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Coverings (www.coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone show in North America, invites conference presenters and industry leaders to submit educational proposals for the show’s 2018 Conference Program. Returning to Atlanta for the first time since 2013, Coverings will be held May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Lauded for its dynamic and engaging educational programs, Coverings invites thought-leaders to share fresh and innovative content that focuses on the latest, need-to-know information relating to 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; and more. Proposed programming should focus on how to help professionals grow their businesses and enhance the industry at large and must be submitted for review by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 8, 2017. Proposals can be submitted online.

“Coverings offers a comprehensive conference program dedicated to educating and engaging professionals at all stages of their careers across numerous professional segments of the tile & stone industry,” said Michele Nebel Peake, VP, Conference Development at Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We take pride in providing a broad range of educational options and formats which creates an interactive learning experience, generates discussion, and provides our attendees with tools and knowledge that encourage professional success.”

Access to all education is FREE to registered Coverings exhibitors and attendees. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA and NKBA continuing education and applies for CEUs for ASID/IIDA through IDCEC.

The complete Coverings 2018 conference program will be revealed in January 2018 on coverings.com/education.

Introducing DCM-PRO Mat: The new anti-fracture membrane by Warmup®

The DCM-PRO Floor Heating System from Warmup® combines anti-fracture protection, floor heating and WiFi controls. The innovative system from Warmup® provides high heat outputs for Primary Heating controlled by Warmup’s proprietary MyWarmup app. The system is comprised of a ¼” castellated membrane, the Warmup® DCM-PRO Heating Cable and Warmup® 4iE Thermostat. The full system comes with a 30-year warranty and is currently available in 63 countries. It will be available for purchase in the United States, Canada and Mexico in September 2017.

The DCM-PRO CABLE

The pre-spaced channels on the DCM-PRO Membrane make it easy to space and lay the DCM-PRO Cable evenly. Spacing must always be consistent throughout the installation, ensuring even heating throughout the floor. Cables can be spaced at 2, 3 or 4” for the highest flexibility in heat outputs, from Comfort Heating to Primary Heating. The DCM-PRO Cable is durable and flexible due to its ETFE inner jacket for high heat outputs and a PVC outer sleeve, for a smooth installation and protection of the cable.


The DCM-PRO MEMBRANE

The TCNA-tested DCM-PRO Membrane can be attached to wood and cement subfloors using any tile adhesive thanks to a patented design with Hydration Vents. The patented DCM-PRO design of the membrane allows for more adhesive to connect with the cable and thereby distribute the heat more evenly, leaving no hot and cold spots.

The membrane design is comfortable to work on and praised by tile professionals. Installers can use either modified or unmodified adhesives over the membrane to suit their installation needs. The DCM-PRO membrane can even be covered with self-levelling mortars (SLU’s) to allow installation of small format tiles and other floor types such as glue-down wood and LVT’s to be laid on top of the DCM-PRO System.

The unique design of the DCM-PRO Membrane protects the cable from mechanical damage caused by walking on the system, as well as any other possible harm to the system caused by buckets, tools or a trowel when tiling. This leads to a reduced risk of installation failures.

4iE THERMOSTAT

The 4iE® is quite simply the smartest line voltage thermostat on the market.

We designed it so you that wouldn’t have to use it. It can program itself using your smartphone location and the occasional override. The WiFi capability also allows you to vary your settings by zone. Don’t worry: your 4iE® will recommend the best setting for each room based on usage. Central heating systems are not efficient. You can’t be comfortable in the bedroom and the office if the thermostat is in the hallway. At Warmup®, we designed the 4iE® to allow you to zone your heating, set different comfort levels, and be able to manage all these zones from the MyWarmup app.

The 4iE® is designed to look great in both modern and traditionally styled homes, with high-gloss effect front faces, and bevelled chrome edges to reflect wall colors. A range of vinyl Overlays are available in bold colors and textured metal and wood effects. You can even use a custom photo to complement your wallpaper. The large color touchscreen can be customized with different themes and uploadable photo backgrounds. There’s even a 7-day local weather forecast icon built in.

BEST WARRANTY

The DCM-PRO Cable comes complete with a 30-Year Warranty and SafetyNet™ Installation Guarantee. The DCM-PRO Membrane has been rated as up to Heavy Commercial under the C627 Robinson test and has been tested by the Tile Council of North America to the ASTM 118.12 standards. For more information about Warmup® warranties, please click here.

For more information, please visit www.warmup.com

Landmark Ceramics presents Re-True: distressed natural material

The surface of this collection of porcelain stoneware tiles have a wood effect. This effect gives the look of re-claimed boards being reused in new contexts, bearing the marks of time, as well as machining, and paint stripping.
The collection has an authentic retro look, offering a range of wood species for projects with lots of personality. www.landmarkceramics.com

M-D LAUNCHES NEW CORPORATE WEBSITE

M-D Building Products, Inc. is proud to announce the launch of their new corporate website – www.mdteam.com. The site provides an in depth look at the M-D business as a whole, representing the breadth of their multiple business units and the varying industries they serve. M-D Building Products, Inc. is excited to have a one-stop space showcasing culture, values, history, career opportunities and manufacturing capabilities.

Their goal is to drive awareness for M-D Building Products, Inc. and what they do. The site illustrates the career growth opportunities at M-D and provides customers, vendors, employees and partners with a deeper understanding of the investments they are making today to continue to be the industry leader in their respective categories.

The corporate website will be a valuable source of information for all of stakeholders.
The launch of the site, furthermore, represents the investment M-D is making into the
digital landscape. Throughout this fiscal year, M-D is redesigning and updating all of their
different business units’ websites to provide an even better customer experience.

Stay tuned for each new website’s release; PROVA and M-D PRO websites COMING SOON! Visit  www.mdteam.com and learn about the M-D family!

Bostik Presents Updated Web Distributor Locator Program

Bostik, Inc. (bostik-us.com), a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, continues its commitment to customers with its upgraded Distributor Locator section on the www.bostik.com/us website.

Not only does this upgrade highlight Bostik’s corporate brand; it enables complete mobile friendly viewing across all devices. The new platform makes it easier for browsers to find distributors nearest to them, no matter where they are located. It also searches by domestic postal codes, tracking all distributors within a 250-mile radius of the user, with the nearest distributors listed first. Additionally, a link to Google maps and location finder views is available adding to the site’s ease of usage.

This upgrade includes another new feature, allowing customers to sort by Wholesaler or Retailer. The distributor database is in real-time, updated daily for optimal results. All Bostik Consumer and Construction products are accessible; visitors can find the exact product, and the closest distributor, by simply filtering via application, product and color. Since Bostik refines the listings on a daily basis, visitors to the Distributor Locator section will always have the most up-to-date product and distribution information at their fingertips.

Direct link to the updated Locator: https://us.distributors.bostik

Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development stated, “We’re encouraged and excited about offering this helpful online tool. Bostik continues to move ahead to support not only our customers… but, our customers’ customers. Bostik recognizes the need to improve each and every customer’s experience by assisting those people at the front line – our distributors.”

Kent Klaser Joins Ceramic Tile And Stone Consultants (CTaSC)

Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc. (CTaSC) announces that Kent Klaser has joined Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants (CTaSC) as a project manager and will work along side founder Donato Pompo.

Kent will also spend time developing new University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) Online training courses for the tile and stone industry.  Initially, Kent will be developing an online Estimating course, and a Superintendent and Foreman course for tile installation companies.

Kent has been in the tile and stone industry most of his life, having grown up in a family tile and stone installation company, Klaser Tile of San Diego, CA.  Kent started working full time for Klaser Tile in 1996.  He started out working in the field as an installer.  Later he worked as a project foreman for several years, and then worked as a senior project manager for the company.  In 2006 Kent became Vice President of Operations for Klaser Tile up until recently when he started working full time for CTaSC.

Kent brings his extensive tile and stone and management experience to CTaSC from his 20 plus years working in the industry.  At Klaser Tile he did take-offs and bidding, oversaw and managed commercial projects, and managed a labor force that at times had over 100 workers on various projects.

Kent Klaser is a tile and stone expert with over 20 years experience in the tile and stone industry.  He is both a licensed ceramic tile and stone installer and a mason installer, as well as having a Bachelor of Science degree.

At CTaSC Kent will work as a forensic expert, expert witness, and will oversee tile and stone investigations.  Kent will also work on developing new specifications for new construction projects or for projects that are remediating failures.  He will also develop quality control and quality assurance plans to help make sure new tile and stone installations are installed correctly.  He will also develop training programs for tile installation companies through the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone, a division of CTaSC.

In Memory: Phil Halcomb of David Allen Company

Philip E. Halcomb

Phil Halcomb joined the David Allen Company in 1986 with a more than 25-year successful track record in the industry.  Phil operated his own tile company in Santa Cruz, Ca., for nearly 20 years before joining David Allen Company as Vice President and first manager of the Washington, DC Branch.  With exceptional skills at building relationships and a strong commitment to service, he quickly became the dominant tile, marble, and terrazzo contractor in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Phil’s passion was golf, and he was a master at building relationships with customers who valued his emphasis on customer service first.  Those same relationships were valuable when he initiated the annual David Allen Company Invitational Golf Tournament which has generated more than one million dollars over the last 20 years.  The proceeds of these tournaments have been donated to charitable causes.  Although Phil had taken a lesser role in his company responsibilities, this year’s tournament was the most successful David Allen Company Invitational in the series, raising more than $140,000 for Paralyzed American Veterans.

Because of Phil’s driven and focused efforts to always achieve a better result, every day, David Allen Company Vice President Chris Walker said “Few people have I met who lived as full a life as Phil Halcomb did.  His incredible fortitude, love of life, ‘fighting the good fight,’ and being a 110 percent guy, are the lessons from Phil that I value.”

Martin Howard, David Allen Company’s Executive Vice President remembers Phil as a man of principle and charm. Martin says “Phil maintained a positive attitude throughout his life regardless of the challenges, but because of the challenges he faced and how he overcame them, he inspired all who knew him and made a lasting impression on all who met him.”

David Allen Company Chairman Robert Roberson said “Phil has been a valued friend and a very important part of David Allen Company’s success during his 30 years of commitment, and we will miss him.”

Phil Halcomb at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, pursuing his passion for golf.

Halcomb touched many people in the industry and around the country. Ed Metcalf, President North America of LATICRETE International, Inc., said, “Phil Halcomb was beloved by many in the tile industry. Always smiling and joking, he always engaged with everyone else in the room. His generosity and loyalty to friends is legendary. In business and in life he was driven to succeed and to overcome any obstacles he encountered. A passionate golfer, Phil adapted to the loss of both legs and actually became a better player. I will miss Phil greatly, but he will always be an inspirational figure to me and to all who truly knew him.”
A statement from Robert Trent Jones Golf Club said it “extends its heartfelt condolences” and “deepest sympathy”  to the family and friends of Phil Halcomb, who passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Manassas, Va.

A Celebration of a Life Well Lived was held Saturday, August 5, 2017,  3p.m. – 5p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, 1 Turtle Point Drive, in Gainesville, Va.

 

ProSpec LLC hosts “Design at its Core” at 20th Anniversary Celebration

ProSpec LLC celebrated its 20th anniversary with a reception at the Museum of the City of New York in July.

The design of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center at Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus in New York City was the focus of the 20th anniversary celebration of ProSpec LLC, a prominent New York distributor of tile and tile installation systems in July. Taking an original approach, Founder, Lou Giannini and Partner Steve Siciliano offered guests more than just a party to celebrate 20 successful years in business. They rented out the Museum of the City of New York for the evening and invited architects, builders, contractors and project owners to enjoy “Design at its Core”, a study in depth of the design and construction of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center.

ProSpec partner Steven Siciliano and family

Steve Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights and Research at Dodge Data & Analytics provided information on current and future New York City construction activity plus insight into emerging new technologies for project design.  Jones’ insights pointed attendees to those areas with the greatest expected growth over the next several years. Finding new project opportunities to pursue, competition for those opportunities, concern over availability of talented and professional workers, and project financing were major concerns for the near future.

Steve Jones, Dodge Data & Analytics

Serge Drouin, an Associate at Renzo Piano Building Workshop, shared with the assembled group the overall plan for Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus, highlighting the five buildings in Phase I of the massive project. Foremost of these buildings is the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which houses the Mortimer L. Zuckerman Mind Brain Institute.  Drouin underscored his presentation with architectural drawings and photographic images of the unique designs employed to achieve a LEED Platinum certification for the project.

Serge Drouin, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

The complex building challenges of this award-winning project were presented by Steven Sommer, Principal of Lendlease Construction, in the final presentation of the evening. Safety, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, all focused on the customer’s satisfaction, made Lendlease the perfect building partner for the project. In his presentation, Sommer concentrated on the project management, which brought together myriad details to produce 457,000 square feet of laboratories and meeting space dedicated to finding solutions to mind/brain challenges such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Steven Sommer, Lendlease Construction

Following the presentations, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they toured the exhibits about New York and its history on display in the museum.  Luigi Di Geso, CEO of MAPEI North America, a leading manufacturer of adhesives, grouts and chemical products for the construction industry, attending the event, commented, “ProSpec has taken the opportunity of its 20th anniversary to point the way to the future with an innovative and successful strategy that mirrors MAPEI’s own efforts to provide total solutions to its customers. By bringing together members from various aspects of the construction industry and demonstrating through the Jerome L. Greene Science Center project how collaboration promotes innovative, sustainable results, Mr. Giannini is establishing a model that can take everyone’s productivity to the next level.”

ProSpec, LLC focuses on product presentation and recommendation to the project team – the owner, architect, designer and consultant. Other groups within the company – ProTile, Stone, Terrazzo, ProWood and ProExterior Systems – are designed to provide contractors with customer service and logistics for materials that are delivered on time and on budget. This holistic approach to architects’ and builders’ needs provides a much-needed and appreciated service.

Strategic thinking and planning have created today’s success and will lead to future growth for ProSpec LLC. At the close of the evening’s activities, Giannini announced that he is managing for the future through succession planning as company ownership transitions to a “Women Business Enterprise” under the leadership of his three daughters.

ProSpec LLC founder and partner Lou Giannini with his family. Giannini announced that he is managing for the future through succession planning as company ownership transitions to a “Women Business Enterprise” under the leadership of his three daughters.

For more information on the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, stay tuned to TileLetter’s September issue.

Spanish tile from Tile of Spain manufacturers sets the scene in outdoor spaces

Exagres, Natura Collection, Etna (16 x 66 cm)

Lazy summer days are the perfect time for outdoor lounging and relaxation. Looking to add some style to your personal oasis? Spanish ceramic tile can help fine-tune residential exterior spaces and act as the perfect complement to outdoor designs.

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), offers an infinite number of design possibilities that allow designers and consumers to choose between multiple models, sizes, colors and textures of tile to personalize outdoor spaces both practically and aesthetically.

The tonality of the ceramic tiles is an indispensable element when it comes to transferring distinct personality to an outdoor patio or terrace. White scale and warm tones put the space in tune with nature, facilitating the relationship between the home and the environment. Combinations of gray shades, such as Kenzo Collection from Unicer or Dolomite Collection from Terracota Pavimento de Gres, add a contemporary and sophisticated touch.

Unicer, Kenzo Collection, Gris (19 x 120 cm)

Rocersa, Mustang Collection, White (60 x 60 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the latest trends in patio and terrace design is to blur the border between the interior and exterior space of the home by using the same material inside and outside. Collections of tile inspired by exotic woods, like Exagres Natura Collection, highlight this effect with all the beauty of natural wood but with the durability and strength of tile.

Halcon Ceramics, Chicago Collection (45 x 90cm)

Outdoor ceramics are highly versatile and can be adapted to any environment, such as outdoor porches or dining rooms, and offer many alternatives according to tastes and preferences. The gray toned Mustang collection from Rocersa is an excellent example of such indoor or outdoor versatility.

 

 

 

Terracota Pavimento de Gres, Dolomite Collection

Ceramic tiles can serve as allies when reforming or rehabilitating the porch of a home. The shape, size and installation technique, along with the style of the material, are key factors when integrating the space in the set of landscape.

Ceramic trends inspired by nature reinterpret the personality and elegance of outdoor spaces with a contemporary style thanks to the diversification of natural color tones from Spanish tile manufacturers, such as the Stromboli series from Ceramica Mayor.

For more information about Spanish tile manufacturers and ceramic trends visit
http://www.tileofspainusa.com.

ABC Calls on Congress to Support Expansion of Construction Apprenticeship Programs

Michael Bennett, vice president of the Cianbro Cos., Pittsfield, Maine, today told Congress that industry-driven training programs should play a bigger role in government efforts to close the workforce/skills gap that has left 500,000 construction jobs unfilled in the United States today. Bennett testified on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development to call for support for President Trump’s recent executive order expanding apprenticeships, which would help ensure job seekers get exactly the training required for success in today’s job market.

“At Associated Builders and Contractors, as with Cianbro, we support all workforce programs that develop people and help them reach their potential, whether they’re government-defined, like apprenticeships, or industry-driven,” said Bennett.  “As we look at the holistic picture of workforce development, successful models combine technical knowledge and proficiency through hands-on application and on-the-job experience. When you employ the earn-while-you-learn model and support individuals with lifelong learning and mentoring, the opportunities are endless.”

Bennett called for flexibility in designing apprenticeship and other types of training programs in an “all-of-the-above” approach to workforce development that aligns with the needs of the educational system and businesses, including:

• Creating multiple pathways to excellence for apprentices;

• Establishing reciprocity across federal and state apprenticeship councils;

• Allowing nationally recognized, portable, industry-recognized credentialing programs with third-party oversight, including targeted programs for high-demand skills; and

• Ensuring that such programs are industry- and market-driven, competency-based and flexible in structure, scheduling and duration to address industry needs.

“Industry-recognized programs come in all shapes and sizes, and that is the beauty of them: they provide for the highest level of flexibility that benefits the worker, their company and their client,” Bennett said. “Industry-recognized programs give students, veterans, second-chance seekers and the entire American public an opportunity to learn a skill, develop themselves and build their careers. They are the best tools available right now.”

For more information on careers in construction, visit workforce.abc.org.

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