One LATICRETE Tour coming to Atlanta, November 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One LATICRETE® Tour is a one day, fun and interactive training program specifically developed for LATICRETE distributors, dealers, installers and other professionals interested in LATICRETE products. Training encompasses classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations by experienced LATICRETE team members. The tour focuses on: SPARTACOTE™ resinous flooring and decorative coatings and MVIS™ (Masonry Veneer Installation Systems). Date: Novemember 9, 2017 Hours: 9:00am – 12pm for SPARTACOTE or 1:00pm – 3:30pm for MVIS. Lunch will be served at 12:00 for those attending either session.

Location: Sheraton Suites Galleria – ATL 2844 Cobb Parkway SE Atlanta, GA 30339 Space is limited! Register here for product education, food, giveaways & fun!

Sponsor Product Spotlight – LATICRETEⓇ SPECTRALOCK Ⓡ PRO

Now with even better stain resistance and non-sag performance on vertical installations, LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout produces the most color uniform, color accurate grout available today.

SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is designed for residential and commercial use on interior or exterior ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications. Ideal for re-grouting, this product is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet areas.

SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is available in a wide range of colors, including 40 traditional solid colors and many additional options using SPECTRALOCK DAZZLE which includes Gold, Silver, Copper, Mother-of-Pearl, and Glow-In-The Dark. For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

 

OCTOBER 2017: NTCA BENEFITS BOX

Partnering for Success:
Choose up to $2,000 in vouchers from four new categories

Partnering for Success (PFS) is NTCA’s highly successful voucher program, which gives back to members more than threefold the amount of their membership in setting materials and sundries used by installers every day. Manufacturer partners agree to reimburse vouchers of designated amounts of materials for new and returning members. This allows members to get a discount or free items for some of the materials they use the most, or some of the materials they’ve wanted to try, basically risk free.

This year, the PFS is making a change to four categories: Tile,
Tools/Heating Systems, Sundries and Setting Materials. With the growth of the NTCA – nearly 1,400 members strong now – it became imperative to change the selection process to give exposure to some of some of the smaller participating manufacturers in addition to the well-known and established manufacturers who have been supporting this program for many years. This led to the creation of the four-category system that will be instituted in 2018.

NTCA is aware that people aren’t really fond of change. To soften the impact of changing to a four category system, NTCA increased the dollar value from $1,800 in vouchers per member to $2,000 in vouchers per member – more than three times the value of the $600 NTCA annual membership. Every member of the NTCA can find at least $600 worth of free materials that will offset the membership cost. In addition to the vouchers program, membership dues give the NTCA the ability to continue the quest to promote qualified labor and certification, elevating the industry and the trade.

YOU COULD WIN THE 2017 RAFFLE TILE MIRROR!

Handmade Tile Festival starts tomorrow at the Mt. Baker Community Club
2811 Mount Rainier Drive South, Seattle 98144.
November 4–5 – Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATNW member Jaki Reed of Youthful Folly Studio designed this gorgeous tropical flower multi-tile mirror for our raffle this year. Members helped create and underglaze the tiles, and Jaki put it all together. Buy a ticket (or two or three!) to help us raise funds to pursue our mission of creation, promotion and preservation of the art and craft of handmade tiles and to raise public awareness about the range and diversity of artisan tiles being produced in the Northwest.
Thank you Jaki!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 JUROR for the ATNW PRIZE
We are honored that Seattle clay artist Matthew Patton has agreed to be our juror this year for the special ATNW prize in our juried show on the theme of “Alchemy”.
Surface treatment and form blend in his pieces to the point that he blurs the working distinction between clay and glaze. See a sample of his work below. Learn more about his career in ceramics on his website. (his work will not be shown at the tile festival)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE’S ANOTHER PEEK AT NEW WORK YOU’LL SEE AT THE FESTIVAL:

Maria Root Primitive Pottery and Tile Seattle, WA
Warm out of the kiln: Sunflowers Delight, 8″ x 15″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terri Goodwin Bright River Studio Seattle
“I’m experimenting with a blue stain for my juried show entry!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Laboon Pacific Art Tile  Anacortes, WA
“Porthole” tile mosaic of tugboat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie Roberts Kennedy Creek Pottery Olympia, WA
“Amsterdam” inspired by their bike and barge trip this spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Clark Agapanther Tiles Seattle, WA
Barb has been working on some large wall hangings for the show (11×17 inches) inspired by her walk in the countryside in England. The wall hangings feature hares, bluebells, a badger, fox, deer, and some rabbits. Shown is the fox and badger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Thorson Linda Thorson Design
“Nothing like last-minute. Aqua Crest set on the staining table. Hurry up and dry!”

Linda’s Fall Shows:
Best of the Northwest  November 10-12
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Puget Sound Artists’ Gift Show  November 18, 10-6.   Artworks, Edmonds
Phinney Neighborhood Center Winter Festival
December 2-3  Seattle
Art Under 100  December 16, 1-2 VIP hour, 2-8, all fun. Seattle Design Center

Neolith Announces Fourth Annual International Design Competition

The new edition of the design competition highlights the works of architects, interior designers, builders, remodelers, students, and fabricators.

TheSize, manufacturer of sintered stone brand Neolith, has announced its fourth annual international design competition. This global competition – with three submission categories open now through November 13, 2017 – highlights creativity and innovation of designs incorporating Neolith surfacing by architects, interior designers, builders, remodelers, students, and fabricators.

For each category, a team of industry judges will focus on the proposal’s originality, presentation creativity, technical complexity, variety of Neolith applications, quality before-and-after images, and the degree of environmental sensitivity in the project. Prizes include an all-inclusive trip to a prominent industry tradeshow valued between $1,770 and $5,900.  Winners will be announced on December 20, 2017.

My Neolith Project – Hospitality Spaces

 

 

 

 

“My Neolith Project” targets design professionals that have recently developed a major hospitality project incorporating Neolith in multiple applications, such as façades, flooring, cladding, kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, swimming pools and more. To be eligible, the project must have been completed between 2013-2017.

 

Neolith New Talents – Hotel with Neolith Charm and Soul

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s “Neolith New Talents” is targeting architecture and interior design students enrolled in at least one class from 2016-2018. Neolith is challenging participants to design a hotel, and its different spaces, including façade, reception and a complete en suite bathroom. To show the versatility of Neolith sintered stone, the product must be integrated in at least two different applications in each room, such as flooring, cladding, exterior façade, furniture, worktops and more.

With no limit on budget or size, projects must have high-design, without compromising functionality or lifestyle. Versatile materials are key, as well as modular furniture and open-and-multi-purpose-spaces.

 

Top Fabricator of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

The Top Fabricator of the Year category recognizes the most meticulous and labor-intensive projects made by fabricators with Neolith slabs.

Projects will be evaluated as “little great works of art” that are technically complicated and require outstanding knowledge, ingenuity and the skills to produce them. To participate, projects must be completed between 2014-2017.

LEAVE YOUR MARK SETS NEW MANUFACTURING STANDARDS FOR COLOR SAMPLING IN PLASTIC

 

 

 

 

Leave Your Mark, always innovating and always improving, introduces new
technological advancements to manufacturing with a new state-of-art automated gluing machine and digital-direct color printing on plastic.
Leave Your Mark has added a new robotic gluing machine to manufacturing that is programmed to apply the exact amount of glue to precise areas creating exceptional bonds of case pieces. Automating this process helps to ensure that only the strongest and highest-quality products are produced.
Digital-direct printing is the newest advancement in the application of graphics, and Leave Your Mark is at the forefront of this technology. The company’s new digital-direct printer applies ink directly onto plastic surfaces with full, rich color and photo-quality results. Using this process provides the durability of screen printing with the detail and clarity of a label.

Video of the two new machines can be seen here: https://youtu.be/ogzPK8vMGB8

Leave Your Mark is the industry’s leading color sampling company for good reason. The company has been getting it right for over a decade by always investing and improving, and always offering the highest quality, most consistently accurate color sampling available. Contact us to discover how we can help ‘Leave Your Mark’ in plastic.

Bosch GWS18V-45C 18V EC Brushless 4-1/2 in. Angle Grinder Has Day-to-Day Power in a Package That’s Connected Ready

Powerhouse cordless grinder includes advanced safety features as well

The Bosch GWS18V-45C 18V EC Brushless Connected-Ready 4-1/2 in. Angle Grinder delivers the convenience of cordless grinder operation with advanced user control. The grinder features an EC brushless motor that offers maximum efficiency and low maintenance, plus connected-ready capability that delivers next-generation control like maintenance review and performance notifications.

The Bosch GWS18V-45C grinder delivers outstanding performance, including metal cutting, thanks to the powerful EC Brushless motor design. This Bosch-exclusive design provides greater runtime and more power than similar cordless grinders with brushed motors. That means professionals can rely on a cordless grinder that delivers 10,000 no-load rpm, but doesn’t forego power in favor of maneuverability.

The grinder offers plug-in connected-ready capability by supplying an interface that works with the optional Bosch GCY30-4 Bluetooth® connectivity module. It provides next-generation user control by interfacing with the free Bosch Toolbox app on a mobile phone. Users can customize the grinder, changing the speed of the soft-start function, setting the brightness of the LED and receiving battery charge and KickBack Control status updates.

The grinder’s advanced electronics provide features including drop control, which shuts the tool off if dropped, and KickBack Control that shuts down the grinder’s motor should the tool become jammed. The grinder also has restart protection to prevent accidental start-up during battery insertion. Soft-start technology reduces start-up torque to ease into cuts.

“The Bosch GWS18V-45C grinder offers users the power they demand with additional safety and connectivity capabilities,” said Mike Iezzi, product manager, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “In the grinder market, it’s not enough to have just great power or outstanding maneuverability alone. A great tool brings both to the table and that’s what the GWS18V-45C does.”

The grinder features a two-position Vibration Control side handle, which provides greater control than previous generation Bosch cordless grinders. It also makes operation of the grinder less fatiguing for the user. The side handle can switch from left to right for additional control and a slim soft-grip design provides additional user comfort.

To learn more about the Bosch Bosch GWS18V-45C angle grinder or to find a local dealer, visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99. Check out www.bethepro.com for additional tips and videos.

OCTOBER 2017: NTCA UNIVERSITY UPDATE – 2018 NTCA University pricing includes free option for single contractor members

Thank you to everyone who took advantage of the introductory offer
for NTCA University. This offer gave your company access to NTCA
University through the end of 2017. We received a lot of feedback from members – some positive and some negative – but we listened to everyone and took all of this into consideration when we were developing pricing for 2018.
Below is pricing for all members – contractors or manufacturers – based upon the number of users they would like to have taking courses on the site.

• 1 – $50
• 2 – $99
• 3-15 – $149
• 16-50 – $199
• 51-100 – $299
• 101-150 – $399
• 151-200 – $499
• 201 or more – call for pricing
Free access for one-person shops Remember that NTCA now has a $50 voucher for the NTCA store that contractors can choose as one of their Parnering for Success vouchers. So let’s say that you are a one-person shop and choose to use the $50 voucher for access to NTCA University.

This means that you will have access for free to the site for the whole year. You’ll see this purchase option on the NTCA store as we get closer to the end of the year. And for those of you that want to pay your membership dues and NTCA University access together, we are currently looking into giving you this option when we mail out renewal notices at the end of the year.
As we get closer to completing two years of introductory courses and the development of our setter courses, we will continue to add courses to the site that you can use to train your employees. We have three sub-committees within the Training and Education Committee working on developing content for NTCA University. If you are interested in working with one of these committees please let me know. We can always use a new perspective on the types of courses that should be developed.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected].

OCTOBER 2017: MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Surfaces 15

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Partnership parlays passion and change for good into benefits for business and the industry

Greg Twarog and Edwardo Martinez formed the partnership Surfaces15 (www.facebook.com/surfaces15) three years ago with the concept of creating a diverse clientele and body of completed work. The company has held true to that goal, with an average of 25 projects going at all times, varying in size and job scope. By utilizing the vast talents of its teams, Surfaces15 (S15) – located in Downers Grove, Ill. – can tackle projects ranging from small remodeling repairs like replacing sealant on an old tub back to full scale remodeling projects refinishing basements, kitchens and baths or small to medium scale commercial build outs.
The company focuses on detailed, custom jobs, but also undertakes install production type projects on occasion, never sacrificing quality. S15 utilizes CTEF Certifi ed Tile Installers (CTIs) to install stone tiles, Saltillo, stone slabs, large thin gauged porcelain panels, LVT, VCT, custom and commercial carpet, hardwood, hardwood refinishing, engineered hardwood flooring, large-scale floor prep, epoxy, and conduct moisture mitigation. The team is Nuheat pro certified, skilled in wedi waterproof shower systems, and steam
shower installations. Though leading a young, three year old company, Twarog and Martinez have over 50 years of installation experience between them. Martinez is a second-generation flooring installer, working in the commercial and residential arenas;

Greg Twarog with recently-completed residential remodel in Crete, Ill.

Twarog is a first-generation tile setter, classically taught the tile trade from laborer to journeyman and eventually business owner – all the while specializing in the custom residential market. Both men bring the experience of owning their own flooring businesses to the mix. Twarog transitioned from business owner to working for a Chicago-area distributor during the recession, eventually moving up to outside sales rep. “When Edwardo and I met, and we both realized we shared the same passion and philosophy for the industry, we decided to move towards our common goal and form Surfaces15,” Twarog said.

Both agreed to build S15 from scratch from hard work and from their own skills and contacts and networks. After a year of business they decided – as Coverings 16 Chicago approached – that they would make it a point to attend and to participate with their vendors and network as much as they could for the week.

 

This project is a private residence and contract for a remodel in Crete, Ill. A
Leveltec tuning system eliminated the chance of lippage on this job.

“We went and after a weeklong discussion we both decided to make the investment into the NTCA,” Twarog said. Why did it take a week? Why not sign up right away? After all, there are vouchers after all and many benefits to be had. “Edwardo and I don’t do anything halfway,” Twarog said. “We knew if we decided to sign up we would be all-in. All-in for us, means we would want to both be CTEF CTIs and we would also both want to be State Ambassadors so we could both be a bigger part of the tile industry in a way that would set us apart from all the rest.”
Now, just over a year later they are both CTEF CTI certified as well as many in their network of installers. “In this short time we have been involved with many of our vendors through both the NTCA and the CTEF,” Twarog said. “This has been extremely gratifying to see the positive changes in both ourselves as well as our local industry.”

 

 

 

Surfaces15 and NTCA: creating change for good

As Martinez and Twarog show up as new NTCA Illinois Ambassadors, they have shared their vision with vendors and discovered they share the same passion for the goal for change. “We asked if they would be interested in hosting NTCA events and CTI test days,” Twarog said. “They liked the idea so much, that they have made special provisions with the CTEF for eligible contractors to take CTI tests at their local stores anywhere nationally. This is not only a huge commitment to their contractors but also their clients to help assure a successful install of their products they sell.

“That has been the greatest value that the NTCA has yielded to us, being able to successfully make a positive change and impact to our industry as a whole,” Twarog
added. “When you see Mark Heinlein drive into your town in the NTCA truck you know something will be learned and good change will come from it,” Twarog said. “That’s what is most important to us, and that is what we volunteer for – the positive change and the sharing of good installation practices so fewer failures occur.

Failures are never good for our industry. They make all our jobs more difficult when we go out to sell that big project we want to work on to the Mr. and Ms. Smiths or the general contractor that we have just met. “As you will see in our installations, it does not matter if Edwardo or I install the project, or if it’s our team members from our network, Surfaces15 has a passion for what we do that shows through in our workmanship and finished product,”
Twarog said. “We are always willing to lend an ear and offer or research advice to help,” he added. “Many already know this about us and it’s something that I don’t see ever changing.”

A residential project in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Surfaces 15 used The Tile Shop 8″ x 48″
planks, with Blanke edging and tuned with
MLT Mechanical Lippage Tuning system in this Indian Head Park, Ill., balcony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 32,000-sq.-ft. office buildout and warehouse space on Bradley Street in Chicago was for Power Homes. Surfaces 15 did all flooring aspects including grinding down entire building using large industrial equipment and edgers, and moisture mitigation. Tile is from Daltile, carpet tile from Mohawk and warehouse sealer coat from Sherwin
Williams.

OCTOBER 2017: BUSINESS TIP – NTCA launches new Career Center

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NTCA has added an updated, high-powered Career Center to its list of member benefi ts that allows you to bypass extraneous listings you’ll find on commercial job boards. The NCTA Career Center is tailored specifically for you. There are opportunities for both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can manage their job search, access job postings, post a resume, or join the job alert system. Employers can quickly post job openings, manage online recruiting efforts, advance resume searching, or reach targeted qualified applicants.

Job Seekers

The Career Center is designed to provide you with a better overall experience through a modern design and an intuitive interface. You will be able to access the Career Center through any device of your choice- smartphone, tablet, or desktop. Job seekers Once you create an account you can start and track your search. There’s an ability to manage resumes and set job alerts.

And the services to job seekers are free! In the Find a Job section, there is a listing of hand-picked employment opportunities culled from the web. Next to this listing is a link that enables you to upload your resume, and allow employers to find you! You can tailor your job search by state or do a nationwide search for the type of position you seek, and return 10-100 results at a time. In the Resources section, there is a collection of articles that will help you with a range of job related activities, like honing your resume, preparing for an interview and even planning a career change or using digital tools to network and gain exposure.

You can also schedule a session with a career expert who can coach you and answer your questions in one business day.

Employers
There are a number of recruitment options available for employers, starting from a single,
30-day job posting, and a number of enhanced packages. Search for
resumes, keep track of candidates, post information about your company, and much more. A template tab allows you to store letters, job posting templates and templates for questions you want to ask someone considering a career with your company.
Development of this iteration of the Career Center is in direct
response to NTCA member feedback. “One of the most consistent messages we have heard from our members recently is that the tile industry offers numerous career paths,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director. “From sales and installation, to training and technical assistance, to business and project management; there are so many great jobs for people who commit to learning about tile and stone.

We at the NTCA are excited to offer an easy-to-use program that will allow for people to post their resume to explore their options at furthering their career. As more and more people do this, we will be able to help connect companies looking for qualified people in the tile and stone industry to these candidates.”
Access the Career Center on the home page of the NTCA website at www.tile-assn.com or
paste either of these links in your browser: http://bit.ly/2yENKhA or http://careerwebsite.com.

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