ABC Calls on Congress to Support Expansion of Construction Apprenticeship Programs

Michael Bennett, vice president of the Cianbro Cos., Pittsfield, Maine, today told Congress that industry-driven training programs should play a bigger role in government efforts to close the workforce/skills gap that has left 500,000 construction jobs unfilled in the United States today. Bennett testified on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development to call for support for President Trump’s recent executive order expanding apprenticeships, which would help ensure job seekers get exactly the training required for success in today’s job market.

“At Associated Builders and Contractors, as with Cianbro, we support all workforce programs that develop people and help them reach their potential, whether they’re government-defined, like apprenticeships, or industry-driven,” said Bennett.  “As we look at the holistic picture of workforce development, successful models combine technical knowledge and proficiency through hands-on application and on-the-job experience. When you employ the earn-while-you-learn model and support individuals with lifelong learning and mentoring, the opportunities are endless.”

Bennett called for flexibility in designing apprenticeship and other types of training programs in an “all-of-the-above” approach to workforce development that aligns with the needs of the educational system and businesses, including:

• Creating multiple pathways to excellence for apprentices;

• Establishing reciprocity across federal and state apprenticeship councils;

• Allowing nationally recognized, portable, industry-recognized credentialing programs with third-party oversight, including targeted programs for high-demand skills; and

• Ensuring that such programs are industry- and market-driven, competency-based and flexible in structure, scheduling and duration to address industry needs.

“Industry-recognized programs come in all shapes and sizes, and that is the beauty of them: they provide for the highest level of flexibility that benefits the worker, their company and their client,” Bennett said. “Industry-recognized programs give students, veterans, second-chance seekers and the entire American public an opportunity to learn a skill, develop themselves and build their careers. They are the best tools available right now.”

For more information on careers in construction, visit workforce.abc.org.

LATICRETE Acquires International Licensees, Accelerating Growth in Regional Market Shares

Acquisitions to increase product availability in Scandinavian, European and Central American regions

 

LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has acquired global licensees LATICRETE Costa Rica, LATICRETE Norway and LATICRETE Italia to further accelerate growth in the Scandinavian, European and Central American regions.

“Our global reach allows us to be a local company in every community we serve,” said President and COO of the LATICRETE International Division, Erno Di Brujin. “These acquisitions are part of our long-term strategic plans for continued international expansion through the introduction of new products and business support.”

A licensee since 1989, LATICRETE Costa Rica has established a strong market share in the Central American region and will be renamed LATICRETE Centro America to better reflect its active presence within all Central American countries. LATICRETE Centro America will oversee the regional offices, a training center and a plant in San José, Puerto Rico, the sales office and warehouse in Panama City, Panama, and the plant and sales office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

LATICRETE Italia has been a licensee in Italy since 2003 and will be integrated into the existing subsidiary in Italy: LATICRETE Europe. LATICRETE Norway, a licensee for the past 25 years, will receive increased support and alignment of processes and procedures.

Moving forward into 2018, the LATICRETE International division will seek additional acquisitions across the globe.

The International Surface Event 2018 Dates Announced

The International Surface Event dates have shifted to a new day format in 2018: Tuesday through Thursday, January 30-February 1, with the education program occurring Monday through Thursday, January 29-February 1. Plan to join your industry peers at TISE 2018 to kick start your year! Get contacted when registration opens.

The International Surface Event (TISE) is the largest North American event serving the floorcovering, stone & tile industries. Comprised of three world-class tradeshows SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, The International Surface Event is THE place to find your competitive edge in 2018, featuring four impressive days of the newest products, hands-on demos, inspiring trends, key manufacturers, industry suppliers, along with unmatched education and networking. Held annually each year in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, TISE is THE industry marketplace that brings together distributors, retailers, architects, designers, installers, fabricators, contractors and home builders, and many other industry professionals from all over the world with the manufacturers and suppliers needed to do business.

TISE 2017 was a banner event for the industry – an incredible 34,000 square foot increase in exhibits and over 800 presenting brands – drawing an attendance growth from the industry of 7% over the already very successful 2016 event. Attendees experienced technical installation demonstrations in the Installation Showcase, viewed product demonstrations and award winning technology from Best of Product & Event Winners, discovered trends in the Speed Trending Breakfast and the Trends Hub, heard first-hand techniques and knowledge from over 100 industry experts and influencers in the IGNITE Education program and across the event floor, and were even honored with a presentation from the acclaimed architect, Art Gensler Jr., founder of Gensler.

One industry retailer at TISE 2017 led the example of why The International Surface Event: SURFACES I StonExpo/Marmomac I TileExpo exists as the leading industry resource for products, resources, networking, training and education. Anthony Maye, General Manager, Sparx Flooring and Lubbock Carpet World, from Lubbock Texas, closed his three retail locations completely for several days to bring his entire staff of 23 to The International Surface Event 2017. Investing in the full IGNITE Education program at TISE for each of his staff members and scheduling their sessions daily around show floor experiences and meetings, Maye used the event to team build, train his staff, and position his business for the year.

 

“I have been to SURFACES twice: for Mohawk and for MARAZZI as a rep. Now as a retail Manager, I have always thought it would be great for an entire team to experience all the new year’s looks, and designs in flooring. We are taking full advantage of the IGNITE TRAINING.”

~ Anthony Maye, General Manager, Sparx Flooring and Lubbock Carpet World

 

FROM THE 2017 ATTENDEES

“The TISE 2017 was a great event. It showcases the up and coming products and is a very good way of getting deals on products.”

“SURFACES is, by far, the best flooring trade show in the United States! The variety of products exhibited is staggering!”

“Each year I find more and more to keep me excited and enthused about the industry. Thanks for a great show.”

“TISE allows you, the buyer, the power to compare the diverse sea of products and equipment under one roof.”

“This was my first time attending, and I had a great experience throughout my entire time. There was so much information, both visual and in communicating with reps. It was a great experience and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to see what is available out there.”

 

FROM THE 2017 EXHIBITORS

“SURFACES is definitely one of the highlights of our year. We introduce all our new products at the show, and it creates an energy both internally at Mannington and with our customers that lasts for months to come.” ~ Mannington Mills

“This event generated a lot of leads for our company.” ~ Cal Tile Center

“Great show with impressive traffic of quality prospective buyers, some of which were existing customers or those we had been communicating with prior to the show that are turning into new customers.” ~ Old Wood, LLC

“TISE 2017 was a huge success for Wickham Hardwood Flooring. We were able to introduce new products and were able to identify a significant amount of quality leads!” ~ Wickham Hardwood Flooring

 

JOIN US AT TISE 2018

Save the date for The International Surface Event 2018 scheduled to be held January 30 – February 1, 2018, education January 29-February 1, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exposition will feature the latest industry products, materials, equipment and services, including a wide variety of hardwood and laminate flooring, carpet, tools and equipment, natural stone and machinery, all types of tile, and much more.

 

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL SURFACE EVENT

NEW LOGO – NEW LOOK

 The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, in conjunction with our Marmomac partners, has rebranded the StonExpo/Marmomac portion of the event. If you have a previous version of the TISE combined logo or the individual StonExpo/Marmomac logo, please visit the event website logo page for an updated version. TISE is asking the community to update the brand where they have it posted. Please note when mentioning the event in text, the appropriate naming convention is now: The International Surface Event: SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo. We thank you in advance for assisting the event in this brand update.

The International Surface Event, comprised of SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, was formed in 2014, creating an unparalleled opportunity for industry professionals from all sides of the flooring, stone and tile spectrum to meet, interface and collaborate in one place.  www.intlsurfaceevent.com

SURFACES is the largest North American event serving the floor covering industry, bringing together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest floor covering products, tools, services and technologies.  The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the industry’s largest advocacy organization representing floorcovering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.  www.wfca.org

StonExpo/Marmomac is THE event for stone industry professional and is home of the MIA annual meeting.  The official sponsors are the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Natural Stone Council (NSC). The Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Building Stone Institute (BSI) serve more than 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of natural stone industry, offering them a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events.  www.marble-institute.org   Natural Stone Council (NSC), home of the Genuine Stone® brand, is the leader in the stone industry that represents major associations committed to promotion and education of the industry and general public of the value and benefits of natural stone.  www.naturalstonecouncil.org

For more information on The International Surface Event: SURFACES | StoneExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, or their sponsors and partners, please visit TISEwest.com/attendee/home/partners.

Ask The Experts: July 2017

QUESTION:

I have a client with glass tiles cracking on an install. The GC admitted to not installing with a crack suppression membrane. They also drilled pilot holes for a door install that resulted in cracking. The tiles associated with the holes were installed before drilling. The final comment by the client was the cracking was from the back, and did not come through the face.

In your opinion, is it likely the lack of a crack isolation membrane created the opportunity for all of these tile cracks?

 

ANSWER: 

It appears to me that the crack at the window wall may be related to structural stresses within the framing or deflection in the substrate. The crack at the control valve may be related to structural stresses such as deflection within the substrate that was not well supported at the valve location. The cracks from the drill holes are likely related to the physical and heat stresses placed on the tile during the drilling process and may also be related to deflection in the substrate if the substrate was not well supported in this area. A crack isolation membrane would likely not have prevented the cracking.

There are other potential issues that can cause large-format glass tile to crack. They would include: Incorrect mortar or adhesive selection; mortar cure time (which will vary based on the mortar used and whether a waterproof membrane was used); thermal expansion from light or hot water; lack of expansion joints; deflection in the substrate; etc.
– Mark Heinlein,
NTCA technical trainer/presenter

QUESTION:

I’m dealing with customers who are unhappy about their recent tile installation. They feel the tile has too high a color variation. Could the installer have laid out the tile incorrectly? Whose responsibility is this – the installer’s, or mine? Thanks for your help.

ANSWER:

Per our conversation, on page 2 of the 2016 TCNA Handbook there is a section that deals with aesthetic classification. It specifically talks about variations in color, texture and appearance, and how tile suit- able for TCNA Handbook installations must meet specifications out- lined in ANSI 137.1. This ANSI standard sets performance and aesthetic criteria for many types of tile. Using tile that meets ANSI 137.1 ensures a degree of quality and consistency among tiles.

This chart from CTDA illustrates the ranking of shade variation levels, from the most uniformly shaded V1 to V4, which represents a tile with the highest degree of shade or color variation. A V0 tile is very uniform in appearance and smooth in color, with a color difference of less than 3 Judds when measured by a colorimetric spectrophotometer.

Tiles can have a V (variation) designation from V0 to V4. V0 tiles are very uniform in color and shade. V2, V3, V4 tile all increase in their randomness of color with V4 being the most random. Is the tile in question an ANSI 137.1 tile and what is its V designation?

The TCNA Handbook says that tile should be installed from several boxes in a random fashion to avoid aesthetic issues. Are you aware if the installer did this? How much was installed before the variations were noticed? How quickly did the installer report this to you?

It is common practice in our industry to report any defects or issues with the tile prior to installation. Many tile manufacturers even have disclaimers on their boxes explaining that claims against the tile must be made prior to installation. Let me know the answers to these questions and I will try to help you further.

– Robb Roderick,
NTCA technical trainer/presenter

 

LATICRETE Introduces its enhanced DRYTEK® ​Skimcoat Premium Quality Underlayment

Improved formula and packaging provides an extended pot life and creamier consistency, as well as a tin tie re-sealable bag, reducing waste and increasing cost savings
LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has introduced its enhanced DRYTEK® Skimcoat fast-drying, premium quality underlayment. The improved formula can now hold more water, resulting in a creamier consistency for a smoother application and sleeker finish, as well as an extended pot life and easier troweling.
Additionally, the new DRYTEK Skimcoat packaging has been redesigned with a tin tie resealable feature that allows the product to be saved for additional uses,minimizing product waste and increasing cost savings for the installer. “When re-formulating DRYTEK Skimcoat, we improved its rapid-setting properties and ease of use to make it an ideal solution for today’s schedule-and budget-driven projects without sacrificing quality,” said Product Manager Christopher Brana. DRYTEK Skimcoat can be applied from skim depth to 1″ (25 mm) and the finished flooring can be installed as soon as 20 minutes after application.
“Thanks to the innovative, convenient packaging of DRYTEK Skimcoat, contractors no longer have to waste unused product and can simply reseal the bag  for later use, saving time and money. Additionally, the plastic, cube style container provides a more secure base on the jobsite and for later storage,” added Brana. Designed to meet UL GREENGUARD certification standards for low chemical emissions, the new DRYTEK Skimcoat can be utilized at high profile jobsites, including hospitals and schools.

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETEⓇ HYDRO BANⓇ BOARD

LATICRETE® HYDRO BAN® Board is a lightweight, easy to install, ready to tile wall board designed for bonded tile or stone installations. It is made with a waterproof high-density extruded polystyrene core and a waterproof membrane on both sides to give triple protection from water and vapor intrusion. Available in thicknesses from ¼” to 2” HYDRO BAN Board can be used on walls, floors, ceilings and in many installations requiring dimensionally sound and stable substrates as well as in steam rooms and steam showers. HYDRO BAN Board does not contain cement, fiberglass or paper products and will not cause itching or create messy cement debris during installation. No tab washers are required for floor and wall installations when using HYDRO BAN Board Screws.

For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

NTCA PARTICIPATES IN GARY SINISE FOUNDATION HOME DEDICATION

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), attended the R.I.S.E. home dedication of Jared and Jessica Bullock and their son Aidan, in Carbondale, Illinois on Thursday, June 29th, 2017. NTCA partnered with Crossville and MAPEI to provide all of the porcelain tile and setting materials for this home, installed by California Flooring.

The concept, developed by the Gary Sinise Foundation, was to build a custom, specially-adapted smart home, assisting Jared in “Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment” (RISE), as he transitions back into civilian life. Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Regional Evaluator Coordinator Kevin Insalato, also a U.S. Army veteran, commented, “It was my honor to donate my time and money to help Jared transition to an active lifestyle with his family. The most impressive feature of Jared’s recovery is his ability to view his injury as just another obstacle he will overcome.”

U.S. Army SFC Jared Bullock served two tours in Iraq and trained for Special Forces and received his Green Beret on October 13th, 2013. Jared was deployed to Afghanistan and one month later his ATV ran over an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast took the life of his best friend and though he survived, Jared lost his right arm above the elbow and his right leg above the knee.

“The opportunity to work on Jared’s home was an easy decision for me,” Insalato said. “I’m an active board member of NTCA. I worked very closely with both Crossville and MAPEI and they requested I represent them at the home dedication. My company, California Flooring is located only five miles north of the home in Chicago. My employees are all Certified Tile Installers (CTIs) and they all took turns installing the different areas we tiled. This was a labor of love we will all remember for a very long time,” he said.

Landmark Ceramics presents True: the authentic feeling of natural wood look in porcelain tile

     This collection of porcelain stoneware tiles offers the simple and elegant look of natural newly cut wood, with no wear or machining marks. It is a sincere material for clean, orderly surfaces, with a genuine graphic pattern giving a feeling of authenticity and sophistication.
The True collection is sincere and natural for use in rooms to create a welcoming and delicate atmosphere that is perfect for a contemporary style that sees relaxation as a lifestyle. The surfaces provide warmth and a fresh tactile feeling of natural material.

Click here to discover True!

RUBI ZERO DUST, An Innovative System to Improve On-Site Working Conditions

After many months of work and exhaustive tests in third-party labs, RUBI is launching the ZERO DUST line of tile saws. These are the first electric tile cutters certified in compliance with the most rigorous health and prevention regulations in the construction industry.

The new tile saws with the ZERO DUST system drastically reduce airborne dust and water, preventing diseases related to inhaling silica dust.

This type of protection is already mandatory in Northern European countries and it will be enforced in coming years for the rest of Europe and USA. The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), which acted as the certification body, and RUBI has worked together for years to improve the working conditions for tile installers worldwide.

All the RUBI DC, DS, DX and DR lines of tile saws will start including the ZERO DUST system. Besides improving the working conditions, this innovative mechanism reduces water consumption while cutting, which minimizes downtime caused by refilling the water tank. The ZERO DUST system is likely to be greatly appreciated by RUBI users and is expected to boost one of RUBI’s highly successful product ranges.

Dal-Tile Renews “Exclusive Tile Provider” Agreement with Nation’s Largest Home Builder

Dal-Tile Corporation was recently renewed as the “Exclusive Tile Provider” for America’s largest home builder by volume, D.R. Horton.  In addition, Dal-Tile was also selected as this leading home builder’s “Preferred Countertop Provider”.  Dal-Tile is the largest manufacturer and marketer of ceramic tile, natural stone, and countertop products used in residential and commercial spaces across North America.  The company manufactures and owns top tile brands, including Daltile, American Olean, and Marazzi.

“In this relationship, America’s largest home builder and America’s largest tile manufacturer become a formidable force to bring the highest levels of design, quality, and value to homes across the nation,” said Dan Butterfield, general manager of the builder channel for Dal-Tile Corporation.  “D.R. Horton is committed to excellence in construction, consistently delivering top-quality new homes to homebuyers.  Dal-Tile is the ideal partner for such a builder.”

“When builders partner with Dal-Tile, our specialized builder team becomes an exceptional resource for each builder’s corporate, regional, and local needs, including customized program development,” said Butterfield.  “Dal-Tile puts three of the world’s top tile brands (Daltile, American Olean, and Marazzi) at a builder’s disposal to create programs that easily meet all product and style needs.”

“Dal-Tile’s national footprint and superior logistics are unmatched in the industry,” added Butterfield.  “We have a stellar reputation with the builder segment as the brands, service, and support on which they can always rely.  Our brands’ fashion-forward designs, dependable quality, cutting-edge technology, and strong price/value propositions equip builders for success in all of their projects.”

For more information, visit daltile.com, americanolean.com, and marazziusa.com.

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