DALTILE NAMES RETAILERS OF THE YEAR

Dallas, TX – August 14, 2018 – The Daltile Statements Program has recently named Steve Chesin of Carpets N More as its Statements Dealer of the Year.  The brand also recognized Statements retailers Jeff Clayner and Jerry Litteral of Keystone Flooring for Outstanding Sales and Achievement as well as Statements retailer Patty Ziolkowski of Wolde Flooring as the Rising Star.  All three awards were given during the recently hosted Daltile Statements Program conference. This conference is held every other year.

Steve Chesin of Carpets N More named Statements Dealer of the Year (c.) with Dal-Tile’s Jeremy Sax (l) and John Cousins.

 

 

 

Jeff Clayner (lc) and Jerry Litteral (rc) of Keystone Flooring received the Outstanding Sales and Achievement Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patty Ziolkowski of Wolde Flooring was named Rising Star.

“Statements is an exclusive Daltile program geared to the top dealers throughout the United States, so being recognized as a top retailer among this elite group is quite an achievement,” said Jeremy Sax, general manager of dealer sales, Dal-Tile Corporation.

For more information on the Daltile Statements Program, contact Tony Wright, director of Daltile dealer sales at [email protected].  For additional Daltile product information, visit daltile.com.

 

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BELKNAP WHITE NOW DISTRIBUTING CROSSVILLE’S CONVERGENCE GLASS TILE COLLECTION

Mansfield, Massachusetts. The Belknap White Group (BWG), one of America’s leading full-service flooring distributors, has announced it will be now distributing Crossville Ceramics’ Convergence Glass Tile Collection throughout all of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of upstate New York.

This stunning glass tile range is characterized by its “convergence of design and style.” Edge-grain woods cast as polished glass mosaics offer the unique look of wood grain with a lustrous sheen. Four neutral tone and four bright tone colors are available. Each mosaic sheet consists of nine mesh-mounted, 4” x 4” glass tiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This is a product line that beautifully coordinates within interior design projects where the look of wood is part of the overall design theme,” stated Jane Twombly, Belknap White’s Director of Specifications. “The Convergence Collection uniquely combines the increasingly popular end-grain wood visual with the sophisticated brilliance of glass. The result is an outstanding visual statement in glass mosaics. We are very excited about introducing this line to architects and designers, as it offers them many ways to take their creativity to the next level.”

For samples and pricing, please contact The Belknap White Group at www.BelknapWhite.com.

 

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.

USER-GENERATED CONTENT PUTS DALTILE’S “BEST FOOT FORWARD”

Dallas, TX – August 9, 2018 – As Daltile kicks off their new social media platform, an area in which they have experienced substantial user engagement is reflected in a new Instagram Highlight.  Daltile’s newest Instagram Highlight features a collection of photos that social media users have organically taken and shared that feature their feet standing on a newly installed Daltile floor.  Shoes representing every style, and from all walks of life, are showcased on an equally impressive wide range of tile designs and colors from Daltile. This Instagram Story Highlight is found on the brand’s profile page and is entitled, “#DanceOnDaltile”.

“The most exciting thing about #DanceOnDaltile is that all of these photos are User Generated Content (UGC),” said Kylie Cammon, social media marketing manager, Dal-Tile Corporation.  “In the world of digital brand marketing, the most coveted of all content is high quality UGC. Our new #DanceOnDaltile Instagram Story Highlight is composed entirely of content where designers and homeowners have taken pictures of their feet standing on their newly installed Daltile flooring, totally unprompted by us.  These organic postings lend so much credibility to the product for those viewing the photos on Instagram. UGC is also one of the ultimate compliments for a brand.”

“Another fun aspect of these organic photos is how artistically engaging they are,” added Cammon.  “They not only reflect different styles, tastes, and personalities, but each photo feels as if it has captured a moment in time.  For instance, these photos may feature an interior designer’s perfectly polished stilettos that are the height of fashion on an equally sophisticated Daltile offering while another image features a more Bohemian installation of mosaic floor tile and the homeowner is wearing frayed blue jeans above bare feet — perfectly exemplifying the vibe of that installation.”

To view #DanceOnDaltile, click here https://www.instagram.com/daltile/.  For Daltile product information, visit daltile.com.

 

 

 

 

Natural Stone Institute Announces New Testing Lab Offering

Oberlin, OH, August 7, 2018—Natural Stone Institute is pleased to announce that accelerated weathering testing is now available through the testing lab’s recently acquired environmental simulation chamber. This test method is used to determine the level of strength and fabric degradation caused to a natural dimension stone by exposure to repeated cycles of freezing and thawing in a near saturated condition. Accelerated Weathering tests are often required by project design and engineering teams in regions that experience high numbers of freeze/thaw cycles.

The test method is applicable to any natural dimension stone intended to be used in construction or landscape applications in areas where the material will be subjected to subfreezing temperatures. Test specimens are placed in a chamber that alternates between cooling and heating to produce freeze/thaw cycling. Sonic modulus of elasticity tests are performed at prescribed intervals to establish a correlation between the number of cycles experienced and the rate of progression of degradation of the specimen. Destructive flexural strength testing is performed on control samples prior to the test and on samples after the test to determine strength loss.

The Accelerated Weathering test is one of nine tests available through the Natural Stone Institute. All testing is completed in the Natural Stone Institute’s state of the art testing lab in Oberlin, Ohio. Accelerated Weathering testing can be completed in 1-3 months and is available in cycles of 100, 150, 200, and 300.

The Natural Stone Institute testing lab is dedicated to providing outstanding personalized service, which includes assisting customers in identifying only the data they need. To learn more about the Accelerated Weathering test and other testing lab capabilities, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/lab.

 

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About the Natural Stone Institute

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

 

LATICRETE Hires Benjamin Lampi as Product Manager for Resinous Coatings

Benjamin Lampi, LATICRETE

August 7, 2018, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has named Benjamin Lampi Product Manager of the company’s Resinous Coatings business sector. In his role, Lampi will lead efforts to aggressively expand the product line’s portfolio, helping to deliver share gain and introduce new and beneficial products to key vertical markets.

“Ben comes to LATICRETE with prior experience working as a product manager, where he led market intelligence and new product development initiatives. His technical background and education, coupled with his passion for product management and proven ability to lead cross-functional teams, positions him well to deliver results in this new role,” said Spencer Maheu, LATICRETE Director of Product Management, North America.

Lampi earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP), the internationally recognized gold standard for project managers.

 

DALTILE’s FLEXFIT reduces installation time and cost

Dallas, TX – August 7, 2018 – When Daltile (www.daltile.com) introduced its leading-edge Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces into the market last year, the new extra-large-format porcelain products offered customers a chance to “go big” with slabs approximately 10’ x 5’ in size – ideal for floors, walls, countertops, shower walls, tub surrounds, and exterior applications.

Now, Daltile’s new “FlexFit Size Solutions” program offers customers additional flexibility using Panoramic’s innovative porcelain slab products – through a pre-cut program that includes multiple sizing options, giving customers many new possibilities for their projects and enabling Daltile to further grow its business. The FlexFit program offers the slabs pre-cut into seven smaller stocked sizes that reflect the most standard cut dimensions needed for both residential and commercial applications.

“A key advantage we offer is a very short lead time for both full size slabs and our new standard sizes,” said Ben Redding, director countertop operations and sales, Dal-Tile.  “Our FlexFit seven pre-cut smaller dimensions give our customers a superior thin porcelain product that they do not have to cut, saving retailers, contractors, and builders time and money.”

“The reaction in the market from customers to the FlexFit program has been extremely positive,” added Redding.  “Installers like the fact that they don’t have to logistically move a full panel around, and the design community is loving the new size options.  With FlexFit we’re enhancing our groundbreaking porcelain slab offering, by providing stunning natural stone and concrete visuals in our seven standard smaller sizes, making it even easier to create seamless design in a kitchen or wrap-around luxury in a master bath, for example.”

The pre-cut sizes are available in both 6 mm and 12 mm thicknesses.  All Panoramic colors are stocked in extra-large slab as well as in the new standard sizes, at key Daltile slab yards across the nation.  Pre-cut sizes include:

63” x 63”

31.50″ x 126″

31.50″ x 63″

31.50″ x 31.50″

21″ x 21″

15.75″ x 63″

15.75″ x 31.50″

As an additional component of FlexFit, the program also offers the option to order a custom cut to any size.

Dal-tile builder specialists key asset for professional builder customers

Dallas, TX – August 2, 2018 – Dal-Tile Corporation’s team of builder specialists are an ever-present and key asset for the company’s professional builder customers.  These builder specialists represent several of the brands owned by Dal-Tile:  Daltile, Marazzi, and American Olean.

“Our Dal-Tile team of builder specialists are a key differentiator for us and help make our builder customers more profitable,” said Dan Butterfield, vice president, builder channel, Dal-Tile Corporation.  “Although we successfully engage with our builders at the national and regional levels, a crucial role when the product really takes life is with our builder specialists.  They engage directly with those who influence the selling of product to the end consumer. Our builder specialists are a valuable resource regarding product and industry knowledge, design expertise, and trends insights.  The Dal-Tile builder specialists essentially become ‘an extension’ of the builders’ businesses.”

Dal-Tile’s builder specialist team is a nationwide network of over 25 professionals, covering 100 of the key MSAs (market statistical areas) in the United States.  Each specialist caters to the unique needs of their region.

“Many times, my builders will simply send their customers my way and I walk them through the entire selection process, ensuring they select a tile product that is well-suited for their needs, personal style, and budget,” said Jennifer Hipp, builder specialist – South Central United States, Dal-Tile Corporation.  “On other occasions, it is a builder’s own in-house designer with whom I am collaborating.  Because I have such a strong working knowledge of all of our product lines, she can just give me a general sense of the ‘ideal’ product for a particular room and immediately I know the right Daltile, Marazzi, or American Olean products to suggest that her clients consider.  I become the designer’s right hand when it comes to tile.”

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.

AMERICAN OLEAN’S DISTRIBUTOR ROAD SHOW FOCUSES ON PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE TRAINING

DALLAS (July 31, 2018) – This summer, American Olean (AO) is conducting intensive product knowledge training with its distributors through a nationwide roadshow stopping at all distributor locations.

“Distributors are a huge piece of how tile gets to market in the U.S.,” said Hector Narvaez, vice president of distributor sales, American Olean.  “In fact, they are the biggest channel, so we put great emphasis on appropriately supporting our distributors.”

“Our current distributor roadshow is all about the new products launching this summer,” said Narvaez.  “American Olean has upped our game when it comes to getting on-trend products and merchandising into the market very quickly, and we are backing this up with product knowledge training sessions, preparing our distributors’ sales teams and designers with timely insight.”

“Together AO and our distributor partners bring not only superior products to our retail customers, but unmatched customer service,” added Narvaez.  “Our distributors are always excited about American Olean and the more products we show them during the current roadshow training meetings, the more enthused they become, ready to take their new knowledge and our latest products back to their customers.”

About American Olean

Since 1923, American Olean has been offering an extensive array of quality tile products.  Through an appealing selection and a trusted network of industry professionals, American Olean empowers the creative visions of residential and commercial design and construction.  For more information, visit www.americanolean.com and follow American Olean on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest.

 

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