Arizona Tile Honored with Industry Partner Awards
 
November 20th, 2014

TEMPE, AZ (Nov. 2014) – Arizona Tile is honored to have been recognized recently by several association partners within our industry.
In Texas, we were the proud recipients of an ASID Legacy of Design award, presented on August 13th at the annual Legacy of Design Awards held at New Life Hardwood in Dallas. This year, Legacy of Design created a new award category to recognize the industry partners whose products are most frequently used by Legacy entrants: The Legacy Winners Circle.

In addition, Dallas Sales Representative Kathie Ahrens attended the ARC Awards on August 16th and was pleased and honored to hear Arizona Tile mentioned several times during the awards presentation. USI Remodeling (Gordon Zoellner) was named Remodeler of the Year.
Congratulations to our Texas sales team, management and associates for being recognized with these awards!

Our Tempe and Scottsdale sales teams were awarded the Industry Partner Product Design – Tile Design Excellence award sponsored by the Arizona North Chapter of ASID at the 38th annual Design Excellence Awards Gala on August 9th. Roland Arnold & Meghan Wise submitted entries from our new Just Design Custom Waterjet Program several months ago and Roland accepted the award at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale on August 9th, as well as acting as one of three emcees at this year’s gala.

Congratulations to Roland Arnold and Meghan Wise, as well as our product development team, for this distinguished award.

To see the extensive collection of special order backsplash, feature walls, listelles, medallions and mosaics available in the Just Design Custom Waterjet Program offered at Arizona Tile, visit justdesign.arizonatile.com and create your custom design today.

Arizona Tile Supports Industry-Related Organizations

Professional organizations are important to many industries and the stone and tile industry is no exception. These organizations help professionals keep in close contact and learn from each other. Although the stone and tile industry touches all corners of the world, at the local level it is a tight-knit community that includes manufacturers, distributors, builders, designers, architects and contractors, to name a few.

Arizona Tile is proud to support these organizations. The company has been involved with such trade partnership organizations for many years and appreciates what they provide to the industry. Arizona Tile representatives are active industry members of many trade organizations throughout the country.

Some of the industry partnerships and organizations Arizona Tile is involved with include:

 AIA – American Institute of Architects (national and regional)
 ASID – American Society of Interior Designers (national and regional)
 BIA – Building Industry Association
 IIDA – International Interior Design Association
 MIA – Marble Institute of America
 NAHB – National Association of Home Builders
 NKBA – National Kitchen and Bath Association

The company has been recognized for its involvement through various awards on a national and regional level. Several people companywide hold memberships, as well as leadership positions, in several organizations, which helps both Arizona Tile and the industry to learn from each other and maintain open lines of communication for the betterment of the industry.

For more information about Arizona Tile, visit www.arizonatile.com.

About Arizona Tile

Founded in 1977 in San Diego, California, Arizona Tile has grown into a nationally recognized commercial and residential distributor with more than 25 showrooms throughout seven Western states. Arizona Tile is one of the largest independently-owned importers of stone in the United States, offering more than 230 varieties of granite, travertine, onyx, slate, marble and limestone, plus medallions, porcelain tile and other design creations. Founded by John Huarte, former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner, the company is still family-owned after more than 30 years.

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2015 Calendar Features Classic Vehicles from the Flooring Industry
 
November 13th, 2014

Akron, OH – October 30, 2014 – NAC Products, Inc., the company that introduced the flooring industry to ECB® and crack isolation membrane technology, released their 2015 calendar, “Classic Vehicles from the Flooring Industry” at the Total Solutions Plus show in San Antonio, Texas.

The 3rd annual calendar release continues a tradition started with the 2013 calendar that was designed to celebrate NAC’s 30th anniversary and recognize people throughout the flooring industry who have classic vehicles.

2015 Calendar Cover

“After the success of the first two calendars and the tremendous response we received about it from people inside and outside of the industry, we knew we had to step up the design this year,” said Vice-President Operations Brian Petit. “This project has been a lot of fun, and to see the wide variety of vehicles from people throughout the flooring industry shows that collecting classic vehicles is a hobby that is not going away any time soon.”

The layout of the 13 month calendar begins with a Holiday greeting for the month of December 2014, and each subsequent month features a classic vehicle from someone within the Flooring Industry. One of the design highlights includes the use of actual state license plate images representing the year of the car or a plate that was popular at the time or resembles how the car is currently tagged. A few anecdotes about the car and the restoration populate the plate image.

The calendar also highlights a different NAC product offering each month and includes the dates of many industry related tradeshows, like the International Surface Event, NAHB/KBIS and Coverings just to name a few.

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“Once again, we have vehicles from all over the US and that helps to make this project special,” says Petit. “It showcases our products and keeps the NAC brand visible in the marketplace year round.”

NAC offers a variety of floor protection systems for crack isolation, sound control waterproofing and moisture control over substrates like concrete, wood, tile and backer board among others.

For more information about the NAC family of flooring solutions, visit www.NACproducts.com or call 800-633-4622.
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NTCA awards Goldberg with the 2015 Ring of Honor Award
 
November 6th, 2014

San Antonio, TX. Richard P. Goldberg, AIA, CSI, NCARB, President of Professional Consultants International (Avon, CT) was proudly presented with the 2015 Ring of Honor Award by the National Tile Contractors Association this past week.

This prestigious award was presented by NTCA president, Dan Welch, at an industry awards luncheon during Total Solutions Plus Conference held in San Antonio, TX on October 28, 2014.

The Ring of Honor award is given to individuals who have impacted the industry through active participation, devotion and support of the NTCA programs and initiatives. An award given to one that has made a difference in the tile industry. Richard Goldberg has devoted over 33 years in the architectural and construction industry as a technical and forensic architect.

Following his acceptance, Goldberg stated, “I’m honored to be recognized by the NTCA for my contributions to the organization and humbled to be in the company of all the past distinguished Ring of Honor recipients.  From an architect’s perspective, the NTCA’s dedication to improving the built environment is unmatched in the building construction industry.”

Goldberg brings his knowledge and expertise to the industry through numerous speaking engagements at national and international trade shows and events. He has been a frequent speaker at Coverings, NTCA Annual Meeting, Total Solutions Plus, the International Masonry Institute, Cersaie in Bologna and Qualicer in Castellon, Spain. He serves as a member of the TCNA Handbook and the NTCA Technical Committees and is active in both CSI and AIA organizations.

Goldberg further declared, “Membership in the NTCA is demonstration that a tile contractor possess the highest level of skill, dedication to quality, and most important, understanding of the important centuries old legacy of the art and science of ceramic and stone tile. I am proud to be part of the NTCA’s tireless efforts to improve the tile trades through education and training programs, and truly grateful to be the NTCA 2014 Ring of Honor recipient.”

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NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at bart@tile-assn.com, via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com. Or, contact Terri Sparks at Communicators International, Inc.: 708-921-3517; tas@communicatorsintl.com


CTDA’s Hall of Fame Award Presented to Rick Baldini
 
November 6th, 2014

Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) presented its Hall of Fame award to Mr. Rick Baldini at the 2014 Total Solutions Plus in San Antonio, TX.

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For over 30 years, CTDA has been a leader in the Ceramic Tile industry, imparting the collective knowledge of years of experience in distribution and manufacturing. During that time CTDA has had the privilege of being guided by some of the best leaders in the industry. This award recognizes outstanding CTDA and industry leaders, those that are truly “members” of CTDA. They do more than just “belong” to the association, they participate.


TCNA’s Tile Person of the Year Awarded to Donato Grosser
 
November 6th, 2014
Tile Council of North America (TCNA) presented its prestigious Tile Person of the Year award to Mr. Donato Grosser at Total Solutions Plus 2014 in San Antonio, TX. The award is presented annually to an individual who made transformative changes to the North American tile industry.Donato Grosser is the founder and president of D. Grosser and Associates, Ltd. of New York. His efforts led to the first large scale tile exposition open to all, bringing specifiers, distributors, retailers, installers, and more to an international tile exhibition. This quickly led to the international tile industry partnership known today as Coverings, which celebrated its twenty-five years of success this year.

According to TCNA Executive Director Eric Astrachan, “Mr. Grosser is a scholar whose vision and quiet but massive efforts over 40 years have had a transformative effect on the North American tile industry; additionally, through Coverings, funding for the promotion of tile and industry standards work has been possible.”

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Mr. Grosser has a B.A. in economics from the University of Jerusalem and an MBA in management and marketing from New York University.

From 1974-1984 he worked for the Italian Trade Commission, first as market research director, then as director of consulting services. Since 1980 he has directed promotional programs for the Italian ceramic tile and marble industries.

In 1982 and 1984 Mr. Grosser directed Casa Tile, a showcase of Italian Tile held in New York City with the participation of up and coming architects and designers. William Snyder, former president of American Olean Tile remarked, “This show did more to promote ceramic tile in America than anything that was done before.” The show was featured on the cover of the New York Times Home Section and in a six-page article in Interior Design magazine, as well as in numerous other newspapers and magazines.

D. Grosser and Associates, founded in 1984, provides international clients with specialized assistance in entering and increasing their presence in the American market. Clients include manufacturers’ associations, trade associations, banks, and individual manufacturers in the U.S., Italy, and Canada. Mr. Grosser has been the U.S. consultant for Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics, formerly Assopiastrelle) since 1984.

“I’m so happy to hear about such a distinguished recognition for my friend, Donato. My sincere congratulations to him: it is well deserved,” remarked Mr. Luciano Galassini, deputy managing director of Confindustria Ceramica. “Donato has been a consultant to the Italian tile industry for many years in the U.S., but his words and actions to promote tile consumption have been beneficial to all the players in the American marketplace. I highly appreciate the fact the North American tile industry today recognizes this work and dedication by someone who has done it behind the scenes in a fair manner. Congratulations to TCNA for this.”

Since 1980 Mr. Grosser has given more than one hundred seminars on ceramic tile to AIA and ASID chapters all over the U.S. He was also a member of the Ceramic Tile Marketing Federation.

Mr. Grosser has advised many ceramic tile manufacturers and authored numerous articles in trade publications.

In 1984 Mr. Grosser was named “Master of the Art of Stone” at the Verona Trade Fair for the promotion of Italian marble in the U.S. In 1985 he received an Award of Excellence for his promotional activities from Interior Design Magazine.

In 1989 he was awarded the Cesery Memorial Award by TCAA for his “Outstanding Service to the Industry,” and he was honored by the Tile Heritage Foundation in 1994.

Mr. Grosser is an Executive Board member of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides installer training and certification.

The award to honor Mr. Grosser was a beautiful, framed tile mural handcrafted by Mr. Marc Holm of AD Studios (Elgin, TX).

For photos of Mr. Grosser or the Tile Person of the Year award presentation, please visit www.tcnatile.com.

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DAVID ALLEN COMPANY DONATES SIX LOADS OF FLOORING
 
November 3rd, 2014

E. CANTON, OH (October 20, 2014) – David Allen Company, a leading installer of tile, marble, granite and terrazzo, donated six trucks of flooring to Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH) from its Washington, D.C., facility in September.

TPFH represents the partnership of tile industry members working to support nonprofit partners like Habitat for Humanity and community outreach centers through donations of tile materials and labor. The flooring donations benefitted Dry Ridge ReUse Center in Dry Ridge, Ky., and Operation Compassion in Cleveland, Tenn. TPFH coordinated the donations on behalf of the organizations, which both serve multiple communities in and around the Appalachian Mountains.

David Allen Company is a Five-Star contractor member of the National Tile Contractors Association, a longtime supporter of TPFH. David Allen Company is also a member of the Marble Institute of America and the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, and has locations in South Florida, Washington, DC, Birmingham, AL, and Lexington, SC. David Allen Company has also donated truckloads of excess product to TPFH several times over the past three years.

Herb Miller, executive director of Tile Partners for Humanity and its parent organization, Mountain Re-Source Center, thanked David Allen Company for its ongoing partnership.

“It’s awesome that partners like David Allen Company realize the importance of supporting the work of local nonprofits through the donation of good material that they no longer need. Through this incredible donation, two organizations that each serve multiple communities will be able to use tile to rebuild and improve the lives of several families. Thank you!”

About Tile Partners for Humanity/Mountain Re-Source Center

Tile Partners for Humanity represents a partnership of tile industry members supporting Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit organizations. TPFH is part of Mountain Re-Source Center, which welcomes donations of all types of building materials as well as disaster relief supplies, educational resources, household necessities, and medical supplies. To donate or for more information on MRC or TPFH, contact MRC Executive Director Herb Miller at 304-678-4229/ hmiller@mountainre-source.org or Networking Director Ally Venugopal at 425-429-6188/ allyv@mountainre-source.org. MRC provides a donation receipt for tax purposes. For more information, visit www.mountainre-source.org or www.tpfh.com.

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Bostik inaugurates new R&D Center in France
 
October 13th, 2014

Venette, France – October 9, 2014

Bostik, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, inaugurated its new, state-of-the-art R&D facility – the Bostik Smart Technology Center – in Venette, located near Paris, on October 3rd.

“This world-class R&D center – alongside its counterparts in Milwaukee in the United States, and Shanghai, China – strengthens our global research and development capacities,” declared Bostik Chairman and CEO Bernard Pinatel at the opening ceremony. “Our R&D centers all are innovation-driven and focus on developing smart adhesives. This center of excellence for adhesive materials,” Mr. Pinatel continued, “is located in an environment where innovation is stimulated by the joint presence of businesses, universities and the regional research cluster on bio-based chemicals.”

Mike Jenkins, Business Director, Consumer & Construction Business Unit at Bostik’s North American headquarters in Wauwatosa, WI, added, “We draw upon the fact that Bostik has such a strong global footprint in cutting-edge research. For example, here in the states, where wood flooring consumption is so widespread, our R&D people have great access to that segment of the building products sector. In Europe, (where a typical consumer purchases 8-9X more tile for both floors and walls than what is consumed by those in the states) via our R&D center in France, we have that same advantage. All of this up-to-date worldwide market information goes into the constant development of new and more efficient surfacing installation materials… which results in our customers being a stronger resource for theirs.”

The Bostik Smart Technology Center was designed to facilitate collaboration and foster an open-minded approach, perfectly illustrating many of the company’s values, including team spirit and change.

Facts & Figures

  • Property surface area: 20,000 square meters/67,000 square feet
  • Building surface area: 5,100 square meters/16,400 square feet
  • Sustainable construction: built according to low energy consumption standards
  • Maximum capacity: 150 employees
  • Current workforce: 105 employees
  • Since 2011, 30% of Bostik’s new hires have been those for R&D
  • Total investment: $12,000,000€ / $15,170,000 USD

 

About Bostik, Inc.

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, they have been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape people’s daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales in excess of $2 billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Total. Visit bostik-us.com for more information.

Contact information

Chris Eichman
Marketing Communications Manager, Consumer & Construction Business Unit
Phone: 414-607-1265 Email: christopher.eichman@bostik-us.comwww.bostik-us.com


More from Cersaie 2014
 
September 29th, 2014

From Joseph Lundgren with Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Day 3 & 4

OK day three came and went fast so I reviewed some halls and spent half a day at the show before boarding a train to Verona for Marmomacc, if I find anything interesting I will pass that on.

Hall 25

Marazzi – Always in the game on technical products. Evolution Marble – great looking marble look , tops their Timeless line that was one of the first generation ink jet marble lines.

Slimline- large wall tile in 6mm coming soon! Wow, this could be real nice in the maraward as iketplace, it’s a FLAT 16” x 48”!

My Stone – this line gets the SKU award 31 colors and 8 sizes. However, they did a great job and nailed the look of a variety of stones and if they can figure out the right mix to bring into stock in the US watch out!

Hall 16

Ege – A different concrete look called Elements very nice!

Hall 15

Gamma Due/Ornamenta – EXCELLENT job on upgrading the offering they went above and beyond with design and are going to be a high end supplier to be reckoned with!

Marmomacc-a sleeper company to watch is Logix Stone they are a very well run tile factory out of Egypt and will be adding slabs next year!

www.logixstone.com


Cersaie 2014 Happenings from JLC
 
September 25th, 2014

From Joseph Lundgren with Joespeh Lundgren Consulting

Day 1

At first glance concrete looks are back again along with wood looks and beautiful marble collections. Of course every “leap year” with get to see some new Cotto looks! In terms of sizes hexagons are in! In addition to different visuals in 4×8 and 4×12’s.

Hall 36

LaFaenza – I Marmi a beautiful take on a variety of marble looks, a must see

Del Conca – Murales – a nice brick looks in a 4×12 with a radius outside corner.

Ergon –Cornerstone – a nice variety of stones looks gathered into one line: Slate Multicolor is very nice!

Emil – Millelegni – seven wonderful wood colors!

Hall 16

Serenissima- Chicago –(aka Mediterranea’s Chicago Brick) is a wonderful take on the brick look in a 4”x8” and hexagon with a beautiful radius outside corner.

http://www.mediterranea-usa.com/chicago.html

Kalebodur – 4×12 La Crete – with a cement, wood and Terra Cotta mix

Edilgres – nice concrete/stone look

Living Color – Mayolica six colors in a handmade look in 3×6 & 3×12

Hall 18

Atlas – Marvel – Wonderful marble looks!

Coem/Fioranese – Horizon –Sandstone mix & Marne 2 Beautiful color palette with extensive decorative package and a 3×12 pressed, hexagon and 8×8!

Vallelunga-marble look

Flaviker-Supreme-gets the STRONG graphic award!

Marca Corona – best Cotto look thus far in their new 1741 Brand Terra.

Hall 19

Saloni – Dorex- Nice Onyx look, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Mosavit- nice mosaics in inkjet!

Onix – another mosaic company with nice ink jets!

Dune – Michael golden line – Groove, very nice and different!

Hall 22

Bisazza – Octagon ceramic looks???

 

Day 2

Did I say Hexagon….. and of course let’s not forget 2 CM pavers…… Great product for the landscaping market and has made it’s way into that channel already on a limited basis but will grow in the US!

Hall 25

Cerdomus – great looking wood in Tahoe and nice deco in wood. Kywan – another nice cement looks with great colors. Folia – awesome colors/textured product (except the Orange)

Impronta – Shine wall tile , nice decorative wall tile more commercial and high end

DOM – Approach – Cotto look with a large size package & variety of colors

Fiandre – Architectural Surfaces – Just go look, beautiful panels. Once we figure out how to use these (and can afford them) watch out!

Mirage – Jewels – Wow, lots of SKU’s but very nice colors in a marble look. Eleven colors, six sizes and a few sizes in two finishes.

AB Wood – awesome color of wood on the outside of booth

Hall 16

Rondine – yes I missed it yesterday. Bristol – Nice looking Brick look in 2-1/3” x 10”, great colors especially the “Dark”

Hall 26

Apavisa – 2.0 Metal is nice in three colors, but the white is washed out.

Tonalite – Wall tile line – Silk very nice.

Cedir – San Marco – great look, don’t need all the colors

Hall 20

La Fabrica – Kauri – one of the nicest wood color palettes I have seen-Specifically Victoria & Tasman

Piemmegres- Cool solar lighting system at website below:

www.gecoluce.it

Ceasar – Anima marble look

Gamberelli- Lamborgini anyone? Very high end collaboration with the car company

Panaria – Cotto look

Cinca – extended hexagon in a variety of colors

Cisa – Avorio Imperiali – Great concept of a stone mix in four light colors. You can get the by themselves or they can mix 1,2,3 or all four colors in three sizes. One of my favorites!


H.B. Fuller Company Acquires ProSpec® Construction Products
 
September 8th, 2014

H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) announced today that it has acquired ProSpec® Construction Products, which is a provider of tile and stone installation products. This acquisition supports H.B. Fuller’s growth strategy by strengthening the company’s customer profile in the southeastern and western regions of the United States, where tile consumption is largest. The addition of ProSpec also increases the depth of H.B. Fuller’s product offerings and enables lower-cost and better service to customers through a larger manufacturing footprint.

ProSpec, with 2013 net revenue of $27 million, will be included in H.B. Fuller’s North America Construction Products operating segment. H.B. Fuller has purchased the business from Bonsal American, a subsidiary of Oldcastle, Inc., the North American holding company of CRH plc. The acquisition includes three factories and expands the manufacturing footprint of H.B. Fuller’s construction business into Texas and California. It also improves the company’s manufacturing efficiency in the Southeast and Northeast US.

“Construction is one of our key growth segments in North America, and this acquisition is an exciting move for H.B. Fuller,” said H.B. Fuller President and CEO Jim Owens. “With ProSpec, we will be able to better serve our big box customers with locations in the West and Southwest, broaden our product line, reduce our manufacturing and freight costs, and increase our presence with customers and key distributors in the Southeast.”

ProSpec has a long history of providing architects, engineers and commercial/residential construction contractors with the finest in professionally specified construction products that include surface preparation systems, tile and stone installation systems, and concrete repair and restoration products.

About H.B. Fuller Company:
For over 125 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. With fiscal 2013 net revenue of $2.05 billion, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Our reliable, responsive service creates lasting, rewarding connections with customers in packaging, hygiene, general assembly, electronic and assembly materials, paper converting, woodworking, construction, automotive and consumer businesses. And our promise to our people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. For more information, visit us at www.hbfuller.com and subscribe to our blog.

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