MIPA introduces large-format terrazzo collection

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Italian tile manufacturer MIPA presents its new oversize terrazzo collection SLABS/Big Size Palette which is born to give shape to great ideas.

A collection is in tune with the most contemporary style trends where the mix of nature and technology creates a new material. The marble chips’ sizes and the colors of the 40 × 40 cm and 60 × 60 cm formats  makes them ideal for installation in large settings.

terrazzo look porcelain tilesThe palette is composed of colors that recall the traditional Italian Venetian floors in a new contemporary perspective, available in11 colorways from light neutrals, to moody darks. https://www.mipadesign.it/en/colorset/big_size_palette/

Belknap White Group to distribute Crossville’s Astral Plane Porcelain Tile Collection

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Mansfield, Massachusetts. The Belknap White Group (BWG), one of America’s leading full-service flooring distributors, will be now distributing Crossville, Inc.’s Astral Plane Porcelain Tile Collection. This unique, stone-look product will be available via BWG throughout all of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of upstate New York.

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Astral Plane Pavo

“We are excited to add this product line to our company’s offerings,” stated Dave Godlewski, Belknap White’s Vice President Ceramic Division. “The Astral Plane Collection, produced right here in the United States, offers unprecedented visual depth achieved through Crossville’s state-of-the-art manufacturing process. The collection provides designers with versatile choices suited for a wide-range of both commercial and residential applications.”

By combining the look of “biophilic” natural stone with easy maintenance… and, being available in four neutral colors: Altair, Magellan, Pavo and Draco, Astral Plane provides lasting appeal for any installation.

Offered in three rectified field tile sizes—24×24”, 12×24”, and 6×24”, the Astral Plane Collection allows for mixing and matching in a variety of patterns. Two mosaic options, a 2×2″ and a random mosaic, invite creativity and versatility to complete any design. The covebase and bullnose trim pieces add the finishing touch. For more information, contact The Belknap White Group at http://www.BelknapWhite.com



iQ PowerTools names new President

iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection technology, has announced the promotion of Paul Guth to President.

For over 15 years, Paul has been the Vice President of Product Development at iQ Power Tools.  A third-generation mason by trade, Paul brings over 30 years’ experience as a general, masonry, concrete and tile contractor, providing major contractor insight to all of iQ Power Tools’ designs.

As the firm’s lead designer, Paul not only manages a creative team for solution-based tool designs, he also has invented, designed and patented several innovative new tools and fastening solutions for the construction industry. A true inventor, Paul currently holds ten patents plus numerous new inventions in patent-pending stages.

During Paul’s extensive career, he has managed the research and development, production, and distribution of related construction power tools, diamond blades, fasteners, and more. He has been responsible for introducing game-changing dust collection solutions to the construction marketplace via new product launches and industry tradeshows.

Paul is an active member of the Masonry Industry Training Association, Masonry Contractors Association of California, Masonry Contractors Association of America and the California Association of Specialty Contractors.

“I am very excited about this new leadership role,” exclaimed Guth. “I’m eager to continue bringing to market innovative power tools that increase jobsite efficiency and safety.”

Recognizing that health and safety in construction is a global issue, Paul is spearheading the path to expand iQ Power Tools beyond North America to the global construction markets starting in Europe, Australia, and eventually, the world.

About iQ Power Tools

iQ Power Tools manufactures a comprehensive range of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems for the concrete, masonry, hardscape and tile sectors. The company was founded by third-generation masons Joel and Paul Guth, who have logged over 30 years each in the masonry industry. Decades of experience taught them about dust problems; their company started out creating tools to solve their own problems only to realize these same issues affected all contractors… mess, money and a threat to the health and safety of the industry. iQ Power Tools envisions a future where their innovation helps create a 100% dust-free environment: jobsites are safer, work practices are healthier… and, the construction industry becomes even more sustainable.

Doug Turner named CEO/President of Lamosa USA

Lamosa Group has announced that it has appointed Doug Turner as Chief Executive Officer/President of Lamosa USA, effective immediately.

Turner is a 30-year veteran of the flooring and tile industry. Over those 30 years he has led sales teams with notable manufacturers such as Bruce Hardwood, Mohawk Industries and American Olean/Marazzi. In addition, he has directed the product and marketing efforts of west coast distributor Tri-West and most recently American Tile Supply, a subsidiary of ACME Brick.

While the Lamosa Group has been a long-time player in the United States market selling to both distributors and home centers, they are developing new products and programs at a record pace targeted at both the residential and commercial market for the consumer, architect and designer. Lamosa Group’s history in Mexico shows its commitment to excellence and being the third largest manufacturing group in the world gives us the ability to become a market leader.

In his new role Turner will lead the development of the US strategy for the Lamosa USA brand into multiple channels in the market.

Nemo Tile unveils Fusion glass mosaic collection

Nemo Tile + Stone unveils Fusion,  a versatile glass mosaic collection available in four textural patterns: piccolo, hexagon, penny, and tweed. The piccolo, hexagon, and penny patterns appear in a varying gloss and matte finish mix, providing depth, sheen, and an illusion of a 3D mosaic. The tweed pattern makes its own unique statement in a chic, matte finish. In addition to the pattern variety, Fusion is available in a broad spectrum of colorways (14 to be exact), further enhancing its individualized application potential. Mesh mounted on 12” x 12” sheets, which eases the installation process, this collection is suitable as both a floor and wall surface for residential, commercial, and hospitality settings.For more information, visit http://www.nemotile.com.

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Fusion Shadow Hex

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Fusion Pebble Tweed



The ARDEX SystemOneTM Warranty just got even better – because no one likes taking risks!


Aliquippa, PA (December 6, 2018) – ARDEX Americas offers complete installation solutions backed by the most comprehensive full-replacement warranty in the industry, SystemOne™. ARDEX solutions have always provided the ultimate peace of mind for architects, specifiers, facility managers, building owners, contractors and flooring installation professionals. And it just got better – the maximum warranty level for select products has been increased and more products have been added!

elephant walking the plankWarranties generally protect installing contractors from a product failure when following proper installation techniques and industry standards. If a product breaks down or loses strength within a given time period due to a manufacturing or formulation defect, the cost of the product is covered by the warranty. The ARDEX SystemOne warranty, however, goes beyond a simple product warranty. It is a full replacement warranty to include material and labor for any necessary reparations, giving an installer confidence on the jobsite and ultimate peace of mind when using ARDEX systems.

The SystemOne warranty is divided into two segments – general flooring and tile and stone – and is designed to offer the best solution for any type of installation.  Visit the ARDEX Americas website to learn more about the products and years covered.

In order to qualify for this type of warranty, given instructions and specifications, as outlined in the respective ARDEX SystemOne warranty, technical documents as well as industry standard practices have to be followed.

To educate about the SystemOne warranty, requirements and products covered, ARDEX offers a specialized training as part of the ARDEX Academy Technical Training Program. These seminars, like all ARDEX Academy seminars, are free of charge. Anyone interested in attending a class can find all available dates and training locations online, as well as sign up for a particular training course. The training is not required to qualify for the ARDEX warranty, but it is highly recommended.

Learn more about ARDEX and the SystemOne warranty and visit www.ardexamericas.com or call 1-888-512-7339 to get in contact with an ARDEX Sales Representative near you.










James Hardie to introduce the first and only waterproof cement backer board on the market


Cut installation time.  Not quality.  James Hardie Building Products Inc. announces the addition of HardieBacker® 500 Waterproof Cement Board to its HardieBacker® product portfolio, making it the first and only waterproof cement backer board on the market.  Everything you’ve come to expect from the most preferred brand of backer board* – exceptional performance, ease of use, and excellent tile adhesion –  now with a waterproof composition throughout the board.

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Passing ANSI 118.10 for waterproofness, HardieBacker® 500 Waterproof Cement Board protects tile installations and wall cavities from moisture penetration, eliminating the need to spend extra time applying waterproof coating across the entire surface area of your wall project.  After waterproof application to the joints and fasteners only, you can move on with the confidence that your work and reputation are secured.  HardieBacker® 500 Waterproof Cement Board delivers lasting results in less time with no compromise on quality.  Solidify your work and protect your reputation with HardieBacker® 500 Waterproof Cement Board.

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To learn more about this new product, visit James Hardie Building Products at TISE 2019 for a sneak preview – James Hardie Building Products, booth #4919 – or check out the company website for updates at www.hardiebacker.com.

*According to the 2017 Tile and Stone Installation Contractor Market Study conducted by Clear Seas Research in partnership with the NTCA and TILE Magazine.

Starnet Appoints 2 New Business Developers


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DARIEN, CT (December 14, 2018) – Starnet, the world’s largest network of full-service independent flooring contractors, announced the creation of two new staff positions designed to strengthen the existing partnerships between its members and its vendor network.

Eric Boender, Starnet’s Director of Floor Care and National Accounts, has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development overseeing site applied surfaces, adhesives, floor prep and moisture mitigation systems as well as the floor care business.  Since joining Starnet in 2011, Eric has successfully developed a best in class post-installation maintenance program and has been instrumental in launching numerous business-building partnership programs between the member and vendor networks.

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Bruce Campos (l) and Eric Boende (r)

Starnet is also excited to announce the appointment of Bruce Campos to the position of Vice President of Business Development.  Working with Eric, Bruce will oversee market initiatives for manufactured flooring and accessories, wholesale distribution, business services and business equipment. Bruce brings over 20 years of experience in commercial flooring on both the manufacturer and contractor side of the business.  Most recently, he served as Vice President of Sales for The Mohawk Group targeting the workplace and retail segments.

Both Eric and Bruce will report to Mark Bischoff, Vice-President Vendor Relations.

“As our member and vendor networks partner for success we have seen rapid growth.” said Chuck Bode, Starnet Chairman of the Board. “Eric’s expanded role and Bruce’s addition to the team reconfirms our commitment to the mutual goal of increasing demand and growing market share of our member and vendor networks.”

For more information, contact http://www.starnetflooring.com


Coverings Awards Deadlines Extended; complimentary registration now open


You now have more time to submit your top projects from the past two years to the 2019 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile & stone in residential, institutional and commercial projects. Submit your projects before the new deadline of Friday, January 11.

Winners receive:

  • Projects displayed onsite at Coverings 2019
  • Up to $3,000 in prize money
  • One-night hotel stay at Coverings 2019
  • Recognition during the CID Awards Reception at Coverings 2019
  • Coverage in sponsored publications

Rock Star Nomination Deadline Also Extended

Realizing it’s a busy time of year, the deadline for Coverings 2019 Rock Star nominations has also been extended to Friday, January 11. The Coverings Rock Stars program honors and celebrates emerging leaders in the tile & stone industry and provides them with unique professional development opportunities. If you know of a talented young industry professional, nominate them today.

Coverings Rock Stars receive:

  • One-night hotel stay at Coverings 2019
  • Recognition during the Rock Star Awards during Coverings 2019
  • Coverage in press and social media
  • Feature on Coverings website for one year
  • Special Rock Star ribbon for Coverings badge

Complimentary Registration is Open

Whether you are a specifier, builder, remodeler, distributor, fabricator, installer, contractor or retailer, you will find everything you need to enhance your tile & stone expertise at Coverings 2019 in Orlando. Improve your bottom line by making deals directly with 1,100+ global exhibitors. Learn from panel discussions, live demonstrations, and case study presentations happening on and off the show floor. Take your business to the next level at Coverings 2019, April 9-12 in Orlando, Florida.

To enter a project, nominate a Rock Star or get more information about Coverings, visit http://www.coverings.com.

LATICRETE’s MULTIMAX™ Lite mortar offers Worry-Free Installations of tile and stone

MULTIMAX Lite is suitable for a wide variety of interior,

exterior and submerged applications


December 17, 2018, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has introduced MULTIMAX™ Lite, the ultimate one-step, non-sag, Large-and-Heavy-Tile mortar for interior and exterior installations of ceramic tile, porcelain tile, glass tile and stone. Offering superior bond strength and adhesion, MULTIMAX Lite exceeds ANSI 118.15, the industry’s highest performance standard for a cementitious-based adhesive mortar, and thanks to its light weight, can be more easily transported and troweled. A 25-pound (11.3 kilogram) bag provides the same coverage as a 50-pound (22.7 kilogram) bag of standard mortar. Additionally, MULTIMAX Lite contains no silica sand benefiting workers on the jobsite with reduced exposure to respirable silica.

multimax lite mortar package

“MULTIMAX Lite offers customers an easy solution to an ongoing problem. Rather than requiring contractors to carry several types of mortar, MULTIMAX Lite is suitable for interior, exterior and submerged applications of Large-and-Heavy-Tile wall and thin-bed installations, thus eliminating an excess of product on-site and simplifying the entire installation process,” said Jonathan Scott, LATICRETE Senior Product Manager. “To increase productivity and flexibility on the job site, MULTIMAX Lite offers users an extended 40-minute open time, which is a major selling point for this product.”


For maximum strength and durability, MULTIMAX Lite boasts KevlarⓇ reinforcement, and features antimicrobial protection to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. MULTIMAX Lite also utilizes LATICRETEⓇ HYDROMATIC CURE CHEMISTRY™ which accelerates the hydration process to rapidly consume water in the system, allowing the material to cure in a predictable manner.


Available in grey and white, MULTIMAX Lite is GREENGUARD Certified for sustainable building and is a component of the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty providing peace of mind for lasting installations.


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