NALFA Expanding Presence at 2014 Surfaces

NALFA is gearing up for the 2014 Surfaces event with the introduction of the NALFA Certified Product Pavilion. The largest NALFA booth to date at 20 feet by 40 feet, the pavilion will be located on the main floor of the event at booth S7158.

On display at the NALFA Pavilion will be products bearing the NALFA Certification Seal, offering visitors the opportunity to browse high quality and affordable laminate.  Surfaces offers NALFA an excellent venue to interact with the industry and communicate the associations initiatives.

All NALFA members will be represented at the NALFA Pavilion, sharing the message of how NALFA membership has benefited their business. It is a fantastic opportunity for NALFA members to interact with attendees one-on-one, sharing the story of their business and highlighting key products.

NALFA will also offer an Inspector Certification Class on January 31.  This class is the same as the inspector certification courses offered throughout the year.  Curriculum includes:

  • History of NALFA
  • General knowledge of laminate flooring
  • Installation requirements
  • Inspection tools and standards
  • Product defect review
  • Certification testing and evaluation

“This is a great way for flooring industry professionals to take their work to the next level and make some great contacts while they’re at it,” said Dearing.

The January 31 course, will be held at Mandalay Bay from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. It is open to flooring professionals who:

  • Are certified by a nationally recognized inspector organization,
  • Have a minimum of three years experience as an inspector, OR
  • Are a NALFA Certified Installer with current certification

Cost is $350 per person. Interested parties may contact Teiya Eubanks at 423-316-1566 or teubanks@kmtcreative.com.

NALFA will also take the opportunity to celebrate laminate flooring industry professionals on the first day of the event at the by-invitation Lammy Awards. These awards are given annually to the best of the best in the laminate flooring industry.

See you at Surfaces!

 

 

 

 

 

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Installer and Inspector Certification Class Sept. 26-27 – REGISTER NOW!

The next NALFA Installer and Inspector Certification class will be held on Sept. 26& 27 in Salem, NJ at Mannington Mills. Both courses offer numerous benefits including higher income and increased business exposure. Space is limited, so register now!

The class fee is $350 and includes lunch. To qualify for the inspector class, participants must be certified by a nationally recognized inspector organization or have a minimum of three years experience as an inspector or be a NALFA Certified Installer with a current certification.

To register for either course or for more information, contact Teiya Eubanks at (423) 316-1566 or teubanks@kmtcreative.com. To register, download the registration form at NALFA.com, complete and fax to NALFA at (423) 634-9074.

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Kronotex USA joins NALFA

We’re thrilled to announce Kronotex USA as our newest Regular Member.  As one of the largest domestic laminate flooring manufacturers in the world, their membership along with the other regular members is validation of the impact that our organization continues to have within the laminate industry.

NALFA Regular Members are manufacturers, importers or marketers that offer laminate flooring for sale within North America.   Other NALFA Regular Members include Columbia Flooring, Mannington Mills, Mohawk, Pergo, LLC, Quick-Step®Shaw Industries, Inc. and TORLYS, Inc.

“Kronotex USA has been a leading manufacturer of laminate flooring in North America since 2005.  As we navigate through the many commercial and technical issues that the laminate category faces in the years ahead, we believe that NALFA is the best vehicle to help protect and promote the category as a whole,” says George Kelley, Kronotex USA president & CEO. “On behalf of Kronotex USA, we look forward to being an active and positive contributor to the NALFA organization.”

NALFA offers three levels of membership – Regular Manufacturing Membership, Associate Membership and Testing House/Lab/Academic Membership.  For more information, visit http://nalfa.com/find-a-product/become-a-member/ to download the membership packet.

 

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REMINDER: Register Now for the July 2013 NALFA Certification Courses

We have two courses coming in July as part of the NALFA Installation School.  The Advanced Laminate Installer Certification class will be held on July 25, 2013 and the Inspector Certification class will be held on July 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.  Both courses offer numerous benefits including higher income and increased business exposure.

To register for either course or for more information, contact Teiya Eubanks at (423) 316-1566 or teubanks@kmtcreative.com.  To register, download the registration form at NALFA.com, complete and fax to NALFA at (423) 634-9074.

After the July courses there are only two more options available for this year!

September 26 & 27, 2013 in Salem, N.J.

November 7 & 8, 2013 in Ringgold, Ga.

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Boys and Girls Club Gets a Flooring Facelift Courtesy of NALFA Members

We’re pretty thrilled to have been approached by the popular television show  Designing Spaces for a six show special that will air from June – August of 2013.  “Designing Spaces of Hope” is dedicated to raising awareness about distinct causes that relate to American children and families who are in need of safe, healthy, and loving environments.  The Boys and Girls Club in Pompano Beach, Fla. is one of the six locations featured on the show.

We were able to initiate a relationship between the show and our members.  Pretty exciting because it’s what we’ve been working towards for years – being an authority on laminate flooring in and outside of the industry. And even better is the close to 600 young people in Pompano, FL will benefit from the connection as well.

The laminate flooring and underlayment donated helped complete a new woodworking shop. The new floor was made possible by donations from NALFA members PERGO that donated 1007 square feet of laminate flooring and trim, and DMX Plastics, Ltd.  that   donated moisture barrier to Designing Spaces for use at the Boys and Girls Club in Pompano Beach.

The shows producers said they pursued laminate because of its look, durability and the ease of cleaning.

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Tip and Tricks: Installing Laminate in Wet Areas

Interested in the do’s and don’ts of installing laminate flooring in wet areas?  Take a look at this article by Ron Starkey, instructor at the NALFA Inspector Certification School written for Floor Covering Installer.

http://www.fcimag.com/articles/89582-tips-and-tricks-installing-laminate-in-wet-areas?v=preview

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2013 NALFA Inspector Certification Classes

NALFA announces the dates for the 2013 Inspector Certification classes. The class, the first of its kind exclusively dedicated to laminate flooring, will be held May 17 in Dallas, Texas. Attendees learn from the best in the industry and certification gives participants credibility and the potential to increase their bottom line.

“Being certified has opened up a whole new world for me,” says Tim Fobbs, past attendee of the NALFA Inspector Certification Class. “It’s given me a different way to earn income, to have a career. I just did an inspection yesterday, in fact, and writing up the report now.”

What you’ll learn:
● History of NALFA
● General knowledge of laminate flooring
● Installation requirements
● Inspection tools and standards
● Product defect review
● Certification testing and evaluation

Enjoy the benefits:
● Increase your credibility and potentially income
● Become a preferred choice for the best laminate flooring producers in North America, their distributors, and their retailers
● Great business exposure by having your name and your business listed on the NALFA website as a CERTIFIED LAMINATE FLOORING INSPECTOR
● Profit from networking with some of the best Flooring Inspectors in the business
● Direct and privileged access to the technical support services of NALFA members
● Be constantly updated of all technical innovations in the laminate flooring world

Meet the instructor:

The course will be taught by Ron Starkey, an installation expert who has worked in the floorcovering industry for 46 years. He is a NALFA Certified Installer and a NALFA Certified Inspector with over 20 years of experience inspecting floor installations.
2013 NALFA Inspector Class date and locations:

● May 17, 2013 – Dallas, Texas
● July 26, 2013 – Los Angeles, Calif.
● September 27, 2013 – Salem, N.J.
● November 8, 2013 – Ringgold, Ga.

To qualify participants must be certified by a nationally recognized inspector organization or have a minimum of three years experience as an inspector or be a NALFA Certified Installer with a current certification.

The class fee is $350. Space is limited. To register or for more information, contact Teiya Eubanks at (423) 316-1566 or teubanks@kmtcreative.com. To register, download and complete the registration form from nalfa.com and fax to NALFA at (423) 634-9074.

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CELEBRATING THE INDUSTRY’S BEST

Each year, North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) honors the industry’s leaders, both on an individual level and at the corporate level. The 2012 LAMMY Awards winners are no exception, with a roster including those who’ve made exceptional contributions to the laminate flooring world.

“We created the LAMMY Awards to acknowledge the talent and vast contributions of our colleagues,” said Bill Dearing, president of NALFA. “Since their inception in 2007, the LAMMY Awards have proved to be a catalyst in pushing the industry to continually innovate. It’s highly rewarding to see our industry grow, and we look forward to seeing what the next year holds for this year’s winners.”

NALFA’s Board of Directors anonymously nominates individuals and organizations in each category. The lists are compiled on ballots and distributed to NALFA members and editors of “Floor Covering Installer,” “Floor Covering News,” “Floor Covering Weekly,” “Floor Focus” and “National Floor Trends” for voting.

LAMMY Award winners were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at SURFACES in Las Vegas. They included:

Member of the Year
Dan Natkin, Mannington

Distributor of the Year
Herregan Distributing Inc.

Associate Member of the Year
Caroline Letendre, Sealed Air

Retailer of the Year
Speers Flooring-Oakville Canada

Member Company of the Year
PERGO

Associate Member Company of the Year
Pregis

2013 NALFA Presidential Award
James Gould

About NALFA
The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) was formed in 1997 by U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and importers of Laminate Flooring. Since its inception, NALFA has been dedicated to creating voluntary product performance standards for Laminate Flooring in North America. For more information, visit www.nalfa.com.

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Learning Opportunities at Surfaces 2013

Join us at this year’s Surfaces, Jan. 29 – 31 in Las Vegas at booth number S6401.  We have some exciting presentations planned!

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, NALFA is presenting “Laminate flooring inspection Do’s and Don’ts.” The seminar will demonstrate how a laminate inspection is conducted, what the inspector should look for and what causes the floor to fail, as well as illustrate how moisture meters are used and how different problems are addressed. NALFA Certified Instructor Anthony Palandro will lead the seminar at 3:30 pm on the main S2 stage.

NALFA Certified Instructor Anthony Palandro will present “Laminate flooring installation techniques” on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 am. He’ll review laminate flooring installation techniques and present technological advances during the last several years, as well as cover any issues of concern that have been in the industry.

We hope to see you there!

http://www.fcimag.com/articles/89163-learning-opportunities-at-surfaces-2013

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NALFA Surfaces Education Opportunities

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT SURFACES 2013

North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) invites you to visit them and learn at this year’s Surfaces, Jan. 29 – 31 in Las Vegas. Those seeking information about the nation’s leading laminate flooring association and its member companies can find NALFA at booth number S6301.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, NALFA is presenting “Laminate flooring inspection Do’s and Don’ts.” The seminar will demonstrate how a laminate inspection is conducted, what the inspector should look for and what causes the floor to fail, as well as illustrate how moisture meters are used and how different problems are addressed. NALFA Certified Instructor Anthony Palandro will lead the seminar at 3:30 pm on the main S2 stage.

NALFA Certified Instructor Anthony Palandro will present “Laminate flooring installation techniques” on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 am. He’ll review laminate flooring installation techniques and present technological advances during the last several years, as well as cover any issues of concern that have been in the industry.

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