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February 20, 2017
Armstrong Flooring Names Haines Wood Distributor of the Year New Thomas Armstrong Awards Recognize Excellence in Distribution
LANCASTER, Pa., February 20 – Armstrong Flooring has announced Haines as the Wood Distributor of the Year.  The first annual Thomas Armstrong Awards honors distributors who exemplify integrity, a resilience of spirit and deep dedication to their customers. “Our founder, Thomas Armstrong, set forth to ‘Let the Buyer Have Faith,’ standing behind products to give each customer confidence in their purchase,” said President & CEO Don Maier. “This way of doing business set us apart then, and it sets us apart now, along with our ability to collaborate and innovate for the people we are here to serve–distributors, retailers and consumers.” Haines, founded in 1874 on the company’s core values of providing customers with superior service and products, Haines is among the oldest privately held companies in America. The group was honored by Armstrong Flooring at a special awards event at the International Surfaces Show last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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February 3, 2017
Armstrong Names Inaugural Winners of Thomas Armstrong Awards
Originally posted on Lancaster, PA, February 3, 2017—Armstrong Flooring proudly introduces the first annual Thomas Armstrong Awards, honoring distributors who exemplify integrity, a resilience of spirit and deep dedication to their customers. The 2016 Award Winners are wood distributor of the year, JJ Haines; residential resilient, Ohio Valley Flooring; residential distributor of the year: Shnier; commercial distributor of the year, FlorStar; LVT distributor of the year, Florstar; and distributor of the year, Belknap White Group. Recipients were honored at a special awards event at the International Surfaces Show last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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February 6, 2017
Haines honors Mirage, Armstrong
Originally published in Floor Covering News, January 30/February 6, 2017 LAS VEGAS—Haines, the flooring industry’s No. 1 distributor, presented its Supplier Reliability Awards to its top vendors during Surfaces 2017. Haines presented its second annual Supplier Reliability Award to Boa-Franc and Armstrong Flooring, which has been a Haines supplier for more than 100 years, earned the Most Improved Haines Supplier Reliability Award.  
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January 12, 2017
J.J. Haines’ Bruce Zwicker Looks Forward to the New Year in Flooring
Originally published in NAFCD Distribution Digest, January 11, 2017 Bruce Zwicker is currently celebrating his 13th year with J.J. Haines & Company, Inc. and his 12th year as its President and CEO. In that time, Zwicker has seen his share of change in the business.
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January 11, 2017
Haines Names Michael Barrett President & CEO
Glen Burnie, MD, January 11, 2017 – Haines today announced the promotion of Michael Barrett from Chief Logistics Officer to President and Chief Executive Officer as part of a planned transition following Bruce Zwicker’s decision to retire.  Zwicker retires after 13 years with the company. “Our Board of Directors, including Bruce, see this as the right time to transition leaders and renew our focus on growth and leadership in the floor covering industry.  Haines finished 2016 strong, completing the CMH integration, creating new programs for our customers and suppliers, and building a strong management team,” stated Pierce B. Dunn, Chairman of the Board for Haines.  “The Board and our shareholders see opportunities for Haines to continue to improve service for customers and create more value for suppliers.  We are thankful for Bruce’s 13 years of service, and have confidence in Mike’s continued leadership in his new role.” Barrett joined Haines in February 2015 to lead all Haines operations including the company’s customer service, purchasing, warehouse and fleet operations.  He has worked with teams across Haines making several operational improvements, including inventory optimization.  Prior to Haines, Barrett’s career included successive leadership positions running operations and customer service at QVC, Dollar Tree, Fingerhut, CVS and Sonoco Products Company.  He holds a B.A.
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January 4, 2017
Haines to Honor Mirage and Armstrong with Annual Haines Supplier Reliability Awards
Glen Burnie, MD, January 3, 2017 – Haines will present the second annual Haines Supplier Reliability Awards to Mirage Hardwood Floors and Armstrong Flooring, Inc. on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The award presentation ceremony will take place at the Border Grill at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada during The International Surface Event (TISE). Bruce Zwicker, Haines’ President and CEO said, “Haines launched the Supplier Reliability Program in 2015 to help our customers by improving the reliability of our suppliers’ delivery and back order promises.
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January 4, 2017
NAFCD’s 2016 Award Recipients
Originally published in Floor Covering Weekly, January 2, 2017 [Chicago] Celebrating leaders in the floor covering industry, the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) announced its annual award recipients last month at the 2016 NAFCD Annual Convention. The NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution channel, was awarded to Lucky Burke of Readers Wholesale in Houston, Texas, and Dennis Cook and Melinda McChesney of Gilford•Johnson based in Jeffersonville, Ind. The NAFCD Leadership in Action Award, recognizing individuals for the positive impact and meaningful contributions that they have made to their company’s success, was given to Russ Rogg of Metroflor Corporation in Norwalk, Conn.; Shawn Gagg of Jaeckle Distributors in Madison, Wis.; and, Mike Barrett of Haines, based in Glen Burnie, Md. Lastly, Heidi Cronin of The Cronin Co.
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September 7, 2016
Bravo: Distribution group poised to make its mark
Originally published in Floor Covering News, September 5, 2016 By Ken Ryan They comprise 14 of the floor covering industry’s most successful distributors, including top-ranked Haines. Collectively they represent more than $2 billion in annual sales of flooring and related supply products. Until recently, Bravo Services LLC ( has preferred to go to market quietly while wielding a very influential stick in the marketplace. In November 2015, John Carney was hired as executive director with the task of taking this consortium of master distributors to the next level.
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