NTCA AND DALTILE ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF FREE TRIPS TO TOTAL SOLUTIONS PLUS

 

 

 

 

 

The National Tile Contractors Association and Daltile are pleased to announce the winners of their special association membership promotion to have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Total Solutions Plus, the leading management and leadership conference, taking place November 4th-7th at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington D.C.

Seven winners were randomly chosen out of all new members who joined NTCA in 2017 through August 31. The winners include the following new members:

 

  • Chris Burch of Burch Construction in West Henrietta, New York,
  • Djaci Freitas of DJ Floors in Elk Ridge, Maryland,
  • Bryan Park of Footprints Floors in Highlands Ranch, Colorado,
  • Tom Habelt of Habelt Construction in Albany, Oregon,
  • Bradley Lemmon of Kasen Construction in Warr Acres, Oklahoma,
  • John Zamorano of Sunnyside Custom Tile & Granite in Fresno, California
  • Matthew Byars of Tiling Solutions, LLC in Gaffney, South Carolina

 

Trip benefits include roundtrip airfare for two, three nights at the Mariott Wardman Park hotel, full Total Solutions Plus conference and event registration fees, and a $500 gift card.  As a major sponsor of Total Solutions Plus, Daltile believes that contractors who attend the conference will find the experience to be highly valuable, and engaged NTCA to partner with them in this effort.

 

The purpose of Total Solutions Plus is to annually bring the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other. Distributors, manufacturers, contractors and more will come together to listen to motivational, relevant speakers, participate in education sessions taught by the best of the best in the industry, network with decision makers and enjoy all Indian Wells has to offer.

 

Total Solutions Plus is jointly promoted by the NTCA, the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, the Tile Contractors Association of America, and the Tile Council of North America.  The actual conference and tabletop networking event takes place on November 7th and 8th, while association meetings and activities are held November 5th and 6th.  For more information about Total Solutions Plus, contact Jim Olson at [email protected]

LATICRETE Rides Closer to Free

LATICRETE is pleased to announce that a $250 match donation has been made to Ride Closer To Free, in honor of Mitch Hawkins, LATICRETE Technical Services Manager and ride participant, to support research and care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.

Starting and ending at the historic Yale Bowl, yesterday’s Ride Closer to Free event featured four professionally-designed and fully-supported bike routes: 10 miles, 25 miles, 62.5 miles and the iconic CTF Century at 100 miles, which Hawkins participated in.

NEOCON EAST ANNOUNCES DIVERSE & TIMELY SEMINAR LINEUP

November 15-16, 2017 — Pennsylvania Convention Center

Education and professional development are fundamental components of NeoCon® East, the Northeast’s premier commercial interiors design expo and conference, held this November 15-16 in Philadelphia. Together with market-ready solutions from hundreds of top companies across sectors, plus valuable networking opportunities, this year’s conference program will round out a comprehensive NeoCon East experience. The rich multi-disciplinary lineup includes 25+ CEUs that offer insight into what’s next in workplace, healthcare, hospitality, government, education, and beyond.

Monica DeBartolo, Director of Programming, says, “Our aim for the NeoCon East educational offering is to inform, spark conversation, and provide professionals across disciplines a way to effectively and efficiently earn valuable CEU credits in just two days. The 2017 assortment caters to varying levels of practice and covers everything from the application of psychology to built projects and architecting ecosystems that inspire innovation, to exploring livable space efficiency and best practices in designing for the federal government. Anchoring this program will be our exceptional keynote speakers: Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA (Design Director, TPG Architecture), Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP (Managing Director, Perkins+Will, North Carolina Practice), David Insinga, AIA (Chief Architect, General Services Administration’s Public Building Service), and Alex Gilliam (Founder, Public Workshop).”

A few of the seminars are highlighted below. The full list of seminars is available online. Seminars are $40 each when attendees register online before November 10. After November 10, all registration for seminars is on-site, subject to availability, at a fee of $50 each. Special discounts are available for students and government employees.  Check online for details.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
WITH CREATIVITY IN MIND: APPLYING DESIGN PSYCHOLOGY TO INNOVATION-DRIVEN ENVIRONMENTS — 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Knowing designers have witnessed a telling upswing in one client value: many clients are now demanding creative and innovative environments across a wide range of for-profit and non-profit markets. To satisfy this new demand, designers have come to rely on a recent wealth of scientific data concerning the ways that the environment affects creative thinking and problem-solving. No matter the design discipline, employing this data will help build better client relationships. The discussion will also emphasize the importance of environmental psychology, particularly as it relates to color, lighting, sound, temperature, furniture and fixtures, wall and floor finishes, space planning, and plantscaping. This interactive seminar will focus on how to acknowledge the role of environmental psychology; how best to apply creative principles to a range of building environments; how to evaluate the effectiveness of environments in order to boost creativity; and how to select the strongest source materials for creativity.

❏      Donald Rattner, AIA, principal, Donald M. Rattner, AIA Architect, Cos Cob, CT

ARE HEADPHONES REALLY THE ANSWER?
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  
As dynamic, open-plan office environments have become the norm, their one drawback has become clear – acoustic distraction and lack of acoustic privacy. The zeal for creating collaborative and innovation-driving workplaces has made it increasingly difficult for workers to focus and actually get work done! This seminar provides an overview of today’s workplace trends, together with space-planning and acoustic solutions that can mitigate distraction and increase both employee satisfaction and productivity.  Attendees will discover how to design a “soundscape” appropriate for a space; understand the science behind distraction, as well as how different generations and personality types respond and react; and leave with a variety of specific design solutions to address or avoid distraction in the workplace.

❏      Sarah Springer, IIDA, LEED AP, design principal, interiors, Jacobs, Cambridge, MA

THE SHOWCASE FIT-OUT: CREATING A HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE WORKPLACE
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  
This seminar provides answers to a crucial question many designers are asking: how reasonable it is to design a workplace that is both LEED and WELL certified? Attendees will uncover answers through a specific case study, one that addresses all the crucial phases of this project, including pre-planning charrettes, collaborative design strategies, product specifications and post-occupancy evaluation. By the end of the presentation, attendees will gain a firm understanding of the following: how critical the integrated design process is to achieving sustainability and wellness goals; the comparison between LEED and WELL certification requirements; an understanding of all phases of a LEED/WELL project, including material and product specifications; and comprehension of the quantifiable benefits of a completed LEED and WELL fit-out.

❏      Mark Walsh-Cooke, PE, LEED AP BD+C, principal, Arup, Boston, MA
❏      Jen Taylor, LEED GA, senior project manager, Dyer Brown Associates, Boston, MA
❏      Rebecca Hatchadorian, LEED AP BD+C, associate – sustainability, Arup, Boston, MA

DESIGN STRATEGIES IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  
Today federal agencies are challenged in unprecedented ways to reduce their real estate portfolio. GSA supports their efforts in many ways by providing assistance and/or funding for design, furniture, and technology. GSA also provides consultation in portfolio planning, national engagements and change management. A group of design panelists from GSA and other agencies will share their experiences.

❏      Dianne Juba, Workplace Strategist, GSA HQ, Washington, DC

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16
CREATIVE DISRUPTION: DESIGNING ECOSYSTEMS THAT INSPIRE INNOVATION
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  
Integration and competition have spurred the trio of collaboration, social interaction and experimentation. As a result, they’ve bred demand for designs that encourage creative disruption, both in academic and workplace environments. Yet creative disruption doesn’t happen in isolated spaces such as makerspaces and iLabs. It requires an ecosystem of diverse spaces tailored to a range of working and learning styles. While the culture of each company or institution helps determine such spaces, the crucial point is that such spaces demand variety for creative disruption and innovation to flourish. At the seminar’s conclusion, participants should be able to identify the experiential skills needed for success in education and employment, as they explore the space types that develop these skills; discover the diversity of space types and identify how combinations form holistic ecosystems and inspire creative disruption; evaluate how space design, furniture and technology impact the success of these ecosystems; and identify the measurable benefits of ecosystem design in diverse spaces, through post-occupancy evaluations and other metrics.

❏      Lois Goodell, IIDA, principal, CBT, Boston, MA
❏      Theodora Batchvarova, RID, LEED AP BD +C, GPRO CM, interior designer, CBT, Boston, MA

LIVABLE SPACE EFFICIENCY: HOW DENSE IS TOO DENSE?
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  
As the limits for livable, useful office space are approached, at what point does an increasing density cause decline in user engagement and performance? What are the human factors to consider for fully effective and efficient space? This session addresses these questions and more through the presentation of environment-behavior research to highlight the psychological and social effects of office-space density and the implications for human health, performance, and organizational culture. Attendees will understand current design and space trends towards densification and the challenges for effective design, livability and space management. They’ll also learn how to use benchmarking metrics and discover how human factors affect organizational health and performance.

❏      Ellen Keable, Associate AIA, principal, Jacobs, Amherst, NY
❏      Amy Manley, IIDA, national  director, workplace strategy, Jacobs, Philadelphia, PA

MARRYING PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE: USING DESIGN, DETAILING, AND MATERIALS TO CREATE THE MODERN OFFICE IN A TAX-CREDIT PROJECT
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM  
Here was the designer’s challenge: turn a former boiler factory into an office, while preserving the former space’s history. This seminar will probe this transformational case study to demonstrate how to balance the client’s needs for an open and energetic workplace with historic preservation. The efficacy of pairing contemporary office trends, such as open bench seating and demountable glass systems, will be investigated in line with preservation goals. Design strategies that ensure both financial and aesthetic benefits will be evaluated. Complying with national tax credit programs helps promote these benefits, as well as providing designers the opportunity to make fine designs, while preserving historic fabric. At seminar’s end, attendees will understand the following vital concepts: how to identify key historic preservation features and develop strategies for conservation; how to create spaces that take advantage of natural light while lacking access to perimeter glass; how to minimize altering existing historic fabric, including designing new work that can be removed in the future; and how to understand client needs and adapting the program to complex conditions.

❏      Will Teass, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, principal, Teass/Warren Architects, Washington, DC
❏      Emily Eig, principal, EHT Traceries, Inc., Washington, DC

USE EVERY INCH IN EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS!
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
By definition and nature, educational environments tend to be large. But if only such large, known spaces are allowed into our collective thinking, a design opportunity is overlooked. What about spaces beyond the classroom, and what about underused and neglected spaces? Wouldn’t these spaces allow for more student learning and creativity? Attendees will learn to identify underutilized spaces and to maximize the use of both existing and new environments. The talk will also investigate campus trends in classroom and beyond-classroom uses. In doing so, selecting furnishings appropriate for varying spaces will be covered.

❏      Daniela Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal, Voith & Mactavish Architects, Philadelphia, PA
❏      Sennah Loftus, LEED AP, senior associate, Voith & Mactavish Architects, Philadelphia, PA

Media can visit the show’s online pressroom at www.neoconeast.com to download press releases and announcements, and register for press credentials. The site also features an image gallery and fast facts. For exhibitor news, images and real-time information, follow NeoCon Shows on the following social media channels: Facebook (@NeoCon Shows), Twitter (@NeoCon_Shows), and Instagram (@NeoCon_Shows).

CUSTOM® REPACKAGES POPULAR PRISM® ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE CEMENT GROUT

New Box Highlights Versatility for Tile and Stone Installations

Custom® Building Products, the leading provider of flooring preparation products and tile and stone installation systems, recently repackaged its Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout to reinforce the key attributes preferred by architects, designers, specifiers, contractors and installers. Designed to deliver attractive, high-quality tile surfaces while preventing costly and time-consuming call-backs, Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout is now available in an eye-catching, multi-colored 17-pound box.  The front and side panels of the new box highlight the benefits of this versatile grout.

·         Uniform, consistent color

·         No efflorescence

·         Stain resistant

·         Lightweight for superior handling

·         Same coverage area as 25-pounds of traditional sanded grout

·         Ideal for all grout joint sizes up to 1/2″ including submerged grout

A proven, go-to option for a wide variety of tile installation projects, Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout meets ANSI A118.7 and is formulated for higher strength, more resistance to cracking and less water absorption to reduce the likelihood of staining.  Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout will not mottle or shade in the grout joint regardless of tile type, temperature or humidity, and does not contribute to efflorescence. The density of Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout provides greater stain resistance while its rapid-setting formula speeds project completion.

Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout is a lightweight material giving installers unmatched handling and workability. More than 30 percent lighter than standard grouts and made of 15 percent post-consumer recycled content (by weight), Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout also contributes to LEED certification credits. Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout is available in a comprehensive palette of 40 colors to accommodate the look of any floor, countertop, wall, ceiling, shower, fountain, pool or other tile project.

What Contractors Say

“Prism is more colorfast than other cement grouts and we do not see any mottling, which makes everyone happy,” said Mark McCandless from Charles McCandless Tile of Santa Ana, Calif.

“We love Prism’s color consistency and it is super easy to use,” said Jeff Blanchard of American Tile and Marble of Shreveport, La.

“Prism has great colorfastness, which is huge, and it has excellent handling, making it very easy to work with,” said Dan Harrison from J. Colavin and Son of Los Angeles.

View the video highlighting the versatility of Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout at http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/reference-library/videos/prism%C2%AE-ultimate-performance-cement-grout-the-versatile-go-to-grout.aspx.

 

LATICRETE Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief

Robert Chambers, Contractor Sales Representative, LATICRETE International, Inc. helping prepare meals for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

LATICRETE is happy to announce that a $5,000 corporate donation has been made to Operation BBQ Relief, an organization that leverages its expertise in cooking and catering meals to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States.

In support of the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief, LATICRETE Contractor Sales Representative Robert Chambers has been working with the organization the last several days to provide meals for first responders and any displaced Houston, Texas residents in need.

Left to right: Robert Chambers, Contractor Sales Representative, LATICRETE International, Inc. and Craig Sharry, owner of Texas Pepper Jelly and President of IBCA, International BBQ Cookers Association

CID 2016 award winner Matthew Felton seriously injured in Milwaukee explosion

 

Matt Felton wins an Honorable Mention, Residential Stone Design in the 2016 CID competition.

Matthew’s Works is a tiling service and interior design studio in Bayview, Wis. It’s run by Matthew Felton, who in addition to his gift for tile design and installation, is an outdoorsman, hiker, biker, volleyball player, active in camping and kayaking, and papa to two beloved dogs, Bear and Sheba. He’s also an active member of St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Bayview/Milwaukee – and a cherished member of the online Facebook groups, Tile Geeks, Global Tile Posse and Tile Misfits.
In 2016, Matthewsworks LLC received an Honorable Mention, Residential Stone Design for a Milwaukee custom high-end lighted onyx mosaic masterbath project – a combination he specializes in – combining beautiful stone with interior illumination. He’s a frequent presence at industry events, especially Coverings, where he also entered the TileLetter Awards in 2008 with his Toman Dolphin Fibonacci project.

This custom high-end onyx mosaic was the winning entry.

Felton entered this Toman Dolphin Fibonacci in the 2008 TileLetter Awards at Coverings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then on the fateful afternoon of Tuesday, July 18th – just two days before his 46th birthday –Matt and his close friend, Jason Ermi, were severely injured in an explosion at a Milwaukee-owned natural gas compression pump when Matt and Jason stopped to fill up Matt’s natural gas-powered van.

The explosion filled the air with natural gas, and passersby risked their own lives to pull Matt away from the pump. The explosion had blown Jason a distance from the pump, and embedded asphalt into his skin.  At the same time, it mangled Matt’s legs, leading to massive bleeding.

Matt and Jason were both rushed to the hospital. Matt underwent immediate surgery that resulted in amputation of both his legs at his knees.  Jason underwent immediate surgery on his right leg, which is broken, and was treated for 4th-degree burns among other injuries. By God’s Grace, they are both still with us.

Matt is now home, after 13 surgeries and 32 pints of blood, tending to the excruciating process of wound care as he heals.  He has a long road of recovery and physical therapy ahead of him.

But his strong faith and unflappable attitude has him looking ahead to a trip to the Amazon rainforest next year, redirecting funds paid for a 15-day hiking trip in Nepal, including an overnight at Everest’s base camp which he had planned to embark on this September 15.

His faith has led him to “not only accept [the situation] but embrace it and claim it as my own,” he says.  “It’s my mission. My message is to use this as an opportunity – this is what God gave me to be a witness for him.”

He explained that when he goes out in public now, “people don’t know how to act, they look at me” he said. “I break the ice; I bring it up and make light of it. It helps everyone else.”

Maybe not surprisingly, Matt felt a slight sense of relief after the explosion as the stress of managing four bathroom remodels at some state of bid and design to installation and completion began to melt off him in lieu of just staying alive. Today he is involved as much as his customers need to help find a replacement installer and help guide projects to completion.

Matt has multiple surgeries ahead of him and needs to fund the cost of prostheses.

Matt’s new legs
As you can imagine, the accident left both men in need of significant financial support.  Prostheses for Matt alone are estimated at $100,000 (by September), not to mention uncovered medical bills and equipment, immediate home modifications that need to be completed, as well as day to day living expenses upon release.

Local friends and family – as well as the tile setting community – is rallying to assist Matt. Matt’s niece, Dana Felton Reinhard has set up a Go Fund Me page for donations at https://www.gofundme.com/mattsnewlegs! There is also a You Caring site set up by fellow Tile Geek Zack Bonfilio to support Matt at https://www.youcaring.com/matthewfelton-890026. And Noelle Hetzel, a member of an Everest group that Matt belongs to, in partnering with another Everest member to design and produce wooden pendants and keychains to raise funds for Matt. Go to http://bit.ly/2umh7Ad to order or contact Noelle at https://www.facebook.com/noelle.hetzel.

Another way to help Matt is to email [email protected] for info on how to directly donate by personal check (mail) or cash, which would be exempt from processing fees associated with Go Fund Me, so Matt would receive more of the donation.

Matt’s buddy Jason also needs significant financial support as well.  The family had moved back from Florida, and is in between employment positions.  Jason is not expected to return to work at this time. Assistance is needed immediately for his day to day living expenses and bills; most medical expenses will not be covered. His wife Ronda is trying to make ends meet, but medical costs are severely taxing the family resources. Please consider a donation through this page https://www.gofundme.com/jasonermirecovery or visit his page or  [email protected] for more information on other ways to donate.

 

Fundraiser scheduled for September 17

There is a fundraiser for Matt and Jason on Sunday, September 17th at 6p.m. at the Grace Center at Broadway and Juneau in Milwaukee for local folks who wish to help.

Tile industry lends support

Said Tile Geek Zack Bonfilio,My friend from the tile forums, Matthew Felton, lost both of his legs in an explosion recently. I’ve talked to him a bit and I just gotta say this guy’s spirit through this whole ordeal is truly inspiring, he’s making jokes and looking on the bright side constantly, and I just don’t know how he does it.”

 

 

The Tile Geeks Facebook group has been sending Matt messages and gifts to support and encourage him.

Franken Gueuze in the Tile Geeks group said, “Here is the thing, Matt has always been a happy and positive guy; now, he is even more so, which you wouldn’t have thought was possible.”

And Steve Sprung, of RTC Products shared his personal experience of Matt: “Shortly after the accident, I reached out to him to ask if he wanted me to try and cultivate some local talent to help finish up anything he had on the books,” Sprung said. “I would have expected him to say he would like some help to finish these jobs, or at best, projects. His words to me were he would like to find some people to help complete his ‘visions.’ That told me all I needed to know about what kind of artist he is. He doesn’t see it as a job or project, but as a piece of art he is creating for that person. I think we can all agree that anyone with that mindset loves everything about what they do.”

Matt’s dream is to connect with A&D professionals anywhere in the world who want to install high-end beautiful, illuminated natural stone in their projects, crafted with Matt’s own special flair. “I’d rather earn my own money than get donations,” he said. “I’d travel anywhere.”

Both men are thankful to you and the Lord for assistance. Prayers and support are greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

 

 

NEOCON 2018 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Seeking Inspiring Program Submissions for Milestone 50th Edition

From leading designers and architects to scientists, entrepreneurs, and emerging talents, the presenters who have headlined the NeoCon conference program over the past 49 years, are among an influential and diverse group. With the 50th edition around the corner, June 11-13, NeoCon is once again seeking innovative thought leaders for its prestigious conference program. The official Call For Presentations application is now available online at www.neoconcfp.com (due October 30, 2017). Regarded as an authoritative educational resource, NeoCon programming has become known for its diverse assortment of dynamic and timely seminars across leading tracks and categories. The 2018 offering will build on this legacy and include a special new programming designation on the “Future of Design.”

Now is the chance to join thousands of industry experts who have shaped the educational conferences of NeoCon. Selected speakers will gain visibility in the industry and contribute to the advancement of their profession at the momentous NeoCon 50.  Submission guidelines and specifics can be found at neoconcfp.com or www.neocon.com.

NeoCon 2018, the 50th anniversary event, will be held from June 11-13 at the Mart. NeoCon East returns to Philadelphia for the 15th annual edition, November 15-16, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  More details are available at www.neoconeast.com

Coverings Returns to Atlanta May 8-11, 2018

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, is returning to Atlanta for the first time since 2013. Coverings will be held May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The show features nearly 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracts thousands of architects, designers, builders, remodelers, fabricators, installers, retailers, and distributors.

Registration for Coverings is free and will open in late September. For more information please visit www.coverings.com/register. FOR YOUR CALENDAR

WHAT: Coverings is the largest global tile & stone exposition in North America, providing a stage for the most innovative products, tools, and machinery on the market. The show features nearly 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracts thousands of architects, designers, builders, remodelers, fabricators, installers, retailers, and distributors. The show is a resource for dynamic continuing education along with unparalleled networking opportunities, all for free.

WHEN: May 8-11, 2018

WHERE: Georgia World Congress Center — Atlanta, GA USA

REGISTRATION: Registration is free and will open in late September. For more information please visit www.coverings.com/register.

SPONSORS: The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s 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.

PRESS CONTACTS: Sharp Communications, 212-829-0002

Kate Henderson, [email protected]

Austin Durling, [email protected]

 

 

COVERINGS 2018: Presentations Submission Deadline: Friday, Sept. 8th!

Reminder to Submit Presentations

Don’t hesitate to submit your presentations for the Coverings 2018 conference program!
Coverings invites thought-leaders to share fresh and innovative content that focuses on how to help professionals grow their businesses and enhance the industry at large.

Proposed programming ideas may include:
Cross-segment collaboration and best practices
Trends in products and design
Innovative business and project case studies;
Installation techniques and evolving industry technologies
Economic forecasting
Engaging the millennial generation
Health, safety and wellness
Submission Deadline
Proposals must be submitted for review by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 8, 2017.

CLICK HERE for more information or to submit a proposal:

Questions? Suggestions?
Have an idea for the 2018 conference program but don’t want to present? Email Michele Nebel Peake, [email protected]

NTCA ANNOUNCES 50TH FIVE STAR CONTRACTOR MEMBER

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is proud to announce the acceptance of Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co., Inc., as its 50th Five Star Contractor member.

Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co., Inc., was founded in 1929 by Earl J. Trostrud, Sr., who serves as President, and takes pride in completing installations the correct way, by hiring the best tile setters and finishers, and only using the premium installation products. The company is also led by NTCA Technical Committee Member Brad Trostrud, who serves alongside his father, as Vice President.

To obtain Five Star certification, contractors must be a member of NTCA, and complete an application process that includes submitting examples of work, reviews and recommendations from peers and customers and proven commitment to service, quality, safety and superior job performance. Five Star Contractors are also required to certify a minimum of 10 percent of their installers through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Certified Tile Installer program or have completed a Three (3) year Apprenticeship program approved by the Dept. of Labor.

Trostrud Tile has received various awards over the years, most notably, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Award for the Best Mosaic in 2015 and the Best Tile Project in 2008. The company also received both TCAA’s 1st Place Commercial Project Award and achieved the Trowel of Excellence Certification in 2012.

If you are an NTCA member and interested in gaining Five Star certification, contact Five Star Program Director Amber Fox at [email protected].

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