Blanke awards trip to Germany to three winners

Join us in congratulating three fantastic finalists for Blanke’s contest to win a trip to Germany with Blanke PERMAT! Here are the winning submissions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trip will take place next month and we are thrilled about the great time that is going to be had by all. They’ll be sharing highlights from the trip to Germany on social media.

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES EVEN AS LABOR SHORTAGES PREVENT HIRING MORE WORKERS

Construction Officials Urge Federal Leaders to Double Spending on Career and Technical Education, Reform Immigration and Improve Job Training Programs to Help Address Workforce Shortages Affecting Most Firms

Construction employment increased by 23,000 jobs in August and by 297,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, while the industry’s unemployment rate stood at an all-time low, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Even as firms continued to expand, a new report finds that most firms are struggling to find enough workers to keep up with demand.

“The construction industry continues to add workers and increase pay at greater rates than the economy as a whole, with job gains spread across both residential and non-residential construction,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But contractors report widespread difficulty in finding qualified workers for both salaried and hourly craft positions.”

Construction employment totaled 7,259,000 in August, the highest level since May 2008 and a gain of 4.3 percent over the past 12 months. The economist pointed out that the year-over-year growth rate in industry jobs was more than double the 1.6 percent rise in total nonfarm payroll employment. Employment in residential construction – comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors—grew by 12,900 jobs in August and added 136,600 jobs over the past 12 months, a 5.1 percent increase. Employment in nonresidential construction—including building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering construction—grew by 9,600 jobs in August and increased by 160,500 during the past year, a 3.8 percent increase.

Simonson noted that three-quarters of respondents to a survey the association released last week said their firms plan to increase their headcount of both salaried and hourly workers in the next year. However, 80 percent of the firms said they are having trouble filling hourly craft positions. For all but one of the 20 categories of craft positions covered in the survey, a majority of firms that employ those workers said they are harder to find than last year, despite the fact most firms have raised pay to attract and retain workers.

Hourly earnings in the industry averaged $29.95 in August, an increase of 3.3 percent from a year earlier. Average hourly earnings in construction are now 10.3 percent higher than the average for all nonfarm private-sector jobs, which rose 2.9 percent in the past year, to $27.16. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for workers with construction experience in August was 3.4 percent, matching the all-time low set in July and more than a percentage point lower than the August 2017 rate of 4.7 percent.

In addition to releasing the new workforce shortage survey results, the association also released a new Workforce Development Plan. That plan calls on federal officials to double funding for career and technical education programs over the next five years, reform immigration and improve federal workforce training programs. The plan also outlines steps the association is taking to recruit more people into the industry.

“There is little doubt that construction firms would have added even more new workers if the pool of available, qualified workers was larger,” Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer, said. “By making a few common-sense changes to our current education and workforce training approach, federal officials can help place significantly more people into high-paying construction careers.”

Bostik Promotes Adam Abell

Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, recently announced that Adam Abell has been promoted to the position of Market Manager, Tile & Stone Installation Systems.

Since joining the Bostik team in 2012, Abell has been a Territory Sales Manager, offering the firm’s comprehensive ranges of tile installation and surface preparation products to customers throughout the Ohio Valley.

Abell, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, learned the tile business from ground up, working at Mees Tile & Marble in Lexington, Kentucky. There, he started off in the warehouse, then moved on to contractor sales, A&D sales … ultimately becoming branch manager. He will be relocating from Indianapolis to the Milwaukee area, soon to be working out of Bostik Americas Technology & Business Center headquarters.

“I’m excited about my new position within the organization,” exclaimed Abell. “Put simply, my job will be to ensure that we’re driving the ‘innovation’ factor of all Bostik products. We’ve brought so many ‘firsts’ to the industry, including Bostik’s BEST®, TruColor ® RapidCure™ Grout and most recently, Bosti-Set™… and we plan on bringing even more. We are on a quest to build our marketshare and we have the product pipeline and team to do it.”

 

Forney LP, manufacturer of cementitious material testing equipment, spotlighted on Manufacturing Marvels® – September 5 and 6

Forney LP – Premier supplier of construction material testing equipment

revolutionizes lab testing processes and documentation

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Forney LP, the premier supplier of construction material testing equipment, will be spotlighted in a nationally televised production called “Manufacturing Marvels®” airing between 9:30 and 9:44 pm CST on September 5 and September 6, 2018 on The Fox Business Network®. The two minute production showcases the surety Forney  helps bring to the construction process through quality testing products, and innovative systems to help insure quality testing results.  Of particular interest is Forney’s latest innovation – ForneyVault® – a cloud based system that not only improves laboratory productivity, but greatly increases the transparency and value of the testing process.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to tell the world the story of how Forney actually improves construction results through automating and recording laboratory test efforts.  The Test Report is the test lab’s product, but it’s the process that instills confidence.  100 years young, we’ve been in the vanguard developing technology that keeps all of us just a little bit safer,” said Jeff Dziki, CEO, Forney LP.

Founded in 1916, Forney has a long history of transformative innovation, and ForneyVault® is the latest and most dramatic technology.  To learn more about this and other fascinating advances at Forney contact us at 1.800.367.6397 or [email protected]

About Forney LP:

Forney LP is a material testing equipment innovator and distributor based in Zelienople, PA with additional facilities in Aurora, CO.  Forney focuses on material testing equipment for cementitious materials like cement, mortar, grout, and concrete for the construction industry, downhole cement and proppant materials for oil and gas industries, and general metals testing. Forney sells to over 75 countries worldwide. For more information visit: www.forneyonline.com

ARDEX Americas Launches New Website

Aliquippa, PA, August 28, 2018 – ARDEX Americas, a market leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products, announced today the launch of its newly revamped website. Offering intuitive navigation to product information, the new website is also mobile-friendly, and features engaging images and consolidated video content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new website features a clean design, improved functionality and enhanced content – all designed to better serve its customers. It is located at the same address, https://www.ardexamericas.com/.

“We are excited to launch this new website and offer these enhanced capabilities to our customers,” Ben Mack, ARDEX Americas Director of Marketing, stated. “We believe the mobile- compatibility in particular will improve our visitor experience dramatically, allowing them to find the information and answers they need more quickly and easily, no matter what device they are using.”

ARDEX Americas Marketing Communications Manager Annika Oeing added, “To serve our diverse audiences, the website is available in English and Spanish. We plan on adding French content in the next few months. We’re committed to making our information accessible to everyone in the North and South Americas.”

 

Melcer Tile Company Celebrates 50 years

Melcer Tile Company of Charleston, S.C. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

2018 marks 50 years of business for Melcer Tile Company, a tile and stone distributor based in Charleston, S.C. The business was founded by Mel and Phyllis Rauton in 1968, and is currently owned and operated by 2nd generation tile distributor, Jay Rauton.

Back in April, the company hosted a 50th anniversary BBQ for nearly 200 customers, vendors and friends. It included prize drawings, reminiscences from the company’s 50-year history and fellowship.

“ We are so thankful to our customers and our community for so many years of support,” said Rauton, who is president of the company. “We look forward to facing the challenges of the future while keeping in mind the lessons of the past.”

Nearly 200 customers, friends, and vendors attended the celebratory BBQ on April 27.

 

AMERICAN OLEAN TARGETS DESIGNERS & ARCHITECTS AT METROCON

DALLAS, TX (August 21, 2018) – American Olean (AO) recently exhibited at the 2018 Metrocon Expo and targeted the brand’s message specifically to the designers and architects in attendance.  AO is especially relevant to these two groups, because the brand is continuously enriching its line with more fashion-forward, sophisticated designs.  American Olean representatives were joined in the booth by architectural reps from distributor BPI and together the team interacted with more than 100 designers in the two days of the show.

“American Olean has products in the line that really catch the attention of designers,” said Williams Pontel, commercial sales manager for American Olean.  “We have positioned American Olean to be a major player in high-fashion designs.  Our new products are not only different from what was previously part of the AO line, but they are different from anything seen in the overall market.  At the show, we highlighted products such as American Olean’s new Neospeck, Union, Visual Impressions, and Timberbrook collections that represent much more fashion-forward, interesting looks than ever before.  These new tiles also feature graphic effects, texture, and interesting 3-D elements.”

For more information about the Metrocon Expo, visit metroconexpo.org.  For additional information on AO’s new products, visit americanolean.com.

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.

 

 

 

 

LATICRETE Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary of SPECTRALOCKⓇ with a Six-Month Prize Promotion

One lucky recipient will win a brand new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

July 19, 2018, Bethany, Conn. – To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the SPECTRALOCK® Grout product line, LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally-proven construction solutions for the building industry, is launching a six-month prize promotion for its U.S. and Canadian customers (excluding Quebec). Beginning this month, verified tile and stone installation contractors may enter to win monthly prize drawings, including an enclosed trailer filled with LATICRETE® products and an Apple® prize pack. The grand prize, a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, will be given to one lucky winner at The International Surface Event in January 2019.

“For 15 Years, SPECTRALOCK Grout has been the top contractor preferred epoxy grout in the world. This promotion is a chance to thank our customers for their support and celebrate a truly exceptional product line,” said LATICRETE Sr. Manager, Marketing Communications Maria Oliveira.

Prize Schedule:

  • July – Yeti® 65 cooler

  • August – Apple prize pack

  • September – DeWalt® Wet saw

  • October – LATICRETE products

  • November – TV and Bose® Wave System

  • December – Enclosed trailer filled with LATICRETE products

  • January – 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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For entry and official rules with complete eligibility, prize descriptions, odds disclosure and other details, visit www.spectralock.com

 

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