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Smith & Fong Adds New Panels Collection


SAN FRANCISCO—Smith & Fong Co., manufacturer of Plyboo bamboo architectural plywood and flooring, announced the launch of its new Linear Line Collection of carved bamboo panels, according to company president Angus Stocks. Inspired by the depth and movement of hand loomed fabric, the Linear Line’s carved face layer reveals a uniquely graphic inner core. These intersecting surfaces harmoniously suggest the natural, tactile quality of a woven textile.

Móz Designs Expands Color Tones in Gradients Collection


OAKLAND, CALIF.—The Móz Designs Gradients Collection is now offered in an expanded series of subtle, sophisticated color tones that complement contemporary interiors. Featuring nine unique, color-blended spectrums that radiate from light to dark, Gradients panels are available in Moonlight, Dusk and Earth, along with six other color sequences.

Lauzon Offering Air-Purifying Hardwood Flooring


PAPINEAUVILLE, QUEBEC—A new product recently launched makes living spaces healthier from the ground up – literally. The first of its kind in the world, Pure Genius smart hardwood flooring by North American manufacturer Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring, improves indoor air quality of a space while beautifying the decor.

Resource Furniture Debuts Stealth Kitchen Modules


NEW YORK—Resource Furniture announces the debut of the Stealth Kitchen Modules. This new product refines the concept of the kitchen, allowing all full-sized appliances, work surfaces and storage areas to become completely invisible when not in use.

Bo Freeman is New MTS National Accounts Manager


TEMPERANCE, MICH.—Bo Freeman has been named a National Accounts Manager with MTS Seating. Ian King, MTS National Sales Manager—Lodging & Convention, made the announcement. In his new role, Freeman will work with several representative territories, developing relationships and specifications and building sales.

Omni Plans to Construct LEED Silver Hotel in Louisville


DALLAS—Omni Hotels & Resorts and Louisville Metro Government announced they have entered into an agreement to develop a 600-room convention center hotel in downtown Louisville, Ky. Situated one block from Kentucky International Convention Center, the new Omni Louisville Hotel will be the first four-diamond, luxury hotel in the area, and will feature 600 guestrooms and suites, 70,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa, fitness center, two full-service restaurants, rooftop pool-side café, street level retail venue, and a lobby lounge. The hotel is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Top 10 States in Nation for LEED Green Building


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released its ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The list highlights the regions around the country that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation. Utilizing less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Debuts LEED Certified Tower


MIAMI BEACH, FLA.—After the completion of a $25 million dollar restoration endeavor, the historic Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Oceanfront announces the opening of its new LEED certified 93-guestroom oceanfront tower. The Cadillac now offers a total of 356 guestrooms, including 19 oversized suites with ocean views, a new oceanfront salt-water pool, a state of the art gym, an updated lobby and indoor/outdoor meeting space, the renovated Carrabba’s Surfside Tiki Bar and new poolside cabanas. “The addition of the oceanfront tower along with our private beach and lengthy list of new amenities has transformed our hotel into a place that visitors can’t help but stop to explore,” said Joseph LaFleur, General Manager of the Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Oceanfront.

Terra Legno Unveils Meet Mystique Flooring


NORTH YORK, ONT.—Terra Legno introduces Meet Mystique, a product featuring a distinctive grain of European White Oak in a unique, rich shade. Offering the beauty of wood, with unique durability, Mystique is ideal for residential or commercial spaces. This deep brown hardwood adds a sophisticated and modern twist to any space, while promising an environmentally friendly flooring option.

Registration Opens for Green Hotel Webinar Series


NATIONAL REPORT—A series of six webinars with topics ranging from water efficiency to green cleaning to window film will launch on March 26 and wrap up on May 21. In total, there will be 18 different presentations throughout the six webinars that are sponsored by the U.S. EPA. The free webinars are being organized by Dan Ruben of Boston Green Tourism and Peter Cooke of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Those who attend all six sessions will be acknowledged with a Certificate of Completion.

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