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Hardwood Floors E-News - 4/20/2009

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Issue Date:4/20/2009

NWFA Heading West to Long Beach
The 2009 NWFA Wood Flooring Expo and Education Conference will be held next week, April 28-May 1, in Long Beach, Calif. This is the largest convention dedicated solely to hardwood flooring, attracting thousands of wood flooring professionals from around the world every year. The show will feature industry-specific exhibits, a full slate of seminars, hands-on demonstrations in the Expo halls and the Wood Floor of the Year Awards. For more information, visit or contact the NWFA at 800/422-4556 (U.S.), 800/848-8824 (Canada) or 636/519-9663 (local and international) or by e-mail at

Manufacturer News
MAPEI Corporation (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) has acquired the assets of All-Purpose Adhesive Company (Dalton, Ga.) from Southland Group Enterprises Inc. (Louisville, Ky.) for an undisclosed price. All-Purpose's facilities will remain in Dalton; all of its employees are being kept as well. All-Purpose manufactures adhesives for the installation of wood, resilient flooring, carpet, ceramic tiles and vinyl composition tiles.

Trout River Lumber LLC (Crewe, Va.) has added BNB Solutions LLC (Liberty, N.C.) as manufacturer representatives. BNB was cofounded by industry veterans Bob Huckabee and Bruce Boulden.

Basic Coatings (Toledo, Ohio) held a TyKote/Recoat school with Lockwood Flooring (St. Louis) April 8-9 at the NWFA headquarters in St. Louis. Basic Coatings' Josh Neuberger and Lockwood's Gary Burmester and Cody Feverston instructed 18 students.

Distributor News
Mercier Wood Flooring Inc. (Hanover, Md.) has added Wood Pro Inc. (Auburn, Mass.) as a distributor for New England. Wood Pro has six locations in New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

Wicanders Cork Flooring (Montmagny, Quebec) has appointed Architectural Systems Inc. (New York) its distributor in the commercial segment for the metropolitan New York and New Jersey areas.

Cikel America LLC (Miami) has appointed Century Flooring Distributors (Miami) its distributor for Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean Islands.

Amorim Flooring North America (Hanover, Md.) has appointed All Tile Inc. (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) its distributor for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

FloorCo (West Allis, Wis.), a direct-to-trade wholesaler, received the 2008 Distributor of the Year National Achievement Award presented by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) (Des Plaines, Ill.). The award recognizes distributors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to NARI, the professional remodeling industry, and the communities in which they do business.

People News
Bob Chananie has been named northeast regional sales director at Stauf-USA Adhesive LLC (Memphis, Tenn.). Chananie has worked in the New England floor covering industry for the past 32 years in retail, distribution and manufacturing. Most recently he served as northeast regional manager for the Elias Wilf Corporation.

Jack Clark has joined Frank Miller Lumber Co. (Union City, Ind.) as president/CEO. Clark most recently worked as senior vice president for distributor North Pacific.

Geysir Hardwood Floors (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) has appointed Antonio Latella vice president; Latella has been with the company for 13 years.

By the Numbers

Trade Show News
About 200 delegates attended this year's International Wood Products Association (Alexandria, Va.) convention, about 30 percent less than last year. The event was held March 25-27 in Indian Wells, Calif. The association elected Scott Beggs of American Pacific Inc. president of the group.

Mark Your Calendar
Lon Musolf Distributing Inc. (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) is holding a Bona Day celebration April 28 as part of Bona US' (Aurora, Co.) 90th anniversary; customers can attend seminars and enjoy free food and demos. Attendees will also be eligible for exclusive coupons. For a schedule of events, call 651/484-3020.

NWFA Member Services
NWFA members can receive $25 off their membership dues for each referral that they make resulting in a new member to the NWFA. If 16 new members join the association as a result of your direct referrals, your membership dues for that year will be free. NWFA members also can receive Golden Mallet awards for referrals. Golden Mallet awards are presented to NWFA members who make referrals resulting in new memberships. Four referrals are required for the first award, with two referrals required for subsequent awards. To learn more about either program, contact the NWFA at 800/422-4556 (U.S.), 800/848-8824 (Canada) or 636/519-9663 (local and international), or by e-mail at



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