National Tile Day, February 23rd!
 
February 6th, 2017
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National Tile Day, February 23rd!

 

We are proud to announce the inaugural National Tile Day, February 23rd! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing why tile is the best choice for both residential and commercial products. Know why you choose tile?


Miles Distributors, Inc. Announces Management Changes
 
February 1st, 2017

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Miles Press Release

January 16, 2017 For immediate release

Miles Distributors, Inc. Announces Management Changes

Miles Distributors, Inc., a 47 year old distributor of ceramic tile and natural stone, with locations in Traverse City and Wyoming, Michigan and South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis, Indiana announces several management changes.

Douglas R. Miles, President of Miles since 1992 and a former president of the CTDA, will be stepping down as President but will remain active as Chairman of the Board.

 

 

 

Douglas M. Miles, General Manager of Miles since 2010, has been named President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Zolman, Sales and Marketing Manager for Miles since 2000, has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing. John currently serves on the board of directors for the CTDA.

 

 

 

 

Miles Distributors, Inc. currently sells, supports, and delivers to over 1,800 tile dealers, residential tile contractors, and commercial tile contractors throughout Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Miles can be contacted through their home page at www.milesdist.com.

 


Arizona Tile: Holiday Home Updates with Tile
 
November 3rd, 2016

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Update from the Vibrant Ceramics 2016 Roadshow in Tampa on August 31
 
September 14th, 2016

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Update from the Vibrant Ceramics 2016 Roadshow in Tampa which was held on Wednesday August 31st

 

A note from Tom Kotel, CTDA’s President who spoke at the event:

The Tampa Roadshow was attended by local tile companies, manufacturer’s; a contingent of interested people.  Discussions of quality and standards were vetted.  Timing for India to market sounds perfect as India has grown in the past Century to #2 in the world in the ceramic industry and continues to grow.  At Vibrant Ceramics 2016 in December, the best 200 out of 500 manufacturers will display their products and be ready to do business.

Hope to see you there,

Tom Kotel

President of Mid America Tile

 

 

To learn more about Vibrant Ceramics, 2016 in Ahmedabad, India December 16-18, click here for a brochure, or click here for the website.

 

 


Green Squared Certified® Sustainable Tiles and Tile Installation Materials Qualify for New LEED Credit
 
August 31st, 2016

Green Squared Certified® Sustainable Tiles and Tile Installation Materials Qualify for New LEED Credit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 26, 2016

Building design professionals, facility managers and others seeking LEED building certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) can now look to certified sustainable ceramic tiles, glass tiles, and tile installation materials to earn the needed credits. To contribute, tiles and related installation materials on a project (mortars, grouts, etc.) must meet the extensive environmental and social responsibility requirements of Green Squared, the ceramic tile industry’s multi-attribute, cradle-to-grave sustainability standard.

Specifically, Green Squared Certified products now qualify to contribute toward a new LEED Pilot Credit offered for using “Certified Multi-attribute Products and Materials.” The credit requires that certification details, including which Green Squared electives were satisfied, are disclosed, and that a product lifecycle assessment (LCA) has been conducted.

The intent of the newly-available credit is “to encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts,” according to USGBC.

To garner a LEED point under this credit, at least 25% by cost of the permanently installed building products on a project must meet a USGBC-approved product sustainability standard, like Green Squared, and have third-party validation to prove it. For Green Squared Certified products, that validation comes from a thorough assessment and certification from any of three international sustainability leaders: UL Environment, NSF International, and SCS Global.

“USGBC included Green Squared as an approved multi-attribute sustainability standard because the criteria are rigorous and fully in-line with the intent of the new credit,” says Bill Griese, the Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives for Tile Council of North America (TCNA). “It’s not easy to get on that list. The Committee looks at each standard closely to make sure products that meet them are truly sustainable. The credibility of the LEED program relies on that being a rigorous review and approval process.”

In other words, by scrutinizing sustainability standards and recognizing only those that truly identify sustainable products, this LEED pilot credit makes it easier to build green by providing the criteria from which a specifier can choose products.

“When you see the Green Squared Certified logo you know the product manufacturer has invested in sustainable production,” says Griese. “USGBC recognition underscores that and helps those looking for LEED certification through use of sustainable materials.”

The new pilot credit is available immediately for registration on current LEED v3 and v4 projects and will continue to be available when USGBC transitions exclusively to LEED v4 in October 2016. How much a Green Squared Certified product contributes toward earning this pilot credit depends on the amount of recycled content, closed loop manufacturing waste reclamation, and/or regional raw materials used to produce the product.

Griese, who worked with USGBC and other sustainability experts on the new pilot credit further added: “The release of this new Pilot Credit establishes an important precedent for the specification of certified multi-attribute sustainable products for the years ahead. It affords architects and designers the flexibility to select product types based on design preferences and cost, and then to optimize based on sustainability within each relevant selection.”

The new pilot credit was posted to the LEED Pilot Credit Library August 15, and the full text is available at www.usgbc.org/credits.

About Green Squared

Green Squared (ANSI A138.1) is the North American ceramic tile industry’s multi-attribute sustainability standard and certification program for sustainable products, with conformance requirements addressing the environmental and social impacts of tiles and tile installation materials. Products that are third party certified as meeting ANSI A138.1 by an approved Green Squared certification body may bear the Green Squared Certified mark.  For more information, visit www.GreenSquaredCertified.com.

About TCNA

TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials, and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became TCNA in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.

The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, offers professional training, and publishes industry-consensus guidelines and standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

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Contact:

Roxanne Shiflet

rshiflet@tcnatile.com

(734) 735-1891

 


ARIZONA TILE Press Release: Unique Shapes in Tile
 
July 7th, 2016

When working on a renovation or construction project, clients are often searching for ways to set their space apart. The majority of home, or commercial project owners are striving to create a space that is not only on trend, but that also incorporates a piece of their own style into the design and will remain stylish for many years. One way to achieve these expectations is by incorporating unique tile shapes into the design.

Arizona Tile now offers several products with a unique shape! To view the shapes and read the whole Press Release, click here.


3 Keys to Strong Business Financials
 
July 6th, 2016

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3 Keys to Strong Business Financials

Businesses fail for many reasons — dysfunctional management, insufficient working capital, insurmountable competition. Why they succeed, on the other hand, is often easily explained. Regardless of size and sector, most healthy companies share the following three characteristics when it comes to their financials: 1. Ample revenue You’ve no doubt heard it before, but this cliché is true: Cash is king. Without a robust revenue stream coming in, profitability will be precarious. To determine how much revenue your company needs to be profitable, perform a profitability breakeven analysis. Then review your sales and determine where you can make changes. For example, you may need to invest more in R&D or focus more on prospective customers. 2. Well-managed labor and production costs For most companies, labor is their biggest production cost — particularly when benefits and taxes are factored into the equation. Determine whether your labor force increases the value of products or services enough to offset its high cost. If not, consider solutions such as:

  • Providing more training or better incentives,
  • Improving production processes, or
  • Investing in more modern facilities.

When production overhead costs are too high relative to a product’s sales price, take action. You might increase the price of the product, find better production methods or even discontinue the product. 3. Lean operations Operating expenses — costs you incur to run your business that aren’t directly attributable to production — must be minimized. For example, compensation takes a big bite out of your operations budget, so monitor staffing needs relative to sales and adjust them if necessary. And while you can’t eliminate marketing expenditures, you can review your sales levels relative to them and ensure you’re getting bang for your buck. Establish a foundation If you’re trying to build the foundation for a healthy, long-lived business, focus on these three keys.

 


Today’s asset purchase could turn into tomorrow’s tax break
 
June 28th, 2016

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Today’s asset purchase could turn into tomorrow’s tax break

Shopping, anyone? If your business is in need of office equipment, computer software or perhaps an HVAC system, the purchase you make today could provide you with a tax break tomorrow — or, more specifically, when you’re ready to file your 2016 taxes. The Section 179 expensing deduction remains a solid potential tax-saving value for today’s companies. Expensing your buys Sec. 179 of the Internal Revenue Code allows businesses to elect to immediately deduct — or “expense” — the cost of certain tangible personal property acquired and placed in service during the tax year. This is instead of claiming the costs more slowly through depreciation deductions. The election can only offset net income, however. It can’t reduce it below $0 to create a net operating loss.

The election is also subject to annual dollar limits. For 2016, businesses can expense up to $500,000 in qualified new or used assets, subject to a dollar-for-dollar phaseout once the cost of all qualifying property placed in service during the tax year exceeds $2 million. Improving real property, too The expensing limit and phaseout amounts would have been far lower had Congress not passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act in late 2015. The new law made the limits permanent, indexing them for inflation beginning this year. It also makes permanent the ability to apply Sec. 179 expensing to qualified real property, such as eligible leasehold-improvement, restaurant and retail-improvement property.

Finally, the new law permanently includes off-the-shelf computer software on the list of qualified property. And, beginning in 2016, it adds air conditioning and heating units to the list. Considering all options You can use Sec. 179 expensing for both new and used property. A related tax break, bonus depreciation, applies only to new property. Be sure to consider all options when purchasing assets.

 


Business Owners: Put your successor to work before you set sail
 
June 21st, 2016

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Business owners: Put your successor to work before you set sail

A hastily chosen or ill-prepared successor can lead a company astray or, in worst cases, mismanage it into bankruptcy. Before you set sail into retirement or perhaps on to your next great professional adventure, make absolutely sure that your chosen replacement is ready to, well, succeed. Build stakeholder confidence Perhaps the simplest, most important thing you can do is to put your successor to work. Co-owners, board members and employees are more apt to follow a replacement’s lead if they feel confident in his or her knowledge and skills. And the only way to truly build that confidence is to allow these stakeholders to experience your successor’s leadership style and capabilities first-hand.

For instance, let your successor gain experience examining and discussing financial information for tax and financial reporting compliance and profitability analysis. In addition, allow him or her to spend time among your HR staff to learn about your hiring methods and benefits issues. Get hands dirty Don’t hesitate to let your heir apparent get his or her hands dirty. For example, if you’re a manufacturer, let him or her spend plenty of time down on the plant floor to see and participate in daily operations. Or, for other types of businesses, send your prospective replacement out on sales calls to face the challenges of meeting customer demands head-on.

While your successor gets acclimated, you may want to hire an interim manager. His or her objective industry and supervisory experience can be invaluable in training your next-in-line. But you must give the interim manager executive powers, including the ability to guide careers and make employment decisions. Create a comprehensive strategy Properly training and preparing your successor is immensely important if you want to truly leave your company in good hands. However, this is just one aspect of succession planning.

 


Cultivating your company’s strategic plan
 
June 6th, 2016

 

Cultivating your company’s strategic plan

Most companies start life as a business plan. Eventually, that plan should evolve into a formal strategic plan document that lays out key initiatives for the business over the next three to five years.

Unfortunately, even when said document is created, that seed planted in the ground often ends up largely ignored, untended and malnourished. So how can you make sure to cultivate your strategic plan so it grows with the company? Here are some ideas. Champion the process Your top managers must take the lead in collecting relevant facts, setting priorities, weighing competing alternatives and then making choices. And they need to be highly engaged in a process of debate and discussion before decisions are made.

When the focus is on the process, not just the output, it’s easier to make it an ongoing effort. That’s because managers develop a deeper understanding of and buy into the analysis and options that were considered in developing the strategic plan. They’ll also have a greater sense of ownership, and thus be much more willing to keep it up to date. Set the specifics Don’t view strategic planning as simply setting long-range goals. A good plan also includes:

  • Strategies (broad directions to achieve your goals),
  • Programs (shorter term actions required to implement the strategies),
  • Metrics (such as incremental market share improvement), and
  • Milestones (such as “opening a new store on the decided-upon date”).

In addition, accountability is key. Assign responsible individuals to oversee each strategy or program. And regularly assess their progress against the metrics and milestones. Be prepared to pivot Some businesses annually update their strategic plans, whether necessary or not. Although this is better than doing nothing, it may not be sufficient. Always be prepared to “pivot” — or update your plan on the fly — should a market opportunity develop. Back to CTDA This Week

 

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