This year, tens of thousands of attendees from every facet of the design community happened upon the Spain Pavilion at Coverings 2018, where the term eye candy took on a whole new meaning.
Arley Wholesale, Inc., the family-owned, third generation wholesale supplier of ceramic tile, natural stone, glass mosaics and sundry materials, is once again primed to host its 16th Annual Golf Classic and Tile & Stone Expo on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This will conclude the annual three day celebration, which includes the highly popular Arley Golf Classic on Monday, June 11th.
“Our event is really the only show of its type on the East Coast,” stated Arley’s President, Scott Levy. “Its main focus is designed around the needs of the retailer. We have over 30 major suppliers in our exhibit hall all three days, offering attendees a personal opportunity to meet with each of them firsthand. This way, they can see the actual displays and samples they will be able to sell from, talk to the factory representatives on a personal level and discuss real-time solutions while getting excited about all the new products.”
This event will entertain and educate over 250 guests. Arley will be bringing in not only new and innovative products, but will focus on existing value-added products and marketing opportunities they offer. “We want to be their partner in business, helping them to grow and profit. We even offer website creation for all of our retail partners who are competing against the big box stores.” Levy commented. “Buyers are young and digitally connected. If you are not online, you are not going to get these people into your showroom. Our customers need to stay relevant in the digital age. Our website program offers a ‘click and tile’ program, which lets one design room scenes with a desired Arley product, and customize bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms… and, commercial office spaces, by combining products and thus, achieving a realistic room design.”
Arley will be discussing its private labeling program, Qualis Ceramica, which protects their retail partners against price competition from internet retailers. They will also show how their B2B solution allows customers to see real time inventory and place orders directly with Arley. Arley representatives will demonstrate how the Arley App is constantly updated and can offer innovative selling solutions to help close sales more quickly and more profitably.
Levy concluded, “Every year, the Arley event grows… just as our company grows. We are bringing in new manufacturers, and we’ve expanded our warehouses to accommodate intensive inventory. We can successfully provide for the commercial markets as well as for the residential sector. We invite our customers and prospects to attend on June 12th and see the “Arley Advantage” for themselves.
Family-owned for three generations, Arley Wholesale remains the tile and stone supplier of choice by providing exceptional customer service, selection and stability to its customers. Arley Wholesale, Inc. 700 North South Road, Scranton, PA 18504. Call: 800.233.4107. www.arleywholesale.com
Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 38 states and the District of Columbia year-over-year (y/y) from April 2017 to April 2018, declined in 11 states and was unchanged in Montana, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released on Friday showed. The largest percentage gains again were in West Virginia (12%, 3,500 jobs) and Nevada (9.8%, 8,200), followed by Arizona (8.2%, 11,700), Utah (8.1%, 7,700) and Idaho (7.9%, 3,500). As in March, the most jobs were added in California (59,500, 7.4%), Texas (40,600, 5.7%) and Florida (34,900, 7.0%). The steepest percentage losses again occurred in North Dakota (-17%, -4,900), followed by South Dakota (-3.3%, -800), Iowa (-3.2%, -2,500 jobs) and Nebraska (-2.1%, -1,100). North Dakota lost the most construction jobs, followed by Iowa, Missouri (-1,500, -1.2%), South Carolina (-1,400, -1.4%) and Nebraska. For the month, employment rose in 29 states, fell in 19, and was flat in Mississippi, Montana and D.C. Texas was the only state to set a new record for construction employment. (AGC’s rankings are based on seasonally adjusted data, which in D.C, Nebraska, South Dakota and four other states is available only for construction, mining and logging combined.)
Two firms that track construction starts reported divergent results for April last week. The value of new construction starts in April tumbled 13% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, reversing an 11% jump in March, Dodge Data & Analytics reported on Thursday. “Nonbuilding construction (public works and electric utilities/gas plants) plunged 22% after its 74% hike in March that featured the start of the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline expansion in West Virginia and Virginia, as well as several large highway projects. Nonresidential building retreated 12% due to a slower pace by its institutional and manufacturing segments. Residential building dropped 9% with reduced activity for both single-family and multifamily housing. During the first four months of 2018, total [year-to-date] construction starts on an unadjusted basis were…down 7% from the same period of 2017 (which included very strong amounts for airport terminals and natural gas pipelines).” Residential building starts increased 4% year-to-date, nonresidential building starts plunged 18%, and nonbuilding starts fell 10%. On a 12-month moving total basis, total construction starts for the 12 months ending April 2018 matched the dollar amount that was reported for the 12 months ending April 2017.” ConstructConnect reported on Tuesday that year-to-date starts in January-April 2018 combined were down 15% from the same months of 2017, with residential building starts down 15% (single-family, +4%; multifamily -42%); nonresidential building starts down 27% (commercial, -33%; institutional, -13%; and industrial (manufacturing), -60%); and heavy engineering (civil) starts up 9%. The 12-month average through April 2018 was flat (residential, +4%; nonresidential building, -9%; civil, +13%).
Housing starts in April decreased 3.7% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate from the March rate and 13% from the April 2017 rate, the Census Bureau reported on Wednesday. Single-family starts inched up 0.1% for the month and 7.2% y/y. Multifamily starts (in buildings with five or more units), which are often volatile, slid 13% for the month, following a 15% leap in March, and jumped 19% y/y. Starts increased 9.1% year-to-date (8.3% for single-family and 10% for multifamily). Building permits, a fairly reliable indicator of near-term starts, declined 1.8% for the month but rose 7.7% y/y. Single-family permits gained 0.9% and 7.9%, respectively. Multifamily permits fell 7.4% for the month but increased 6.4% y/y. Permits increased 8.8% year-to-date (single-family, 8.6%; multifamily, 8.1%).
Inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (real GDP) increased in 47 states and D.C. in the fourth quarter of 2017, decreased in North and South Dakota and was flat in New York, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on May 4. “Mining and construction were the leading contributors to the increase in real GDP in Texas, the fastest-growing state.” Construction contributed 0.77 percentage points of the 5.2% increase in Texas’s state GDP. “Construction increased 8.4% nationally and contributed to growth in 49 states and [D.C.]. In addition to Texas, this industry also made a notable contribution to the increase in real GDP in Florida” (0.59 percentage points of a 3.7% growth in state GDP). Nationally, construction contributed 0.35 points out of GDP growth of 2.7%. The largest construction contributions were in Colorado (0.88 points of 3.2% growth in state GDP) and West Virginia (0.81 points of 1.0% growth in state GDP). Construction shrank only in North Dakota (-0.33 points out of a 1.3% decline in state GDP).
BLS issued a report on characteristics of the foreign-born workforce in 2017 on Thursday. Foreign-born workers were more likely than native-born workers to be employed in construction and extraction occupations (9.3% of foreign-born workers vs. 4.4% of native-born workers). The employment disparity was especially great for men: 15.6% of foreign-born men vs. 8.2% of native-born men were employed in construction and extraction occupations.
The Census Bureau sent letters on May 1 with instructions for online response to the Economic Census (Census of Construction for construction firms). Companies who receive the census are required by law to respond. Due date is June 12.
In case you missed the action, here are a few highlights:
- Live build-out of a tiny home designed by The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installed by Visalia Ceramic Tile featuring Ceramics of Italy products
- Cancos Tile & Stone was honored with the 2018 Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award
- Winners of the 2018 Tile Competition were announced including Studio Libeskind, Ziger/Snead and ZAS Architects + Interiors
- World premiere of Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy, a film commemorating the 25th anniversary of the tile competition, directed by Francesca Molteni and architectural historian Fulvio Irace
If you have ICFF on your calendar this week, make sure to stop by the Ceramics of Italy Pavilion (booths 2219-2319) where 15 brands will showcase the latest trends in tile – from porcelain emulating terrazzo, marble and eucalyptus wood to new designer collections and outdoor tile.
Members of the Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) united on April 13, 2018, in Tampa, Florida, to hear preliminary results of the FCLC installation labor force research initiative currently being conducted by The Blackstone Group Inc., a Chicago-based research firm. The initiative will provide an in-depth look at the current and future state of the flooring covering installation labor force.
The FCLC initiative has three primary objectives:
- Estimating the size of the gaps between the supply of and the demand for floor covering installers, now and in five and ten years.
- Quantifying the financial impact of the installer shortage up the supply chain.
- Identifying the key drivers of the installer shortage as well as potential solutions.
Work is complete on the initiative’s first three tasks: resource identification, preliminary analysis of labor force issues, and in-depth telephone interviews with industry stakeholders.
The preliminary analysis of installer labor issues delivered a profile of the floor covering installation labor force; an examination of the gaps between supply and demand; estimates of the size of the gaps now and in five and ten years; and approaches to analyzing the financial impacts of installer shortages on the supply chain.
In-depth telephone interviews targeted qualified stakeholders from key segments of the industry, including floor covering installers, builders, unions, retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. These interviews gathered insights on the drivers of shortages, the importance of training and certification, barriers to recruiting installers, the upstream financial impacts of installer shortages, and potential solutions to the shortages. Participants were asked to comment on the impacts that immigration, globalization, automation, regulatory changes, labor unions, product mix changes, and competition have had on flooring installation in the past five to ten years.
The fourth phase of the research is an online assessment being sent to a pool of industry stakeholders compiled by the members of the FCLC. The assessment has launched and will conclude by June. All who receive invitations to the assessment are strongly encouraged to respond.
The next meeting of the FCLC Communications Committee is scheduled for July 20, 2018, in Chicago. Final results of the floor covering installation labor force research are scheduled to be delivered to the FCLC membership on August 15, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.
The Belknap White Group (BWG), one of America’s leading full-service flooring distributors, recently hosted its Annual Spring Showcase Convention in Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort. More than 50 key BWG suppliers were there to showcase their latest products and sales offerings to over 250 of BWG’s customers.
BWG’s President, Paul Castagliuolo had this to say about the Spring Showcase, “This was one of our best events we’ve ever staged. We have not hosted this in a few years, and we were thrilled with the result of bringing it back. We tweaked the format to allow more time for the reps, dealers and guests to spend together… and, it really paid off. The enthusiasm was incredible, and throughout its entirety, the show had a really positive vibe to it.”
“We were excited to re-introduce our annual Spring Showcase,” said BWG’s Executive Vice President of Sales, Bill Prescott. “The event was well received by all of our customers and we want to thank our vendor partners for their support. Frankly speaking, without them, this event would not have been a success. Plans are already in the works for 2019 to make it even bigger and better.”
Sanding and polishing applications are time consuming tough work. In order to reduce the fatigue of the polishing professional, we ergonomically designed the VDP-700. This lightweight polisher is comfortable to hold and easy to control during the entire operation. This is done with one of two handle designs that come with the unit (C-Handle & Side Handle). The VDP-700 offers the variable speed range from 700 to 3,500 rpm.
The Unit was built with a 1250w (Rated) and 1900w (Maximum) motor along with heavy-duty precision gear system for the most demanding polishing tasks, to ensure reliability and high performance. With a 25ft, 14 AWG electrical power cord, you can cover large work areas without connecting to an extension cord. This feature assures maximum power from the electrical circuit and avoids overheating of the motor.
We also offer variety of accessories for this polisher such as a rotary back pads, diamond face foam pads, wool pads, microfiber pads, and other abrasive products.
For more information, visit our website at www.alpha-tools.comor contact us at 800-648-7229.
Alpha Professional Tools® has re-designed the popular AWS-125 Wet Stone Cutter, which had changed the way we cut out sink holes using a manual cutting application. The ESC-125 was created based upon the feedback from fabricators in preparation for the new silica rule change by OSHA in 2017. To reduce the silica particles, we added a dust cover on the side of the blade guard to redirect the dust from the cutting edge into an attached HEPA vacuum for dry dust removal. The ESC-125 is equipped with a newly designed Water Jet System that delivers sufficient water to cool the cutting edge as well as removes slurry from the cutting line ahead of the stone cutter.
Equipped with the Water Jet is a Hybrid Kink/Memory-Free Water Hose that comes with a quick disconnect garden hose adapter.
The new Clamping System, located on the side of the blade, ensures cutting stability, whether doing a step cut 3cm sink hold cut-out or making a groove for the reinforcement rod with much smaller diameter blades.
For more information, visit our website at www.alpha-tools.com or contact us at 800-648-7229
Reinterpretation and hyper-realism are the key characteristics of the new products showcased in Atlanta
At Coverings 2018, the most important North American exhibition for the ceramic sector, Flaviker has showcased its new HYPER and RIVER tile collections combining innovation, HD digital decoration and Italian design. The Solignano-based companys exhibit in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, has offered a fascinating exploration of materials developed through its research efforts, a long-term stylistic and aesthetic project that has constantly expanded the potential for use of ceramic tiles and made them an increasingly popular material in the world of interior design.
Hyper-realism is the style concept behind the new offerings from Flaviker, particularly the HYPER collection inspired by the aesthetics of concrete. Along with the sheer variety of its versatile and contemporary surfaces, the 3D graphic design has meticulously preserved all the marks of the natural industrial concrete ageing process. HYPER also includes the precious capsule collection developed in collaboration with Tattoo & Visual artist Tiziano Colella, consisting of a series of decorated panels inspired by the visual language of street art.
The RIVER collection offers an original interpretation of terrazzo floors, skilfully combining surface homogeneity with the beauty of individual fragments while preserving the signs of wear and tear experienced over the centuries. Based on an outstanding interpretation of the popular recomposed material trend, one of the most interesting decorative solutions to have emerged in recent years, RIVER reproduces elegant micro-pebbles with extraordinary three-dimensional effects. Skilfully designed long, thin cracks are used to create a sense of movement in surfaces available in sizes ranging from 160×320 cm down to the smallest and most decorative submultiples 10×60 cm and 30×30 cm.
A contemporary concrete tile collection that combines breakthrough engineering and art
You’ve seen concrete tiles on the floor, used as exterior cladding, and on the occasional feature wall. Now, Lunada Bay Tile is breaking design boundaries with Contourz, a tactile collection of concrete tiles that elevates the beauty of vertical and horizontal planes.
Modern shapes and colors, together with unparalleled artistry and engineering, construct dynamic surfaces for a variety of spaces. Contourz three-dimensional tiles transform walls into sculpture, while flat field tiles create an atmosphere that ranges from quiet elegance to industrial.
“Concrete is a beautiful, sustainable medium,” says Feras Irikat, Director of Design and Marketing at Lunada Bay Tile. “The Contourz collection’s architectural nature, soft color palette and satin matte tactile surface allows it to play well with many other materials.”
Irikat worked on the collection’s design in collaboration with Lunada Bay Tile President and CEO Carl Steadly and Mike Taylor, an engineer with 11 years of experience in the concrete tile industry. Together, theydesigned and engineered the collection to the highest specifications for residential and commercial installations. The tiles measure just 8 millimeters thick—a similar thickness to standard ceramic and glass tiles—extending design opportunities with the ability to combine easily with other tile collections within the Lunada Bay Tile portfolio.
“Imagine that you can now use concrete on a kitchen backsplash or a shower wall without taking up any more thickness or design real estate than standard tile choices,” Irikat proposes. “It makes it easy to incorporate these tiles into residential or commercial applications, indoors or outdoors, and blend them with other elements to create the look you desire. The collection creates the ultimate toolbox of creativity for designers and architects.”
Designed and manufactured in Lunada Bay Tile’s new facility in Southern California, the collection consists of nine shapes:
- 3 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
- 6 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
- 4-inch Hex — hexagonal flat field tile
- Fanfare Hex — three-dimensional 4-inch hexagonal tile with raised linear peaks
- Trifecta — three-dimensional triangular tile with intertwining patterns of slopes and curved lines
- Zen Break A and Zen Break B — three-dimensional 3 x 9-inch rectangular tiles with angled inclines that can be coordinated to create striped, diamond and chevron patterns
- Retro Curve — liner featuring soft bullnose edges
- In & Out — liner featuring a bullnose edge on one side and a cove edge on the other
Contourz is available in 18 modern hues, including warm and cool grays and shades of taupe and brown. The collection can be specified for interior and exterior walls, including wet/dry walls, light traffic floors, and has similar characteristics and care requirements as natural stone.