Bellavita’s Wall Tile Factory Becomes First Chinese Manufacturer to Acheive Green Squared Certification
 
January 8th, 2015

Bellavita Tile, a leader in design and innovation for the North American tile industry, proudly announces status as the first manufacturer with production facilities in China to achieve Green SquaredTM certification under ANSI standard A 138.1. Certified by UL Environment, this is an incredibly grand achievement for the company and the entire industry in China.

Green SquaredTM is North America’s in-depth multi-attribute standard for the tile industry and  as such applies directly for compliance to many materials credits in the newly revised LEED v4 building certification program and other green building platforms.

“One of our core strategies has been to marry the key strengths of Chinese manufacturing practices with top european machinery and operations,” says Mike Ward, VP of Sales for Bellavita, “achieving this certification goes a long way towards proving that Bellavita is a leader not just among Chinese manufacturers but on a global scale. We are very proud.”

Currently applying to all 4×16” (100x400mm) material and 3×6” (76x152mm) material, this certification covers a large majority of the product assortment of the factory and plans are in place to certify the remaining balance of production formats.

 

About Bellavita Tile

Bellavita Tile offers an amazing array of glass, ceramic and porcelain mosaics and tiles aggressively positioned for all price points. From residential to commercial projects, the company provides timeless solutions for nearly any style or budget. All of the products are produced in China using the most state-of-the-art technologies and innovative designs developed in Europe. For more Bellavita Tile information, visit the web: www.bellavitatile.com.or contact us directly at project-info@bellavitatile.com. Bellavita Tile is also active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.


Visualize, Customize, Realize With Arizona Tile’s Just Design™
 
December 22nd, 2014

TEMPE, Arizona (Dec. 2014) – Arizona Tile cordially invites you to visit our three visualizing tools-literally at your fingertips-with Just Design™, Just Imagine™, and Custom Blend Program.

The Arizona Tile Just Design program allows you to create a custom product from over 70 designs:
medallions, feature walls, backsplashes, listelles and mosaics. Once you select your design, you may
select from over 27 natural stone and 60 porcelain colors. To place your order and get more information, including pricing, please contact your nearest Arizona Tile location.

Just Imagine is a remarkable online tool that helps you visualize how our products will look in your
space-before you buy! This custom visualization tool allows users to create their own space in a few
easy steps. Paired with our Custom Mosaic Blend Creator, you finally have all the tools at your fingertips to create a one-of-a-kind in your home.

The Arizona Tile Custom Blend program is a great addition to our current mosaic offering. A customer can create a unique design that is perfect for their project. The mosaic can be a combination of glass or stone and glass. The program is available by accessing our website or by visiting one of our showrooms.

The Arizona Tile app is available for free through: App Store and Google Play.

With this app, you will find:
•All Arizona Tile products, and you can create a list of your Favorites!
•Product Finder, another way to easily find what you are looking for
•All Arizona Tile locations
•Gallery of hundreds of photos for design inspiration
•Links to your favorite Arizona Tile tools: Just Design, Just Imagine, Custom Mosaic

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, limestone and quartz, 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 35 years.


Design, Enter and Win – Ceramics of Italy 2015 Competition
 
December 9th, 2014
DESIGN
Architects and designers based in North America are invited to submit new or renovated domestic and international projects completed within the past five years (January 2010–January 2015). Projects can use a variety of materials but must feature a significant portion of Italian ceramic or porcelain tile.
ENTER 
Enter projects into one of three categories (Residential, Institutional and Commercial/Hospitality) by January 16, 2015 using the online submission form. There is no fee or limit to entries.
WIN
An international jury of design experts will select one winner in each category. The winning architect or designer will receive a check for $4,000 plus a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie—the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings—with a delegation of leading North American design and architecture journalists. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning tile contractor/distributor in each category.
Deadline: January 16, 2015

 
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MOUNTAIN RE-SOURCE CENTER HONORS FLORIDA TILE FOR TEN YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP, IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES
 
December 8th, 2014

E. CANTON, OH (Dec. 5, 2014) – Mountain Re-Source Center (MRC) and Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH), the tile industry partnership that is part of MRC, recognized Florida Tile for ten years of partnership and support of community improvement projects through generous donations of ceramic tile.

 

MRC and TPFH met Florida Tile employees at the company’s corporate headquarters in Lexington, Ky., to personally thank them for the incredible impact of the donations and the involvement of the company. They also presented CEO Michael Franceschelli with a marble plaque thanking Florida Tile for its ongoing partnership.

Florida Tile has donated to TPFH and MRC since 2004, when it provided 895 square feet of floor tile for two Habitat for Humanity homes in Atlanta, Ga. Since that time, the company has donated more than 800 loads of tile that have gone to more than 20 states, 40 nonprofit organizations, and fifteen countries.

Two organizations that have shared in the donations joined MRC in expressing gratitude. Ashley Napier, executive director of Central West Virginia Outreach Center in Gassaway, W. Va., said that his organization has distributed 34 loads of tile to more than 1,600 families and organizations throughout West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian region. Lisa Boen, vice president of operations for Operation Compassion in Cleveland, Tenn., shared a video demonstrating how they have used tile in orphanages, schools, medical clinics, homes, and community centers in fifteen countries in Central and South America and in Eastern Europe.

Herb Miller, executive director of MRC and TPFH, said the partners wanted to demonstrate just how much the donations have meant and to underscore the importance of the longevity of the partnership. He congratulated Florida Tile on its 60th anniversary and said the company has done well to focus both on business and supporting communities.

“Florida Tile is one of our longest-standing partners and they have truly made a difference in the lives of thousands of families.  We work with nonprofit partners around the country and tile is one of our most-requested items. We’re grateful that Florida Tile understands the value of donating and the good that their tile does in so many communities. They are one of our core donors and we couldn’t do what we do without them!”

Florida Tile CEO Franceschelli was pleased to have the opportunity to support MRC and its partners. He thanked everyone for the recognition, but said he believed the organizations and their outreach were responsible for the incredible impact of the donations.

“Our working partnership with Mountain Re-Source Center is very important.  It provides a simple, functional method for helping local communities. It is also important for Florida Tile, which is owned by international tile manufacturer Panariagroup, to be able to reach more distant communities in need.  The affiliation with Mountain Re-Source Center enables distribution of materials internationally as well, including to regions such as Central and South America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.”

Diane Hancock, director of the 6th Congressional District, thanked Florida Tile for its incredible community support on behalf of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. She presented Franceschelli with a letter from the Governor recognizing the company’s contributions to both the local economy and to communities around the world. She also gave him a pewter mint julep cup from the office of the Governor.

About Florida Tile

Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a publicly owned company traded on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM). Panariagroup is a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world with six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market. www.panariagroup.it.

About Mountain Re-Source Center

Mountain Re-Source Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that welcomes donations of all types of building materials as well as disaster relief supplies, educational resources, household necessities, and medical supplies. MRC also includes Tile Partners for Humanity, which represents a partnership of tile industry members supporting Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit organizations. 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.

MRC Honors FloridaTile 12.4.14 Group

Mountain Re-Source Center and its partners honored Florida Tile for ten years of partnership at the company’s headquarters in Lexington, Ky., on Dec. 4 of this year. L to R: Sean Cilona of Florida Tile, Herb Miller  of Mountain Re-Source Center, Kentucky Sixth Congressional District Director Diane Hancock, Michael Franceschelli of Florida Tile, Ally Venugopal of Mountain Re-Source Center, Ashley Napier of Central West Virginia Outreach Center, and Lisa Boen of Operation Compassion.

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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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