Celebrating 25 Years of Keeping the Carpet Industry InformedIn his June 10, 2011 column titled "Floor Covering News celebrates 25th anniversary" for the Dalton Daily Citizen, Carpet and Rug Institute president Werner Braun talks about the 25th anniversary of Floor Covering News, Al Wahnon and recollects a few details from the past himself.
“Floor Covering News is a trade publication that covers the flooring industry and connects all the different players, much the same way the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) provides a common link between CRI member manufacturers, allied manufacturers and associate members.
…I enjoyed remembering the man who started it all: the inimitable Al Wahnon. As the president, editor and publisher of Floor Covering News, Mr. Wahnon founded the trade magazine in 1986 after leaving his 31-year career at Floor Covering Weekly. Floor Covering News became known as the “new kid in the neighborhood,” as the publication launched in the same year that DuPont gave us Stainmaster. The first issue was released on April 7, 1986.
Sadly, the magazine’s publisher did not live to see the publication he started reach its 25th anniversary because he passed away in February of this year at the age of 90. But this week’s edition contained a reprint of an editorial Al wrote for the issue’s 20th anniversary. Some of Al’s observations really took me back.
He talked about some of the changes Floor Covering News had seen — technological advances, the addition of new floorcovering markets and the fading of others. Plus, the rise of social media and the changes these new forms of communication were bringing to industry conversations. All the history was interesting, but I most enjoyed the personal tales this industry icon shared from his lifetime observing the carpet — and later the wide flooring — industry. As Al put it: “Somehow, incidents become vague and shadowed in time, but the people remain in focus, subject to instant recall, because they touch the heart and linger. I am fortunate to have encountered a multitude of wonderful people during my journey through the years and I cherish their friendships, their sincerity (and) their loyalty through the good times and bad.”
Well said, Mr. Wahnon — we miss your voice.”
Thank you, Werner.