CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 269 METRO AREAS BETWEEN DECEMBER 2016 & 2017 AS OFFICIALS CALL FOR NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. and Cheyenne, Wyo. Experience Largest Year-over-Year Gains; Columbia, S.C. and Grand Forks, N.D.-Minn. Have Biggest Annual Declines in Construction Employment

Construction employment increased in 269 out of 358 metro areas between December 2016 and December 2017, declined in 43 and stagnated in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said new infrastructure funding would help ensure firms continue to expand their headcount in 2018.

“Construction employment continues to expand amid robust private-sector demand in many parts of the country,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But with public-sector funding lagging, there is little doubt that more firms would be able to expand their headcount this year if Congress would enact a substantial boost in infrastructure projects, as many members of both parties advocate.”

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. added the most construction jobs during the past year (14,300 jobs, 15 percent), followed by Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (10,800 jobs, 18 percent); New York City, N.Y. (10,100 jobs, 7 percent); San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas (7,900 jobs, 15 percent) and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (7,600 jobs, 7 percent). The largest percentage gains occurred in the Cheyenne, Wyo. metro area (25 percent, 800 jobs), followed by Wenatchee, Wash. (21 percent, 500 jobs); Punta Gorda, Fla. (20 percent, 800 jobs); Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa (19 percent, 4,800 jobs); and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (18 percent, 10,800 jobs).

The largest job losses from December 2016 to December 2017 were in Columbia, S.C. (-3,200 jobs, -20 percent), followed by Kansas City, Mo. (-2,800 jobs, -10 percent); Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean, N.J. (-1,200 jobs, -3 percent); Bergen-Hudson-Passaic, N.J. (-1,100 jobs, -4 percent) and Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisc. (-1,100 jobs, -4 percent). The largest percentage decreases for the year were in Grand Forks, N.D.-Minn. (-24 percent, -1,000 jobs) followed by Columbia, S.C.; Danville, Ill. (-20 percent, -100 jobs) and Kansas City, Mo.

Association officials said that firms in many parts of the country have continued to expand as private-sector demand for new construction projects continues to hit record levels. They cautioned, however, that public-sector funding for roads and bridges declined in 2017 making it hard for many firms that build infrastructure to expand. Worse, lagging investments in infrastructure will lead to greater economic inefficiency as traffic grows, bridges age and waterways continue to degrade, they warned.

“One of the biggest threats to the current economic expansion is that our aging infrastructure will cause shipping and traffic delays, which will raise costs, slow schedules and create new inefficiencies,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Rebuilding public infrastructure will help our economy remain competitive and ensure that construction employers continue to add jobs.”

View the metro employment data by rank and state. View metro employment map.

PROVA provides full-day training for new premier distributor E.J. Welch Company

 

Jan 25th, 2018 kicked off the introduction of the PROVA Ceramic & Stone Installation Accessories product line to the E.J. Welch Company sales team at their training center in Elk Grove Village, Ill. The full day training program – designed specifically for sales professionals by M-D PRO (a division of M-D Building Products) – was used to educate and equip the E.J. Welch team with all of the technical information they required to start selling PROVA products with confidence. This event also marked the first day that the two teams united together in what is sure to be a great distribution partnership for  M-D PRO and E.J. Welch.

The training was led by M-D PRO’s Duane Farley, National Sales Manager and Technical Specialist for Canada alongside the PROVA Installation Specialist for the U.S., Mark Albonetti. A group of M-D PRO’s territory sales managers were also on site to support and answer any questions. The training consisted of a half day of theoretical product education and a half day of hands-on installations of the PROVA-SHOWER systems. Even those who had never picked up a trowel before got their hands dirty and learned from an installer’s perspective. It ended with a written sales evaluation to test how much of the information was actually retained and all associates passed with flying colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Throm, Vice President Sales & Installation Products at E.J. Welch played an integral role in the development of this partnership and had some great feedback for M-D PRO.  “E.J. Welch had bought MD products for over 35 years until MD’s exit a few years ago from the professional distribution channel. We are excited to be back and join the MD Pro team with the Prova Ceramic and Shower System line. After our day of training our sales team said that this was the most complete educational hands-on training that they have ever completed. Kudos to the MD Pro team for putting together such a strong product line and training program.”

More training dates are scheduled and underway with other E.J. Welch sales associates in their remaining locations. By March 2018 M-D PRO will have trained the entire team of 35 to ensure a successful start to the launch of PROVA products at E.J. Welch and a prosperous future. “M-D PRO is excited and honored to have partnered with such a well respected distributor like the E. J. Welch Company to carry the PROVA System. We see the enthusiasm and professionalism in their sales staff that certainly will be beneficial to their customers and to the growth and success of the PROVA product line.” Steven LaGrou, V.P., Sales & Marketing, M-D PRO.

PROVA products are already available and being sold at all E.J. Welch branch locations and will also be available online at www.tools4flooring.com by March 2018. Tools4flooring.com allows for end users all over the world to have access to industry leading products. PROVA products will not only gain more mass distribution and visibility through this e-commerce hub but also be the first complete and competitive product line of its kind to be featured on this website.

 

Reference websites:

www.provaproducts.com

www.mdteam.com

www.ejwelch.com

www.tools4flooring.com

 

 

HPS Schönox WORST SUBFLOOR CONTEST WINNERS NAMED

The winners of the HPS Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest™ were announced last week
during a ceremony at TISE West in Las Vegas, Nev.

HPS Schönox’s annual Worst Subfloor Contest seeks to answer the question, “What
lies beneath?” Many installers face nightmare scenarios when they start a new project.
They choose to partner with Schönox materials to tackle those extreme subflooring
challenges. They are encouraged to take photos during the process and submit these
photos along with description of Schönox products.

“We are always interested to see how our customers use our product line in their
projects,” said Doug Young, Executive Vice President. “It is a great feeling knowing that
our systems can be solutions to rough and ugly scenarios.”

HPS Schönox asked three well-known people in the industry to serve as judges for the
contest entries. The judges included Kimberly Oderkirk, Executive Vice President of The
Flooring Contractor Association; Dean Thompson, President of Resilient Floor Covering
Institute; and Peter Craig, Concrete Floor Specialist and Consultant with Concrete
Construction.

All identifying information was removed from the entries and only project photos and
notes were available so the judges could remain impartial. The judges were asked to
evaluate the projects based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill
and attention to detail taken in executing the project, and the quality of the finished
subfloor.

“It was an honor to be asked to judge HPS Schönox’s Worst Subfloor Contest,” said
Oderkirk. “I have followed the contest proceedings each year, and was thrilled to have
a chance to get involved in such a unique industry event put on by one of FCICA’s
members.”

First, second, and third place winners were chosen and were awarded prizes including
Schönox dollars, a trip to Las Vegas, Apple watches, and YETI coolers. The winning
companies were as follows:

First Place Winner: Accepting on behalf of Iowa Wall Sawing –
Brian Prevost of HiLine, Inc. with
HPS Schönox Executive VP, Doug Young

Iowa Wall Sawing won first prize with a renovation of a room in a 100-year-old building.
“The floor was in seriously bad shape,” said Jamie Bonazza. “My first onsite visit I was
unsure if we could do anything. The subfloor was completely breaking and crumbling.” The
team used Schönox US on the 2,200 sq. ft. space. The customer wanted to keep the floor
an industrial look so after coating they sealed the floor.

 

 

 

Second Place Winner:
Accepting on behalf of Floorz Denver –
Jim Yates of Midwest Floor Covering. with
HPS Schönox Executive VP, Doug Young

Floorz Denver took second place with a careful restoration of an oncology level at a hospital.“We could not make any noise to remove the old adhesives,” said Kurt Bowers. “The hospital was very happy that we could proceed without noise of traditional full removal.” A combination of Schönox products were used including Schönox VD, AST, and SL. They primed with Schönox SHP, leveled with AP and skimmed with APF.

 

 

 

Third Place Winner:
Accepting on behalf of Tim Hogan’s Carpet is Mac Dutcher of Adleta Corp. with
HPS Schönox Executive VP, Doug Young

Tim Hogan’s Carpet – Lakeland gained third place with their repair on a multilevel home.
They worked to cover existing plywood and concrete and trenching areas. Michael Barney
commented, “We had a mess.” They repaired some of the holes in the slab with Schönox
VD, RR and SL. Then primed the floor with Schönox VD and poured US. They did some
final patching with Schönox SL before installing flooring.

 

 

 

First Honorable Mention was awarded to Floor to Ceiling Carpet One for their work on an
extremely unlevel residence. “The entire lower level of the residence was unlevel concrete,” said Mark Lawrence Jensen. After beginning the project, they also found they had a moisture problem. After scraping off all existing tile and glue they used Schönox KH Fix to prime and then pumped ZM. “The floor looked fantastic and was very flat and smooth.”

Second Honorable Mention was achieved by Vortex Commercial Flooring for their efforts
overhauling two levels of a school. There was tile removed by abatement and further
abatement was required to remove old patch compound. Multiple Schönox products were
used including SHP, KH-Fix, AP, APF, and Renotex. Bob Patrey remarked, “Finish product
was easy to install once the floor was leveled. It was a great smooth installation.”

“We would like to thank everyone who participated in our annual Worst Subfloor Contest,”
said HPS Schönox Principal Thomas Trissl. “We’re so proud that this contest was well-received for the fourth year in a row. Congratulations to all of our winners!”

Schluter®-Systems Wins Four Awards for Most Preferred Products

Schluter®-Systems recently received four product awards from the 2017 Tile & Stone Installation Contractor CLEARReport: Most Preferred Brand of Waterproofing Membranes,  Most Preferred Brand of Crack Isolation Products,  Most Preferred Brand of Linear Drains,  and Most Preferred Brand of Preformed Shower Structures.

CLEARSelect™ awards are presented by Clear Seas Research to companies that achieve an outstanding level of brand preference among industry professionals. Award winners are selected based on survey responses from precisely targeted industry professionals that participate in a research study.  All winners have to dominate a category from a statistical perspective in order to receive an award.

“Once again, installers have given us a big vote of confidence by recognizing Schluter in four different categories this year,” said Marco Ludwig, president and CEO of Schluter-Systems North America.  “We will continue to develop category leading systems and support them with quality educational programs to provide the best overall experience possible for installers.”

For the main questionnaire, participants were asked to respond to the question, “For each one of the following product categories, please indicate which ONE manufacturer you most prefer and why.”

  •  There were 193 respondents for waterproofing membranes.
  •  There were 161 respondents for crack isolation products.
  •  There were 131 respondents for linear drains.
  •  There were 119 respondents for preformed shower structures.

About Schluter®-Systems
Schluter®-Systems products are specifically designed for the tile industry to ensure that installations maintain integrity and durability. The company’s product line includes over 4,000 items, including tile trims, uncoupling membranes, waterproof building panels, shower systems, and most recently thin-set mortar.  Schluter-Systems is renowned for its state-of-the-art technology with attention to detail for highly functional and visually appealing results.  For more information, visit www.schluter.com.

DALTILE, MARAZZI & AMERICAN OLEAN SET RETAILERS UP FOR SUCCESS — AT SURFACES & ALL YEAR LONG!

Dallas, TX – January 30, 2018 – As hosts of one of the largest booths at the Surfaces 2018 tradeshow, Daltile, Marazzi and American Olean are bringing the same excitement, high degree of style, effective product presentation and clear selling messages to their Surfaces booth that the brands bring to retailers’ showrooms all throughout the year.

“Our 2018 Surfaces booth is designed to effectively showcase new products, engagingly present their accompanying selling stories and serve as an exciting networking space on the show floor for customers,” said April Wilson, director of brand marketing for Dal-Tile Corporation. “After visiting the booth, our distributors and retailers will feel equipped to engage in conversations back home with their own customers about our exciting new products and selling stories. Everything in our Surfaces booth ties back to the overriding goal of equipping our retail partners for success — all year long!”

“Consumers want choices,” said Wilson. “Through our concept of ‘Three Powerhouse Brands — One Extraordinary Family’, we collectively present consumers with every style, design, performance feature and price point they could possibly want. This empowers consumers to bring their design ideas to life using products they will be happy with for years to come.”

“For retailers, this level of customer satisfaction results in repeat business as well as additional referral business,” added Wilson. “We have strategically positioned each brand to target a different segment of the customer base. With our family of brands as the foundation of their tile program, a retailer is able to capture more of their market than they otherwise would, setting their showroom up for success.”

Daltile booth #5603 / #5821

Marazzi booth #5613

American Olean booth #5613

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Publishes 2018 CTEF Certification and Training Schedule

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry has published its schedule for certification and training in 2018.

The schedule includes Certified Tile Installer (CTI) hands-on testing as well as three intense, hands-on tile installation training courses held at CTEF’s Pendleton, SC training facility:

  • Understanding & Installing Ceramic Tile (basic training)
    • February 19 -23
    • August 6 -10
    • November 5 – 9
  • Mortar Shower Base & Waterproofing
    • February 23 – 24
    • August 10 – 11
    • November 9 – 10
  • Ceramic Tile Inspection on August 21 -23

For 2018, the CTI testing program has been vastly expanded through the Regional Evaluator program with tests taking place around the United States in addition to those held in Pendleton, SC. New test locations and dates are regularly added which means that the CTEF website is the best location for up to the minute information.

Scott Carothers, Director of Training, CTEF

“We are very grateful to our tile industry partners and test location hosts for supporting the expansion of the CTI program,“ says Scott Carothers, director of training and education for CTEF.  Everyone in the tile industry agrees that the pool of talented and certified installers needs to increase dramatically to handle the amount of new work on the horizon. Working with our team of partners and hosts, we are getting that accomplished.”

2018 hosts include the following organizations:

  • CTEF, Pendleton, SC
  • Emser Tile, LaVista, NE
  • Collins Tile & Stone, Ashburn, VA
  • Daltile, San Antonio, TX
  • Schluter Systems, McCarren, NV
  • The Masonry Center, Boise, ID
  • The Tile Shop, Haltom, TX
  • The Tile Shop, Schererville, IN
  • The Tile Shop, West Allis, WI
  • The Tile Shop, Indianapolis, IN
  • Virginia Tile (formerly ISC Surfaces), Kansas City, KS

The Certified Tile Installer Program

The CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry. It offers homeowners 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.

To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.

“The CTI program is strictly a test of the installer’s skills and knowledge; it offers no instructional classes,” says Carothers.  “However, many installers who have completed the CTI tests say that studying the written materials was very valuable and assisted in the completion of the hands-on test and that the CTI Manual provided the correct methods for tile installation which may not have been the way they installed tile in the past.”

The CTI program includes two separate tests.

  • The first is an online open-book exam which is taken at home or the office as the installer’s schedule allows.
  • The second is a hands-on test which is conducted at regional locations across the United States. The hands-on portion of the test begins at 7:09 am and must be completed by 4:00 pm. Installers should arrive at 6:30 am in order to get their tools set up and be ready to start the test at 7:09 am.

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which sponsors the CTI program is supported by all segments of the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and near the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

To register for events, please visit https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org/events, select the test date of your choice, make your payment, and you will receive study materials.

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

Follow CTEF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctilef, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CeramicTileEducationFoundation/, and on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+CeramictilefoundationOrg

NTCA partners with Bostik in Stone Design Competition to Create a Permanent, Focal Space at The Bellagio for Winning entry; Superior Tile & Stone signs on as NTCA Five Star contractor for installation

 

National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Superior Tile & Stone, MGM Resorts International,  CODAworx, and Creative Edge Master Shop partner with Bostik for stone flooring design competition

Wauwatosa, WI, February 21, 2018   — Bostik, Inc., a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, has announced another exciting event has been added to its BOSTIK’S SIGNATURE SPACES™ series of design competitions: THE ART OF STONE FLOORING™ DESIGN CONTEST. It is open to architects, designers and other industry trade members/enthusiasts beginning January 23rd of this year.

Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development stated, “Bostik has been sponsoring national design competitions for the last few years. Due to the widespread interest and amazing success of these, including our most recent competition, BOSTIK’S SIGNATURE SPACES™ – THE ART OF HARDWOOD FLOORING™ DESIGN CONTEST,   we came up with the idea to have a somewhat similar event. This time, however, featuring a waterjet-cut-and-fabricated, natural-stone medallion as our key design element. Together with our partners, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), MGM Resorts International, CODAworx and Creative Edge Master Shop, we are openly inviting those within ‘the stone design sector’ to get their creative engines in motion… and, to come up with their very own, one-of-a-kind masterpiece using a beautiful palette of natural marble.”

The Grand Prize Winner’s creative design will be permanently installed in the lobby of the iconic Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. According to Banda, “It will be a circular stone medallion; 10’ in diameter, located right in the main lobby of the hotel… a setting where more than 20,000 people walk through daily. Additionally, the winner will receive a wonderful trip for two to Paris, France valued at $5,000, courtesy of Bostik.

Banda, who with Joyen Vakil, Senior Vice President of Design & Development for MGM Resorts International, spearheaded this program, added, “The winning design will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, all with leading credentials in stone flooring, architectural design or both. Those who want to take part in the competition must register, which is a FREE and easy process. It can easily be done by clicking on this link: https://www.bostik.com/us/ArtOfStone.

Tommy Conner, Superior Tile & Stone, a NTCA Five Star Contractor

“We are excited to partner with Bostik on this exciting project,” exclaimed Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association. Creative Edge is perhaps the most preeminent waterjet fabrication provider in the entire world. Few companies are better suited to create the winning stone masterpiece than Jim Belilove’s firm. And because this medallion will be installed in the Bellagio, such a high-end venue, it was only fitting the installer would an outstanding NTCA Five-Star tile contractor : Superior Tile & Stone of San Leandro, Calif.”

Belilove added, “We welcome the challenge to transform the winning design into a bona fide, Renaissance-quality stone work of art. For 30 years, we’ve created more than 10,000 specialty projects worldwide for children’s hospitals, hotels & casinos, schools & universities, places of worship and ultra-luxury residences. This project, which ultimately will be so focal, clearly is one of the most exciting for us!”

The winning design will be unveiled during a special ceremony delivered during a lavish industry networking event in early May at a high-powered Bellagio nightclub. Bostik and its partners will promote the event heavily, both before and after, on a national basis. This will result in the winner not only receiving a luxurious grand prize… but also, to garner widespread commercial construction industry prestige.

“We want our contest registrants to get just as stoked about waterjet fabricated stone flooring design as those who participated in our previous competitions relative to their respective creations,” concluded Banda. “Without question, I can state that our judges will be looking for something that takes stone design to the next level! Whose design will it be?”

BOSTIK’S SIGNATURE SPACES™ – THE ART OF STONE FLOORING™ DESIGN CONTEST registration opens January 23rd. Deadline for proposals is February 28th. Semi-finalist selection is March 7th. Finalists’ selection is March 9th. Grand prize winning selection is March 9th. Project installation is April 25th. Unveiling is slated for the second week of May 2018, date to be made available soon.

 

 

LATICRETE Recognizes Strong Sales Force with President’s Cup Award

Award honors team members with the highest percentage increase in sales volume and base sales volume

January 22, 2018, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has honored employees Lori Carriello, Phil Canto, Adam Marks and Adam Shutt with the President’s Cup Award in recognition of their exemplary sales efforts throughout 2017. Each of the valued team members generated the highest percentage increase in sales volume and base sales volume for 2017.

“The LATICRETE President’s Cup is our highest-level award in recognition of excellence amongst our sales team,” said Edward Metcalf, LATICRETE North America President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are proud to recognize these team members for their hard work and dedication to serving our customers. The results required to qualify for this award cannot be achieved without effective planning, persistence, successful execution and a continuous focus on customer satisfaction.”

Carriello is an Associate Director of the Strategic Account Group. Shutt, Canto and Marks are Technical Sales Representatives.

 

CTEF Holds CTI and ACT Demonstrations During TISE WEST

 

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry will be conducting Certified Tile Installer (CTI) demonstrations during The International Surfaces Event (TISE) WEST in Las Vegas, NV.

During the entire show, CTEF will be providing ongoing demonstrations of the CTI and the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) testing programs.  This will include step-by-step procedures for both the installer taking the test and the evaluation process. CTEF Regional Evaluators (REs) will conduct CTI program demonstrations while also training new REs onsite.

Additionally, CTEF, working with the International Union of Brick and Allied Craftworkers, will be presenting all aspects of the ACT Large Format Tile and Substrate Preparation test and evaluation process.

Throughout the show schedule, hands-on demonstrations will be presented covering:

  • Substrate preparation
  • Layout considerations
  • Mortar coverage
  • Grout installation
  • Sealant joint application
  • Forensic analysis of installed tile

Scott Carothers, Director of Certification and Training, CTEF

Scott Carothers, Director of Certification and Training at CTEF says, “It is incumbent on the CTEF to provide good, solid information about the tile industry standards and best practices to the thousands of show attendees; that is our job.  Likewise, it is imperative that manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and contractors become aware of the necessity of having ceramic and porcelain tile products installed correctly the first time by qualified labor.  We have all seen the horrific work that has been done by ill-trained and unqualified tile placers – we can’t call them installers because they do not possess the necessary skills.  Tile is a beautiful and long-lasting product which, when properly installed, lasts a lifetime.”

The CTEF CTI program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry. It offers property owners, both residential and 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.

To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.

“The CTI program is strictly a test of the installer’s skills and knowledge; it offers no instructional classes,” says Carothers.  “However, many installers who have completed the CTI tests say that studying the written materials was very valuable and assisted in the completion of the hands-on test. Also, the CTI Manual provided the correct methods for tile installation which may not have been the way they installed tile in the past.”

The CTI program includes two separate tests.

  • The first is an online open-book exam which is taken at home or the office as the installer’s schedule allows.
  • The second is a hands-on test which is conducted at regional locations across the United States. The hands-on portion of the test begins at 7:09 am and must be completed by 4:00 pm. Installers should arrive at 6:30 am in order to get their tools set up and be ready to start the test at 7:09 am.

The CTEF which sponsors the CTI program is supported by all segments of the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and near the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

To learn more, visit CTEF at Booth #4727 during TISE WEST 2018.

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

Follow CTEF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctilef, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CeramicTileEducationFoundation/, and on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+CeramictilefoundationOrg

Startup company Target Freight creates huge savings for heavy industries

Mike Wagner, Target Freight

Meet Mike Wagner, Ernst & Young’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year. Growing up poor in difficult circumstances, he rose to the position of CEO of a multi-million dollar company — Target Freight Management. This company was named #71 on 2017’s Inc. 5000 List of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in the U.S. — up 11 spots from their #82 ranking in 2016.

How has Wagner created the kind of business growth that most startup “growth hackers” only dream of? By providing his customers with an unparalleled advantage. Target Freight’s proprietary Freight Innovation Density Analytics (FIDA) technology is designed to maximize shipping savings while eliminating the “surprise” upcharges that can turn a $200 shipment into a $2000 shipment.

“No other technology in today’s market can analyze all the variables of a shipment and make a determination against any carrier rules,” says Wagner. “Our newly-patented FIDA system not only does this, but it also provides additional savings for our clients above and beyond the negotiated rate.”

According to Wagner, with FIDA and other elements of TFM’s technology stack, clients can ship with confidence that the rate they see in the computer is the rate they are going to pay. “We successfully manage our clients’ expectations, visibility, and predictability in their supply chain costs,” he said. “We save them time by eliminating the need to double-check costs, carriers and shipments. By empowering our customers to ship with less worry, we free them up to focus their time and energy on what they do best: make and build.”
Among Target Freight’s many FIDA-fueled benefits:* Target Freight will renegotiate their customers’ freight, save them substantial money on shipping, and also make sure their freight isn’t reclassed.

* Target Freight can also save customers money on their small package shipments with their parcel division, which means any size shipment will see notable reductions in shipping costs.

* Target Freight has access to carriers that aren’t considered “common.” The company uses over 10,000 carriers to provide their customers with the very best rates and service on Truckload shipping.

About Target Freight Management:

Target Freight Management, Inc. is an Inc 500/5000 company, has been ranked Fastest Growing Company in Pittsburgh, and was voted Best Place to Work in Pittsburgh by its team members.

TFM is an industry leader in Less Than Truckload and Truckload Transportation Management using innovative and proprietary Transportation Management Systems that empower customers to ship with confidence. TFM Develops a full range of solutions for the Logistics industry from Back Office applications to our Patented TMS.

Since its launch in 2009, its has received prestigious awards and recognitions, including:

· President and CEO Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017 by Ernst and Young

· 2017 “Best Places to Work” by the Pittsburgh Business Times

· 2017 TFM Truckload business finished #1 in the Manufacturing and Transportation category and # 2 among the Fastest Growing companies in Western PA by the Pittsburgh Business Times

· 2017 Target Freight Management LTL was also in the top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Western PA by the Pittsburgh Business Times, finished at #54

· 2012 # 1 Fastest Growing Company in Western PA for Target Freight Management LTL, which has remained on this list every year since.

https://targetfmi.com/

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