Top 10 Uses for Cement Tiles in Restaurants
 
July 13th, 2015

If you’re looking for something special for your restaurant’s walls and flooring that can stand up to high traffic while also being resistant to water, food and drink spills, and environmental damage, take a look at beautiful cement tile. Reminiscent of century-old Encaustic Tiles, cement tiles have been handcrafted by artisans for decades. The designs and colors create a beautiful and durable surface that is more aesthetically appealing than basic cement or drywall, and more durable and eco-friendly than wood or laminate flooring.

At Rustico Tile and Stone, our tiles are made from mineral pigmented Portland cement, are completely customizable, and are perfect for restaurant floors, walls, bars, bathrooms, backsplashes, and even outdoors. Want to learn more? Below are some of our top uses for cement tiles in restaurants!

1. Open up a room. Much like well-placed mirrors give the illusion of space, decorative cement tiles create the illusion of openness in small areas of a restaurant. Try placing our beautiful tile on angled walls and backsplashes to give the perception of more space. You’ll add instant height to the room along with an aesthetically pleasing décor.

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2. Create beautiful backsplashes. With cement tile you can create a striking pattern that is unique to your restaurant’s personality. Try a Mayan-inspired mosaic, a deeply vibrant color mix, or maybe a monochromatic tile scheme. Transform boring walls into beautiful artwork with a design that’s all your own!

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3. Generate a mood. Every color and shape creates a specific feeling. If you’re going for modern style with clean lines in an upscale coffee shop or bar, try installing neutral tiles in a geometric pattern. For a European feel at a bistro or Mediterranean restaurant, add some hexagonal tiles with a more antiquated color story. For a fancy and polished look, try a Japanese wave pattern or even combine pristine white and light tan for a polished finish.

4. Make it yours. Customize your own tile. Pick a design. Pick your colors and voila – it’s customized. Experiment with different colors and shapes to create the ambiance you want for your restaurant. Cement tiles come in almost every color in the spectrum, in different kinds of patterns, and in all types of shapes. You’re sure to find the right one for you!

5. Craft a focal point. When you install a gorgeous mosaic pattern or a richly colorful tile, it can become a beautiful focal point in your restaurant. Rather than hanging a picture on the wall, why not think about adding tile instead? Or create a striking fireplace element by outlining it in customizable tiles that nobody else will be able to replicate. Try decorating a niche with tiles on the interior side to create an artistic space.

6. Take it outside. Exterior design is just as important as interior design, and cement tiles are perfect for outdoor eating and waiting areas. The tiles can be sealed which gives them UV protection, water-resistance, and scratch-resistance, and are much more beautiful than concrete.

7. Match your tiles to your menu. Create a unified theme by matching your tiles to your menus! Geometric patterns and sleek, sharp lines speak to Modernism. Rustic terra cotta tiles invite a cultured, world-traveled diner. Spanish-style cement tiles compliment Mexican food restaurants, adding an authentic feel to the space. Bright colors of Moroccan tile designs accentuate the ambiance of many ethnic food restaurants.

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8. Build a sexy bathroom. Continue the visual story of your restaurant into its bathrooms by installing matching tile on the walls or floors. Your customers can wash up in a luxurious environment with a crimson colored tile, or step into a beautiful resort-like setting with light blues and greens.

9. Create an otherworldly experience. Take your guests back in time or instantly transport them to the other side of the globe with thoughtfully installed tile. Victorian designs can bring a long forgotten era back to life, while Moroccan designs can create a Spanish or Bohemian flare that offers customers a glimpse of another place and culture.

10. Inspire your design. The right tile design and color palette can add the perfect finishing touch to your overall restaurant style. You can pick the color and shape that matches your furniture and color scheme, or you can even use the tile as a basis for your overall design and go from there.

While cuisine may be the primary reason for guests to visit an establishment, it is the subtle design elements that entice them to continue their restaurant dining experiences. At Rustico Tile and Stone, our eco-friendly and sealable cement tiles are a unique way for restaurant owners to communicate visually with their customers.

Portland cement tiles and UV protecting/water-resistant sealers are available for purchase at Rustico Tile & Stone in Austin, TX.

Rustico Tile and Stone is the leading distributor of authentic Mexican tile and stone products for consumers around the world, with a customer base encompassing national floor retail stores, architects, designers, builders, and residential and commercial buyers. For more information about product offerings, price and shipping details, or general inquiries, visit http://www.saltillotileconnection.com. Rustico Tile and Stone is offering generous price discounts throughout the summer in celebration of its 10th year anniversary in business.


Member Blogs from Turkey-David Benson, Architectural Ceramics, Inc.
 
June 29th, 2015

CTDA members recently traveled to Turkey on a Trade Mission and blogged about their experiences.

Architectural Ceramics, Inc. takes on Istanbul: Part One
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When you are a part of the CTDA (Ceramic Tile Distributor Association), you’re given a unique opportunity to explore parts of the tile community you’d never have been able to before. As a member of the CTDA for over 10 years, Architectural Ceramics has time and again been able to expand our tile selections, our product knowledge, and our design network thanks to opportunities like this.
Earlier this year, the CTDA approached its long list of members and suggested everyone join together for a trip to Istanbul on behalf of Turkish Ceramics Association of Turkey. In early June, Betty Sullivan and David Benson from Architectural Ceramics embarked on a journey with the rest of the CTDA to the country of Turkey. The trip was three days long, with the flight over spanning about 10 hours.

Upon our arrival in Turkey, we were delighted to see that our trip from the airport to where we were staying offered several amazing views along the way. While it was a long drive, it felt amazing to be in such a new place with several days of excitement still in store for us. When we did finally arrive at the hotel, we were greeted and checked in flawlessly which was no surprise because the CTDA always makes sure to pick the most accommodating stays. After getting some rest, Betty and David headed to the opening reception on an amazing roof top, the nice breeze cooling them as they got to meet with many manufacturers and learn a little bit more about what was to come the next couple of days.

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Day 1 officially started the next morning, beginning with a European breakfast bar call Manzara. Manzara had everything from eggs, to sliced meats, to fresh honey literally hanging from the honeycomb. Everyone loved it! After breakfast, we went to our morning session, which was like a mini-tradeshow almost. We had the opportunity to hear from multiple professionals in the industry. Guvan, the head of a well known marketing group, taught us the history on ceramics in Turkey, as well as more about the culture itself. We were then introduced to the President of the Turkish Ceramics Association and we learned about the 30+ porcelain/ceramic manufacturers in Turkey trying increase exports to the USA, instead of just appealing to the European market.

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Trade shows are always exciting because they show us more of what their factories have to offer. Below are some photos of what really stood out from a product standpoint. A really great aspect to know is that Turkey can produce HD quality products, just like the US or Italy. However, consensus seems to show there is still a lot of growth that needs to occur.

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To learn more about Architectural Ceramics, Inc. click here.


Facebook Updates for Businesses
 
April 15th, 2015

This year, Facebook grew to a mind-boggling 3 billion views per day, and 53% of these views came from posts that were shared by users. But as the platform constantly adjusts to this growth, it can be difficult to keep up with the changes and updates.

Facebook’s developer conference took place recently and included several big announcements. These announcements included future improvements to existing applications and exciting new features inside of Facebook. Do you know about all of them?

Facebook Messenger is a text feature used inside of Facebook or as a separate application, and is available on mobile devices. Messenger will be updated with the following:
* Payments can now be sent and accepted through Messenger.
* This application can now be embedded on any website and used as a chat feature.
* Individuals can contact a business through Messenger and the experience will be the same as contacting a friend through the application.
* Customers can track interactions with business such as delivery date, package location or customer service updates.
* Interactions through Messenger will result in the company’s posts listing higher up in the customer’s Facebook feed.
* Greater amounts of data will be available for the company if a customer contacts them through Messenger (for example, past orders, age, gender, FB preferences…)

Currently, video posts are the best way to communicate with fans on Facebook. These posts receive the most views, shares and feedback rates along with the highest preference from Facebook’s algorithms to place higher on the feed of individual fans. The changes to Facebook Video include:
* Facebook videos can now be embedded on websites, whether they belong to the
* Any videos can be embedded by anyone – whether they own the video or not.
* Videos on Facebook now have a size limit of 1.5Gb.
* Videos can be scheduled to go live at specific times and be taken down at specific future dates.
* Video data is still accessible when taken off of live feed (accessible by owner).
* Video can be restricted to certain groups (divided by age, gender, location…).
* A Call-to-Action can be added to the end of a video that will pull the user to any page, even one not connected to Facebook.
* Uploads can now be resumed if cut off during the upload process.
* Bulk uploading is now available even if all videos will not be published simultaneously.
* Live feeds can be published on Facebook feeds.

Facebook is constantly changing. Keeping up with all of these modifications can be a tough job, but hopefully the items listed above will help!

Special thanks to Creating Your Space for this informative guest blog. Shannon Vogel of Creating Your Space is a tile industry staple and has presented well received webinars for CTDA and sessions at TSP. Visit their website for more information about marketing and social media in the tile industry: www.creatingyourspace.com


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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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!

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Ege – A different concrete look called Elements very nice!

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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.

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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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