MIA releases new video

MIA_quarrytokitchenThe Marble Institute of America (MIA) recently released the From the Quarry to the Kitchen video. Presented in an easily-accessible, consumer-friendly format, the educational video features a behind-the-scenes look at where natural stone comes from, how it is quarried and cut and installed to beautify the home. It’s ideal for showroom displays, sharing on company websites and social media. From the Quarry to the Kitchen reflects current stone trends and highlights natural stone’s availability and affordability. It’s available for purchase through the MIA Bookstore for MIA members and non-members. For more information on availability and pricing, visit www.marble-institute.com.


AO hosts distributor road shows

AO_logoThis spring, American Olean (www.americanolean.com) hosted a series of distributor road shows across the country. Held in cities such as Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, Boise, and Dallas, these road shows served as an ideal opportunity to not only showcase the latest collections, but also to celebrate and introduce American Olean’s new positioning, “Proven in Tile,” as part of the re-launch of the Dal-Tile Family of brands.

During these events, distributors learned about the strategy behind the brand development process, while receiving an exclusive look at the new face of American Olean.

American Olean also introduced the new spring collection, including Fusion Cotto, an old-world cotto look, Creekwood, a handsome wood look, Historic Bridge, a weathered wood look, and Entourage, a multi-dimensional glass tile and glass and stone blends mosaic collection.


CTaSC launches a new website

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 10.55.39 AMCeramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc. (CTaSC) announces the launch of its new website.  The familiar www.CTaSC.com website has been updated with new content, features and resources in a clean new design.

The revamped CTaSC website uses cutting edge technology to feature an extensive menu of services including forensic investigations, quality control, testing, training, marketing and business planning, expert witness and more. In addition to its business services, the new CTaSC website provides many resources for companies in the tile and stone industries as well as some for consumers.

Some of the resources on the site include a resource directory, industry statistics, economic indicators and forecasts, industry research reports, online training services through the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone, events and industry calendar, and collection of TileWise educational cartoons. In addition, the newly designed site provides expert answers to a range of pressing industry concerns, compiled over the last 13 years by industry expert and founder of CTaSC, Donato Pompo. To search the site, visit www.CTaSC.com.


Arley’s 13th annual events exceed expectations

0915arley-picArley Wholesale, Inc. (www.arleywholesale.com), a family-owned, Scranton, Pa.-based distributor, hosted its most successful ever three-day annual event of business, fun and major league networking in mid-June at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, Pa. The 13th Annual Arley Wholesale Tile & Stone Exposition concluded with the popular Arley Golf Classic.

Jim Carra, Arley’s Northeast Regional vice president, stated, “Our customer base keeps getting stronger. Our product line is constantly updated to best meet their needs. And every year, our June event is better than the previous year’s!”

Scott Levy, Arley executive vice-president of operations, delivered the keynote speech. He applied WWE wrestling champion John Cena’s catchphrase “The Champ is here!” to the swagger successful retailers should take regarding privately-branded products, guiding customers to the strongest product and installation material recommendations. “Your customers will realize that you’ll stand fast behind any product bearing your company’s name,” he said. He suggested that this attitude should also extend to co-workers and suppliers. “You are in business… this is your life,” he said. “This is not merely a job to any of us… it is everything. Your family, your employee partners… they are all counting on you to continually be ‘The Champ.’”

Monday’s golf outing held at the nearby Glen Oak Country Club included over 100 participants.

Semih Susleyen, sales manager of Ege Seramik, said, “This event mirrors our collective feelings about Arley. Everything is always professional. We started doing business with Arley just last year, seeing them as a strategic, reliable partner who promotes our products in 26 different states…. We have been doing business together just for 12 months, but it feels like we have known them for at least 12 years!”


TISE West attendee registration now open online

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 10.52.01 AMAttendee online registration for Las Vegas 2016 is now officially open for The International Surface Event (TISE). The International Surface Event-SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas | TileExpo presents four days of new products, hands-on demos, inspiring trends, key manufacturers, and industry suppliers, along with education and networking for the floor covering, tile and stone industries.  The show is set for January 20-22 and education January 19-22.

Online registration is available at www.TISEwest.com/Register.  Attendees can choose a Design & Construction Week® Pass to include all the benefits of The International Surface Event, as well as gain access to three related industry shows.  For participating Design & Construction Week information, visit www.TISEwest.com/DCWeek.

New TISE West features this year, include a new “Living Magazine” that creates a 3D walk through a magazine experience that exhibits forecasted trends and colors for 2016/2017; the Mannington Mills 100 Year Celebration; and the IGNITE Education Program. For more information, visit www.TISEwest.com/Register. For discounted hotel rates and exclusive Official Hotel perks for TISE 2016, visit www.onPeak.com/TISE.


Call for Entries: 14th Tile of Spain Awards

call-spain-awardsTile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), is issuing an open call for the 14th Tile of Spain Awards competition. The awards honor international excellence in projects that utilize Spanish ceramic tile in three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and Degree Project in Architecture, aimed at students of architecture.

Each year, a jury of recognized international architecture and design professionals judge the awards. Presiding over the 14th edition panel of jurors is Victor López Cotelo, who recently received the 2015 Spanish Architecture Prize.

Registration is open and the submission deadline is October 28th, 2015. The awards have a total prize fund of over $42,500, which will be divided amongst three categories. For information and registration, visit www.tileofspainawards.com.


A new Tiling Town debuts at Cersaie 2015

cersaie-posterThe fourth edition of Tiling Town will be part of Cersaie 2015, scheduled in Bologna, Italy from September 28-October 2. Tiling Town is located this year alongside the Services Centre at the Exhibition Centre’s main entrance (Area 49).

The vocational school of Silandro (Bolzano) will participate in Tiling Town for its second year, in cooperation with the association lvh.apa Confartigianato Imprese of Bolzano. Eleven apprentices, accompanied by tutors, will execute complex work requiring a high level of manual skill, precision and meticulous workmanship. The school in Silandro is the only Italian educational institute taking part in Worldskills 2015, the world championships of professional skills to be held in August in São Paulo (Brazil). Worldskills 2015 will also include a tiling competition.

In another area, the Assoposa (Italian ceramic tile layer’s association) Master Tiler installations will demonstrate the enormous adaptability of ceramic tiles to any requirement in the field of building and architecture. These Master Tiler demonstrations of large-format and thin tile installations, open to all visitors to Cersaie.

Cersaie 2015 will also host a meeting of European manufacturers, retailers and tilers. For the first time, these players will come together to discuss short- and long-term market prospects as well as technical training of professionals, the state of international standards governing products and installation methods and other topics. Representatives of CET (European ceramic tile producers’ association), EUF (European ceramic tile fixers’ association) and distributor and retailer associations from several different countries will participate. For more information, visit www.cersaie.it/en.


LATICRETE adds Daltile and Florida Tile to retail channel responsibilities

ken-madisonLATICRETE recently announced Daltile and Florida Tile have been added to National Accounts manager Ken Madison’s existing retail channel responsibilities. With this promotion, Madison will continue to report to director of Sales, APD North America Rob Smith and will maintain responsibility for his existing national accounts including Lowes and Floor & Décor. Madison joined LATICRETE in 2012 as a National Accounts manager for Lowes. He has a decade of experience working in both the sales and marketing retail channel.


Nemo Tile welcomes Kate Flanagan as marketing director

kate-flanaganNemo Tile welcomed Kate Flanagan as marketing director in July. She will spearhead marketing efforts, branding and all communications. Flanagan has eight years of experience working in marketing, communications and advertising. In 2010, she joined Whole Foods Market as a marketing team leader, translating the brand’s story throughout all its physical and digital outreach. She received a degree in Psychology from Syracuse University. She will work closely with design director Katie Michael-Battaglia, who joined Nemo Tile in April 2015.


Lackmond Stone promotes Shawn Rice

shawn-riceLackmond Stone has promoted Shawn Rice to national sales manager, overseeing the company’s sales strategies and tactics in the United States. Rice has over 25 years of sales experience serving customers in the stone fabrication and surface finishing marketplace, working with customers whose shops are both highly automated and those utilizing hand- finishing techniques. Rice will direct Lackmond Stone’s regional sales managers and guide the team to bring new and innovative products to the marketplace. Rice will also be responsible for developing and implementing strategic sales initiatives while supporting both marketing and operational goals within the company.

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