Starnet Appoints 2 New Business Developers

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Coverings Awards Deadlines Extended; complimentary registration now open

 

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

Winners receive:

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

Rock Star Nomination Deadline Also Extended

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

Coverings Rock Stars receive:

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

Complimentary Registration is Open

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

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

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.

 

MAPEI extends international presence to East Africa

 

 

 

 

 

Deerfield Beach, Florida – MAPEI Group, headquartered in Milan, Italy, has grown to include 87 subsidiaries with the addition of Mapei East Africa Ltd, located in Nairobi, Kenya. The office joins existing MAPEI facilities in Egypt, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates to increase MAPEI’s reach in the growing African and the Middle Eastern construction industries.

According to Veronica Squinzi, MAPEI’s Global Development Director, “Mapei East Africa Ltd will be focused on developing the markets in Kenya and surrounding countries – an area having almost 300 million citizens where major investments in infrastructure, residential and industrial buildings are foreseen for the next years.”

Mapei East Africa Ltd is staffed by a team with broad experience in the construction and chemicals markets. Led by Middle East and East Africa Regional Director, Stefano Iannacone, the new facility enhances MAPEI Group’s presence in Africa and the Middle East.

For information about the new Mapei East Africa Ltd office, please visit www.mapei.co.ke.

Announcing the Pantone Color of the Year 2019: PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone
that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge

 

Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

 

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Leatrice Eiseman Quote.

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.

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About Pantone Color of the Year

For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design.

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

About The Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. Through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, and color consulting, the Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy.

For more information on the Pantone Color of the Year, visit https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019.

Shaw Brands Return to SURFACES 2019

 

For more than 50 years, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has been noted for its excellent standard of service and industry-leading portfolio of products. The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo is excited to announce the return of the Shaw Industries’ brands – Anderson Tuftex and US Floors/COREtec in Las Vegas next January. The industry should make plans to attend the exhibits, Wednesday through Friday, January 23-25, as well as the education program, Tuesday through Friday, January 22-25, to experience everything these innovative flooring brands are bringing to the event. Anderson Tuftex and COREtec are leading, trusted providers of carpet, rugs, hardwood, LVT, WPC and SPC, tile and stone. Register as a guest of Shaw Industries now!

“SURFACES is a great opportunity for networking with suppliers, customers and designers.” Katie Ford, Director of Brand Strategy, Anderson Tuftex. “We were honored to participate last year, and we’re excited to return for a second year to reveal our 2019 introductions through an original, design-centric booth.”

 “From the very first event, USFloors has exhibited at SURFACES in a major way, and we are excited to showcase our latest innovations that will continue to surpass our valued retail partners’ expectations and enhance our industry-leading position,” said Kathy Young, Vice President of Marketing for USFloors and COREtec.

“We are pleased to have Shaw Industries’ brands presenting at the event,” Amie Gilmore, CEM, Show Director, The International Surface Event. “It is always our goal to provide the industry a marketplace for resourcing the high-caliber and desired selection of products they need for their businesses, and the presence of the Anderson Tuftex and Coretec brands, alongside the continued participation of USFloors definitely adds to the attendee experience.”

FILA Solutions offers Specification Writing Solutions

FILA Solutions now offers its customers the added value of actually writing specifications for sealing and protecting natural stone and ceramic tile installations when using its product line.

“We want to help our customers, whether they’re tile manufacturers, contractors, distributors or installers by providing them with a service that ensures their every installation will perform as specified,” stated Jeff Moen, General Manager of FILA America. “Our customers’ customers are happy when their product performs as expected. With FILA Products clearly specified, the material will function at  optimal level.”

FILA offers detailed descriptions of what products must be used as well as the installation instructions.  They may include:

∙       General provisions and requirements surrounding codes and standards

∙       Required products based on performance and structural and/or environmental stipulations

∙       Execution procedures on how to do the install and measure its effectiveness.

“These ‘prescriptive specs’ put the burden on FILA as opposed to the general contractor (or other) to ensure a proper installation,” continued Moen.  “We want to help prevent errors and miscommunications by all of those involved in a project. A well-written spec is about clarity. The more information you have going into a project, the more clarity you give everyone involved.  The difference between success and failure begins at the specification level. That is what we provide with our products and our spec- writing service: success.”

 

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About Fila Solutions:

FILA (Fabbrica Italiana Lucidi ed Affini) has achieved international recognition for excellence in providing highly technical, easy-to-use protection and care treatment systems for all surfaces. A family-owned yet strategically structured, managerial company, FILA has become a large international group always maintaining strong core values. With an eye on the future, FILA offers optimal answers to the needs of every client, consistently staying ahead of the market. That’s just one reason why FILA has been endorsed as “#1” by 250 of the world’s leading tile and stone producers. For more information, click on www.filasolutions.com.

SCHÖNOX ANNOUNCES SUPERIOR SURFACE SOLUTIONS AS NEW DISTRIBUTOR

Kansas City, Mo.- based company grows Schönox in marketplace

FLORENCE, AL – DEC 4, 2018 Schönox, HPS North America, has announced that Superior Surface Solutions, a company based in Kansas City, Mo, has joined the Schönox family as a new distributor.

“Superior Surface Solutions is a perfect fit for Schönox with our unique line of problem-solving products,” said Brandon Hagen, a Regional Vice President for Schönox.

Superior Surface Solutions was founded in 1990 by Webster Ryan; it specializes in a wide range of equipment, tools, and supplies for floor prep.

“We at Superior Surface Solutions are excited to become members of the Schönox family. We take pride in finding new products that deliver superior value and are confident that Schönox’s products will meet or exceed our customer’s expectations. Having our customers tell us how well the products we recommended worked is incredibly satisfying. We are already hearing good things about Schönox products from our customers which is motivation to get more of our customers to try Schönox’s products.”

“Like us, Webster isn’t afraid to get on site and provide recommendations to even the most challenging of subfloor conditions,” said Hagen. “Marry that with training, education, and a focus on service, and the potential for growth in the region is very exciting for us. Further, Superior Surface Solutions provides a marketplace for independent contractors and installers.”

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ABOUT HPS SCHÖNOX Schönox, HPS North America, a business unit of HPS North 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.

ABOUT SUPERIOR SURFACE SOLUTIONS Located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Superior Surface Solutions was founded in 1990 by Webster Ryan. Superior Surface Solutions is a premier distributor that carries a wide range of equipment, tools and supplies for floor prep. The company sells products across the United States and provides certified technical training seminars on a regular basis to teach best practices to industry craftsmen.

 

Crossville Introduces the New crossvilleinc.com

New Website Created with Interior Designers and Specifiers In Mind

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – Officials with Crossville, Inc. have announced the launch of the company’s new website. The new site is now live at Crossville’s longstanding domain, crossvilleinc.com.

“We built the new crossvilleinc.com to offer designer-driven resources,” explained Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing. “From enhanced search and a new sample ordering interface to a cleaner, tighter repository of tools and assets for designers, this site is an entirely new experience that will simplify the selection and specification process.”

The site’s features were developed based on input from commercial interior designers. Crossville conducted surveys and interviews with designers, as well as A&D sales representatives across the nation, to identify what functionality is essential for professionals who select and specify tile.

“Resoundingly, designers asked for large photography to be able to see all the details in our tile collections,” Waldrep shared. “We’ve answered that demand in the new crossvilleinc.com. Images are big to show the unique nuances of our tiles.”

The robust Crossville library makes product materials—Revit files, general brochures, safety data sheets, installation guides, and technical information—simple to browse and download. The Project Gallery features product-in-use case studies organized by facility type, complete with photography to offer designers inspiration for their upcoming projects.

With the new sample ordering interface, site visitors can create accounts to track their order histories and save shipping information to make their requests quicker and more efficient.

Additionally, the site is designed to be as simple to navigate on mobile devices as it is on desktop computers.

“The user experience is paramount in every aspect of our new website. We’ve created a platform that’s visually inviting, simple to navigate, and mobile-friendly,” summarized Waldrep. “It has everything specifiers and designers need to make tile selections with utmost confidence.”

View the new site at crossvilleinc.com. Find images to post of the new site by clicking here.

Portobello America, Inc. to locate US headquarters and production facility in Baxter, Tenn.

Ceramic tile manufacturer to create 220 jobs with $150 million investment

BAXTER, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Portobello America, Inc. officials announced today that the company will locate its U.S. headquarters and first U.S. production facility in Baxter. The ceramic tile manufacturer will create 220 jobs and invest approximately $150 million in Putnam County, which represents the largest announcement in Baxter during the Haslam administration.

“Portobello’s decision to locate its new production facility and U.S. headquarters and create more than 200 in Baxter will be transformational for the community,” Haslam said. “In Tennessee, we have created a business-friendly environment that promotes growth in all of our communities across the state and I appreciate Portobello for seeing what great assets Tennessee and Putnam County have to offer. I look forward to seeing this company succeed in our state and with investments like this, Tennessee will lead in the creation of high-quality jobs.”

“I appreciate Brazil-based Portobello for selecting Tennessee as the home of its first U.S. production facility and its new U.S. headquarters,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee places a major emphasis on foreign direct investment and Brazilian companies have been a great investment partners in Tennessee. There are 13 Brazilian companies currently located in our state, employing approximately 2,000 Tennesseans. I thank Portobello for making this major announcement in Baxter and for creating 220 new high quality, family-wage jobs in Putnam County.”

Portobello, headquartered in Brazil, is the largest tile manufacturer in Brazil. The company serves countries on five continents and internal markets through multi-brand retailers, the Portobello Shop franchise and sales channel for engineering. Portobello has more than 2,600 employees, responsible for the design and innovation of items that launch trends in architecture and interior design in Brazil.

“Growing and developing in the American market, incorporating the local culture, generating job opportunities and investments through an integrated business model, from production to partnership with distributors, is what guides this new challenge,” Portobello President Cesar Gomes, Junior said. “We are proud to present Portobello America. We believe in the strategy, the market potential and, above all, the combination of our know-how with the American team and culture.”

Portobello will locate its new operations on the Tennessee Motor Speedway site in Putnam County, where the company will build a new facility. Construction on the facility is set to be complete by 2021.

“Portobello represents the largest capital investment for a manufacturing project in our county’s history, and we thank them for becoming our newest economic development partner,” Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said. “I’m proud of all the work that went into getting us to this point and our team is ready to continue working with Portobello for many years to come.”

“I want to thank Portobello for committing to the future of Baxter,” Baxter Mayor John Martin said. “We have been dedicated to growing our city for a long time and I’m so proud that we’re seeing the fruits of the work that we’ve put in. We look forward to a long partnership that will create tremendous economic impact for our citizens.”

“We thank Portobello for committing to investing in our region and for the over 200 jobs they will be creating. We’ve had our eye on this market segment for some time and we couldn’t think of a better company than Portobello to join our community,” Highlands Economic Partnership President and CEO George Halford said.

“TVA and Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation congratulate Portobello on its decision to locate its first US manufacturing facility in Putnam County,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “Helping to facilitate job creation if fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Highlands Economic Development Partnership, City of Baxter, Putnam County, and Portobello to help further that mission.”

Baxter and Putnam County are represented by Sen. Paul Bailey (R – Sparta), Rep. Cameron Sexton (R – Crossville) and Rep. Ryan Williams (R – Cookeville) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

 

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