The National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors (NICFI) announced that floor covering installation is being considered for inclusion in the federal Job Corps existing training programs. The inclusion would provide free vocational training for flooring installers between the ages of 16–24.


The Hardwood Federation has opened registration for its annual Fly-In in Washington D.C. to meet with elected officials on Capitol Hill. The event is scheduled for Sept. 17–19. To register, go here.


The Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) announced the certification of 27 new installation managers. They include: Meghan Blanchard (DCO Commercial Floors), Jaime Briones (Standard Interiors), Carmen Castaño (Tucson Commercial Carpets), Ben Coplan (Beckers Inc.), Michael Ganter (Uzin Utz), David Glover (Koydol), Jose Hernandez (Koydol), Lauren Hotchkiss (Floor Connection Inc.), Todd Houchin (Jack Laurie Group), Billy Jarrell (Garmon & Company), Gray Kelly (Synergy Flooring), Greg Kleinschmidt (L&R Flooring), Tom Krieger (DCO Commercial Floors), Edward Kuran (Axis Interior Systems Inc.), Spencer Luallen (Roppe Holding Group), Jim Macdonald (Commercial Flooring Professionals Inc.), Corbin Mintz (DCO Commercial Floors), Robert Olan (Commercial Flooring Services), Alain Quinones (Standard Interiors), Bryan Ratkay (Templeton Floor Company Inc.), Marcos Rivera (DCO Commercial Floors), Richard Rodgers (Atlanta Flooring Design Center), Ronnie Smith (Axis Interior Systems Inc.), Charley Sullivan (Bailus Surfaces), Ryan Taylor (Spectra Contract), Michael Wilson (Prodigy Flooring Inc.), Chris Yasika (JDS Flooring Associates LLC).