FMI Releases 2019 FMI Overview, Featuring FMI’s Latest Forecast, the 2019 U.S. and Canada Construction Outlooks

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — FMI Corporation, the leading provider of management consulting and investment banking services to engineering and construction, infrastructure and the built environment, is pleased to announce the release of its “2019 FMI Overview,” featuring FMI’s latest forecast, the 2019 U.S. and Canada Construction Outlook. The publication offers comprehensive construction forecasts for a broad range of market segments and geographies in the U.S. and Canada and provides valuable insights from FMI executives on how to navigate the next 12 months.

Key highlights of the report include:

  • 2018 marked another strong year for the North American built environment, with total U.S. engineering and construction (E&C) spending growth expected to finish at 5%, the same as in 2017.
  • Spending growth in 2018 was predominantly led by transportation and select private nonresidential segments.
  • Looking ahead to 2019, FMI forecasts a 3% increase in spending levels over 2018.
  • Primary growth segments in 2019 are expected to include office, educational, public safety, transportation, conservation and development, and manufacturing – all with forecast growth rates of 5% or more.
  • Most other segments will likely grow by roughly the rate of inflation and therefore be considered stable. Multifamily, lodging and religious are three segments expected to experience decline through 2019.
  • In Canada, total construction spending put in place is anticipated to be just shy of $260 billion for 2018. This comes to a modest 3% increase over 2017 or about $9 billion in additional investment. Looking ahead to 2019, FMI forecasts another year of modest growth, with total construction spending topping $275 billion.

FMI’s key advice for 2019 is: “Keep calm, stay focused and get ahead of the next downturn.”

Chris Daum, FMI’s CEO, states, “Now is the time to get proactive with conversations and planning around lessons learned from the last downturn and ‘recession-proof’ your company. While the last recession was historic in scale and duration, the next downturn will likely look very different. Still, through good preparation, companies can take the lessons they (or their predecessors) learned from the last recession and use them to avoid repeating any costly mistakes.”

To access the 2019 FMI Overview, featuring FMI’s latest forecast, the 2019 U.S. & Canada Construction Outlooks, visit: https://www.fminet.com/construction-outlook/

To access FMI’s New Forecast: The 2019 Canadian Construction Outlook, visit: https://www.fminet.com/canadian-outlook/

Armaly Sponge Company is now the #1 Global Distributor of Natural Sponges with Acquisition of Acme Sponge Company

WALLED LAKE, Michigan, January 3, 2019 –(BUSINESS WIRE)—Armaly Sponge Company – home to the Brillo brand, a global leader in consumer household cleaning products, and Armaly ProPlus brand, which the company claims to be the #1 brand in professional and do-it-yourself surface preparation, finish and cleaning – announced today it has acquired Acme Sponge Company.

Acme Sponge Company, located in Tarpon Springs, Florida, is the #1 distributor of natural sponges globally and in the United States, and traces its roots back four generations to sea sponge merchants and divers in Greece. However, Acme Sponge Company is not just a sponge company anymore. Over the past 70 years, it has grown into a diverse multi-national company. Acme offers a wide variety of high quality products, including natural sponges, synthetic sponges, natural loofahs and loofah products, bath and body brushes, and assorted cleaning products and accessories.

The acquisition will increase Armaly Sponge Company’s market share in the natural sponge segment and provide new distribution opportunities and logistical efficiencies with retailers. This transaction also provides an additional global growth platform for other Armaly branded products while maintaining best in class quality, value and standards.

“We are excited to combine our unique assets and expertise with that of Armaly Sponge Company to create an even stronger company with the same family values upon which both companies were founded and have thrived,” said Jim Cantonis, president of Acme Sponge Company.

“It’s an exciting time at Armaly Brands as we continue to grow our portfolio of brands and products. The acquisition of Acme Sponge Company provides a combined legacy of over 180 years in the natural sponge business and aligns with our growth strategy of becoming #1 in all segments of our business through providing the consumer with innovative quality products and a great value, all while maintaining our family culture and values. Acme Sponge Company is the perfect fit for us today and we look forward to continuing the successful growth with future product innovation,” said John Armaly, president of Armaly Sponge Company.

www.armalybrands.com

FCLC Research Highlights Motivations and Barriers of Flooring Installation as a Career

CHICAGO – In January, 2018, the Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) commissioned an independent research firm to conduct a multi-phase study to quantify the scope and severity of the lack of installation professionals on the flooring industry’s sustainability and growth. A Chicago-based research firm, The Blackstone Group Inc., was contracted to conduct the research, whose quantitative components focused on businesses that purchased workers’ services by engaging floor covering installers as direct employees and/or subcontractors in 2017. A total of 334 executives, representing floor covering contractors, retailers, workrooms, and installation businesses across 45 of the 50 states, participated.

Part 3 of this 5 Part Series describes motivations and hurdles when considering flooring installation as a career path. The quantitative research’s findings regarding floor covering installation as a career included these highlights:

  • A key consideration motivating the executives who would recommend a career in installation was its perceived financial advantages.
  • The primary barrier to recommending installation as a career was the tough working conditions that installers experience.
  • To boost the odds of finding the “right people” for installation work many of the executives who expected to hire installers in 2018 planned to rely on current employees’ recommendations.
  • Executives’ main source for recruiting employees varied by region. Those in the south and west more often expected to depend on personal ties than did executives in the northeast and Midwest.

Executives observed that, as a specialty trade, floor covering installation is a good career choice for those that have particular combination of traits:

  1. Aptitude for and interest in manual work.
  2. Capacity and commitment to handle the rigors of the trade.
  3. Ambition to be an entrepreneur.

The FCLC research initiative had several overarching objectives:

  1. Estimate the size of the gaps between the supply of and the demand for floor covering installers, now and in five to 10 years.
  2. Quantify the financial impact of the installer shortage up the supply chain.
  3. Identify key drivers of the installer shortage as well as potential solutions.
    The study’s findings suggest not only that the labor shortage is real, but that its financial impacts up the flooring supply chain are significantly greater than previously understood.

Associations included in the FCLC coalition and others donated the funds needed to accomplish the 2018 research. Ongoing industry fundraising will be coordinated to generate the funding needed for the initiative’s future work.

Part 4 of this series will focus on the assessment of perceptions of installation labor shortages. Presentations detailing the FCLC research findings will take place on January 24, 2019 at The International Surface Event (TISE) in Las Vegas and on February 28 at Domotex USA in Atlanta.

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About:
The FCLC was established in 2015 as a coalition of flooring industry trade associations committed to identifying issues and developing solutions to the industry’s most pressing challenges. Currently, twelve flooring associations support the FCLC: American Floorcovering Alliance, Inc. (AFA), International Certified Flooring Installers Associations Inc. (CFI), Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association (FCICA), Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA), Natural Stone Institute (NSI), North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD), North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA), National Institute of Certified Floorcoverings Inspectors (NICFI), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). For more information, visit www.fclcouncil.org.

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.

 

In memory: Alexander Peter Tarr, CSI, CDT, March 9, 1941- October 15,2018

Al Tarr

 

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Al attended Purdue University after graduating from high school. While in college he enlisted and served in the United States Air Force from 1960-64.  After completing his service, he moved to Arizona.

Al found his passion in the construction specification industry with MAPEI Corporation for tile and flooring installations.  Al could spice up the presentation of products with clever and entertaining ways that you’d never forget. For instance, once Al wore a giant chef’s hat to talk about the chemistry in grout!

Al worked at MAPEI from the mid-80s to 2000, after which he took the specifying reins and marched all over the USA with Noble Company as Western Region Architectural Manager. He spent nine years there until his retirement to his longtime Scottsdale residence.

The CSI board, with Al Tarr (center right) in 1996-97.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Construction Specification Institute (CSI) was big part of his life, and Al was the life of the party at annual conferences and conventions.  He always stayed to the last at the events and was a great host.  He welcomed many new members, and served a stint as President of the Phoenix Chapter. He was consistently available there to lend a hand, or at least an opinion.

 

 

Al Tarr as the Lone Ranger in 2007

Al Tarr “cutting up” with Pamela Jackson circa 1996-97.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al was feisty to the end but passed away peacefully on October 15, 2018 with many friends having visited in the last days.

Al is survived by his sister, Judith (Tarr) Mattei and her husband Frank, nephew Russel Mattei, grandniece Ashley, niece Deborah Kolber and grandnephews Kolby and Kory, as well as many cousins and lifelong friends.

Al wishes to spend eternity in his favorite beautiful place in Sedona, so his ashes will be spread at West Fork at a later date.

Al Tarr, 2017

A memorial reception will be held on Tuesday, November 6th from 3:00-6:00 at The Reference Library, 99 E Virginia Ave., #140, Phoenix, AZ  85004. Please RSVP to:  602-258-7499. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Funeral Home Angels Cremation & Burial 422 W McClellan, Mesa AZ  85201, to help offset funeral expenses. Contact: Pamela Jackson at [email protected].

In addition, Pamela is collecting stories and photos for a presentation to be made at the reception. Please send photos and stories to her at the email above.

 

 

Tile of Spain Manufacturers Preview Cutting-Edge Trends for 2019 at CERSAIE

Tile of Spain manufacturers returned once again to Italy for CERSAIE, the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. The annual 5-day event invited industry professionals to explore international manufacturers at The Europa Auditorium in Bologna.

As one of the major world powers in ceramic tile production and export, Spain is a regular participant in the show. Over 90 Spanish ceramic manufacturers showcased their latest collections as a preview of what is to come for the 2019 year.

 

A Return to Geometry 

Aparici, Tango

A growing trend is to look beyond structure and function when it comes to floors and walls and think decorative.

In 2019, ceramic tiles with geometric designs will play a major role in visual design of virtually every room. Inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 20s and 30s, these geometric shapes create attractive spaces and sophisticated environments while being sensitive to the nostalgia of the past eras.

Up-ing the Color 

Gayafores, Kaleido

 

Doses of color that shy away from the traditional monochromatic hues convert floors and walls into the absolute protagonist of the room.

These new tonalities are capable of completely transforming design by giving the allusion of a larger space while also playing on the reflections of natural light. For 2019 there are no favorite colors, but a commitment to a combination of all colors in the pursuit for more daring designs and stylistic experimentation.

Playing with textures 

Ceramica Gomez, Zante

So long are the days of matte finishes. In 2019, we will see different textures and reliefs introduced in order to enhance the aesthetics of floors and walls. Weathered, high-gloss, volumetric, rugged and embossed finishes break the strict functionality of the material and turn ceramic tile into works of art.

A Classic Bet 

Baldocer, Hannover


Collections that are based on elements from the past will still remain popular in 2019. Marble inspired ceramics that are seen year after year lend a sense of purity and infinitude. This year though, manufacturers have also lost their fear of dark tones and are releasing collections in black, green and gray hues for a more dramatic and sophisticated feel. 

The classically traditional Terrazzo inspired ceramics will also remain strong in 2019, but reinvents itself by experimenting with different colors, shapes and sizes to suit every project. 

LATICRETE hosts MVPs on trip to Washington’s San Juan Islands

On September 29, LATICRETE’s Adam Marks and Backroads Adventure Tour leaders welcomed the company’s Most Valued Partners (MVPs) to the Pacific Northwest Seattle for a five day biking and hiking adventure.  The MVP program is an industry contractor rewards program that offers not only many opportunities to earn and spend points and receive discounts, but also allows members to redeem points for industry dues and memberships, provide access to LATICRETE Support and Training Teams and enjoy exclusive adventure travel opportunities like this one.

LATICRETE’s Adam Marks (l.) and David Rothberg were hosts of the MVP adventure excursion.

The welcome reception with MVP guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MVPs from Bedrosians, P.S. Wholesale Floors, Inc., Tiede Zoeller Inc., Spectra Contract Flooring Atlanta and Tampa, LineSync Architecture, Garden State Tile, Western Tile and Marble, Kate-Lo, Dimensional Marble & Tile, Inc., and NTCA took part in the trip.

The group met Backroads trip leaders during an Italian dinner, and received an overview of the coming days.  The group made plans for biking, hiking, kayaking or simply strolling quaint harbor towns.

The group assembles with a guide for a hike.

Setting up on day one for the bike tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those who chose biking (including NTCA’s assistant executive director Jim Olson and wife Mary Shaw-Olson, NTCA ad sales rep), were outfitted with expert biking guides, and bikes with state-of-the-art GPS to help pilot the riders along rolling hills and the back roads of the San Juan Islands.

The biking group began with a shuttle from Seattle to LaConnor, then biked 21 miles to Anacortes.  A one-hour ferry ride brought them to Orcas Island, the most mountainous of the San Juan archipelago.  They shuttled to the historic village Eastsound, a charming community filled with galleries, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bookstores.

 

Mt. Baker.

Day two began with a challenging bike ride to Moran State Park, followed by a choice of hiking or biking Mount Constitution, an elevation of 2,100’.   Every route provided riders with breathtaking views of Canada’s coastal mountains, snow-covered Mt Baker, the Olympic Peninsula and the islands of the Puget Sound.  The evening included a special event at Red Rabbit Farm — set in a the middle of a field – a unique farm-to-table dinner featuring local produce and meats.

Tuesday biking options began at the edge of Turtleback Mountain, up Enchanted Forest Road, through a thick forest of Douglas fir and western red cedar trees.   After a barbeque lunch, the group boarded a chartered boat in search of seals, porpoises, eagles and the magnificent orcas.

The tour stopped next on the island of San Juan with a stay at Friday Harbor.  Hotel Friday Harbor offered panoramic views of the fabled harbor. LATICRETE’s David Rothberg and his wife Nan graciously hosted a dinner at the Friday Harbor House.  After the farewell dinner, some of the group convinced the restaurant to close the doors and turn up the music so they could to dance in the restaurant lobby!

Friday Harbor

Whale watching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last day included a ferry ride to Lopez Island, then a tranquil 16-mile ride through picturesque farmland and gentle hills.  After a tasty lunch in Lopez Village the group shuttled to board a ferry to Anacortes, where they said their goodbyes to new and old friends and our skilled Backroads leaders.

 

NTCA goes to Washington for NHCA Legislative Summit

NTCA & NHCA share concerns with Castro

NTCA Technical Trainer Luis Bautista meets with federal legislators to address construction issues

Bautista meets Rendon of Regional Hispanic Contractors Association Board of Directors

Dave Rendon, Regional Hispanic Contractors Association Board of Directors, (L) meets with NTCA Trainer Luis Bautista in Washington D.C.

In late September, NTCA Technical Trainer Luis Bautista, along with wife Susan, took part in a legislative summit of the National Hispanic Construction Association (NHCA) in Washington, D.C. The NHCA is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership organization, representing over 4,500 companies across the country that are directly affiliated with NHCA chapters. Collectively these chapters reach over 35,000 Hispanic-owned construction firms through marketing, newsletters and social media networks.

For two days, NHCA representatives  and attendees met with federal lawmakers and staffers from offices of various representatives and Congressmen to express concerns and request support with several issues, including labor shortages, qualified labor training and education, as well as construction safety, funding and issues regarding small business and immigration.

Bautista meeting with with Representative Joaquin Castro

Bautista and NHCA shared with Representative Joaquin Castro concerns about labor shortage and need for vocational training, recruitment and apprenticeship.

Bautista, along with other Summit attendees, met with the offices of U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas, Senior U.S. Senator from Texas John Cornyn, U.S. Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, U.S. Representative from Colorado Jared Polis, and U.S. Representative Diane DeGette of Colorado.

Those attending the legislative luncheon were updated on construction industry issues by representatives from the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), among others.

“We learned of the possibility of higher education scholarship funds being permitted for vocational  training,” Bautista said. “We learned that the top three states construction accidents and fatalities are Texas, California and Florida — in that order. They are also the top states with Hispanic workers and are in need of safety and qualified labor training.”

Bautista (at right) at the Legislative Summit luncheon.

Bautista (at right) at the Legislative Summit luncheon.

NTCA is assessing the possibility of conducting trainings through various local state chapters of the NHCA in Dallas/ Fort Worth, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Colorado and California, Bautista said. “Those local chapters in the various states could promote workshops in their area to their Hispanic contractor members,” he added.

In addition, NTCA may partner in future legislative summits and NHCA events to brainstorm with other construction industry players (i.e. roofing) regarding apprenticeship, training and education strategies.

“We plan to contact the NHCA president who lives in Dallas when we return to discuss further how the NTCA may be able to work with the in NHCA,” Bautista said.

NTCA member Evergreen Tile & Stone suffers huge loss: how to help

On September 11, Pavlo (aka Pasha) Starykov of Star Tile & Stone, LLC reported on the “NTCA Members Only” Facebook group that his good friend and NTCA member 39-year old Andrey Zelenko suffered a terrible tragedy. Zelenko went on a boat trip on the Columbia River with his wife, 41-year old Natalia (aka Natasha), on Sunday, September 2. Unfortunately their boat collided with another boat beneath the Camas Slough bridge and Natasha was killed. Andrey sustained serious injuries.   (https://youtu.be/QwfNeQGaqJk).

 

Starykov said that currently, Andrey is in stable condition as he is slowly recovering, and has learned of the loss of his wife, who “who was his best friend on earth.” Starykov said, “He doesn’t know yet how he will live without her. His friends and relatives are with him all the time at the hospital. The full physical recovery will take at least 3-4 months. If you could say a few words of support, I will read it to Andrey.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrey’s friends and relatives have set up a fundraiser to aid with funeral costs, and all the costs that will incur with medical treatment and time away from work for him, Starykov said. Monetary gifts are very much appreciated but they are asking for everyone to please pray for Andrey to recover and for God to carry him through this the most difficult time in his life. To donate to the fundraiser, visit:

https://www.gofundme.com/memorial-fund-for-natasha-zelenko

Andrey is the owner of Evergreen Tile & Stone, LLC (Gladstone, Ore.), with wife Natasha. The company joined NTCA in April during a workshop hosted by Robb Roderick in Portland. He had been considering taking the CTI test.

Roderick recently visited Andrey in Portland where he is undergoing physical therapy for recovery from broken leg and ribs, shoulder dislocation, punctured lung and several lacerations.

Roderick said, “Andrey has a deep faith which is sustaining him during this dark and terrible time. He is unable to install tile in his present condition. So If any of you have extra money and would like to help support Andrey during this time of recovery there is a gofundme page set up for that very purpose (link above). The NTCA has already donated to this cause. But, more important than financial support, continue to support Andrey with your thoughts and prayers, which could be the greatest gift and the best medicine he could receive during this time of healing.”

TCNA applauds 10% tariff on Chinese tile – seeks 25% tax

The over $16 billion of Chinese goods subject to 10% U.S. tariffs earlier this year were recently joined with a new spate of Chinese products targeted with the tariffs. These taxes are set to go into effect on Monday, September 24. They will increase to 25% in January if no agreement is reached with China.
Among these new $200 billion of Chinese goods are Chinese tile products which include glazed and unglazed ceramic, porcelain and glass.
Eric Astrachan, TCNA Executive Director

Eric Astrachan, TCNA Executive Director

Eric Astrachan, executive director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA)  joined more than 350 individuals who testified before the Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. in August about the tariffs. Many expressed concern that tariffs would affect downstream prices for consumers. But Astrachan took a pro stance, stating that tariffs would have a protective effect on domestic production, U.S. jobs and imported tile from other countries. In addition, he cited problems with Chinese tile mislabeled as porcelain, intellectual property theft and dumping tiles – selling them at below cost. Listen to the podcast at:

Higher tariffs help U.S. production

On a more recent edition of NPR Marketplace Morning Report on September 18, Astrachan went into greater detail with host Kai Ryssdal, explaining why he’d like even higher tariffs than the current 10% duty. He reiterated the dumping issue with Chinese tiles.Plus he said he’d like to see the 25% tariff enacted to help level the difference in price between Chinese tiles and those produced domestically or imported from other countries. His view is that tariffs on Chinese tile would protect domestic jobs and U.S. industry. He went into detail about copying of designs that has been a hallmark of Chinese intellectual property theft, and how that hurts domestic producers.

No effect at consumer level on tile prices

However, Astrachan reassured Ryssdal and listeners that tariffs on Chinese tile goods would not affect the consumer, due to the tile industry’s  robust domestic production and import stream.
To listen to the full interview, visit https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444600/marketplace and scroll to the September 18 “The use-it-or-lose-it season” episode, starting at the 3:55 time mark.
In a recent letter to TCNA members and colleagues, Astrachan thanked members who submitted supportive comments as well as the TCNA government relations team in DC.
“We understand and sympathize that 10% duty, and especially the potential 25% duty scheduled for 2019 (if no resolution with China), can negatively impact members’ tile lines being sourced from China, and we regret that impact on members,” he continued. “This was offset by the supermajority position that tariffs were appropriate based on much more than economic issues: specifically, our opposition to false labeling (non-porcelain tiles sold as porcelain), Chinese copying of popular designs, and dumping.”
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