Congratulations to winners of the 2013 LAMMY Awards!

The results are in! We were pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 LAMMY Awards during the Surfaces floorcovering event in Las Vegas, Nev. And the winners are…

  • Member of the Year: Jane Winters – Unilin-Mohawk
  • Associate Member of the Year: Gary Palmer – Pregis
  • Distributor of the Year: Elias Wilf – Owings Mill, MD
  • Retailer of the Year: Lowes – Mooresville, NC
  • Associate Member of the Year: SELIT
  • Member Company: Quick-Step

The LAMMY Awards are given annually to recognize both companies and individuals for excellence in a number of categories in the laminate flooring industry. Great work, everyone! Read more at:

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Quick-Step named “Company of the Year” by NALFA

Congratulations to Quick-Step for being name “Company of the Year” at the 2013 LAMMY Awards! Read more at http://floorcoveringweekly.com/Main/DailyUpdate/QuickStep-named-Company-of-the-Year-by-NALFA-6480.aspx

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NALFA and Fabulous Floors Magazine Team up for LAMINATE Issue

We are excited to announce that NALFA and Fabulous Floors are partnering to bring the story of laminate flooring to the consumer through a print and digital publication titled Living on Laminate.  
Over 50,000 copies of Living on Laminate will be on newsstands and sold in 1500+ bookstores including Barnes and Noble, Books-A-million and Hastings, and will be available to advertisers in bulk for use as marketing pieces and tutorials for customers.  
Living on Laminate will also be available on NALFA.com and appear on cross-platform  digital magazine Magzter.com. 
Content areas include: Laminate and Your Lifestyle, Discovering Laminate, Laminates Room by Room, Premium Materials, NALFA Certified Products, Installation and Maintenance, Laminate Buyers Guide, and List of NALFA Certified Brands.  
Be on the look out for the publication in April 2014!  
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2013 LAMMY Nominees

The results are in! The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2013 LAMMY Awards.

The LAMMY Award honors are given annually to the best of the best in the laminate flooring industry. Both companies and individuals are recognized for excellence in a number of categories.

Industry experts from NALFA, along with the editors of Floor Covering Installer, Floor Covering News, Floor Covering Weekly, Floor FocusNational Floor Trends and ProInstaller will vote for the annual LAMMY winners, a tradition that began in 2007

 

2013 LAMMY AWARD NOMINEES

Winners will be announced at Surfaces in Las Vegas, Nev., in January 2014.

MEMBER OF THE YEAR

 Karen Shoemaker, Mohawk

Pat Smith, Pergo

Jane Winters, Unilin-Mohawk

 

ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Friedrich Meyknecht, SELIT North America, INC.

Gary Palmer, Pregis

Marco Seitner, SELIT North America, INC.

Brent Sholl, Sealed Air

 

DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

Boone – Lakeland, Fla.                                                             

Cronin – Portland, Oreg.

Crownhill – Brampton, Ontario, Canada                                                             

Elias Wilf – Owings Mill, Md.

Midwest Floor Covering – Salt Lake City, Utah

TriWest – Sante Fe Springs, Calif.                                            

 

RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Aspire Design – Sandy, Utah                                                   

Avalon – Philadelphia, Penn.

Lowes – Mooresville, N.C.

Menards – Eau Claire, Wis.                                                                                                   

Nebraska Furniture Mart – Omaha, Neb.

RC Willey – California                                                             

 

ASSOCIATE MEMBER COMPANY OF THE YEAR

SELIT North America, INC.

Pregis

Pak-Lite

 

MEMBER COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Columbia

Kronotex

Mannington Mills

Mohawk

QuickStep (Unilin)

TORLYS

 

 

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Congratulations 2013 NALFA Certification School Graduates!

We’re thrilled to have graduated numerous NALFA Certified Installers and Instructors through our Certification School this year in Ringgold, Ga and Salem, NJ.

To earn their accreditations, flooring professionals traveled from Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Georgia, to attend Installer and Inspector Certification classes.

Hosted by NALFA, the educational one-day sessions were led by skilled flooring industry experts and focused on everything from quality to safety to pricing and technique.

“These seminars and hands-on learning opportunities offer people who are already working in the laminate industry a fantastic opportunity to build important professional relationships while they also perfect their craft,” said Bill Dearing, NALFA President.

Congratulations, graduates!

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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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