James Hardie Distribution Update for Pittsburgh District

Effective immediately, Boise Cascade will service the Pittsburgh District

James Hardie Building Products, the world leader in fiber cement siding, announced an addition to its distribution partnerships today for the Pittsburgh District that will allow for the continued growth of its fiber cement siding and trim business.

Effective immediately, Boise Cascade, Wheatland, PA will carry the full range of James Hardie® siding, trim and interior products to service Western Pennsylvania, while Boise Cascade, Westfield, MA will service Western New York. There are no changes to existing partnerships with National Industrial Lumber Company (NILCO).

“With this change in distribution we believe Boise Cascade and NILCO will provide an exceptional level of support for James Hardie products into the building materials dealers in the Pittsburgh District,” said Andrew Bella, Northeast Regional Sales Manager of James Hardie Building Products.

The Pittsburgh District distributors will offer the complete line of James Hardie® products including HardiePlank® lap siding, HardiePanel® vertical siding, HardieShingle® siding, HardieSoffit® panels and HardieTrim® boards.  All products are available with ColorPlus® Technology for a variety of design options through numerous colors and textures. James Hardie siding products are also backed by one of the strongest warranties in the industry.

The James Hardie product portfolio also includes HardieBacker® cement board, the top selling brand of backer board.

Customers can contact the distribution partners listed here with questions regarding delivery schedules and product availability:

For more information about James Hardie products, please visit www.jameshardiepros.com.

About James Hardie Building Products Inc.
James Hardie is the global leader in fiber cement technology and has been furthering founder James Hardie’s innovative, entrepreneurial legacy around the world for more than 125 years. It invented fiber cement siding products in the early 1980s as a durable, lower-maintenance alternative to wood and vinyl. Its products combine innovation and versatility to offer a variety of design possibilities, matched with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where the product is being used. Currently installed on more than 8 million homes in North America, James Hardie has earned a favorable reputation within the industry and has been specified in some of the country’s most prestigious projects. For more information about James Hardie visit www.jameshardie.com.

WarmlyYours Launches New Towel Warmer/Radiant Panel Controls

WarmlyYours has launched a brand-new line of controls that can be used with both electric towel warmers and radiant panels.

WarmlyYours is a radiant heating manufacturer that specializes in electric floor heating in addition to luxury comfort products like towel warmers and infrared radiant heating panels. The company launched the new line of controls to compliment recent additions to the product portfolio. In the fourth quarter of 2018, WarmlyYours launched both the Cosmopolitan Collection of hardwired towel warmers and a line of hardwired Ember radiant panels.

The new collection of controls includes 5 new models—2 plug-in and 3 hardwired variants. These will be replacing the previous controls which were limited to only towel warmers. The new collection has models that correspond to the previously available controls, including a hardwired programmable timer and a WiFi switch along with a plug-in WiFi switch. However, the models offer some unique advantages including an increased warranty (increased from 1 year to 5 years), swappable faceplates for color matching walls (hardwired controls only), and 2 brand-new “countdown timer” options so that you can set your device to run for only a certain duration.

In addition to being capable of being controlled remotely by a smart device, the new Hardwired WiFi Switch and Plug-in WiFi Switch controls are also compatible with voice control via a system like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Julia Billen, owner and president of WarmlyYours said that securing these additional features was the main driving factor behind the development of this new line.

“We listened to our customers and this new line of controls has incorporated a lot of the great ideas that came from that process,” said Billen. “The end result is a series of controls that really help our customers get the most out of their radiant heating solutions.”

For more information about these new controls, visit https://www.warmlyyours.com/towel-warmers/controls.


About WarmlyYours Radiant Heating

For nearly 20 years, WarmlyYours Radiant Heating has offered the industry’s most innovative solutions in radiant heating technology, from our flagship floor- heating systems and radiant wall panels to snow-melting systems, as well as comfort products, including towel warmers, mirror defoggers, shower floor and bench heating, and countertop heaters. With locations in the United States and Canada, WarmlyYours provides unrivaled personalized customer support from start to finish, featuring measuring and design services, 24/7 technical support, and our No Nonsense™ Warranty. For more information, visit www.WarmlyYours.com.


Milestone recently announced that it has added Jorge Fernandez and Sean Gelnaw to its regional sales team. These two industry veterans bring nearly 40 years of combined experience working in several sales roles within the flooring industry and beyond.

Jorge Fernandez

Fernandez will represent Milestone with accounts in the Southeast territory, whichincludes accounts in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Fernandez most recently served as area sales manager for COMPAC, where he expanded sales of high-end engineered quartz surfaces in the South Florida area. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Fernandez’s diverse background makes him an important addition to Milestone’s Southeastern accounts. A graduate of the University of Lima, Fernandez received his MBA in business from Florida Atlantic University in 1997.

Gelnaw’s responsibilities will involve the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes accounts in

Sean Gelnaw

Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. An experienced flooring sales representative, Gelnaw comes to Milestone from Caesar USA, where he served as the company’s northeast regional sales manager. Previously, Gelnaw served as architectural and regional sales representative for Artistic Tile’s accounts in the greater New York City area. Gelnaw holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rider University.

“Jorge and Sean each bring unique skills and experience, and they will be tremendous assets to our sales team,” Matteo Simoni, Milestone VP of sales, said. “Both men understand the needs and tastes of customers in their respective markets, and we are excited to see how they can demonstrate the ways Milestone can bring their visions to reality.”


Milestone offers luxurious Italian-designed porcelain tile manufactured in the heartland of America. The North American division of the Florim Group, an international innovator in porcelain floor and wall tile, Milestone has a long history of producing high fashion, top-quality products.


For more information, visit www.milestonetiles.com and follow Milestone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Creative Edge Mastershop Sold to Local Investory

Creative Edge Master Shop, which was founded by Jim Belilove 30 years ago, has announced a transition of ownership to a chosen buyer, Weaton Capital, which will continue Belilove’s legacy and retain operations in Fairfield, Iowa. The sale includes two other divisions of Creative Edge (ToolKeepers and Resilient Flooring) with Belilove remaining as a principal for four years.

“Nate Weaton is a born-and-bred Iowan and Fairfield resident with deep roots in this community,” says Belilove. “He plans to be involved in daily operations at our factory. While provided the investment capital, he’s not an arms-length investor. Rather, he’s a ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ investor.”

Weaton & Belilove

Weaton says that his company’s guiding principle is to protect and value the founder’s legacy when they invest in a company. “We hung out our shingle because we want to be local, we want to invest in Iowa businesses,” he says.

Back in 1988, abrasive-waterjet technology was relatively unknown, used for cutting frozen vegetables and windshields, its artistic potential untapped. Creative Edge pioneered the use of waterjet-technology to create intricate, Renaissance-quality designs for stone and tile flooring. Today Creative Edge is known worldwide for creating more than 10,000 floors and wall murals in hotel lobbies, airports, children’s hospitals, churches, and government buildings. Some CEMS high profile, award-winning projects include the Astronaut Memorial at Kennedy Space Center, visitor’s center at West Point and the entryway to Disney World in Florida. Recent award-winning projects include the marble front lobby medallion at the Bellagio Las Vegas; the steel-and-granite “Spotlight on Broadway” sidewalk in Times Square; and the 70,000-square-foot terrazzo floor at Pittsburgh International Airport.

To be noted, Creative Edge is one of the few Iowa companies that exports a made-in-the USA product to other countries, contributing to both the national and local economies. “People often think this level of artistry could only be created overseas with cheaper labor,” says Belilove. “But Creative Edge installations are actually a perfect combination of American manufacturing and American design.”

Nate Weaton of Weaton Capital feels his new association with CEMS is a perfect fit, like “inserting a square peg in a square hole.” Weaton brings a wealth of relevant experience to Creative Edge, with a background of both entrepreneurial ventures and large public-company experiences. “You keep doing what you’re doing,” he says. “You build on the really great thing, which in the case of CEMS, are beautiful installations that Jim has created globally. This has impact, and I wouldn’t think of changing the brand.”

Belilove laughs when he shares the way he pictures the transaction. “I was driving the stagecoach, and then Nate Weaton climbed aboard,” he says. “We came to an agreement, and without stopping it or changing how Creative Edge operates, he will now have the reins. It’s the same stagecoach and the same direction. I’m now the seasoned sidekick, sitting shotgun.”

About Creative Edge Master Shop

Creative Edge Master Shop is the pioneer and world leader in the application of waterjet technology to architectural fabrication. Since its founding in 1988, the company has completed more than 10,000 projects and introduced the world to the remarkable possibilities of waterjet fabrication for architecture and design. Headquartered in Fairfield Iowa, the company has contributed its signature products to a number of landmark architectural projects including O’Hare International Airport, Astronauts’ Memorial at Kennedy Space Center, Federal Reserve Bank in Minnesota,  Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom, Pittsburgh International Airport, Lackland Air Force Base, The Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan and many other Las Vegas venues… and,  shopping centers, airports, hotels, casinos, convention centers and prestigious residences throughout the world.

John Huarte, University of Notre Dame Alumni, Gives Back

It is no secret that Arizona Tile founder, John Huarte, has strong and lasting ties with his alma mater. The shared legacy between John and the University of Notre Dame is one that is so profound, it can still be felt by many, years after the glorious revival of the 1964 Fighting Irish football team. Though his Heisman-winning battle to bring the University’s losing football team to victory has long been fought, his devotion to the University remains true. In November 2018, John along with his wife Eileen had the opportunity to give back to Notre Dame via a gracious donation of $1 million, intended to establish an endowment for grants in aid to student-athletes. Though generous, the gesture is a small way for a gracious graduate to give back to the school he loves most.

Growing up in a sports-loving family on his father’s citrus farm, John’s appreciation for Notre Dame began at a mere 12 years of age. Listening to Notre Dame radio at the time only heightened his admiration for the University. When his older brother decided to enroll he decided that he too would follow suit.
Once enrolled at the University, John joined the football team but did not see much playing time.However, upon completion of his first few years and more notably, as a member of the unsuccessful football team, John suffered an injury to his shoulder that would have likely cost him his entire football career. Had he opted for surgery, as was recommended by three different doctors, the fate of John and his beloved team would have most certainly been altered.
During his senior year, however, at the recommendation of one more doctor and urged by first-year coach, Ara Parseghian, John decided against surgery, allowing his shoulder to rest instead. This decision bought him time to regain strength and return to the football field, hailing an endless flurry of victories thereafter.
Giving Back
With the help of his strategically “mined” team, John and Ara led the Fighting Irish to an
impressive 9-1 season. At a crossroads where the course of his life could have changed,
John found unwavering support and sound advice. The ripple effect of such advice led
him to win coveted awards, play on more than five professional football teams, and grow
his most beloved prize to date: his family.Now more than 54 years later, the gracious
alumni has found the opportunity to give back.
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 eight 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, slate, marble, limestone and quartz, plus unique glass mosaics, 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 40 years.

Natural Stone Institute press release: 2019 Stone Industry Education Series

The Natural Stone Institute and Stone World magazine are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2019 Stone Industry Education Series. Stone Summits will be held in ten cities across the United States.

The ten Stone Summits scheduled for 2019 will cover a wide variety of topics relevant to natural stone fabricators, including maximizing shop efficiency and profits, using metrics to measure success, understanding OSHA safety regulations, and creating a plan for finding and retaining top talent. 2019 Stone Summits will be facilitated by a team of experienced industry leaders including GK Naquin (Stone Interiors), Tony Malisani (Malisani, Inc.), Duane Naquin (Stone Interiors), and Eric Tryon (Premier Surfaces.)

Participants who register by February 1 will receive a 20% discount. For more information, please visit www.stoneindustryeducation.com.

2019 Stone Industry Education Series:

February 28

Texas Stone Summit: Analyzing Shop Performance

Arizona Tile

Dallas, TX

March 21

California Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms

Pacific Shore Stones

Modesto, CA

May 2

Utah Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms

Arizona Tile

Salt Lake City, UT

May 23

Connecticut Stone Summit: Stone Shop Management

Boston Granite Exchange

East Haven, CT

June 13

Ohio Stone Summit: Knowing Your Business


Cleveland, OH

July 11

Missouri Stone Summit: Stone Shop Management

Universal Granite & Marble

St. Louis, MO

July 25

Virginia Stone Summit: Knowing Your Business


Virginia Beach, VA

September 19

Michigan Stone Summit: Analyzing Shop Performance

Universal Granite & Marble

Detroit, MI

October 10

Florida Stone Summit: Stone Shop Management


Tampa, FL

November 7

Washington Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms


Seattle, WA


About the Natural Stone Institute

The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 nations. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.

Construction employment rises by 38,000 in December 2018, hourly pay jumps 3.9 percent





Industry’s Job and Pay Gains Outpace Overall Economy; Association Survey Finds Contractors Plan To Add Workers, Invest in Training and Technology in 2019 but Expect Difficulty in Filling Positions

Construction employment increased by 38,000 jobs in December and by 280,000 jobs, or 4.0 percent, over the past year, while the industry’s average pay accelerated and unemployment decreased to a historic low, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials added that most contractors report they plan to continue hiring in 2019, according to the association’s annual outlook that was released earlier this week.

“Demand for construction remains strong across most project types and locations,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Job growth and pay increases in construction are outpacing those in the overall economy. But contractors continue to have difficulty finding qualified workers with the number of unemployed workers who have construction experience at the lowest December level in 19 years.”

Construction employment totaled 7,352,000 in December, the highest level since March 2008. Employment in residential construction—comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors—inched up by 1,700 jobs for the month and 99,800 jobs over the past 12 months, a 3.6 percent increase. Employment in nonresidential construction—including building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering construction—grew by 35,800 jobs in December and grew by 180,100 jobs during the past year, a 4.2 percent increase, the economist remarked.

Hourly earnings in the industry averaged $30.44 in December, a rise of 3.9 percent from a year earlier, Simonson noted. Average hourly earnings in construction are now 10.8 percent higher than the average for all nonfarm private-sector jobs, which rose 3.2 percent in the past year, to $27.48.

The unemployment rate for jobseekers with construction experience in December was 5.1 percent, down more from 5.9 percent in December 2017. The number of such workers fell to 493,000 from 554,000 a year earlier. Both figures were the lowest for December since the series began in 2000.

In a survey the association released on Wednesday, 79 percent of construction firms reported that they expect to add employees in 2019. However, nearly as many—78 percent—reported they were having trouble filling some positions and 68 percent said they expected that hiring would remain difficult or become harder. Association officials cautioned, however, that contractors’ expansion plans could be undermined if Washington officials fail to make new investments in infrastructure or resolve trade disputes, particularly with China.

“Contractors are raising pay and benefits and are investing in training and technology in order to keep pace with demand,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “But they are also counting on Washington officials to work together to improve aging and over-burdened infrastructure and resolve trade concerns to ensure the economy continues to expand.”

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US/Italian tile manufacturer announces the opening of their state-side warehouse with over 250 SKU’s available, ranging from 2×2 mosaics to 24×48 Color Body & Rectified Porcelain Tiles.  Managing Partner, Scott Alpert, says: “It has been a big undertaking to customize and manufacture Italian Porcelain Tiles to the American taste & lifestyle–we are now ready!”  The company believes in partnering with customers vertically and looks to become the industrial partner that clients need by increasing value via:
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