Calif. – March 11,
Fiber Reinforced Self-Leveling Underlayment was recently named a 2020
Most Innovative Product (MIP) winner. Annual recognition by Hanley Wood
for the most
innovative new products at the World of Concrete, TechLevel WSF claimed
the Expert’s Choice award in the Repair/Demolition Materials, Tools
& Equipment category.
this prestigious MIP not only validates the advantages of TechLevel
WSF, but it also reinforces our comprehensive
approach to developing the most advanced flooring preparation system on
the market today,” said Eric Carr, vice president, commercial marketing
and product management at Custom® Building Products.
“Through ongoing collaboration with contractors,
we’ve designed a family of high-performance patches, levelers, primers
and moisture mitigation products that meet the demands of any job. The
industry benchmark for self-levers, TechLevel WSF exemplifies the
unmatched performance delivered by all CustomTech
A high-flow, fiber-reinforced calcium aluminate-based self-leveling underlayment, TechLevel WSF eliminates the time-consuming and labor-intensive process of attaching metal lath to wood subfloors, so floor covering installations are faster, easier and more profitable. Also ideal for use on concrete, ceramic tile, cement and epoxy terrazzo and gypsum-based substrates, TechLevel WSF cures quickly and develops high early strength. TechLevel WSF exceeds industry requirements for substrate flatness to accommodate a wide variety of resilient floor covering installations including ceramic tile, natural stone, terrazzo, wood, carpet and vinyl.
Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, was awarded the “Best Of” Innovation for its revolutionary new product, BAM, during The International Surface Event (TISE), January 28-30, 2020 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
TISE selected the “Best Of” Awards Program winners for 2020, and Bostik was chosen as winner in the Innovation Category. TISE, along with the awards program sponsors, host the “Best Of” Award programs to celebrate industry innovation and ingenuity, and exhibitors’ contributions to the floor covering industry. The “Best Of” Event Awards is an annual awards program for exhibiting companies whose product, program, service, business practice and/or booth design are considered to be “Best Of” in their class.
Adam Abell, Bostik’s Market Manager for Tile & Stone Installation Systems, stated that his entire team was very excited to hear the news. “We all worked very hard to develop this technology, and this proves that our perseverance paid off. As our industry advances, the need for speed and workability becomes more and more of a reality. Winning this innovation award proves that we are developing products that our industry demands.”
BAM™ is Bostik’s latest high-performance, fiber-reinforced tile mortar. Formulated with RapidCure™ Technology, BAM™ offers maximum performance for installations of large and heavy tile, glass tile, mosaics, quarry, porcelain, ceramic, most natural stone tiles, and even gauged porcelain tile / panels.
Most notably, its RapidCure™ Technology allows for a consistent cure resulting in tile being ready for grouting in just 4 hours. Additionally, BAM™ delivers exceptional bond strength that exceeds ANSI 118.15 requirements.
“Our team has to stay on the front line of product and innovation from our indusry,” explains Erin Albrecht, Principal at J&R Tile, Inc. in San Antonio, TX. “We discovered BAM™ late in 2019 and have adapted this product to some of our more technically challenging projects that have required very high bond strength with gauged porcelain tile panels and glass tiles, and we have leveraged the technology in both residential and commercial projects as a result of its versatility. BAM™ has allowed us to turn work over faster and reduce the risks present on job sites due to compressed construction schedules and traffic from other trades.”
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – 29 JANUARY 2020 Schönox HPS North America, Inc. presented its mid-Atlantic distributor partner, Spartan Surfaces, with the 2019 Smooth Performer Award in recognition of their high level of support and dedication to the Schönox brand. The award was announced during The International Surface Event on January 29, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nev. Spartan Surfaces, headquartered in Bel Air, Md., with showrooms in New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C., received a trophy and a ceremonial check made out to the charity of their choice. The name Smooth Performer symbolizes the results achieved with the Schönox smoothing, patching and self-leveling products. “We developed this award to acknowledge our distributor’s achievements in sales growth. But more importantly, to recognize their contributions in working hand-in-hand with the Schönox team in investing, educating and training our customers, the professional flooring installer. We wanted to ensure that the top performers were given the recognition they deserve,” said Schönox HPS North America, Inc. Principal, Thomas Trissl. “Spartan Surfaces has been a great resource and partner to us. Their exceptional growth with Schönox products over the past year made them a natural choice to receive the Smooth Performer Award,” said Schönox Vice President of National and Strategic Accounts, Mike Penney.
Oberlin, OH, February 5, 2020— The winners of the 2019 Pinnacle Awards were announced during the Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony at TISE in Las Vegas, NV. Twenty-two projects were honored with Awards of Excellence. The 2019 Grande Pinnacle Award was presented to Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (New York, NY) for their work on 7 Bryant Park.
The carefully detailed stone-clad lobby of 7 Bryant Park is the result of an extraordinary effort to procure exactly the right materials and achieve the highest level of craftsmanship. This thirty-story office building in Midtown Manhattan makes the most of its proximity to an important green space with a sculpted facade overlooking the park. The defining element of the design is a pair of mirrored conical forms carved out within the rectangular massing of the tower at the corner facing the park. The conical motif is repeated in the ground floor lobby through the arrangement and detailing of the stone elements. Mocha Crème limestone is used for the walls and Moleanos limestone for the floors, with accents of Calacatta Caldia marble and Jet Mist granite. Limestone was chosen as the primary stone for its warmth, richness, and light tone, with more richly grained white marble and black granite adding contrast.
Executed with pinpoint precision, this project delighted the jury, who also loved how the conical wall motifs and the triangular floor panels meet on point. They admired how the concave curve of the limestone panels reflected the mirrored conical motif within the exterior façade, and stated that the project exhibits superior stock control in unforgiving lighting conditions, showcasing texture and craftsmanship.
Arizona State University Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center
Las Vegas Rock
Mosque in Shali City
FHL Kiriakidis Group
Church Street United Methodist Church Expansion
Tennessee Marble Company
Grande Arche de la Defense
Quebec City, Canada
Hartford Connecticut Temple
Dan Lepore & Sons Company
Oklahoma City LDS Temple
Oklahoma City, OK
Elberfeld Mall & Train Station
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Booms Stone Company
Dee Brown, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
Camarata Masonry Systems
CED Stone North America
Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue Streetscape
Coral Gables, FL
Earl Jackson Architecture Workshop
645 Fifth Avenue, Olympic Tower
New York, NY
Garden Grove, CA
Carnevale & Lohr
Bell Gardens, CA
Galloy & Van Etten
Saint Catherine of Siena Sanctuary Alteration
Bybee Stone Company
Boch Garden Pavilion
Kenneth Castellucci & Associates
Cold Spring, MN
Galloy & Van Etten
Los Angeles, CA
Carnevale & Lohr
Bell Gardens, CA
Highland Park, TX
Dee Brown, Inc.
The Natural Stone Institute would like to thank the sponsors of the 2019 Pinnacle Awards: Marmomac (Grande Pinnacle Award), MAPEI (Commercial Awards), GranQuartz (Residential Awards), and Coldspring (Renovation/Restoration Awards).
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – 30 JANUARY 2020 The winners of the sixth annual Worst Subfloor Contest were announced recently at a special Schönox ÖN IT Hour event in Las Vegas, Nev. The judges, including Sim Crisler, Peter Craig, Lewis Migliore and Paul Pleshek, said the competition this year was fierce and it was a challenge narrowing down the winners. This year’s projects were bigger and better than ever with over 500 pictures submitted and more than 950,000 square feet in projects represented. “This contest continues to grow year-over-year,” said HPS Schönox Principal Thomas Trissl. “We saw subfloors in every condition you can imagine with entry submissions coming from all over the country. We always look forward to seeing how our products help people take on these tough projects.” The winners of the sixth annual Worst Subfloor Contest are:
First Place: D&R Commercial Flooring – Brooklyn Heights, Ohio. Distributor: CDC Distributors. Team Members: Dan Schrickel, Bob Bassett, Matt Bassett and Allan Bassett. Schönox Representative: Clay Criswell. Type of Project: Corporate. Prize: Offshore Deep Sea Fishing Trip
Second Place: Pro Com Flooring – Greensboro, N.C. Distributor: William M. Bird. Team members: Mike Bowers, Jeff Berg, Santis. Team Schönox Representative: Doug Young. Type of Project: Healthcare. Prize: 256 GB Apple iPhone 11
Third Place: Music City Floors, Inc. – Nashville, Tenn. Distributor: William M. Bird. Team Members: Jason Frazee, Chris Glass, Blake Burton and Bobby Clymer. Schönox Representative: Tristan Schoeneweiss. Type of Project: Corporate. Prize: 44mm Apple Watch
Honorable Mention: Garage Experts of North Atlanta – Braselton, Ga. Distributor: Jon Don. Team Members: Jason Lindsey, David Ciontos and Harold Marulanda. Schönox Representative: Doug Young. Type of Project: Commercial
Largest Tile and Stone Event in North America Kicks-off Two Annual Awards Competitions to Celebrate Outstanding Projects and Young Innovators.
Coverings is now accepting applications for awards
ARLINGTON, Va. – Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, is accepting submissions for both the 2020 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards and Rock Star Awards. Submissions of tile and stone projects for entry to the CID Awards, and nominations of young professionals for Rock Star Awards, will be accepted online through Friday January 10, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST. Winners of both programs will be honored at award ceremonies during Coverings 2020, April 20-23, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The two esteemed awards programs collectively acknowledge the tile and stone industry’s exceptional design and installation projects of the year, while celebrating the talent and innovation of emerging, young leaders in the profession.
“Both the CID Awards and Rock Stars showcase the dedication, creativity and leadership seen throughout the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the management company for Coverings. “The awards programs underscore Coverings’ ongoing commitment to support the growth and success of the industry.”
Coverings Installation & Design Awards
The CID Awards celebrate outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers, and other industry professionals may submit their projects through the CID project submittal portal by or before the January 10, 2020, 5 p.m. EST deadline.
Projects submitted for review will be judged and awarded using eight categorical designations: Residential Tile Installation, Residential Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Tile Installation, Commercial Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation, and Commercial Stone Design. Project entries are free of charge, and multiple entries are encouraged.
Each project will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges who will assess levels of creativity, craftsmanship and use of materials. The projects can be located internationally but must have been completed between January 2018 and December 2019 for review eligibility.
The eight category winners will be determined when the judging process has concluded in early 2020. Winners will receive a prize of $2,000 and their choice of a one-night stay in New Orleans during Coverings 2020, or an equivalent gift card. CID winners will also have their work recognized onsite at Coverings 2020 and on the Coverings website.
TileLetter, TILE Magazine, and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design are CID Awards sponsors.
Coverings Rock Stars
The Coverings Rock Star program will again recognize emerging, young professional industry leaders. Nominations may be submitted by or before the January 10, 2020, deadline using Coverings’ Rock Stars nomination form.
Qualifying nominees must be 35 years of age or younger and employed as one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, manufacturer, and/or trade association personnel.
Nominees are reviewed by a committee of industry leaders who evaluate the contenders’ experience levels; professional certifications or affiliations; previous awards or accolades; prior speaking engagements at industry events; quantity of published works; impact in the tile and stone industry; and what sets them apart as emerging leaders in the industry.
The winners will be recognized onsite at the annual Coverings Rock Stars Luncheon and receive their choice of a one-night stay in New Orleans during Coverings 2020, or an equivalent gift card; inclusion to a Coverings press release distributed to dozens of publications; an exclusive Rock Star badge ribbon; several programming opportunities at the show; and a year- long professional feature on Coverings’ website. A full list of 2019 winners can be seen on Coverings’ Rock Stars winners feature page.
For more information and to register for Coverings 2020, visit coverings.com.
About Coverings: Coverings is the largest and most-significant ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and exposition in the United States and North America. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.
The exposition and conference serve as a valuable and complimentary continuing education resource for all segments of the industry, with more than 50 educational opportunities throughout the show. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders, real estate developers, as well as journalists, reporters and bloggers who cover the vital tile and stone industry.
Sponsors of the show are Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association of Spain (ASCER), Tile Council of North America (TCNA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA).
The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.
Coverings 2020 takes place April 20-23, 2020, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
For more information about attending, sponsoring or exhibiting at Coverings 2020, contact Taffy Event Strategies at 571-313-5801 or [email protected].
Applicators recognized for their dedication to growing LATICRETE SUPERCAP through business success and exemplary acts of service
February 26, 2019, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, recently celebrated top LATICRETEⓇ SUPERCAPⓇ self-leveling underlayment (SLU) applicators with its second annual Applicator of the Year and Spirit of SUPERCAP Awards. Mike Florentino, the President of NextGen Ready-Mix in New York, was honored with the Applicator of the Year Award for the company’s year-over-year growth and achievements using the LATICRETE SUPERCAP System. Last year’s Applicator of the Year Award winner Paul Pappalardo, Operations Manager for Allegheny Contract’s Surface Prep Division in Boston, was awarded the Spirit of SUPERCAP Award for inspiring others through outstanding acts of service and commitment.
Mike Florentino recieves award from (l to r) LATICRETE’s Ed Metcalf, Doug Metchik and David Rothberg.
“Mike and Paul go the extra mile to deliver superior service on every jobsite they encounter and embody what it means to be part of the LATICRETE family. We’re lucky to have such dedicated and enthusiastic drivers behind our company’s growth,” said Chad Love, LATICRETE SUPERCAP Director of Sales.
Allegheny Contract is a full-service applicator responsible for developing the Boston marketplace. Since adopting the LATICRETE SUPERCAP System and the turnkey Ready-Mix Delivery Service that delivers blended SLU through the company’s patented pump truck technology delivered directly to the job site, Allegheny Contract, led by Paul Pappalardo’s efforts, has secured several new contracts and currently operates two trucks.
(L to r) LATICRETE’s Ed Metcalf, Doug Metchik and David Rothberg bestow award to Paul Pappalardo.
“Paul is an inspiration to our team and serves as a reminder that our most powerful partners are our customers. Paul helps us test new products before bringing them to market, and through his work, we have seen the positive effect the LATICRETE SUPERCAP System has on the building and construction industry,” added Love.
NextGen Ready-Mix runs a dedicated Ready-Mix Delivery Service business by partnering with non-union self-performing concrete and general contractors who want to utilize the pump truck technology on their projects.
“In just 18 months, Mike has developed a thriving business that has expanded the LATICRETE reach by volumes, introducing SUPERCAP to installers all over New York. No matter the issue at hand, he has a can-do attitude that makes it work and provides his customers with the highest level of satisfaction,” said Love.
Recently, LATICRETE acquired the remaining interest in the LATICRETE SUPERCAP, LLC joint venture to fully integrate the businesses under one umbrella and invest additional resources to accelerate growth momentum.
In its fifth year, event will announce winners at TISE in Las Vegas
The winners of the fifth Worst Subfloor Contest were announced today at the HPS Schönox booth in Las Vegas as part of The International Surfaces Event. The trio of judges, including John McGrath, Greg Mercurio, and Robert Varden, said the process was challenging this year as so many projects were worth of the win.
“The competition was fierce this year,” said Mercurio. “We each saw the different ways the Schönox line of products can be used to manage the variety of issues an installer can
encounter on the job. The proof is really in the before-and after images.”
There were 132 entries in the 2018 contest, making it the largest in the history of the event.More than 340,000 square feet in projects are represented, and 93 installer companies and team participated.
“These numbers tell me this contest is a key feature in our industry,” said HPS Schönox Principal Thomas Trissl. “We had entries from all over the country and from a number of sectors, from healthcare to hospitality to historic homes. We look forward to this event every year.”
The winners in the fifth Worst Subfloor Contest are:
Honorable Mention: Nashville Flooring, Nashville, Tenn.
Distributor: William Bird
Team Members: Brandon Goodwin, Gabe Greer, and Bruce Busby
Schönox Representative: Tristan Schoeneweiss
Type of Project: Corporate
Third Place: Design South Flooring and Interiors, Saltillo, Miss.
Team Members: Clay Lansdell, Juan Sosa, Mateo Lavan
Schönox Representative: Shane Jenkins
Type of Project: Retail
Prize: Xbox One
Second Place: Kaufman Concrete Company, Louisville, Ky.
Distributor: CDC Distributors
Team members: Alex Kaufman, Clarence Tye, Tracy Wilson
Schönox Representative: Clay Criswell
Type of Project: Hospitality
Prize: Sony 65-inch Smart TV
First Place: H.J. Martin and Sons, Green Bay, Wisc.
Distributor: KRS Inc.
Team Members: Donovan Morris and Andy Jurczowski
Schönox Representative: Marty Hackenmueller
Type of Project: Hospitality
Prize: Porsche Track Experience
Already, plans are underway for the 2019 contest. The Worst Subfloor Contest is looking for the worst flooring challenges facing installers. Entries will be accepted beginning May 15, on the HPS Schönox website at hpsubfloors.com. Download the Schönox app for details, updates, and to see how we are ÖN IT.
ABOUT HPS SCHÖNOX
Schönox, HPS North America, a business unit of TMT America, is a customer-oriented,
entrepreneurial, high-tech company that specializes in building materials suited for new
buildings as well as for renovation. Innovative materials include primers and moisture mitigation
systems, subfloor repair products, floor leveling compounds, adhesives, and waterproofing
materials for installing all types of floor coverings.
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.
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.
Named to 2019 Training Top 125 by Training magazine,
Glassdoor Best Places to Work by associates
LOS ANGELES – Emser Tile was recently named to the coveted 2019 Training Top 125 by Training magazine and Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2019.
For the second consecutive year, Training magazine has named Emser Tile one of the Training Top 125. The global award recognizes comprehensive learning and development programs. Emser University continues to lead the way in customized, multi-tiered training for associates and partners in topics ranging from product and manufacturing knowledge to selling strategies.
“The 2019 Training Top 125 winners highlight the importance and value of training—to their organizations, to their employees, and to their industries and communities,” shared Training magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld. “They are on the leading edge as they effectively deliver employee training that pushes the needle forward to meet organizational goals while developing an engaged, creative, and committed workforce.”
Notably, Emser Tile is the only company in the flooring industry to be included among the Best Places to Work in 2019 by Glassdoor. The national honor is entirely based on the feedback Emser Tile associates have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor — with an overall company rating of 4.7 of 5.0.
“We are honored to be a place where our associates can thrive in both personal and professional spheres,” shared Carl Delia, president of Emser Tile. “Emser Tile makes a point to recruit and thoroughly train our associates, and retain them through recognition and a family-like atmosphere.”
The company, headquartered in Los Angeles, has more than 75 sales and service locations, including four state-of-the-art distribution centers in California, Texas, Virginia and Florida. Explore local career opportunities with Emser Tile on their careers website.