The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) elevated Robert Blochinger,
President of the National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors, as its new chair
starting immediately. Blochinger is the owner of Blochinger & Company, based in Boca
Raton, Florida, where he has worked as a certified flooring inspector since 1990.
Blochinger has been a flooring contractor for 35 years, and is also a forensic
investigator of flooring failure, consultant, expert witness, and training instructor in
addition to supporting a variety of industry organizations and initiatives. Blochinger will
help lead FCLC through a strategic planning process this year designed to develop an
industry-wide plan for tackling the shortage of qualified installers in the industry.
FCLC also welcomed the Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA) as its newest
association member. Based in St. Calhoun, Georgia, this newly formed industry trade
association has a mission to establish standards to insure the performance and safety
of polymer composite core products for indoor residential and commercial
environments, as well as monitor compliance of its members’ products through third
party certification of these standards. In addition, the association will actively promote
sustainability throughout both the life cycle of the product and the supply chain.
FCLC’s next meeting will be held in August during the Certified Floorcovering Installers
Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida.