Emser Tile celebrates new Distribution Center

Emser Tile announced that it has opened its third distribution center in North America. This Suffolk, Virginia, location will service the growing East Coast and Midwest markets, the company said, adding that the distribution center expands the company’s resources to account for a growing product portfolio and increased customer demand.

According to the company, the new 400,000-square-foot distribution center, with the capacity to expand to 850,000 square feet, supports Emser Tile’s long-term expansion plans. The company said that it operates over 20 showrooms and distribution centers throughout the East Coast and Midwest, the majority of which opened in the last five years.

“Our growth in the East Coast and Midwest markets gave us an opportunity to build a state-of-theart distribution center to meet our customers’ needs through even better service,” shared Barbara Haaksma, vice president of marketing for Emser Tile. “Emser Tile remains dedicated to being the design leader for today’s tile and natural stone, and is committed to efficiently providing these products to customers nationwide.”

To celebrate the opening, Emser Tile hosted a ribbon cutting on August 15 with dignitaries in attendance, including Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore, Delegate S. Chris Jones, Senator John Cosgrove and Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson, the company reported. John F. Reinhart, CEO and director of the Virginia Port Authority, also spoke at the opening, the company added.

“We are honored that Emser Tile chose the Commonwealth as its gateway to the East Coast market and the world,” said Governor McAuliffe. “With its close proximity to The Port of Virginia, the City of Suffolk is an ideal base for Emser’s distribution operation, and we are confident the company will benefit from the region’s workforce, infrastructure and competitive business climate as it expands its product portfolio in the U.S. It’s exciting to see the new, 400,000-square-foot service center become a reality, and we thank Emser Tile for being part of our ongoing efforts to diversify and build the new Virginia economy.”

“Emser Tile’s decision to select Virginia for a major East Coast distribution operation further cements the Commonwealth’s reputation as a key state for this booming industry,” said secretary of commerce and trade Todd Haymore. “Virginia is within a day’s drive of more than 40 percent of the U.S., and boasts the third-largest state-maintained transportation network: critical factors that make the Commonwealth an exemplary location for distribution. We look forward to a strong corporate partnership with Emser Tile in the City of Suffolk.”

By basing operations in Suffolk, Emser Tile aims to become a strategic partner within the community, the company said, adding that it plans to hire and train distribution center employees through partnerships with local colleges and the community.

“Emser Tile’s commitment to locate in Suffolk speaks to our business-friendly climate and robust workforce,” Suffolk mayor Linda T. Johnson said. “Suffolk provides a central gateway for Emser Tile, providing them the logistics infrastructure needed to support their growing customer base. We value their investment and share in their vision for future growth.”

The company said that Suffolk also offers unique highway infrastructure and proximity to The Port of Virginia to facilitate high-volume distribution.

“The Port of Virginia is looking forward to handling cargo for the Emser Tile distribution operation in Suffolk and helping the company establish its presence on the East Coast,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We welcome the opportunity to develop a partnership with this company by serving as its global gateway for trade.”

Emser Tile said it strategically chose to locate the distribution facility at CenterPoint Intermodal Center, Suffolk. The company reported that the 900-acre logistics center features direct access to The Port of Virginia, and is currently home to ACE Hardware, FRÍANT and Peet’s Coffee facilities.

 

Emser Tile’s Eastern Distribution Center in Suffolk is located at 1020 CenterPoint Drive.

Lunada Bay Tile Names Christopher Brown National Sales Director Brown to head up North American sales for the Los Angeles-based tile company

Lunada Bay Tile is pleased to announce that Christopher Brown has been named national sales director. Brown, who will be based out of Lunada Bay Tile’s Harbor City headquarters, joined Lunada Bay Tile in 2011 to manage western region sales and has 18 years of experience in the tile industry. From 1999 to 2010 he worked for the tile and stone company Walker Zanger where he managed sales and held the position of branch manager in Hayward, California.

“A forward-looking thinker with warm energy, Chris understands the evolving needs of the tile marketplace,” said Carl Steadly, president of Lunada Bay Tile. “His leadership skills, diverse sales experience and in-depth knowledge of the builder, retailer and A&D markets will make a significant contribution to the success of our company.”

About Lunada Bay Tile
Lunada Bay Tile creates handcrafted glass, ceramic, pewter, stone, and wood tile with an emphasis on artistic simplicity, texture, and color. Inspired by the aura of Southern California coastal living, Lunada Bay Tile takes a distinct approach to designing products with a philosophy that blends traditional craftsmanship and modern influences. Our artisans use specialized techniques to create unique effects that capture the imagination and reflect the way people want to live. To learn more about Lunada Bay Tile and view the entire product line visit www.lunadabaytile.com, or call 310-257-1300.

Modomo announces the opening of its North American Headquarters

Modomo is proud to announce the opening of its headquarters at 4171, West Hillsboro Blvd, Suite #12, Coconut Creek, Florida. It’s one more step in Modomo’s goal to provide fine Italian tile, designed for the North American market.

“We’re really excited about the new office and feel we have something pretty unique to
offer.” said Managing Partner, Scott Alpert. Alpert’s industry background includes 35-years
experience from agent, contractor, buyer, retail/wholesale distributor, to Italian and
Chinese Trading Companies.

“We’re going to be different”, said Alpert. “As a U.S. based company, only marketing to the U.S. and Canada, we’ll keep a pulse on North American design and cultural trends and quickly gear our product offering to mirror those trends.”

Modomo also plans to go the extra mile. “We’re partnering vertically with our client’s inside and outside salesforce by providing extensive training, but that’s just the first step”, stated Alpert. “We are also going to go out with our clients and visit their dealers, architects and designers, builders and developers. We’ll help them train and educate their clients on the product.”  “We’re with our client partners one-hundred percent of the way and the new headquarters is just the beginning of that commitment.”

Modomo is a U.S. based trading company, run by industry veterans with over 100-years of
collective experience, providing the finest Italian tile to the North American market.
Partnering with one of the most successful Italian Tile Manufacturers, Modomo is committed to providing beautiful collections, superior sales and training support, state-of-the-art merchandising and marketing, as well as, very favorable pricing.

Find out more at modomotiles.com.

M-D LAUNCHES NEW CORPORATE WEBSITE

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

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

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

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

Bostik Presents Updated Web Distributor Locator Program

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

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

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

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

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

Kent Klaser Joins Ceramic Tile And Stone Consultants (CTaSC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Memory: Phil Halcomb of David Allen Company

Philip E. Halcomb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

ProSpec partner Steven Siciliano and family

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

Steve Jones, Dodge Data & Analytics

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

Serge Drouin, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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

Steven Sommer, Lendlease Construction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Halcon Ceramics, Chicago Collection (45 x 90cm)

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

 

 

 

Terracota Pavimento de Gres, Dolomite Collection

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

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

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

ABC Calls on Congress to Support Expansion of Construction Apprenticeship Programs

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

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

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

• Creating multiple pathways to excellence for apprentices;

• Establishing reciprocity across federal and state apprenticeship councils;

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

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

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

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

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