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CCA Global wraps up summer convention

BY HBSDEALER Staff

CCA Global Partners, ranked fourth on the Home Channel News Top 500 Scoreboard, last week concluded the summer convention for two of its biggest divisions, Flooring America/Flooring Canada and Carpet One Floor & Home.

Flooring America and Flooring Canada, which together include around 600 locations in the United States and Canada, announced new educational programs for members, under the header “No Member Left Behind.”

The initiative includes online and webinar training programs and in-store training options in technology, product, sales and management; and public relations. Further “Online University” courses focus on installation skills, OSHA compliance and sales.

Additional 60-minute learning sessions are planned throughout the year on topics including time management, learning about new vinyl flooring products and building customer loyalty, among others.

“With this knowledge, everyone on the team can work together to increase their store’s bottom line,” said Flooring America CEO Vinnie Virga, in a statement.

Carpet One Floor & Home, which counts around 1,000 independently owned locations in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, unveiled some marketing initiatives at the convention.

As part of a promotional contest, Carpet One named an Australian Shepherd called “Rody” as the company’s “spokes-pet” to promote its Lees carpet brand. Pet owners were asked to submit photos of their pets for consideration for the contest. The winner and runners-up also will be featured on a “Muddiest Buddies” calendar.

In another promotional contest, Carpet One asked store owners to design a new doormat for its “Pink! Welcome Mat line,” sales of which benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the United States and the Canadian Cancer Society in Canada. The winner, Kathleen Brooker of Rocky Mountain Carpet One Floor & Home in Casper, Wyo., will have her design featured as part of a fall campaign titled “Carpet One Floor & Home Welcomes Your Support.”

Carpet One launched new products, adding a new, softer product called “Soft Style” to its “Resista” line of stain and spill protected carpeting. Also, Carpet One introduced new “Titanium” vinyl flooring to its “Earthscapes” collection, a product that features a thicker glassback vinyl and antimicrobial protection.

In all, CCA Global Partners had approximately $10.05 billion in sales last year, up 4.7 percent from 2006.

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Boozer Lumber goes out of business

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Boozer Lumber, a two-unit dealer founded in 1946, closed its doors last week after six decades in the lumber business. The Columbia, S.C.-base dealer, which operated a home center and lumberyard, along with a showroom and component manufacturing facility, served South Carolina and parts of North Carolina and Georgia. The business generated $46 million in revenues in 2006, according to the Home Channel News Top 350 Pro Dealer list.

The decision to shut down Boozer Lumber was made last month when owner Dale Boozer, whose father founded the company, could not find a buyer, according to an article in The State, a local newspaper. The pro dealer spent approximately $4 million on expansions and upgrades in 2005 and 2006, according to the newspaper.

The business continued to ship its final orders but has been selling off inventory, equipment and property over the past few weeks. Approximately 160 people lost their jobs as a result of the closure, which became official on July 25.

Atelephone recording at Boozer’s headquarters now says that the company is “regrettably no longer open for business.”

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HD Supply reopens Ft. Myers location

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Specialty tools distributor HD Supply White Cap has reopened a newly renovated warehouse facility in Ft. Myers, Fla.

The 38,000-square-foot location features a merchandise showroom and an open warehouse format, catering to White Cap’s base of large- and medium-sized professional contractors.

“The open warehouse format has enhanced our ability to offer a broader array of products to professional contractors in southwest Florida,” said HD Supply White Cap Florida area director Mikel Valett, in a statement.

Among the assortment of around 2,000 items are numerous specialty tools and accessories, as well as tilt-up hardware and brace rentals, power tools, stormwater pollution prevention products, welding supplies, lightweight construction equipment and job site and personal safety equipment.

The specialty distributor plans a grand reopening event on July 31, which will include facility tours and new product displays.

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