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Carlisle adds 12 new luxury flooring collections

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors its widening its offerings with the addition of 12 new luxury flooring collections, known collectively as Carlisle Collections.

The new collections are meant to serve as the visual culmination of the brand's 48-year history, with a variety of wood types, hues and handcrafted textures.

"These collections truly represent the best of the best here at Carlisle and are a direct reflection of our most popular floors over the years, as well as feedback from our clients," said Carlisle president and CEO Michael Stanek. "We think both homeowners and trade professionals will be impressed with the design choices, the price points, and as always, our unrivaled artisanship and quality."

There's something for everyone with Carlisle Collections, which include White Oak floors in the Traditional collection, Hickory hardwood floors, and floors for compact, urban living in the Studio collection. The Nature's Best collection also offers options in unfinished flooring.

"We wanted to offer our clients a solution to every design problem with these collections," said Chris Sy, VP contractor sales and development at Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. "The Lakehouse collection is the perfect choice for a second home, for example, and the Farmhouse collection offers a beautiful alternative to an antique floor at a much more accessible price point. Each collection really suits a unique need for our clients."

Clients will be able to purchase the products online, with a lead time of two to four weeks delivery on most products. A free design portfolio is also available to aid with selection.

The Carlisle Collections also come in a broad range of price points, starting at $8.99 per sq. ft.

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Panasonic makes a splash in connected home at CES 2015

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Panasonic's booth made a smart-home impression at CES 2015, namely its connected home showcase, which the company used to reimagine the role of appliances in home interiors.

Among the ideas put forth by Panasonic on the show floor: a new type of display that adjusts the size of the screen depending on the purpose.

Additionally, visitors to the Panasonic booth got to take stock of a wall projection using a short-throw projector to match the dining interior, as well as a kitchen equipped with sensor technology and non-contact cooking tools.

Products were in full gear at the booth, including a smart TV with 4K Ultra HD images, a microwave with uniform cooking technology, a slow juicer (for retaining nutrients), bread maker, nano-e hair dryer, and various cameras and electronics.

The booth touted the theme "A Better Life, A Better World," with solutions for daily life in three categories: Consumer Products, B2B Solutions and Automotive/Devices.

Panasonic also hosted an interactive video stream broadcast from the show floor.

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

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A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Jan. 9, 2014

*Western – regional species perimeter foundation; Southern – regional species slab construction.

Crow's Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow's Weekly Market Report.

Lumber: Lackluster sales activity and minor movement in most pricing gave SPF lumber traders time to sort out what move the market might make next. Chilly temperatures, stresses within the stock market, low oil prices, an improving US economy, a favorable exchange rate for Canadian exporters and floundering lumber futures were all considered. Mill sales failed to keep pace with production, forcing discounted volumes into the Southern Pine market, particularly in the West zone. Buyers seemed content with volumes currently in inventory and were able to purchase needs from wholesalers at discounts to mill pricing. Prices in the Coastal species lumber market, like in other lumber markets across North America, adjusted very little. With more production coming back on line after the holidays, some buyers approached the market hesitantly. Inland lumber buyers have been, and continue to be, quite selective in their purchases, taking smaller volumes than usual and often turning away from tallies that are not congruent with their needs. Neither Hem-Fir nor Fir-Larch Std&Btr/#2&Btr pricing showed any notable change. The possible exception might be a modest weakness in 2×12. As has been the case for the past several weeks, stud price adjustments were minimal. With more production coming back on line after the holiday season, buyers often adopted a bearish approach to the market. Radiata Pine blanks were weak for an extended time; and low grades of Ponderosa Pine Shop reflected that same vulnerability. Ponderosa Pine 4/4 Selects and Commons were considerably more active than they have been for some time. Eastern White Pine also shows some stabilization in the Industrial grade material. Some Western Red Cedar producers raved about the strong sales and shipments that occurred in December, but as for this week, traders blamed the return to work after extended holidays for a lackluster pace.

Panels: In the U.S., most OSB markets were reported firm, though not very active post-holiday amid a nasty cold snap. Mill prices gained ground in the Mid Atlantic, Southeast, and Southwest regions but were either slightly down or level delivered to Western destinations. Southern Pine plywood trading was light, but enough volume sold to push mill order files into the week of January 19. To do so, producers discounted some items. Traders’ hopes that the Western Fir plywood market might experience a pickup in activity after the holidays were dashed. Mills sold volumes for shipment in the week of January 19 but still had leftovers available next week to move. Following holidays, Canadian plywood activity was slow and, due to very cold weather, utilization in the field was at a virtual standstill. Pricing followed a downward trend. Order files run, generally, to the week of January 26, with some available sooner. Although sales at the mill level in particleboard and MDF markets were lackluster, the market kept a positive tone. Buyers most often either bought steady volumes or increased their purchases following extended time off during the holidays.

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