Coverings Contributions to CTEF Top $1.5 Million | CTEF News

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry gratefully accepts $150,000 from Coverings at the 2019 Coverings show in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. This increases the contributions from Coverings to over $1.5 million.

Coverings has been a strong supporter of CTEF’s tile education and installation certification programs in two major ways: through generous funding and as a launch site for CTI and ACT hands-on certification testing.

Coverings, a strong CTEF supporter since 2008

More specifically,

  • Since 2008, Coverings has provided over $1.5 million in support to CTEF for certification and education.
  • In 2008, Coverings hosted the inaugural Certified Tile Installer (CTI) test.
  • From 2008 to 2017, Coverings served as an annual testing location for the CTI program.
  • Since 2010, Coverings has hosted the Installation Design Showcase, where the most talented and competent tile installers, including numerous CTI and ACT certified professionals, display their skills during the show, implementing cutting edge architecture and design concepts in tile.  In 2019, this has become the Installation & Design Experience.
  • In 2013, Coverings hosted the inaugural Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) hands-on test.
  • From 2013 to 2017, Coverings served as an annual testing location for the ACT program.
  • Since 2018, Coverings has become the preeminent venue for showcasing the features and benefits of the Certified Tile Installer program, and tile installation training classes.

Because of Coverings’ generous and steadfast support, it is the sole CTEF Elite Sponsor.

Perspective on Coverings

Coverings is the largest tile and stone show in North America with 9 miles of the latest trends and exhibitors from over 40 countries and attracting over 26,000 attendees. For thirty years, Coverings has been the most prominent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America.

The owners of Coverings include:

  • Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA)
  • Ceramics of Italy
  • National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA)
  • Tile Council of North America (TCNA)
  • Tile of Spain
How CTEF supports the tile industry

CTEF was founded in 1996 to address the absence of an organization focused solely on tile installation training and education along with promoting quality tile installation in the American marketplace. The attrition of the current tile industry workforce, at the rate of several thousand per year, compounded the problem.

The CTI program

In 2008, CTEF launched the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program. The CTI program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry. It offers owners, whether residential or commercial, peace-of-mind that their tile installer has the right skills to complete a successful tile installation.

The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the United States.

The ACT program

In 2012, six leading tile industry organizations came together to create the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) testing program that offers consumers increased confidence that their tile installers know and follow tile installation procedures that exceed ANSI standards and TCNA Handbook guidelines for floor and wall.

Tile training courses

CTEF conducts tile training courses and CTI hands-on testing in its 9,000 sq. ft. facility in Pendleton, S.C., which has been designed to meet the growing demand for ceramic tile-related installation courses. Each work area contains a tub and shower that are used as a practice area for tile setting, waterproofing, and shower pan programs.

Training and certification also take place in locations around the United States thanks to the passionate and committed CTEF Regional Evaluators and the numerous dedicated hosts who offer their facilities for hands-on testing.

Supporting the tile industry

Without the generous support of Coverings and other corporate sponsors, CTEF could not accomplish of the goals it has to this date, or to help equip tile installers for the future.

To support the tile industry as Coverings does, learn more about becoming a CTEF Sponsor by clicking on https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org/become-a-ctef-corporate-sponsor-benefits.

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About the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry. Certification programs include the CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program which is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge to be recognized by the tile industry, and the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT).

CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and near the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

For more information, visit https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org.

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COVERINGS INSTALLATION & DESIGN AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2019 WINNERS

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, today announced the 10 projects that received the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Projects were evaluated on their execution, original usage and overall design and purpose by a panel of industry experts, prominent editors and designers.

“We were amazed at the extraordinary project submissions the CID Awards garner, which truly demonstrates the versatility of tile and stone,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “As North America’s largest industry show, Coverings is honored to offer these annual awards to recognize the range of creative ingenuity and sophisticated applications that showcase the latest industry advancements.”

Winning projects were honored on April 10, in an award ceremony and reception at Coverings 2019 in Orlando Sponsored by TileLetter, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine, grand prize winners were awarded $3,000, while eight category winners received a $2,000 prize. All winners were provided with a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019, where their projects were featured on display.

2019 CID winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:

Special recognition awards included 55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC in Scottsdale for New Aging in Place shower; Ironstone Strong Ltd., of San Antonio for 12 x 12 porcelain tiles used as roofing shingles in the Innovation in Tile Category; Trish Metzner and Oscar Sosa of Philadelphia for the Fractured Fantasies Mosaic that involved creative professionals on both sides of the US/Mexico border; LATICRETE INTERNATIONAL for the Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital Stanford in the Institutional category; and Andru Eron and N.Y. Tilemakers for a mosaic mural for P.S. 19 in Brooklyn that included many elements from the 1964 World’s Fair that was held nearby.

Special Recognition: Aging in Place – 55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC

Special Recognition – Innovation in Tile, Ironstone Strong, Ltd.

Special Recognition Mosaic: Trish Metzner and Oscar Sosa for “Fractured Fantasties.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Recognition, Education: Andru Eron and N.Y. Tilemakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Recognition Institutional to LATICRETE INTERNATIONAL for the mosaics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

 

The 2019 CID Awards judging panel included Metropolis Managing Editor, Lila Allen; Stone World Managing Editor, Jennifer Richinelli; Tile Council of North America Executive Director, Eric Astrachan; Heritage Tile and Marble Owner and Founder, Martin Brookes; Chris Abbate and Kristin Coleman of Novità Communications, representing Ceramics of Italy; Lori Dolnick of Frank Advertising, representing Tile of Spain; Tile Council of North America Director of Marketing, Kathy Meyer; Artcraft Granite Marble and Tile Vice President James Woelfel; Natural Stone Institute Architect & Design Community Liaison, Dacia Woodworth and Designology Co*Operative Founder, Kadie Yale. Together, they selected winning projects demonstrating outstanding tile and stone applications.

To learn more about the latest in the tile and stone industry,  visit coverings.com.

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About Coverings

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

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile 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, LLC.

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

COVERINGS HONORS EMERGING LEADERS WITH 2019 ROCK STAR AWARDS

Coverings, the largest tile and stone trade show in North America, has announced the 2019 Rock Star Awards winners.  The Coverings Rock Stars – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. The awards continue Coverings’ mission to support industry growth by recognizing young talent and fostering new opportunities. Since its inception five years ago, the program has awarded dozens of young leaders, who have connected at Coverings through mentorship, networking and educational opportunities.

“Coverings Rock Stars exemplify the continued vitality of the tile and stone industry, and we’re honored to provide a platform to highlight their new ways of thinking about the industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “Coverings offers its congratulations to these young stars and looks forward to seeing their continued success.”

Representing varying industry professions, the 12 2019 Rock Star honorees are:

  • Kayte Becker, Paris Ceramics, Midwest Architectural Sales Manager; Chicago, IL
  • Joe Bellew, Bellew Tile, Owner/General Manager; Rockland, MA
  • Ashley Donaldson, Florida Tile, Director of Customer Care; Lexington, KY
  • Chris Fischer, Garden State Tile, Product Team Manager; Wall Township, NJ
  • Kirsten Gable, Anthony Wilder Design Build, Kitchen & Bath Designer; Cabin John, MD
  • Jacob Harris, Coastal Custom Tile & Design, LLC, Owner; Swansboro, NC
  • Ashley Hertz, Onyx TIle Studio, Owner + Curator; Bozeman, MT
  • Stephanie Jackson, Apex Stone, Director of Sales; Sealy, TX
  • David Mastrangelo, The Tile Studio, Inc., Operations Manager; Doylestown, PA
  • Lisa O’Donnell, Architectural Ceramics, Regional Sales Manager; Middletown, MD
  • Paige Pomerene, P2 Customs, Owner; Herndon, VA
  • Nick Teefy, Counter Reactions, President; Lindsey, Ontario, Canada

 

Coverings Rock Stars are nominated by colleagues in the tile and stone industry and reviewed by a committee of industry leaders. Eligible candidates must be under 35 years old and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association or manufacturer.

2019 honorees were recognized for their achievements with their nominators and Rock Star Alumni at a Luncheon on Tuesday, April 9, the first day of Coverings 2019. At the luncheon, Rock Stars were presented with an award and received a special Rock Star ribbon, denoting their win on their show badges. Rock Stars also receive a one-night stay in Orlando, inclusion in Coverings press releases, Coverings social media promotion, and are featured on the Coverings website. 2019 honorees can be viewed online here.

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About Coverings

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

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile 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, LLC.

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

COVERINGS 2019 CELEBRATES 30 YEARS, EXPANDS INSTALLATION & DESIGN EXPERIENCE

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone exhibition and conference in North America, opened its doors Tuesday to an enthusiastic crowd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. To kick off the start of the show’s 30th year, representatives from Ceramics of Italy, the Tile Council of North America, Tile of Spain, the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, and the National Tile Contractors Association gathered for an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Open through Friday, April 12, Coverings will showcase the latest in tile and stone from over 1,100 exhibitors and more than 40 countries.

“The strong attendance on the first day of Coverings and thousands of inspiring displays from our global exhibitors truly showcases significant growth in the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “With 2019 marking Coverings’ 30th Anniversary, we’re honored to continue fostering valuable connections and expanding industry knowledge.”

In celebration of Coverings’ anniversary, attendees were greeted by music from the show’s 1989 launch year as they entered the convention center. A timeline with highlights from Coverings’ heritage further showcased the show’s long-standing history and recognized exhibitors who’ve participated annually. To create new memories, attendees also were encouraged to take pictures in a 30th Anniversary-branded photo booth.

On the show floor, the newly expanded Installation & Design Experience (Booth 3538) was abuzz as attendees explored demonstrations, interactive learning features, and inspring vignettes showcasing the synergy between design and installation. The vignettes were designed by locally-based designers and architects: Reginald Dunlap Interior Design design and  Welch Tile & Marble installation, using  ESTIMA Ceramica products; Interstruct, Inc. design and C. C. Owen Tile Company, Inc. installation, using Crossville, Inc. products; and HHCP design and Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc. installation, using Ceramics of Italy products. This year, Tile Council of North America (TCNA), offered a new feature— its highly respected Product Performance Testing Laboratory — which explains the tests that are commonly conducted within the TCNA Lab, exemplifying how vital this information can be for product suitability and performance.

Color expert Leatrice Eiseman was one of several prominent speakers that kicked off the robust conference program. Her popular session discussed how the culinary and auto industries will impact 2020 color trends and noted that copper and black-and-white patterns will remain popular this year.  Through its duration, attendees will have the opportunity to attend more than 50 conference sessions where leaders in the tile and stone industry will provide daily education and trend insights.

Additionally, tile and stone industry colleagues reconnected at a wide range of networking opportunities available on the show floor, including daily happy hours inside the Installation & Design Experience booth, the TCNA booth (Booth 3219), and the Coverings Connect lounge (Booth 5832). Also at the Coverings Connect lounge, “Byte Size” speaking sessions – which focus on maximizing social media and technology for business – kicked off with a session on tile’s sustainability.

To learn more and to register to attend visit coverings.com.

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About Coverings

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

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 50 educational offerings throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

 

2018 U.S. Ceramic Tile Industry Update

Note: Updated information from 4/9/2019 release
U.S. Tile Consumption Overview:
Total U.S. ceramic tile consumption for 2018 was 3.11 billion sq. ft., up 1.5% vs. 2017.1
The following table shows U.S. tile shipments, imports, exports, and total consumption in thousands of sq. ft.
Year US Shipments (incl. Exports) Imports Exports Total Consumption* Consumption
 Change vs. Previous Year
2018 940,300 2,196,935 29,746 3,107,489 1.5%
2017
990,972
2,099,307 28,492
3,061,787
5.7%
2016 945,245 1,987,929 36,198 2,896,977 5.8%
2015 897,943 1,881,051 40,718 2,738,276 9.9%
2014 816,050 1,711,571 36,996 2,490,624 0.5%
*Note: U.S. Shipments + Imports – Exports
The chart below shows total U.S. consumption of ceramic tile (in sq. ft.) over the last several years.
Imports:
 
In 2018 the U.S. imported 2.20 billion sq. ft. of ceramic tile, up 4.7% from 2017 (2.10 billion sq. ft.).2
Imports comprised 70.7% of 2018 U.S. tile consumption in sq. ft., up from 68.6% in 2017.
China remained the largest exporter of ceramic tile to the U.S. (in sq. ft.), a position it has held each year since 2015. Chinese imports made up 31.5% of U.S. imports (in sq. ft.) in 2018, the highest annual percentage China has ever held of the U.S. import market. The 10% tariff increase on Chinese ceramic tile imports imposed by the Trump administration took effect at the end of Sept., but it is unlikely this will have any meaningful impact on China’s market position.
Despite the peso’s significant decline vs. the U.S. dollar over the last five years, losing nearly half of its value, Mexican ceramic tile exports to the U.S. have fallen each year since 2015. In 2018 tile from Mexico comprised 17.3% of U.S. imports (in sq. ft.), their lowest share since 2006.
Italy was the third largest exporter of tile to the U.S. in 2018, making up 16.4% of U.S. imports (in sq. ft.), down from 18.1% in 2017. The next largest exporters to the U.S. were Spain (14.1% import share) and Brazil (7.3%).3
The five countries from which the most tiles were imported in 2018 based on sq. ft. were:
Country
Sq. Ft. 2018
Sq. Ft. 2017
2018/2017
% Change
2017/2016
% Change
China
692,147,717
657,563,014
5.3% 12.7%
Mexico
379,093,644 397,514,645 -4.6% -14.4%
Italy
360,060,284 378,957,771 -5.0% -1.7%
Spain
310,208,579
244,858,241 26.7% 32.8%
Brazil
159,575,661 111,176,480 43.5% 12.0%
On a dollar basis (CIF + duty) Italy remained the largest exporter to the U.S. in 2018, comprising 30.9% of U.S. imports. China was second with a 27.3% share, and Spain was third with a 15.6% share.
The five countries from which the most tiles were imported in 2018 based on total U.S. $ value (including duty, freight, and insurance) were:
Country Total Val 2018 Total Val 2017 2018/2017
% Change
2017/2016
% Change
Italy 709,898,735
747,819,530
-5.1%
-0.4%
China 626,339,930
589,660,075
6.2% 13.8%
Spain 359,297,060
307,444,773
16.9% 25.2%
Mexico 230,421,036
220,463,848
4.5% -16.9%
Turkey 108,526,735
117,440,187
-7.6% 8.9%
All Countries 2,298,042,045
2,218,153,090
3.6% 5.7%
 The average values of tile4 (including duty, freight, and insurance) from the five countries from which the most tiles were imported (based on sq. ft.) in 2018 were:
Country Sq. Ft. 2018 Total $ Val 2018 Value per
Sq. Ft. 2018
Value per
Sq. Ft. 2017
China 692,147,717 626,339,930 $0.90 $0.90
Mexico 379,093,644 230,421,036 $0.61 $0.55
Italy 360,060,284 709,898,735 $1.97 $1.97
Spain
310,208,579
359,297,060 $1.16 $1.26
Brazil 159,575,661 101,396,208 $0.64
$0.70
All Countries 2,196,934,718 2,298,042,045
$1.05 $1.06
U.S. Shipments:
 
U.S. shipments (less exports) in 2018 were 911 million sq. ft., down 5.4% from 2017. This marks the first year-over-year decline in domestic shipments since 2009.
In 2018 domestically-produced tile accounted for 29.3% of all U.S. tile consumption in sq. ft., followed by China (22.3%), Mexico (12.2%), and Italy (11.6%).
In dollar value 2018 U.S. FOB factory sales of domestic shipments were $1.39 billion, down 4.4% vs. 2017 ($1.45 billion). Domestically-produced tile comprised 37.7% of total U.S. tile consumption by dollar value.
The per unit value of domestic shipments increased from $1.51 sq. ft. in 2017 to $1.53 sq. ft. in 2018.5
Exports:
U.S. ceramic tile exports in 2018 were 29.7 million sq. ft., up 4.4% vs. 2017. The lion’s share of these exports were to our North American neighbors, Canada (79.6%) and Mexico (4.5%).6
Economic Highlights:
New Home Starts
Total new home starts increased for the ninth consecutive year and were at their highest annual level since 2007. The estimated 1.25 million units started in 2018 represented a 3.9% increase from the previous year.
Even with this consistent growth, there is still a long way to go to achieve pre-recession levels, as 2018 starts were off 40% from 2005, when there were nearly 2.1 million starts.7
New Single Family Home Sales
New single family home sales were at their highest level in more than a decade. The 619,000 units sold in 2018 represented a 1.0% increase from 2017.
While new home sales have steadily increased each of the last seven years and have more than doubled since 2011, in 2018 they were less than half of what they were in 2005, when a record 1.28 million new single-family units were sold.8
Foreclosures
U.S. foreclosure filings, a key inverse indicator of the residential market’s health, fell for the eighth straight year. The 625,000 filings (0.47% of all U.S. housing units) in 2018 represented a 7.7% decrease from 2017.
This was the lowest annual total of foreclosures since 2005 and was a 78.2% decrease from the all-time high level of 2.9 million filings in 2010.9
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1 U.S. Dept. of Commerce & Tile Council of North America
2 U.S. Dept. of Commerce
3 U.S. Dept. of Commerce
4 The average value is significantly affected by the mix of tiles imported, with different types of tiles impacting the average value, in addition to  differences in pricing for the same types of tile.
5 Tile Council of North America
6 U.S. Dept. of Commerce
7 U.S. Census Bureau
8 U.S. Census Bureau
9 ATTOM Data Solutions

TCNA Announces Ceramic Alliance, Seeks to Maximize EHS Resources for the Ceramic Industry

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has launched The Ceramic Alliance to begin working with other associations and companies in the ceramic industry on interests common to all ceramic sectors, especially brick, refractories, roof tiles, and ceramic tiles. Through The Ceramic Alliance, members can share concerns, ideas, questions, solutions, and expertise on topics where individual resources may be scarce.
“Together, we provide a strong voice to ensure that the ceramic industries’ perspectives are loudly heard by regulators and legislators,” said Susan J. Miller, TCNA’s Director of Environment, Health, and Safety Engineering Services.
The Ceramic Alliance participates in DC-based coalitions (e.g., Clean Air Forum, NAM workgroups, SBA Roundtables) and compiles information to create a digest of documents and activities of environment, health, and safety (EHS) importance. This information is distributed regularly through The Ceramic Alliance to provide members the opportunity to influence EHS regulatory programs early in their development, when more substantive input and flexibility is possible.
EHS areas of interest include EPA initiatives, such as National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), New Source Review (NSR), MACT/Residual Risk, Waters of the US, Greenhouse Gas (GHG)-related programs, OSHA’s Silica standards for construction and general industry, and reporting procedures required by EPA, OSHA, and other agencies, and will expand to additional EHS areas recommended by members.
The Ceramic Alliance achieved an early success in a recent meeting with OSHA, which agreed to add tile splitters (score and snap cutters) to the list of activities that do not require monitoring for silica exposure.
“Our staff will continue to work with OSHA on other clarifications and safety programs,” said TCNA Executive Director, Eric Astrachan. “This is a key example of how the collective voice of The Ceramic Alliance can have a major impact.”
For more information on The Ceramic Alliance, please contact Susan Miller ([email protected]).
About Tile Council of North America (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 the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.
The 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, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

The LATICRETEⓇ STONETECHⓇ product line is getting a fresh new look!

After extensive market research among distributors and end users, LATICRETE has revamped its STONETECHⓇ product line packaging to communicate what the products are and do more quickly and clearly to better serve its customers.
What’s new?
  • New labels to identify product categories within the line: 
    • Green labels are for Cleaners
    • Red labels are for Enhancing Sealers
    • Yellow labels are for Natural Look Penetrating Sealers
  • Updated product claims to more clearly communicate core features and benefits
  • The bottles were redesigned to improve existing induction seals for sturdier packaging; spray bottles and tops will now feature a semi-locking mechanism
  • Informative icons have been added to identify safe products that are water of solvent-based, no VOC or low VOC
  • New product guarantee icon to reassure customers that LATICRETE stands by its products; several products have updated warranties
Please note, this is strictly a packaging design change. The formulas and performance of each of the products remain the same.
The newly designed products are available starting today.

Ironrock Capital Inc. Hires New Senior Vice President, Operations

Daniel Marvin, MAPEI’s former Director of Technical Services, will now lead Ironrock’s Operations

 

Canton, Ohio – April 1, 2019 – Ironrock Capital Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Daniel Marvin as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Dan Marvin

Dan Marvin

In his new position, Marvin will head up the company’s operations to maximize efficiencies, quality and performance. He will also work with senior management to grow the company and expand its leadership position in the quarry tile and thin brick markets. Marvin will also oversee all technical issues, champion new product development efforts and assist with the company’s marketing and green initiatives.

Marvin will continue to serve on industry-related committees including Tile Council of North America, American Society for Testing and Materials, American National Standards Institute, American Ceramic Society, Precast Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

Marvin brings more than 29 years of experience in the ceramic tile industry to his new role. Most recently he has served as Director of Technical Services for MAPEI Corporation where he led a department of 40+ people providing technical services including education and complaint investigation across the US. Previously, he was the Director of Quality and Technical Services for Florida Tile, Inc. where he worked to develop new and innovative product lines and worked with production to address quality issues. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.

“I am thrilled to have Daniel join our team,” said Guy Renkert President and CEO of Ironrock. “His knowledge and experience are second to none, and Ironrock is lucky to have him. I look forward to working with Dan and taking Ironrock to the next level.”

 

 

 

 

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Prepare Before You Arrive — Online Planner

Log in with your Coverings registration ID to create your personalized planner on your desktop now by adding your favorite booths, sessions and events.

Then before the show, download the Coverings mobile app and sync your personalized itinerary by tapping the orange button on the app home screen.

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