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25 Years of NWFA History

In September 1985, the American Parquet Association's Al Pollard (at left) and Virgil Hendricks sign up Lockwood Flooring as the first NWFA member.
In September 1985, the American Parquet Association's Al Pollard (at left) and Virgil Hendricks sign up Lockwood Flooring as the first NWFA member.

No one who was involved at the start would imagine what the National Wood Flooring Association would become. Twenty-five years later, here's a glimpse of the highlights of its storied history.

1985

May 1985: In Memphis, Tenn., at a Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association meeting, an after-hours conversation among several wood flooring industry veterans leads to a discussion about an industry-wide national association.

July 1985: The eleven who would be recognized as founders of the National Wood Flooring Association—Virgil Hendricks, Jack Wilcox, Jack Coates, Gary Reynolds, Albert Duke, Roland Holder, Harold Reid, Johnny Austin, Jim Duke, Al Pollard and Steve Brown—meet in Dallas to develop the idea. They appoint themselves as a steering committee.

 

In September 1985, the American Parquet Association's Al Pollard (at left) and Virgil Hendricks sign up Lockwood Flooring as the first NWFA member.In September 1985, the American Parquet Association's Al Pollard (at left) and Virgil Hendricks sign up Lockwood Flooring as the first NWFA member.

September 1985: The group meets again in St. Louis and eight of them—Hendricks, Wilcox, Coates, Reynolds, Albert Duke, Holder, Reid and Austin—put up seed money to get the organization off the ground. They also agree to begin drafting bylaws, as well as a statement of goals and purposes.

"The people who put this thing together had great chemistry, they worked together beautifully, they had a passion for the industry and they had a vision; and I think that vision came through and exceeded our expectations ... It was a lot of fun, and I had more fun than anybody ... and to think that things started right here in my office." — Virgil Hendricks

 

 

At this meeting in St. Louis in December 1985, the National Wood Flooring Association was officially created. Seen are (seated, left to right): Jack Wilcox, H.G. Roane Company; Ralph Singer, Diamond 'W' Supply; Lon Musolf, Lon Musolf Flooring; Roland Holder, Gentry & Holder Floors; Harold Reid, Trinity Floor Company; (standing, left to right): Gary Reynolds, Galleher Hardwoods; Steve Brown, Swift-Brown Distributors; Art Pedicini, Geysir Sales Corporation; Jack Coates, Golden State Flooring; Richard Steeneck, Hoboken Wood Floors; Virgil Hendricks, Mid-West Floor Company; Eldon Robbins, Mid-West Floor Company; and Keijo Hyvonen, Kelly-Goodwin Company.At this meeting in St. Louis in December 1985, the National Wood Flooring Association was officially created. Seen are (seated, left to right): Jack Wilcox, H.G. Roane Company; Ralph Singer, Diamond 'W' Supply; Lon Musolf, Lon Musolf Flooring; Roland Holder, Gentry & Holder Floors; Harold Reid, Trinity Floor Company; (standing, left to right): Gary Reynolds, Galleher Hardwoods; Steve Brown, Swift-Brown Distributors; Art Pedicini, Geysir Sales Corporation; Jack Coates, Golden State Flooring; Richard Steeneck, Hoboken Wood Floors; Virgil Hendricks, Mid-West Floor Company; Eldon Robbins, Mid-West Floor Company; and Keijo Hyvonen, Kelly-Goodwin Company.

December 1985: The first formal organizational meeting, in St. Louis, results in an interim board of directors. Hendricks is elected president; Ralph Singer, vice president; and Art Pedicini, secretary-treasurer. Annual dues are set at $375. Hendricks volunteers the use of office space at Mid-West Floor Co. in St. Louis. The board votes to hold the first convention in April 1986.

 

 

1986

The first National Wood Flooring Association convention was held in St. Louis April 23-25, 1986; 170 attended.The first National Wood Flooring Association convention was held in St. Louis April 23-25, 1986; 170 attended.

April 1986: The first NWFA Convention, in St. Louis, attracts 170 attendees. The NWFA has 109 members. Members at the convention approve the bylaws and the statement of goals and purposes, and elect a 15-member board of directors and Hendricks as the first president.

 

September 1986: The Log, the NWFA's membership newsletter, debuts.

1987

 

Rick Brian (far right) was on hand for the second National Wood Flooring Association annual convention, held in St. Louis in 1987.Rick Brian (far right) was on hand for the second National Wood Flooring Association annual convention, held in St. Louis in 1987.

April 1987:By the time of the second convention, also in St. Louis, the NWFA has 243 members.

"The most significant decision made by the early group was to include the contractors. Some manufacturers and distributors wanted to exclude them. Jack Coates was a strong voice in keeping the contractors equal." — Gary Reynolds

1988

 

January 1988: The NWFA moves its headquarters out of Mid-West Floor Co. to offices on Manchester Road in St. Louis.

 

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February 1988: The premier issue of Hardwood Floors was published in February/March 1988.

"In 1987, the fledgling NWFA needed more members and revenue to grow the association. I suggested to the board that we needed a 'voice of the industry' ...Virgil asked me to find a way to make it happen ... The result was Hardwood Floors Magazine. Who knew then what would evolve over time. The rest is history."— Rick Brian

 

 

First National Wood Flooring Association employee Bonnie Holmes was in the spirit of the roaring '20s party at the Kansas City, Mo., convention, held April 27-30, 1988.First National Wood Flooring Association employee Bonnie Holmes was in the spirit of the roaring '20s party at the Kansas City, Mo., convention, held April 27-30, 1988.

April 1988: Almost 600 people attend the third NWFA Convention in Kansas City; there are 345 members by then. The association's first technical publication, the Hardwood Flooring Manual, is published.

 

May 1988: The NWFA introduces its Universal Contract/Proposal form.

July 1988: A second technical publication, Hardwood Floors: Handling Complaints/Troubleshooting, is published.

 

1989

February 1989: The Hardwood Flooring Manual is revised.

April 1989: At the fourth annual convention in Dallas, the NWFA Scholarship Fund is established to help train wood flooring installers. Allen Harris Jr. of Harris-Tarkett becomes the first inductee into the NWFA Hall of Fame.

August 1989: The first NWFA regional training seminar is held in Chicago. Later in the year, seminars are held in Sacramento and Baltimore. Dennis Parks conducts the first schools.

1990

A scramble for 'Floorbucks' to be used in an auction for prizes was the highlight of the National Wood Flooring Association St. Louis convention in St. Louis.A scramble for 'Floorbucks' to be used in an auction for prizes was the highlight of the National Wood Flooring Association St. Louis convention in St. Louis.

April 1990: The first NWFA Floor of the Year Contest is held at the convention in St. Louis. Hendricks steps down as president, and Wilcox succeeds him. Hendricks becomes the second Hall of Fame inductee. Membership in the association reaches 700, and convention attendance tops 1,000 for the first time.

1991

Jack Stuart peruses the entries in the National Wood Flooring Association Floor of the Year contest at the 1991 NWFA convention in Reno, Nev.Jack Stuart peruses the entries in the National Wood Flooring Association Floor of the Year contest at the 1991 NWFA convention in Reno, Nev.

May 1991: Attendance at the NWFA Convention in Reno is up slightly from 1990, with 1,015 participants registered. Also at the convention, a new NWFA publication, Problems, Causes and Cures, is introduced.

"In the early '90s I was chair for several years of the Education Committee establishing the dates and locations of the traveling schools. We had maps made up to show where the membership was ... We ended up having to get co-chairs because it got to be such a big deal that one person couldn't do it on a volunteer basis." — Don Conner

 

October 1991: The NWFA moves into new, larger quarters on Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester, Mo., just west of its previous offices.

1992

Jonny McSwain, seen at left during the seventh National Wood Flooring Association convention, held in Atlanta March 25-28, 1992, would become the first female president of the NWFA the following year.Jonny McSwain, seen at left during the seventh National Wood Flooring Association convention, held in Atlanta March 25-28, 1992, would become the first female president of the NWFA the following year.

March 1992: At the NWFA Convention in Atlanta, Singer becomes the third president. Hendricks is named executive director. The board of directors allocates $60,000 for the association's first large-scale public relations campaign, and retains PR firm Archer-Malmo. Attendance at the convention is 1,100.

"We had such good synergy back then; we all had the same goal and the same passion. For us, it was all about making the industry better in the eyes of the consumer." — Jonny McSwain

1993

Lon Musolf (kneeling) teaches at the first National Wood Flooring Association national training school, held in St. Louis in January 1993.Lon Musolf (kneeling) teaches at the first National Wood Flooring Association national training school, held in St. Louis in January 1993.

January 1993: The NWFA holds its first national technical training school in St. Louis. Seventy-nine students attend. (By 2010, 24 schools are offered by the NWFA throughout North America.)

 

May 1993: At the convention in Orlando, Jonny McSwain becomes the first woman to serve as president. Paul Trau succeeds Prewitt as technical director.

1994

The first eight members of the National Wood Flooring Association's Hall of Fame are recognized at the 1994 convention in Dallas. (Chris Coates accepts for her father, Jack Coates.)The first eight members of the National Wood Flooring Association's Hall of Fame are recognized at the 1994 convention in Dallas. (Chris Coates accepts for her father, Jack Coates.)

April 1994: During the convention in Dallas, Wilcox, Coates, Reynolds, Albert Duke, Holder, Reid and Austin join Hendricks in the Hall of Fame. Tim McCool becomes the association's third technical director.

 

September 1994: Ed Korczak, longtime head of the American Floorcovering Association, is named the NWFA's executive director. Membership in the association is 868. The association announces it is reorganizing its Installation Manual; it will consist of individual publications available as each is completed. The first, Wood Species Used in Wood Flooring, is published.

1995

Gene Klotz (blue shirt at left) and Chuck Crispin (blue shirt at right) do a demo at the first National Wood Flooring Association Advanced School in January 1995.Gene Klotz (blue shirt at left) and Chuck Crispin (blue shirt at right) do a demo at the first National Wood Flooring Association Advanced School in January 1995.

January 1995: The first NWFA Advanced Training School debuts in St. Louis.

 

 

The opening ribbon is cut for the 1995 National Wood Flooring Association convention in Las Vegas.The opening ribbon is cut for the 1995 National Wood Flooring Association convention in Las Vegas.

April 1995: By the convention in Las Vegas, membership tops 1,000. Attendance is 1,628. Ron Parkinson is elected president. The association announces its degree program.

 

Fall 1995: NWFA launches its website, www.nwfa.org.

November 1995: The NWFA joins the Small Business Legislative Council, a coalition of trade and professional associations. The NWFA holds its first Canadian school, in Calgary, Alberta. (Since then, eight schools have been hosted throughout Canada).

1996

January 1996: Water and Wood is published.

February 1996: Daniel Boone becomes the association's fourth technical director.

April 1996: The NWFA's first Media Tour of many is conducted with magazine editors in Des Moines, Iowa. A second media tour is held later that fall in New York City.

 

Ground is broken for the National Wood Flooring Association's first permanent headquarters in 1996.Ground is broken for the National Wood Flooring Association's first permanent headquarters in 1996.

May 1996: Chris Coates is elected president at the convention in Chicago, which attracts 1,906 participants. Membership stands at more than 1,200. The first NWFA degree recipients are honored.

"The schools are so important to each individual that comes to one ... I think as partners in the industry we all have a responsibility to keep that going because the schools are the lifeblood of what we do. I think they make the industry strong and wise, and give it integrity about how to do things right." — Daniel Boone

 

June 1996: The association publishes Tools of the Trade.

October 1996: The NWFA announces plans to build its own headquarters in Ellisville, Mo., in suburban St. Louis.

1997

February 1997: NWFA releases the Hardwood Flooring Installation Guidelines, which also functions as the source book for the association's certification program; and Jobsite Evaluation, Estimating and Preparation.

April 1997: With membership surging to approximately 1,500, the NWFA Convention in Nashville sets a new record with 1,968 in attendance. John Mayers becomes the association's seventh president. The association previews its certification program for attendees.

 

Mel Hollis and Neil Moss help install wood floors at the first National Wood Flooring Association permanent headquarters in August 1997.Mel Hollis and Neil Moss help install wood floors at the first National Wood Flooring Association permanent headquarters in August 1997.

August 1997: Volunteers from throughout the industry converge on St. Louis to help lay the wood flooring for the first permanent NWFA headquarters.

 

September 1997: The NWFA moves into its own headquarters in Ellisville, Mo.

 

The first National Wood Flooring Association permanent headquarters is dedicated in October 1997; NWFA president John Mayers leads the ceremony.The first National Wood Flooring Association permanent headquarters is dedicated in October 1997; NWFA president John Mayers leads the ceremony.

October 1997: The first NWFA International Headquarters and Training Center is officially dedicated.

 

November 1997: NWFA Certified Professionals is launched as a stand-alone corporation.

1998

March 1998: The NOFMA/NWFA/MFMA school draws a record crowd of 103 students and, for the first time, is held in Tunica, Miss.

April 1998: A record crowd of 2,200 comes to the Orlando NWFA Convention, held at Disney World's Coronado Springs.

May 1998: The first NWFA written certification exams are administered.

October 1998: The first NWFA hands-on certification exams are administered.

November 1998: Ornamental Floors is printed.

1999

March 1999: Grading & Packaging is printed.

 

Yvette Monroe and Wayne Cotton present Allan Pyne with a NWFA Floor of the Year award at the NWFA convention in Reno, Nev., in 1999.Yvette Monroe and Wayne Cotton present Allan Pyne with a NWFA Floor of the Year award at the NWFA convention in Reno, Nev., in 1999.

April 1999: The NWFA Convention in Reno at John Ascuaga's Nugget surpasses the 1998 record of 2,200 attendees and winds up with a rodeo-themed party. Doug Lux becomes the eighth president of NWFA.

 

 

Daniel Boone (at left) leads a wood flooring school in Australia in June, 1999.Daniel Boone (at left) leads a wood flooring school in Australia in June, 1999.

June 1999: NWFA Technical Director Daniel Boone leads an enthusiastic cadre of instructors to teach a school in Sydney, Australia.

2000

April 2000: The 15th NWFA Convention takes place at the Adam's Mark in Dallas. Bill "Mac" McLaughlin, who worked for Powernail for 34 years and taught at many wood flooring training schools, is elected to the NWFA Hall of Fame.

"The Floor of the Year presentations were always fun — they highlighted our organization and highlighted the magazine. It was always something people could relate to, and we tried to make it fun." — Wayne Cotton

 

May 2000: Sanding & Finish is printed.

August 2000: Steve Seabaugh becomes the fifth director of technical training.

August 2000: NWFA launches the "Real Wood Floors—Beauty that lasts a lifetime" tagline.

2001

February 2001: Maintenance & Recoating is released.

April 2001: The NWFA Convention attracts 2,485 attendees to the oasis of Palm Springs, Calif. David Williams becomes the ninth president of the NWFA. Lon Musolf and Ralph Singer are inducted to the Hall of Fame.

June 2001: NWFA launches the Dynamics of Wood Flooring Sales class; the first is taught by Glen Miller and Richard Poirier in Edmonton, Alb.

July 2001: The NWFA's "Voice of the Industry" communications campaign, including the "Do-It-Yourself Marketing Kit," is recognized as Best of Show by the Public Relations Society of America.

November 2001: NWFA launches its first Management Education series including online learning.

2002

April 2002: NWFA launches the Industry Research Foundation to fund and conduct scientific research pertaining to products, performance, safety, conservation, installation and other issues relating to the industry.

 

Participants in the winning Designer's Choice award celebrate at the National Wood Flooring Association's convention in Orlando in April 2002.Participants in the winning Designer's Choice award celebrate at the National Wood Flooring Association's convention in Orlando in April 2002.

April 2002: The 17th NWFA Convention, at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, breaks the 3,000 mark for the first time. The show includes a Designers Choice competition, in which designer-selected floors are installed on-site.

 

May 2002: NWFA holds its first factory-finished school, in Rockford, Ill.

December 2002: A revised Problems, Causes, Cures is printed.

2003

January 2003: For the first time, NWFA hosts an NWFA Pavilion at the Domotex trade show in Germany, where NWFA members can exhibit together. Total exhibit space that first year was 60 square meters. (By the 2010 show, the space had expanded to 273 square meters.)

 

The ribbon is cutting officially opening the new National Wood Flooring Association headquarters in April 2003; (from left) Wayne Cotton, David Williams and Virgil Hendricks do the honors.The ribbon is cutting officially opening the new National Wood Flooring Association headquarters in April 2003; (from left) Wayne Cotton, David Williams and Virgil Hendricks do the honors.

April 2003: The NWFA Convention is held in St. Louis, and at the same time, the NWFA opens its 21,000-square-foot International Headquarters and Training Center in St. Louis. NWFA founding father Virgil Hendricks helps cut the ribbon officially opening the new home of the NWFA. Wayne Cotton becomes the 10th president of NWFA. Claude Taylor is inducted into the NWFA Hall of Fame.

 

June 2003: Students at the Advanced Custom Installation School get real-life experience as they install the floors in the conference room and an office at the new NWFA headquarters.

July 2003: NWFA relaunches its member website, www.nwfa.org, and its consumer website, www.woodfloors.org.

September 2003: NWFA administers its first Inspector Certification test.

October 2003: The new NWFA headquarters is home to the first-ever Expert Installation and Expert Sand & Finish schools.

2004

March 2004: A reception in Memphis celebrates the 50th NOFMA/NWFA/MFMA Professional Wood Flooring Installation school. NWFA releases its first-ever television advertisement, which members can customize for their markets, and a year later, prenegotiated time slots are offered during Oprah. Sixteen wood flooring professionals are the first to earn Certified Wood Flooring Inspector status.

April 2004: About 3,800 people attend and 324 companies exhibit at the NWFA Convention in Charlotte, N.C., which ends with a luau in anticipation of the following convention in Honolulu.

"I think the NWFA has organized the industry in a very positive way. It's one of the few associations I've ever had involvement in where you have all four levels in the same group. We lent a professionalism to an industry." — Richard Poirier

 

September 2004: For the first time, the NOFMA/NWFA/MFMA school takes place at the NWFA headquarters in St. Louis.

2005

The NWFA celebrates the end of its 20th convention at Germaine's Luau on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.The NWFA celebrates the end of its 20th convention at Germaine's Luau on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

April 2005: NWFA celebrates its big anniversary with its 20th convention, held in Honolulu. Joe Audino becomes the 11th president of NWFA, and membership passes 3,500 for the first time.

 

May 2005: NWFA Industry Research Foundation releases Part 1 of a Moisture Study, which addresses concrete and high-moisture-content slabs. NWFA holds its first Subfloor Solutions School and first Inspector Certification School.

May 2005: NWFA partners with the American Hardwood Export Council to host a school in Mexico City.

July 2005: NWFA hosts its first bilingual school, which is held in Las Vegas in both English and Spanish.

September 2005: NWFA holds a new Sales Training workshop. The NWFA waives 2005-2006 membership fees for members in ZIP codes affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

2006

March 2006: NWFA joins the Hardwood Federation, a coalition of more than 30 associations representing the interests of the U.S. hardwood industry. NWFA attends Domotex Dubai.

 

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: 2006 NWFA Wood Flooring Education Conference and Wood Flooring Expo on April 26, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by David StlukaBALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: 2006 NWFA Wood Flooring Education Conference and Wood Flooring Expo on April 26, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by David Stluka

April 2006: The NWFA Convention in Baltimore breaks all records, with more than 4,500 in attendance and 342 companies in 596 booths. The show includes the Xtreme Makeover Competition.

 

September 2006: Bonnie Holmes, NWFA's first employee, who was instrumental in creating NWFA programs including the convention and the technical publications, retires.

November 2006: The NWFA Industry Research Foundation conducts an Environmental Impact Study for solid wood flooring.

2007

March 2007: The NWFA opens its newly expanded training facility, which has an additional 18,800 square feet of space. NWFA also attends Domotex Shanghai, and releases surveys with real estate agents and interior designers; the results reveal that wood floors can increase the value of a home. It also adopts its Environmental Policy to formalize its commitment to environmentally friendly industry practices.

April 2007: NWFA launches NWFA Services Inc., a for-profit division of the NWFA to provide goods and services to end-users on behalf of NWFA members.

 

Angela Crowl, Alvin Crowl, John Welch, Tricia Swindoll, Rusty Swindoll, Joe Boone Jr., Jan Kuehn and Daniel Boone (kneeling) were in the western spirit at the National Wood Flooring Association convention in Denver in 2007.Angela Crowl, Alvin Crowl, John Welch, Tricia Swindoll, Rusty Swindoll, Joe Boone Jr., Jan Kuehn and Daniel Boone (kneeling) were in the western spirit at the National Wood Flooring Association convention in Denver in 2007.

April 2007: The 22nd NWFA Convention takes place in Denver. Ken Schumacher becomes the 12th chairman of NWFA. Carl and Edgar Anstett of Powernail Company are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Membership is at 4,116.

 

June 2007: NWFA Services Inc. launches a technical call center to direct manufacturer-specific technical questions to dedicated NWFA technicians.

Fall 2007: NWFA students at technical schools receive moisture meters when they attend an NWFA training class. NWFA and NAFCD release a White Paper on the economic outlook for the wood flooring industry.

2008

The opening reception of the National Wood Flooring Association 2008 convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is held oceanside.The opening reception of the National Wood Flooring Association 2008 convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is held oceanside.

March 2008: NWFA heads to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the 23rd convention; the first NWFACP Inspector Symposium is held concurrently. Eugen Lägler is inducted to the Hall of Fame.

"I remember my first NWFA BOD meeting ... A line item on the agenda said 'Environmental Issues.' No one had much to say, so I said we really ought to at least publicly state that NWFA is against illegal logging. It passed unanimously ... From there NWFA participated in the passage of the Lacey Act and the creation of the NWFA Responsible Procurement Program, which has gained recognition as one of the first industry/ENGO collaborations to promote the merits of responsible forestry in America." — Don Finkell

 

April 2008: NWFA Industry Research Foundation releases its Life Cycle Analysis for solid wood flooring, and the NWFA works with a coalition of industry leaders to promote the Lacey Act amendment banning illegal logging.

October 2008: NWFA Responsible Procurement Program launched.

November 2008: Online videos added to nwfa.org, providing on-demand instruction for installation, sanding and finishing of wood floors.

December 2008: NWFA and NOFMA: The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association consolidate under the NWFA name. NWFA launches NWFACP Independent Certified Inspection Services.

2009

April 2009: Amid the worst recession since the Great Depression, 2,438 wood flooring professionals gather for the 24th show in Long Beach, Calif. Don Finkell becomes the 13th chairman of the NWFA. The first NWFA Community Service Awards are presented to members who donated products or services to help those in need.

June 2009: NWFA offers two new instructional DVDs: Installation of Solid Wood and Engineered Wood Floors, and Sanding & Finishing Solid Wood Floors.

September 2009: NWFA offers its first Jigs and Staircase Workshop, held at its St. Louis headquarters. NWFA launches its first-ever consumer-focused magazine, Fabulous Wood Floors. More than 30,000 copies are distributed through major retail bookstores.

November 2009: The NWFA forms the Forest Stewardship Council Procurement Group by joining forces with several prominent environmental groups. Anderson Hardwood Floors becomes the first wood flooring company to become RPP-certified under the NWFA's Responsible Procurement Program.

2010

March 2010: The 25th NWFA Convention takes place on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.; Don Conner, Wayne Cotton, Bill Price Sr. and Lanny Trottman are recognized for having attended every convention. Precision Floorcrafters in Summerfield, Fla., receives the first Environmental Craftsmanship award. The NWFA Industry Research Foundation releases its Life Cycle Analysis for engineered wood flooring.

April 2010: NWFA announces that it will expand the NOFMA Grading Standards to include international standards.

"As so well documented in this issue, the past 17 years added to the foundation laid by the early NWFA founders and pioneers making the NWFA the voice of the wood flooring industry. I have been honored to be part of the NWFA for 17 years of phenomenal growth, 17 years of visionary programming advancing the industry, 17 years of dedicated, unselfish officers, boards of directors and committees all coming together for today's internationally recognized and respected NWFA."— Ed Korczak

June 2010: NWFA launches three new consumer-focused websites to promote NWFA wood flooring professionals: www.woodflooringinspectors.com, www.woodflooringinstallers.com, and www.certifiedwoodflooringinstallers.com.

August 2010: NWFA launches the Accepted Product Seal program to help manufacturer members earn recognition with consumers for products meeting industry performance standards.

September 2010: NWFA announces the acquisition of a new training facility located in Las Vegas. Twelve NWFA schools will be offered in the new facility during 2011. Through 2010, the NWFA has held 144 schools and taught 4,098 students.

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