Schönox Announces 2018 Worst Subfloor Contest Winners

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.
Distributor: Adleta
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.

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.

Emser Tile lauded for work practices in 50th Year of Business

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.

Group shot of Emser employeesFor 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.

 

Scott Conwell Elected to CSI College of Fellows

The 2018 Jury of Fellows of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) has elected Scott Conwell of International Masonry Institute to its College of Fellows.  He received this distinction in October 2018 at CONSTRUCT, CSI’s national conference in Long Beach, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the investiture ceremony CSI stated, “For your dedication to and passion for quality tile and masonry as evidenced by your role with the International Masonry Institute in developing a new ANSI Standard on Gauged Porcelain Tile and IMI’s Masonry Detailing Series; being an advocate for qualified labor and installation standards leading to the creation of seven tile installer certifications referenced by the Tile Council of North America; and as a frequent speaker to CSI and numerous other organizations on tile and masonry detailing, you are advanced to Fellowship in the Institute.”  Conwell is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

David Allen Company presents 22nd Annual Design School Scholarship

 

For the past 22 years David Allen Company has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to a gifted and promising architectural student at the North Carolina State University College of Architecture. The Dean of the college makes the selection to either a graduate or an undergraduate student.

Robert Roberson, Chairman of David Allen Company, presented the 2018-2019 award to Forough Mofidi, a Graduate Architectural Student, who has been identified by the Design School Dean and faculty as a promising leader in architecture.

David Allen Company has a long history of promoting the use of tile, marble, granite, natural stone, and terrazzo through its relationship with and support of architectural and design schools.  With offices in Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Columbia SC; Birmingham, AL, South Florida, and Charlotte, NC, the company is celebrating its 99th year in 2019.

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Accompanied by College of Design Dean Hoversten (R), Robert Roberson (L), David Allen Company’s Chairman, presents the 2018-2019 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Student, Forough Mofidi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neolith Announces Fifth Annual International Design Competition

The new edition of the design competition highlights contemporary surfacing applications by architects, interior designers, builders, remodelers, students, and fabricators.

Castellón, Spain (2018) – TheSize, manufacturer of sintered stone brand Neolith, has announced its fifth annual international design competition. This global competition – with three submission categories is open now through November 11, 2018. It 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. The grand prize for each category includes an all-inclusive trip to the famed Salone del Mobile Milano show in April 2019 valued at approximately $5,000.  Winners will be announced on December 20, 2018 via Neolith’s website and social media channels.

My Neolith Project 2019

My Neolith Project” is open to design professionals that have recently developed a contemporary, residential design project incorporating Neolith in multiple applications, such as façades, flooring, cladding, kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, swimming pools and more. The project should also highlight today’s modern design trends such as use of mixed materials, neutral elements and soft lines. To be eligible, the project must have been completed between 2015-2018, outside of Spain.

Neolith New Talents – Contemporary Neolith Homes

This year’s “Neolith New Talents” is open to architecture, design and interior design students enrolled in at least one class from 2017-2019. Neolith is challenging participants to virtually design a contemporary-style home meeting design trends such as: a mix of materials, neutral elements, and soft lines.

Students will design different rooms in the home without limitations on budget. Successful projects will integrate Neolith through different applications and atmospheres such as dining rooms, bedrooms, or outdoor areas while considering Neolith slabs available to them.

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 2015-2018, outside of Spain.

For more information on the design competition and application forms, visit www.neolith.com and click on the “Highlights” section, then “Contests.” For specific questions on the My Neolith Project and Top Fabricator of the Year categories, e-mail [email protected]. For specific questions on the Neolith New Talents category, e-mail [email protected].

Neolith products are available in the U.S. and worldwide through a large network of distributors. For a location near you or to learn more, visit Neolith at www.neolith.com.

 

CID Deadline extended to Friday, Jan. 11th-COVERINGS CALLS FOR TOP PROJECTS & EMERGING LEADERS IN TILE & STONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Deadline extension for the Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and 2019 Rock Stars Awards, which are now due by Friday January 11th.

 

(ARLINGTON, VA—October 18, 2018) Coverings, the largest international tile &stone show in North America, is now accepting submissions for both the 2019 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and 2019 Rock Stars Awards. Both programs honor the best and brightest within tile and stone, underscoring Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry.

“Coverings is proud to build awareness for — and foster relationships with — the best in the business by highlighting inspiring projects and young leaders,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The CID and Rock Stars Awards continue to showcase the incredible work and talent within the tile and stone industry.”

Coverings Installation and Design Awards

The CID Awards recognize outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals are eligible to submit through the Coverings online portal at https://www.coverings.com/cid-awards/ before 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday December 17, 2018. The 2019 submission categories include tile installation, tile design, stone installation and stone design for both residential and commercial projects. It’s free to enter, and multiple entries are encouraged.

Projects are evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship and use of materials, and must have been completed within the past two years. A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding project, which showcases excellence in both design and installation. Eight category winners will each receive a prize of $2,000. All winners will receive a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019 and will have their work featured on display at the show.

The CID awards are sponsored by the following publications: TileLetter, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine.

Rock Stars Awards

Now entering its fifth year, Coverings’ Rock Stars Awards has recognized dozens of emerging industry leaders and is now accepting submissions for 2019. All candidates must be nominated by a colleague within the industry. Eligible nominees must be 35 or younger and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association, or manufacturer. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST Monday, December 17.

Rock Stars submission forms and full criteria can be found here. https://www.coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars/

Rock Stars candidates are reviewed by a committee of industry leaders and selected honorees will be celebrated at the annual Coverings Rock Stars Awards Luncheon. Further accolades for 2019 Rock Stars include a free one-night hotel stay in Orlando, inclusion in Coverings press releases, a special Rock Star badge ribbon and a year-long feature on the Coverings website. 2018 Rock Star winners can be found here https://www.coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars/.

To learn more about either award program, please visit coverings.com.

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Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

CERAMICS of ITALY ANNOUNCES COMPETITION WINNERS; FILM TRACES HISTORY OF THE COMPETITION OVER ITS 25 YEARS

The 25th anniversary of the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica and the Italian Trade Agency, was an immense success, attracting inspiring and innovative projects from designers and architects throughout North America. Ultimately, four winners and three honorable mentions were selected among the steep competition by an international jury of design industry experts across four categories: residential, commercial, institutional, and a newly introduced student category. Each of the finalists demonstrated how Italian tile plays an important role in the realization of thoughtfully conceived interior design and architecture.

As a way of honoring the past, present, and future of the competition, Ceramics of Italy also created a film directed by Francesca Molteni and architectural historian Fulvio Irace. Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy tells the story of the competition from its inception in 1994 to present day, featuring dozens of inspiring projects and interviews with architects Daniel Libeskind, Jennifer Carpenter and Michael P. Johnson.

 

Following are the winners:

COMMERCIAL WINNER

Firm: Studio Libeskind

Project: Sapphire

Location: Berlin, Germany

Tile Manufacturer: Casalgrande Padana

Distributor: Casalgrande Padana

Contractor: Medicke Metallbau GmbH, NL Berlin

 

The Sapphire project involved building 73 desirable, 1-4 bedroom apartments on a plot less than half an acre, whilst promoting new technologies and sustainability. One of the most important design elements were the tiles used to cover 2,600 sq. m. of the building’s exterior. The three dimensional, geometric, patterned stoneware tile was a signature design feature for this project. Designed by Daniel Libeskind for Casalgrande Padana, the Fractile tiles are technologically advanced to self-clean and aid in air purification. The tiles were also used on the balcony wall creating a continuous surface extending from the building’s façade. Around 3,600 tiles were used in the project. The Fractile series continues on the building’s interior, through the bathrooms, resulting in a vibrant metallic finish for the floors and the shower walls.

 

COMMERCIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: Kay Green Design

Project: Venetian Isle Clubhouse

Location: Windermere, FL

Tile Manufacturer: Floor Gres, Ergon, Marca Corona

Distributor: Ceramic Technics

Contractor: Martin’s Flooring

The Venetian Isle Clubhouse is a multi-family community clubhouse in Windermere, Florida that is an elegant entertaining space for all ages. Tiles from Floor Gres and Ergon were used throughout the space due to their high quality, yet resilient surfacing. The  project  was   inspired by the city of Venice, therefore Italian tile was naturally the most authentic choice. The designer also felt confident that  tile from Italian companies would ensure a  high  level  of  quality and aesthetic  that she was seeking for the project. Floor Gres’s Floor Tech tiles were used as the main overall floor tile while Marca Corona’s Terra collection was used for the vanity wall in the restroom and Ergon Elegance Engineered Stone was used as a floor mosaic.

 

RESIDENTIAL WINNER

Firm: Ziger/Snead Architects*

Project: Baltimore Slate House

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Tile Manufacturer: Imola Ceramica

Distributor: Conestoga Tile

Contractor: Custom Concepts by Greenwalt

Setting Materials: MAPEI

*2009 Residential Honorable Mention

The Slate House is a contemporary retreat that respects nature and the legacy of the vast and densely wooded site. The 7,000 sq ft building was destroyed by a recent house fire, however the design team set out to reconnect the site to the existing contextual environment. The design embodies an archetypal gable form, a geometric extrusion that is both reductive and minimal that yields cathedral ceilings. Tiles from Imola Ceramica Concrete Project were selected for all of the flooring throughout the home, and Mapei products were used for the setting materials. It was chosen due to the seamlessly transitional ability to use same product inside and outside and support the  architectural vision to blur the interior and exterior spaces. Italian tile was selected due to its quality and the large format size options which were needed for the design of this private home.

 

RESIDENTIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: DI Group

Project: Norwich

Location: West Hollywood, CA

Tile Manufacturer: Refin

Distributor: DI Group

Contractor: Darmont Construction Corporation

The Norwich proiect is a contemporary family home in West Hollywood, California, made up of open communal spaces ideal for entertaining and family life. With lots of windows allowing for natural light throughout the space, light colored neutral tiles were used to reflect the light and translate the openness of the interior across the flooring. Three tile collections from Refin (District, Larix and Barrique) were used in the interior and exterior of the home demonstrating the versatile properties of Italian tile.

 

INSTITUTIONAL WINNER

Firm: ZAS Architects + Interiors

Project: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University

Location: North York, Ontario

Tile Manufacturer: ABK

Distributor: Division 9

Contractor: Gem Campbell Terrazzo & Tile Inc.

Setting Materials: MAPEI

For the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University, the client wanted to demonstrate sustainable building practices, while utilizing the advantages of an existing campus energy system. The project has been registered with the CaGBC and has targeted LEED Gold certification along with Toronto Green Standard Tier 2. ABK Downtown tiles were used on the ground floor, throughout the corridors and in the social spaces with MAPEI products completing the space as the setting materials. Tiles were also installed in assembly and exhibition spaces, as well as the student café and the orientation room. Although polished concrete was considered for the project, porcelain tile was chosen in the end due to its durability, low porosity and stain resistant properties. Italian tile provided a clean, simple and contemporary look matching that of natural concrete but captured tonal and pattern variation achieved through the latest technology.

 

INSTITUTIONAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: O’Brien & Keane

Project: Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Tile Manufacturer: Provenza, Ergon

Distributor: Architectural Ceramics

Contractor: David Allen Company

Setting Materials: MAPEI

The design for the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral builds on the heritage of classical sacred architecture arranged in a cruciform layout, with the main axis of the building placed in an east to west orientation. The building is approximately 43,000 square feet and has a seating capacity of over 2,000 people. The main building announces the design theme and introduces classical order. The client wanted to focus on environmentally conscious and resilient materials for the project, therefore Italian porcelain tile was chosen as an ideal material for sustainable building. Beautiful tiles from Provenza Q-Stone as well as Ergon’s Silverstone and Back2Back collections were used on the floor throughout the Nave, Transepts and Narthe. Various products from Mapei were used as setting materials including grouts, sealants and self-leveling underlayment. Additional benefits of tile that were a consideration when selecting a flooring material were the low water absorption due to its compact and non-porous structure.

 

STUDENT WINNER

Entrant: Raquel Raney and Brennan Broome

University Name: Florida International University

Declared Major: Interior Architecture

Project: Dover Street Market

Location: Miami, FL

Tile Manufacturer: Atlas Concorde, Ceramica Vogue, Ornamenta

The Dover Street Market offers an environment where the classic, elegance of art and fashion collide with an industrial aesthetic. The use of ceramic and porcelain tile, as pictured in the renderings, allows for the desired aesthetic to be achieved, while using cost-effective and environmentally-friendly materials that will hold their integrity for many years. The variety of colors, patterns and textures of ceramic tiles, create endless opportunities for juxtaposition of the industrial-like materials with polished, sophisticated surfaces. A mix of collections from Atlas Concorde, Ceramica Vogue and Ornamenta were selected to complement the interior design. Due to its consistency and composition, tile is one of the most durable floor materials and lasts much longer than traditional glazed tile, making it a great selection for a high traffic retail store.

 

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52 HIGH SCHOOL SKILLED TRADES TEACHERS UP FOR $1 MILLION IN PRIZES AS SEMIFINALISTS FOR HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS 2018 PRIZE FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

 

 
CALABASAS, Calif.— Fifty-two skilled trades teachers and teaching teams from across the country and their high schools were named today as semifinalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2018 Prize for Teaching Excellence and are in the running for a share of $1 million in total cash awards.

The semifinalists hail from 27 states and specialize in trades ranging from construction and carpentry to automotive repair, welding, advanced manufacturing and agriculture mechanics. Their collective experience includes teaching students to work with solar power systems and hydraulics systems, build tiny houses and rebuild diesel engines, and more.  The semi-finalists—some competing as individuals and some as teacher teams—were selected by an independent panel of judges from among a field of more than 500 skilled trades teachers who applied for the prize. The list of the 52 semifinalists is available here.

Through two more rounds of judging, the field of 52 semi-finalists will be narrowed to 18 first- and second-place winners, who will split $1 million in total cash awards. The three first-place winners will each receive $100,000, with $70,000 going to their public high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teacher team behind the winning program. The 15 second-place winners will each be awarded $50,000, with $35,000 going to their public high school program and $15,000 to the teacher or team. Semi-finalists whose school, district or state policy prohibits receipt of the individual portion of prize earnings were eligible to apply on behalf of their school’s skilled trades program. The first- and second-place winners are expected to be announced on Nov. 15.

“These semi-finalists represent amazing depth and breadth in high school skilled trades education, and they exhibit incredible enthusiasm for teaching students to work with their hands, to love learning and be prepared for the future,” said Danny Corwin, executive director of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools. “We are thrilled to recognize their exceptional teaching and to raise the profile of their excellent work through these awards.”

For the second round application, the semi-finalists will respond to a series of online expert-led video learning modules that are designed to solicit their insights and creative ideas about their teaching practices and how to inspire their students to achieve excellence in the skilled trades.

Each round of winners is selected by separate panels of judges independent of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools.

This is the second year of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which was started by Harbor Freight Tools Founder Eric Smidt to recognize outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in American public high schools.

“Skilled trades teachers are unsung heroes,” Smidt said. “They teach our students skills that help them in life and in careers. We respect and value the men and women who work with their hands to design, build and repair homes, schools, hospitals and businesses in our towns and cities, as well as our cars, trucks and tractors. These skilled and creative workers keep our communities thriving. At the same time, there are now hundreds of thousands of great skilled trades job openings, and that number is expected to grow. We want to elevate the dignity and importance of this work by recognizing exceptional skilled trades teachers from our country’s public schools who open the door to learning and opportunity.”

News of the prize and other information about skilled trades education will be posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is an initiative of The Smidt Foundation, established by Harbor Freight Tools Founder Eric Smidt, to support the advancement of skilled trades education in America.  With a deep respect for the dignity of these fields and for the intelligence and creativity of people who work with their hands, this program was created to foster and shine a light on excellence in skilled trades education in public high schools. Believing that access to quality skilled trades education gives high school students pathways to graduation, opportunity, good jobs and a workforce our country needs, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools aims to stimulate greater understanding, support and investment by public entities and others in skilled trades education.  Harbor Freight Tools is a major supporter of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program. For more information, visit https://harborfreighttoolsforschools.org.

Ryan Marino of TCNA honored for his contributions to the Transformative Water Absorption Test Method

ASTM International Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products recognized TCNA Standards Development and Research Manager, Ryan Marino, with an Award of Appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the revision of ASTM standard C373, a transformative contribution to water absorption testing and ceramic tile classification.
The Committee expressed their appreciation for Marino’s research and technical vision at the recent TCNA board meeting in June. A previous method that had stood for decades as the standard for testing water absorption took approximately 30 hours for results. Marino has been working for the past five years to develop a vacuum method that produced results in one hour. This research involved Marino taking the method to labs across the country and applying the test to determine the precision of the method. Marino facilitated a consensus of the testing facilities, industry discussion, and the review of data with the ASTM committee to build consensus for the balloting process to consider adopting the new process.

Tony Thornton (L), Director of Technical Information for Micromeritics and long-time Committee 21 member, presented TCNA’s Ryan Marino with the award.

Tony Thornton, Director of Technical Information for Micromeritics and long-time Committee 21 member, presented Marino with the award. Mr. Thornton stated, “Thanks in large part to Ryan’s efforts, this updated standard introduces greater transparency and rigor and can be accomplished in a fraction of the time of the prior method. We also know in great detail its precision thanks to an inter-laboratory study, led by Ryan, which required him to travel to labs around the country.”
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to work on a testing method that can help move our industry forward and I am grateful for the collaboration of the testing facilities that participated in this research,” said Marino.
Bill Griese, TCNA Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives, remarked, “Ryan’s leadership in researching a vacuum method for determining the water absorption of ceramic tile significantly and positively impacts global trade in ceramic tiles.  Not only did his work inspire consensus on other international standards which had previously been debated for decades, the methodology at its core is being implemented by customs labs around the world and referenced in HS codes for ceramic tile.”

 

About TCNA
 
TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials, and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became TCNA in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to encompass all of North America.
Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, offers professional training, and publishes industry-consensus guidelines and standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

 

About ASTM International

ASTM International is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of international voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services. Volunteer members represent producers, users, consumers, government, and academia from more than 140 countries who develop technical documents that are the basis of manufacturing, management, procurement, codes and regulations for dozens of industry sectors.
ASTM volunteer members belong to one or more standards-writing committees, each of which covers a subject area such as steel, petroleum, medical devices, consumer products, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and many more. These committees develop the more than 12,000 ASTM standards found in the 80-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards.
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