ARDEX offers FLEXBONE Systems Sweepstakes that include CTEF training and trip to Total Solutions Plus among prizes

The ARDEX FLEXBONE Systems Sweepstakes runs till April 30. Two winners will have five distinct experiences to choose from, including an all-expenses-paid trip to Total Solutions Plus and CTEF Training.

The ARDEX FLEXBONE Systems Sweepstakes runs till April 30. Two winners will have five distinct experiences to choose from, including an all-expenses-paid trip to Total Solutions Plus and CTEF Training.

Back in January, ARDEX introduced its ARDEX UI 720 Floating Uncoupling Membrane and ARDEX UI 740 Uncoupling Membrane, available for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.

“ARDEX FLEXBONE® uncoupling systems with GripLock Technology deliver an enhanced level of protection for tile and stone installations,” said Russ Gaetano, ARDEX Americas Tile & Stone Installation Systems Marketing Manager. “This unique technology provides improved shear resistance and bond strength.”

ARDEX UI 720 Floating Uncoupling Membrane is the only unbonded, 100% uncoupling system available in the industry. It can be used over difficult substrates and is ideal for frequently changed floors in boutique retail stores, multi-unit housing, showrooms and trade show exhibits.

“ARDEX UI 720 Floating Uncoupling Membrane saves installers time and money by eliminating several steps required in traditional uncoupling installations,” said Mark Pennine, ARDEX Tile & Stone Installation Systems Technical Manager. “Simply unroll the mat over the substrate – no setting mortar required!”

ARDEX UI 740 Uncoupling Membrane high-load, bonded version is ideal for high-traffic, high-stress installations in airports, office buildings, hotel lobbies and condominiums. It provides waterproofing, maximum shear and tensile bond strengths.

When used in conjunction with ARDEX mortars and grouts, ARDEX UI 720FLEXBONE® and ARDEX UI 740 FLEXBONE® are eligible for an ARDEX SystemOne™ Warranty, the most comprehensive and the only true single source uncoupling system warranty available.

To promote the systems, ARDEX has been running its FLEXBONE Uncoupling Systems Sweepstakes. Now in its last month, two winners will have the opportunity to choose from five different trip experiences.  One of the five options is an all-expense-paid trip to Total Solutions and another option is CTEF Training.

“We have far exceeded sales expectations for our new FLEXBONE Uncoupling Systems, especially for the first ever floating uncoupling system that doesn’t require bonding to the substrate,” Gaetano said.

The sweepstakes ends April 30th. For more information, visit or click on the link to the YouTube video: 





Crossville, Inc. Acquires Contempo Tile & Stone Utah-based Company Joins the Crossville Tile & Stone Distribution Network

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – Officials with Crossville, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Curran Group, have announced the company’s acquisition of Contempo Tile & Stone, a distribution business with four locations in Utah, as well as one in Boise, Idaho. Contempo is now part of Crossville Tile & Stone (CT&S), the existing company-owned distribution division.

“The holding group that previously owned Contempo felt the timing was right to divest itself of the business,” shares David Koenig, Vice President of Crossville Tile & Stone. “We’re pleased circumstances came together for this opportunity and know it’s good news for all parties involved.”

The acquisition of Contempo is effective as of April 1, 2016.

NTCA establishes Tom Ade ceramic tile scholarship – application deadline extended to March 15, 2016

The NTCA “Tom Ade” Ceramic Tile Scholarship has been established by the National Tile Contractors Association to provide educational opportunities in college or trade for children or grandchildren of NTCA contractor members. It’s named after Tom Ade, a former NTCA regional director and a previous recipient of NTCA’s Ring of Honor and Tile Person of the Year Awards. Through his generosity and support of training and education, funds have been earmarked to launch this scholarship.

Tom and Rose Ade of Filling Marble Company

Tom and Rose Ade of Filling Marble Company

Through the scholarship, a one-time $5,000 contribution will be made to the applicant’s educational institution of choice. In addition, the NTCA will provide travel and registration costs to attend Coverings, the tile industry’s premier annual exhibition and educational event, held April 18-21, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The scholarship recipient will be recognized at the NTCA Awards reception on April 20th. It is mandatory for the recipient to be present at the awards ceremony. If the scholarship winner is not able to attend, an alternate recipient will be named.

Funds are made possible through the generous donations of NTCA members: total donations will determine the number of scholarship recipients each year. Additional $2,500 scholarships may be awarded based on association donations. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the NTCA Board of Directors and members of the NTCA staff. Application deadline is March 15, 2016.

Scholarship selection criteria includes:

  1. Applicant must be a child or grandchild of an NTCA contractor member or their employee and be in good standing with the association.
  2. Applicant must submit an application form and essay detailing their career goals and what they will do with the scholarship funds, along with a letter of recommendation from an individual not in the applicant’s immediate family.
  3. Funds can be used for college, apprenticeship, vocational school, technical school, etc.
  4. Funds will be allocated to the school or institution named in the application, and not to the individual.
  5. The scholarship is a one-time award and will be paid in one allocation of funds.

Members can sign in and visit Tom Ade Scholarship for the application, which can be mailed to NTCA at the indicated address or emailed to [email protected] Those interested in becoming a sponsor of this scholarship program can get more details and donate at NTCA Youth Leader Scholarship Fund. This site accepts donations to fund the Tom Ade Scholarship and future youth scholarships as well.

Apprentices honored in BAC/IMI international contest

The recent 2015 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest was held September 11-12, 2015 at the John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center in Bowie, Md. A total of 82 apprentices – local and regional winners across the U.S. and Canada – competed in eight BAC crafts, including brick, tile, restoration/PCC, marble, terrazzo, stone, cement, plaster. To make the grade, competitors are required to demonstrate superior mastery in both hands-on and theoretical skills. Written tests challenge their understanding of safety, craft-specific learning, trade math, and labor history.

The top three winners in each category were announced at an awards dinner September 12th at the Hilton Baltimore. The names and BAC Locals of the winning tile, marble, stone and terrazzo contestants are:


Brandon John Peterson of Local 1 Minnesota/North Dakota, was the first place tile winner.

Tile winners

1st place: Brandon John Peterson, Local 1 Minnesota/North Dakota

2nd place: Zach Combs, Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky

3rd place: Cody McGraw, Local 21 Illinois





Apprentices compete in the Marble category.

Marble winners

1st place: James Michael Cerda, Local 4 California

2nd place: Victor Hernandez, Local 1 Maryland/Virginia/DC

3rd place: Joseph Famighetti, Local 7 New York/New Jersey





Matthew Burt took third place in the Stone category.

Stone winners

1st place: Filipe Pinto DeMadureira, Local 1 Maryland/Virginia/DC

2nd place: Zachary Zander, Local 8 Wisconsin

3rd place: Matthew Burt, Local 9 Wisconsin





The first place terrazzo award went to Felipe Pineda, Local 7 New York/New Jersey

Terrazzo winners

1st place: Felipe Pineda, Local 7 New York/New Jersey

2nd place: Kevin Marcum, Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky

3rd place: Timothy Pietrowski, Local 3 New York

For more information, visit

Daltile reinforces commitment to dealers at conference

daltile-statementsIn November 2015, Daltile hosted its third annual Statements Business Conference for the Daltile Statements Dealer Program. Statements is an elite dealer program developed to support tile and stone showrooms by helping create a design destination for consumers.

Launched in 2011, Statements offers dealers targeted merchandising, marketing and financial benefits – all designed to strengthen their position as a market leader and boost sales. The conference was held at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The event brought together over 100 Statements dealers and Daltile representatives to celebrate program achievements to date, learn about future Statements program enhancements, hear from guest speakers and network with industry peers.

“Once again, the Statements Business Conference provided us with an opportunity to share new program enhancements and further emphasize our commitment to this important group of dealers,” said John Cousins, senior vice president SSC & Field Sales, Daltile. “More importantly, it served as a forum for us to gather additional insights on what Daltile can do to help grow their businesses,” Cousins said. “We are already in the process of implementing changes as a direct result of the feedback shared at the conference and will continue to review opportunities for enhanced value and increased differentiation through the Statements program moving forward.”

Throughout the course of the event, conference attendees heard from experts on a variety of topics designed to help propel their businesses to the next level. Additionally, Daltile’s Brand Marketing team reintroduced the new branding (launched in Spring 2015) and unveiled the new Statements showroom finishes and displays as well as new lead and business management tools.

The conference also served as an opportunity to celebrate the success of the program over the past year. At the event’s awards ceremony, three Statements dealers were honored for their exceptional performance throughout 2015. Tony Wright of Jack Laurie Group was honored as the Statements Dealer of the Year. Mark Wiles of Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings received the Statements Outstanding Sales and Achievement Award and Greg Knable of Floor Solutions was honored with the Statements Rising Star Award. Daltile sales manager, Rick Willoughby, was named the 2015 Daltile Regional Sales Manager of the Year. For more information, contact your local Daltile Sales Service Center or Daltile representative.

Noble CE course accredited by USGBC 

Noble Company’s continuing education course entitled “Sustainable Tile Installations Using Membrane Technology” has been approved by the GBCI for one CE hour. Participants will learn how selecting and using the proper membranes and accessories contribute to durability and trouble-free tile installations. The course is listed on USGBC’s website

A distance learning version of the course is available at for one CE hour. The course is also approved by AIA for LU/HSW credit.

Check with Noble Company or your local representative for presentation schedules. Noble Company is committed to providing quality products, information, and the resources to help ensure quality installations. For more information visit the website at, or contact Noble at 800-878-5788.

Denver-based Design Materials Inc. joins Crossville Tile & Stone distribution network

Officials with Crossville, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Curran Group, have announced the company’s acquisition of all assets belonging to Design Materials Inc., a distribution business headquartered in Denver, Colo. Design Materials joins recently-acquired CAPCO to strengthen Crossville’s position in the market. Operations will be folded into the existing company-owned distribution arm, Crossville Tile & Stone (CT&S). This will provide CT&S locations in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Greg Mather, president of Crossville Inc., states, “The acquisition of Design Materials, and previously announced CAPCO acquisition, provides us the scale to grow the Crossville brand in Colorado and New Mexico. Sue Ann and Calvin Guth have made Design Materials a leader in the market, establishing traditions of outstanding service to the marketplace. As a partner of DMI’s for many years, we well know the strengths of the team at Design Materials and look forward to continued success with the operation.”

The acquisition of Design Materials is effectively immediately

NTCA joins with CCA Global Partners

Bart Bettiga, executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), officially announced that NTCA has joined forces with CCA Global Partners to bring education and technical expertise to its members.

This new ground-breaking partnership brings experience, expertise and a wealth of resources to CCA Global Partners’ Members. “It is an integral component of NTCA’s continuous mission to develop and maintain installation standards and to promote qualified labor,” stated Jim Olson, NTCA assistant executive director. “Membership in the NTCA can provide the vehicle for CCA Global Partners members to receive ideal technical training and education needed to create highest quality results for satisfied customers, and will result in increased use and consumption of tile and stone within our market.”

The NTCA attended the CCA Global Partners Semi-Annual Convention, January 6-10, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., where partners were encouraged to stop by their exhibit and apply for membership at a discounted rate.

“The association with CCA Global will pave the way for NTCA to supply CCA’s members full membership benefits; from hands-on installation workshops and industry leadership conferences to marketing programs and free technical advice,” Bettiga concluded. “CCA Global Partners are an elite group of entrepreneurs that are always looking for innovative ways to serve their customers at a higher level, and the NTCA is proud to be a part of that initiative.”

CCA Global Partners include International Design Guild®, ProSource® Wholesale Floorcoverings®, Flooring America®, Flooring Canada®, and The Floor Trader® Carpet & Floors.

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