rubber ‘game changer,’ groutable LVT

By Steven Feldman

American Biltrite has a rich, 70-year history of manufacturing commercial rubber and vinyl flooring products for the North American market from its Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, facility. But now the company is seeking to increase its significance in the floor covering arena with a “game-changing” rubber flooring product as well as its first foray into the residential side of the business.

Innovation should be synonymous with the family-owned company now that Roger Marcus, who spearheaded a number of groundbreaking products as the president and CEO of Congoleum for two decades, is actively involved. Marcus is now applying that ingenuity to […]

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Shaw ECO

Shaw introduces EcoWorx resilient

Cartersville, Ga.—Shaw Industries has launched EcoWorx resilient, the company’s latest innovation in resilient flooring. Designed with future life cycles in mind, EcoWorx resilient is Cradle to Cradle v3.1 Bronze certified and offers a high performance vinyl alternative for commercial resilient flooring applications.

“By introducing a sustainable product that led the market in design, performance, materials chemistry and service, Shaw Industries set a new industry standard with EcoWorx carpet tile,” said Tim Baucom, vice president of Shaw’s commercial division. “By diversifying our product line, customers have more choice and we are better prepared to respond to changing market needs in the future.”

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Separation: How LVT suppliers navigate through a sea of sameness

Separation: How LVT suppliers navigate through a sea of sameness

By Ken Ryan

Luxury vinyl tile has become a force in the commercial market, finding a myriad of applications from contract to Main Street. The segment is growing at a double-digit clip, taking share from VCT and other categories in the process.

With success, however, comes competition; and in the case of commercial LVT there are scores of entrants who are nipping at the heels of the established players.

So how do the major suppliers stay above the fray? There are many ways, including design, installation options, innovation, service (domestic), product assortment, quality and sustainability.

Today’s marketplace readily accepts LVT as a leading solution […]

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