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October 23rd, 2013

Mediterranea Ocean Drive

There are few thoroughfares as distinctive as the glamorous strip that hugs the sandy coastline on the southern tip of Miami Beach.  Just as South Beach merges its Art Deco heritage with the sophistication of the Italian Riviera, Mediterranea’s new Ocean Drive series blends subtle, yet striking graphics to create one of our most perfectly balanced series to date. Mediterranea utilizes Dynamic HD Imaging design technology to flawlessly blend the modern look of cement with the delicate veining and coloration from exquisite stones.  The result is a modern look befitting even the most elegant beachfront palazzo.  The series is available in four trend-setting colors:  Beach (Beige), Palm (Walnut), Shell (Taupe/Grey) and Wave (Charcoal).  These tones are in perfect harmony with the finely tuned colors of a tropical beach, where the sun has collaborated with the sea for centuries to create a distinctive color palette only seen in a few places on earth. Ocean Drive is available in three sizes: 12” x 24”, 18”x18” and 13”x13” with matching bullnose trim and 2”x2” mosaics.  This series truly delivers the color and style that define the elite glamour of Miami Beach.  It’s a look you’ll find only from the tile design craftsmen at Mediterranea.

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Lightweight match for large-format tile

In response to green-building construction trends, the expanding demand for products containing recycled content and large-format tile designs, MAPEI is introducing to the market MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro, a professional-grade, lightweight, single-component mortar that can be used for medium-bed and nonsag applications as well as for thin-set installations. “Its thixotropic properties make MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro an excellent choice for large-format tile installations on floors and walls,” said Brian Pistulka, MAPEI Business Manager for Tile and Stone Installation Systems. “The reduced weight of the mortar also lightens the load for installers when shifting bags around a jobsite.” This polymer-modified mortar is formulated with Easy Glide Technology™ for ease of application, a labor-saving plus for installers. MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro’s unique Ultralite Technology™ provides twice the coverage of a standard thin-set mortar per pound (0,45 kg), providing transportation savings, too. Plus, MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro can contribute to LEED points through its more-than-20% recycled content.



First Installers Pass ACT Certification 

Five of the largest organizations representing tile contractors, installers and manufacturers are pleased to announce that eight industry professionals are the first to successfully pass the ACT certification program.  Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers— ACT—addresses four technically-challenging installation areas of current importance:  Large Format Tile Installation and Substrate Preparation, Mudwork, Shower Pans and Membranes.  A specific certification demonstrates the installer’s skill and knowledge in each of these four segments. The eight professional installers not only passed all four certifications, they did so under the watchful eye of thousands of attendees at Coverings, the leading tile and stone show in the United States.  Because the program was in the developmental phase when the show was held in Atlanta in April, they just recently completed the on-line written test that comprises twenty-five percent of the certification score.

The eight installers with this special honor are: Brent Monroe,  Artcraft Granite Marble &Tile Company: Glendale, Arizona; Tyler Nequist, Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan; Keith Tavshanjian, KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California; Dan Welch, Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan; Gavin Collier,  Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co.: Palos Heights, Illinois; Bill Dumas,  Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trainer: Livermore, California; Eric Manzaroli, Artisan Tile, Inc.: Sterling Heights, Michigan; and Terrance Trame,  Trendell Consulting, LLC: Clayton, Michigan

Partners in the development initiative are:  Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), representing IUBAC signatory tile contractors; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); International Masonry Institute (IMI), which provides professional and technical training for union masonry contractors, and National Tile Contractors Association, with membership open to all tile contracting companies.   Tile Council of North America (TCNA) manufacturer members companies are contributing to development of the modules and tests.

For more information on this developing program visit our new website at





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