Two National Wood Flooring Association training schools were held the week of May 18: Concrete Preparation and Intermediate Installation.
The Concrete Preparation school took place May 19–20 in Chicago and was hosted by the E.J. Welch Company.
Topics covered included concrete moisture testing, concrete as a substrate, grinding methods, self-levelers, sealers, primers, glue-down installation and floating floor installation, among others.
The school was led by NWFA Regional Instructor Kjell Nymark of Precision Hardwood Floor Services. The other instructors were Jason Spangler, Wagner Meters; Matt Thrane, Arboritec USA Ltd. and Gehl Flooring Supply Inc.; Don Jewel, Capri Cork; Paul Laurenzi, Delmhorst Instrument Co.; Tim Moore, Fortifiber Building Systems Group; Brian McCartt, Loba-Wakol LLC; Chad Bulen, Bostik Inc.; and Brian Quinn, E.J. Welch Company.
The students were Marty Jarrell, Smith's Floor Coverings Inc.; Zack Zaza, Franklin International; Mike Urban, Mike Urban Flooring Inspection; Emanuel Margelu, LD Flooring Inc.; johnny Mihalescu, ADC Floors; Tim Tikkuri, Dennis Wierzba, Scott Nidy, and Brian Raddatz, Schmidt Custom Floors Inc.; and Vince Rozborski and Dan Reddy, Apex Wood Floors Inc.
The partners in education were 3M, Arboritec, Bostik, Capri Cork, Delmhorst, E.J. Welch, Fortifiber Building Systems, Gehl Flooring, Loba-Wakol, Precision Hardwood Floor Services, and Wagner Meters.
The Intermediate Installation school took place in Kennesaw, Ga., from May 18–21, and was hosted by Southern Wholesale Flooring Company.
Students learned job-site evaluation, installation techniques, safety, flooring repairs, border installation and medallion installation.
The school was led by NWFA Regional Instructor Daniel Boone of Daniel Boone WFT Inc. The other instructors were Jeff Pope, Pope Inc.; Joel Negron, Metro Atl. Floors; Tom Hooker, Bostik; and Wayne Lee, Middle Tennessee Lumber.
The students were Christopher Robinson, Dream Weaver Construction Company; Scott Sparks, Sparks Flooring of Florida LLC; Joey Galasso, Standing Solutions LLC; John Shafer, Wes Vicars, Paul Wimer, Chip Lowman, and Carl Bahn, Horizon Forest Products; Jared Fitzgerald, Southern Oaks Flooring; Dustin Witt, Witt Custom Flooring; Mack Tharpe, Mack Tharpe Installation; Ioan Eni, ProFlooring Service; Roger Torrico and Cristiano Santos, Metro Atl Floors; John Caine, Integrity Floors LLC; Darin Grimes, Elegant Floors; Jared Fitzgerald, Southern Oaks Flooring; Cesar Olguin, CIC Floors; Taylor Boone, WFT Hardwood; and William Abbott and Barry Williams, Poole Flooring.
The partners in education were 3M, Bostik, Delmhorst Instrument, Festool, Fortifiber, Eukula, Harris Wood Floors, Howell Flooring, Lignomat USA, MAPEI Corp., Metro Atl. Floors, Middle Tennessee Lumber, Oshkosh Designs, Padco, Pope Inc., Powernail Company, Primatech, Southern Wholesale Flooring Company, Spring Creek Flooring, Stanley-Bostitch, Tramex, Wagner Meters and Weyerhaeuser Company.