Industry Insights
September 1st, 2004


September-October 2004

Stone named VP at World Sales Group

Jerry Stone accepted the position of Vice President with World Sales Group. Stone, an industry veteran and former executive with American Marazzi Tile and sales manager with Atlas Concorde, will lead the company’s sales efforts throughout North America concentrating on the New World Tile, Ceramics, Inc. and Terra Green Ceramics brands. His knowledge and experience in the flooring industry make him perfect for this position.

Hamby joins Bonsal American Company

Jon Hamby has joined the Bonsal American Company as area sales manager for a territory including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Director of Marketing Kevin McFadden said, “Bonsal is counting on Jon to be instrumental in making our territorial expansion, into this new market, a success for our Tile Setting Products.” Before joining Bonsal, Hamby was owner and president of Hamby Tile & Stone in Dallas, Texas.

Q.E.P. Co., Inc. celebrates 25th anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, Lewis Gould started Q.E.P. in his home in New York. Today QEP is the largest flooring tools and accessories supplier worldwide. With locations in 9 countries, QEP employs over 500 people. Under brand names Q.E.P., Roberts, Q-Set and O’Tool, Q.E.P. markets approximately 3,000 specialty tools and related products used primarily for the surface preparation and installation of ceramic tile, carpet, and marble. The company sells its products to large home improvement retail centers, as well as traditional distribution outlets in 50 states and 49 countries worldwide.

Freedom Tower cornerstone

When New York Governor Pataki marked the start of construction for the new Freedom Tower on July 4th, the focus was the placement of a 20-ton piece of granite donated by Innovative Stone. The Freedom Tower, a proposed 1,776 feet structure, is part of a six-building plan to rebuild the New York City World Trade Center towers at Ground Zero. Innovative Stone’s track record in successfully responding to time-sensitive and historically significant projects was the primary reason the company was selected to source, cut, polish and engrave the new cornerstone. According to Innovative Stone CEO and founder Karen Pearse, “This cornerstone is undoubtedly the most rewarding and compelling assignment in the entire history of our company. We are enormously proud to be able to help Governor Pataki and the people of New York inaugurate the rebirth of our great city.” The “Freedom Stone,” as Innovative has named it, was unveiled July 4th by Governor Pataki. In addition to donating the stone, worth approximately $14,000, Innovative Stone supervised the cutting, polishing, engraving and leafing of the inscription; transportation of the stone to Ground Zero, and the installation. “This project is a symbol of triumph and renewal. Everyone at Innovative Stone is extremely proud and honored to be a part of this tribute to New York City’s resolve and optimism,” added Pearse who pointed out that the project could not have been accomplished without the help of many people, and singled out Innovative Stone’s project manager, Anthony Iorio, who provided round-the-clock TLC for the stone. Barton Quarries, a division of Barton Mines Company LLC, quarried the stone in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York.

Free Guide from SGM

SGM, Inc. now offers the “Comprehensive Guide to Installation Systems for Ceramic Tile & Dimension Stone” on CD ROM. It’s the perfect resource guide for every Architect, Contractor and Do-It-Yourselfer. The complete, accurate CSI 3-part specs can be downloaded directly from the CD in Word Perfect, Microsoft Word, and ASCII formats. The CD also, contains SGM’s CAD Details that can be dragged and dropped directly into the architect’s plans. The CD makes it easy to get instant Product Information and MSDS-Material Safety Data Sheets of SGM’s products. The CD is equipped with a grout calculator. Available for both Macintosh and Windows platforms that have Internet Explorer browser. For a free copy of “SGM Comprehensive Guide to Installation Systems for Ceramic Tile & Dimension Stone” CD, please contact your local Sales Representative at 1-800-641-9247 or visit the Website: to download a copy.

Custom Building works with Habitat

Custom Building Products donated time, tools, material and expertise to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to help build five homes for very low-income families in Costa Mesa, California. The homes were completed in June and feature a total of 3,000 square feet of tile, an upgrade from Habitat’s standard practice of installing vinyl floor coverings. “Habitat for Humanity is an organization whose values and good work we have tremendous respect for and we are proud to support their efforts,” said John McMullen, senior vice president for Custom Building Products. Two of the company’s leading tile experts, John Alldredge and Kory Jones, led instructional sessions at the Costa Mesa construction site to teach Habitat volunteers the fundamentals of tile installation. Each home at the Costa Mesa project is constructed using industry-leading products from custom including WonderBoard® Backerboard, Red Guard® Waterproofing and Anti-Fracture Membrane, FlexBond® Fortified Thin-Set Mortar, Polyblend® Grout and SurfaceGard® Penetrating Sealer. Custom’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity comes from Tile Partners for Humanity.

Studio Line in Tennessee Performing Arts Center

In 1980, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) opened in downtown Nashville’s new James K. Polk Cultural Center. Its mission was to provide performance spaces for touring and resident artistic companies and to offer educational experiences in the arts for Tennessee school children. Now, TPAC attracts nearly 600,000 visitors a year. Last October, the first major and completed renovation of TPAC’s public spaces was unveiled. A new lobby centerpiece is a 36 foot high water feature, appropriately named “Tennessee Falls,” which welcomes guests into the performing arts complex. “The idea behind the water wall was to create an abstract replication of Tennessee’s landscape that includes mountains, foliage and water,” said architect Thom Meek of Earl Swensson & Associates, Inc. in Nashville. The most difficult aspect of the project was working within the confined space allowed for the water art. To prevent splashing, the water cascade was slightly indented and Euro-Tile’s Studio Line glass tile was used to give onlookers an impression of glittering, deep water. “Glass tile accentuated the reveals in the water feature. For wet areas, glass tile offers depth and detail. In addition, Studio Line colors allowed us to work with a natural, black hue,” said Meek. Studio Line black tile in a 2- by 2-inch size was utilized in the pool of the water wall.


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