Custom Building Products’ NEW BLOG

custombuildingproducts-logoCustom Building Products’ new blog, located on the company’s website, is designed to help contractors, distributors and architects to be more successful when it comes to tile and stone installation, according to the company.

Along with offering specific tips and council from Custom’s team of technical professionals, the blog also includes access to the company’s newsletter content, Custom Insights. Additionally, the new blog provides technical bulletins, white papers, videos and tips, tricks and educational pieces. Visitors can sort news articles numerous ways, such as by profession type (contractor, distributor or architect) and by a host of tags on popular topics. Links are also available to subscribe to the Custom Insights email newsletter, or to an RSS feed for blog articles when they are posted. For added convenience, articles may also be shared with friends and colleagues through a simple tool that integrates with Facebook, Twitter or a variety of other social media platforms.

“The Custom team is dedicated to ongoing industry education through a variety of means including the regular release of technical bulletins and white papers as well as through presentations at a variety of trade events, through AIA CES courses and through Custom Technical University training events at our facilities and around the country,” said Tony Pasquarelli, Custom’s marketing services manager. “The addition of this news blog to our website further increases our digital library and provides a dynamic, easy-to-access learning resource for our customers.”

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Del Conca USA, the new North American subsidiary of Del Conca, one of the main Italian groups in the ceramic tile manufacturing industry, has announced that Metro Surfaces, LLC will now handle distribution of its world-class porcelain tile products throughout the entire state of Oklahoma. Additionally, the firm will be selling the highly-acclaimed Del Conca Commercial range, consisting of tile material produced in Italy by DCUSA’s parent organization, The Del Conca Group.

“Since our opening in 2009, Metro Surfaces has been calling on stores across Oklahoma,” stated Keith Cunningham, President & Owner. “We’ve known Jason White, the Del Conca representative, and have a great deal of confidence in what he recommends. So much, in fact, that we may very well be one of the first distributors in the nation to take on both the DCUSA and the Del Conca Commercial lines.

“The products offered by Del Conca USA are right with the trends in our marketplace,” Cunningham continued. “Del Conca Commercial offers unique tile materials that fit niches which no other manufacturer has to offer. We like the fact that pricing is reasonable, as well. We just started showing these  products to the A&D community, and the response has already been very exciting.”

According to Juan Molina, Del Conca USA’s General Manager, Sales & Marketing, “We are delighted that Metro Surfaces has joined the Del Conca family as our newest distribution partner. And, we are 100% confident that this will be a highly successful, ongoing partnership!”


The Del Conca Group is one of the main Italian organizations in the ceramic tile manufacturing sector, comprised of four production companies: Ceramica Faetano Spa, Ceramica del Conca Spa, Pastorelli Spa, Del Conca USA Inc.;  one trading company: Produco; and Fondazione Cino Mularoni, a foundation dealing with cultural and social activities.

H.B. Fuller Company Acquires ProSpec® Construction Products

ST. PAUL, Minn. – H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) announced today that it has acquired ProSpec® Construction Products, which is a provider of tile and stone installation products. This acquisition supports H.B. Fuller’s growth strategy by strengthening the company’s customer profile in the southeastern and western regions of the United States, where tile consumption is largest. The addition of ProSpec also increases the depth of H.B. Fuller’s product offerings and enables lower-cost and better service to customers through a larger manufacturing footprint.

ProSpec, with 2013 net revenue of $27 million, will be included in H.B. Fuller’s North America Construction Products operating segment. H.B. Fuller has purchased the business from Bonsal American, a subsidiary of Oldcastle, Inc., the North American holding company of CRH plc. The acquisition includes three factories and expands the manufacturing footprint of H.B. Fuller’s construction business into Texas and California. It also improves the company’s manufacturing efficiency in the Southeast and Northeast US.

“Construction is one of our key growth segments in North America, and this acquisition is an exciting move for H.B. Fuller,” said H.B. Fuller President and CEO Jim Owens. “With ProSpec, we will be able to better serve our big box customers with locations in the West and Southwest, broaden our product line, reduce our manufacturing and freight costs, and increase our presence with customers and key distributors in the Southeast.”

ProSpec has a long history of providing architects, engineers and commercial/residential construction contractors with the finest in professionally specified construction products that include surface preparation systems, tile and stone installation systems, and concrete repair and restoration products.

For over 125 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. With fiscal 2013 net revenue of $2.05 billion, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Its reliable, responsive service creates lasting, rewarding connections with customers in packaging, hygiene, general assembly, electronic and assembly materials, paper converting, woodworking, construction, automotive and consumer businesses. Its promise to its people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. For more information, visit and subscribe to the blog.

Skaff Named Lackmond Vice President of Marketing


Ted Skaff has been named Lackmond Products’ vice president of marketing.

Lackmond Products has named Ted Skaff, former director of marketing for Pearlman Group (Pearl Abrasive Co. and GranQuartz), vice president of marketing.

Overseeing the firm’s marketing and new business department, Skaff will lead strategic growth initiatives within the U.S., Canada and Latin America

“[Ted’s] extensive experience and expertise in the construction, industrial and stone markets will allow us to accelerate our leading marketing programs while focusing on building our brand and expanding our product offerings,” said Cliff Sallis, president, Lackmond Products.

Prior to Lackmond, Skaff worked at Pearlman as its director of marketing. During his 19 year tenure at the Pearlman Group, he was responsible for development and execution of the company’s marketing strategy—including branding, customer experience, public relations and customer acquisition and retention initiatives.

“This position is a truly a unique opportunity for me to help strengthen relationships between Lackmond and our customer partners,” Skaff said. “I am excited to be part of building the Lackmond brand and expanding our marketing programs. We will continue to position ourselves as the leader in the construction, tile and stone markets.”

Skaff is presently the vice chair of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) Safety Committee.

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“First to the Future Home” Webisode Series with Host Ty Pennington to Feature CertainTeed Gypsum Wall-to-Wall Solutions

 (Tampa, Fla.) – CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products, will bring its high-performance wall-to-wall interior solutions to the NextGen Home webisode series with host Ty Pennington. The “First to the Future Home” weekly online series showcases what it takes to make a home energy efficient, weather resistant, healthy, smart and much more.

“We are thrilled to be a product partner in the NextGen Home project with host Ty Pennington,” said Dan Kennard, vice president of marketing for CertainTeed Gypsum. “His enthusiasm and commitment to constructing homes that feature the latest in home building product technology will entertain, while educating viewers about the many benefits of performance wallboards. Getting the best value and environmental performance out of your home starts with making material selections tailored to the various needs and functions of your rooms. CertainTeed offers industry-leading options to address acoustics, indoor air quality, moisture and mold control, durability and aesthetics with Wall-to-Wall Solutions.”

CertainTeed sustainable solutions include the first-of-its-kind AirRenew® Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) family of gypsum board, an award-winning product that actively helps to clean indoor air by capturing airborne chemicals, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into safe, inert compounds—ultimately trapping them inside the board. M2Tech® technology also provides moisture and mold resistance. For hallways, AirRenew Extreme Impact board will be used, providing extra durability, impact and fire resistance.

Also featured will be SilentFX® noise reducing gypsum board, ideal for the media room and other areas where acoustic control is important, and Diamondback® tile backer in the kitchen and bathrooms, an extremely lightweight underlayment that is easy to install and moisture- and mold-resistant.

For more information about Wall-to-Wall Solutions, CertainTeed offers an app which can be downloaded via the iTunes® store. It allows users to easily navigate through specific areas of a home to better understand how the right wallboard products can enhance the longevity and performance of a home. Additional information can be found at

NextGen Home TV is produced by one of the earliest innovators in online broadcasting,, located in Bellevue, Wash. Episodes of “First to the Future Home series” are now available exclusively on NextGen Home TV,, with additional exposure on Ty Pennington’s social media properties.

Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects. For more information, go to

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For six consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2013.

Levantina debuts in Kazakhstan’s leading construction fair

Levantina, a world leader in quarrying, producing and marketing Natural Stone, recently participated in Kazbuild for first time. The trade fair was held, for the twenty-first year, in Almaty (Kazakhstan) from 2 to 5 September.

Levantina was in the ICEX (Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) pavilion, among 13 Spanish construction industry companies. Levantina  presented its new Natural Stone products, which include the highly-rated Crema Marfil marble from its Monto Coto quarry.

kazbuild_2 (2)A complete range of marbles and granites were displayed, including materials such as Lennon, a greyish granite with white and blue quartz features from Levantina’s quarries in Brazil; Argos, a refined white marble from Greece characterised by its greyish veins and Marrón Emperador (brown), Amarillo Marés (yellow), Negro Markina (black) and Silvestre GT from quarries in Spain. These products are in great demand and Levantina distributes them worldwide.

The multinational company from Alicante also presented the latest TECHLAM® thin porcelain products, notably including Leather, a new finish that gives TECHLAM® a second skin with the look and feel of leather.  The beauty of these materials results in sophisticated, unique settings, without sacrificing their characteristic strength and toughness.

Kazakhstan is the richest country in Central Asia and its economy is growing at an average rate of 8% per year. It is the main link between Asia and Europe and has become an essential partner for European exports.

As a consequence of the continual expansion of this multinational from Alicante, and in order to make the most of this unbeatable socioeconomic context, Levantina used Kazbuild to present trends, new products and applications for the most exquisite Natural Stone.


Levantina is a world leader in quarrying, producing and marketing Natural Stone. The multinational founded in 1959 has the world’s largest deposit of Crema Marfil marble, which is in Alicante province. It currently has a large number of quarries, 8 factories and 28 distribution warehouses of its own. It has a range of more than 200 different materials, including Spanish marble and granite from Brazil. It exports to more than 110 countries in the European Union, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.


USG Releases Private Label Floor Prep Products Under Powerhold Brand

 CHICAGO—Sept. 4, 2014—USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), a leading manufacturer of high-performance building products, has entered a private-label agreement with Powerhold, the largest flooring accessories distributor network in the country. With the advent of this new partnership, USG’s distribution network in North America will be greatly expanded by the distributors represented by the Floor Covering Distributor Alliance (FCDA).

“The private-label agreement is a tremendous milestone for USG Tile & Flooring Solutions,” said Scott Crandall, national account sales and business development manager at USG. “It will provide us with an opportunity to serve the largest flooring accessories distributors in every market across North America.”

USG’s Powerhold products will be exclusively available to Powerhold’s vast network of flooring distributors. In addition, distributor members will have not only the best value products, but also an experienced team that is second to none.

“The Powerhold Brand, through the hard work and dedication of our distributor partners has become a recognized and respected brand in the floor covering industry,” said Dan Lee, president of FCDA. “We are thrilled with the expertise and support we have received in working with USG to further develop the Powerhold floor preparation line of products.”

“The FCDA strives to provide its distributor members with the best products in the market. Our partnership with USG, a demonstrated leader in the flooring industry, allows us to not only provide the best products, but the best in support as well,” said Jeff Brugman, executive director, FCDA, Powerhold.

The five Powerhold products covered by the private label agreement include: Powerhold™ 850 Fast Finish Patch & Skim Coat; Powerhold™ 650 NE Patch Plus; Powerhold™ PC-5K Self-Leveling Underlayment; Powerhold™ LP-4K Self-Leveling Underlayment; and Powerhold™ 900P Primer.

 Powerhold™ 850 Fast Finish Patch & Skim Coat

Offering 10 percent greater coverage than competitive products, Powerhold 850 Fast Finish Patch & Skim coat is an innovative, trowelable, cementitious floor patch that can be used on most interior floors including concrete, wood subfloors, and tile. Incredibly smooth and easy to work with, this floor patch also makes for an easy application process.

 Powerhold™ 650 NE Patch Plus

Versatile and trowelable, this floor patch is designed for interior use over concrete and wood subfloors. The polymer-modified, cement-based patching compound is ideal for renovation projects and provides a smooth surface for accepting floor coverings. No priming necessary, Powerhold 650 NE Patch Plus is easy to mix and apply, and is fast-drying; floor coverings can be installed in as little as one hour after set.

Powerhold™ PC-5K Self-Leveling Underlayment

As a high-strength portland cement-based underlayment, Powerhold PC-5K Self-Leveling Underlayment is ideal for interior use over concrete. With compressive strengths at a minimum of 5,000 psi, Powerhold PC-5K meets the requirements of ASTM F-710 “Standard Practice for Preparing Concrete Floors to Receive Resilient Flooring.” The fast-setting and application process also allows for return of light trade traffic within 24 hours and it can go from featheredge to 2 in. thicknesses.

 Powerhold™ LP-4K Self-Leveling Underlayment

Powerhold LP-4K self-leveling underlayment is a low-prep, versatile, high quality cementitious floor underlayment for interior use in light-commercial and renovation construction. With an exceptionally smooth, crack-resistant surface, Powerhold LP-4K self-leveling underlayment accepts a variety of floor coverings and helps to maximize sound isolation between floors/units.

Powerhold LP-4K can be easily applied over wood and concrete subfloors at a thickness of up to 3 in.; over non-water-soluble adhesives (on concrete only), and in radiant heat installations. Offering high compressive strengths (approximately 4100 psi) at low thicknesses, it is fast-applying and fast-setting; and can be walked on just 2 hours after installation, allowing for the return of light traffic.

Powerhold™ 900P Primer

Powerhold 900P Primer is a high-solids sealant that can be diluted with water to prime highly porous concrete, precast concrete, APA-Rated exterior glue plywood and OSB (oriented strand board). The primer may also be used as a sealer for Powerhold LP-4K self-leveling underlayment to enhance the bond between the underlayment and the floor-covering adhesive. With low odor, the Powerhold 900P Primer is mildew resistant and won’t stain a finished floor.

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About USG Corporation

USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC and L&W Supply Corporation subsidiaries and its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Headquartered in Chicago, USG Worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets, enabling our customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play.  USG wall, ceiling, exterior sheathing, flooring underlayment and roofing systems provide leading-edge building solutions, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials throughout the United States. USG Boral Building Products is a leading plasterboard and ceilings joint venture across Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East.  USG and its subsidiaries are proud sponsors of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and the Canadian Olympic team. For additional information, visit


About Powerhold

The Powerhold brand was established in 1999 by a group of the largest floor covering supply distributors in the world. Known as the F.C.D.A. (Floor Covering Distributor Alliance), these wholesale distributors sell all of the products needed to install any type of flooring imaginable. In some instances, they sell the actual flooring. Visit for more information.


Bostik’s “SELFIE SWEEPSTAKES” offer Free Premium Installation Materials!

Bostik, Inc. (, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, has announced an industry-first: “BOSTIK SELFIE SWEEPSTAKES.” People from all 50 states and most parts of Canada are asked to take a shot of themselves in front of an actual project  with its finished surfacing installed using Bostik materials. This North American drawing will be open through September 23rd of this year. Specifics on exactly how to enter, along with official rules and an online entry form, may easily be accessed by clicking on:

Chris Eichman, Bostik’s Marketing Communications Manager, Consumer & Construction Business Unit stated, “Selfies have become a new worldwide craze, and we’re willing to give away up to $700 worth of free quantities of our Dimension™ RapidCure™ grout and Ultra-Set® SingleStep2™ to various individuals whose selfies have been selected.

“By this time, most people know what a selfie is, but just to clarify,” continued Eichman, “the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, states that a  ‘selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as FacebookGoogle+InstagramSnapchatTumblr and Twitter. They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm’s length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self-timer.’

Ultra-Set® SingleStep2™  combines high strength adhesive, industry-leading moisture barrier, and sound abatement underlayment technologies all in one dynamic, space-age formulation. Additionally, it contains Bostik’s patent-pending Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology, a proprietary feature ensuring the ideal membrane thickness between the substrate and hardwood flooring is maintained.

Dimension™ RapidCure™ Glass-Filled, Pre-Mixed, Urethane Grout is a patented, reflective, water-based material containing  micro-glass beads and a translucent  binder that both reflect light and allow it to pass through. This adds an illuminating sparkle,  creating one-of-a-kind, 3-dimensional effects within glass tile installations.

” Not only does Bostik have great products;  they function as tools our customers use to create outstanding projects. Because they invest so much time honing their craft, we always feel obliged to give their final work well-deserved recognition,” concluded Eichman. “Frankly, we think it will be a lot of fun visually promoting these projects via today’s state-of-the-art technology. Once Bostik Selfie Sweepstakes’ winners are named, we will post their respective selfies via various creative methods using both traditional and today’s electronic media. Please stay tuned!”


About Bostik, Inc. Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, they have been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape people’s daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales in excess of $2 billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Total. Visit for more information.

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Chris Eichman
Marketing Communications Manager, Consumer & Construction Business Unit
Phone: 414-607-1265  Email: [email protected]

Ceramic Tool is 30 years old!

ceramic tool30Ceramic Tool is celebrating 30 years of success in the flooring industry.  Their high quality metal trims and pre molded expansion joints have been the
flooring installation solution for professional tile setters, architects and contractors worldwide.

Ceramic Tool’s President Peggy Heuler, has led the company for 30 years. “We began with an idea, to provide Tile Racks for the flooring industry. While serving the needs of our customers our product line expanded with METAL TRIMS and

Celebrating 30 years of solid growth, CTC Trims are well known as dependable, cost effective solutions for quality installations in the tile and stone ceramic toolsindustry. Ceramic Tool has become an international supplier of EXPANSION JOINT and METAL TRIM with projects in Oman, Columbia, St. Kitt’s, and the Dominican Republic. The Mall of America in Minneapolis has been one of Ceramic Tools largest domestic projects.

10 years ago, the Buffalo Natural Stone Shower Basin was added to the product line. The granite, marble and quartz shower basins are an exquisite shower floor option for residential and hotel installations.

President Peggy Heuler credits Ceramic Tools growth and consistent sales success to a clear and consistent vision, “Know your customer, meet their needs and exceed their expectations every time on every project.”

Entering its 31st year with the same energy and service orientation that fueled the first 30 years, Ceramic Tool is looking forward to creating new relationships, introducing innovative products and committing their experience to every project they are involved with.
Contact Ceramic Tool at: 800-236-5230 OR [email protected]

International Trade of Ceramic Tile at Stake as ISO Delegates Meet at TCNA Headquarters and Clemson University

International trade and standards for ceramic tile were the focus of discussions as delegates from 15 countries met in Clemson, South Carolina, home to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), to develop new standards for ceramic tiles. Decisions made during the meetings are expected to influence the global tile business at a time when the U.S. industry is bouncing back after years of increasing imports and offshore production.

Delegates considered several crucial questions about technologically advanced ceramic tiles that experts see as the future of construction; some tiles fight smog by breaking down nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to produce a cleaner atmosphere, others hinder microorganism growth to create an antiseptic environment. The agenda also included discussions of what standards ought to be met for a tile to be labeled as “sustainable,” potentially affecting tax incentives for green construction and certification for using sustainable materials. Water absorption testing, rectified tile tolerances, performance standards for “thin tile,” and myriad other technical topics were also covered in the three-day meeting of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Committee 189, the standards body that presides over international standards for ceramic tile and tile installation materials. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO has scores of technical committees that set standards for a variety of industries, ranging from screw threads to fire safety. “The standards we develop are used to level the playing field,” said Committee Secretary Dr. John Sanders. “They facilitate international trade in this type of commodity.”

Proposals and standards developed by ISO, such as those discussed in Clemson, are voted on by 28 participating countries, Sanders said, with at least 75 percent required to adopt it. Attending were delegates from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “These meetings are a boost to the industry and get decision-makers together talking about standards that are relevant to where the industry is going,” said Eric Astrachan, TCNA’s Executive Director and head of the U.S. delegation.

Ceramic tiles are tested for the industry in the Bishop Materials Laboratory and the TCNA Product Performance Testing Laboratory in a facility in the Clemson Research Park that is shared by the National Brick Research Center and the Tile Council, through a joint industry-university partnership. The National Brick Research Center is part of Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science. The dean, Anand Gramopadhye, welcomed the delegates, adding, “They will have an opportunity to see one of Clemson’s world-class facilities. Our partnership with the Tile Council of North America enables us to provide crucial testing and research services to the industry. The technology we employ here can help inform decisions that have a global impact.”

“We felt it was important for Committee members to see these research facilities,” said Eric Astrachan. “When people have questions or bring up alternative ideas in the discussion of standards, we can check those out in the lab.” Tile standards are mandatory in the European Union, Sanders said. Although voluntary in the United States, many companies comply with standards because failing to do so would make it tougher to sell in the United States and harder to export goods, he added.

U.S. demand for tiles is rising as the housing market recovers. While about 70 percent of the nation’s tiles are imported, the domestic industry is making a comeback, Astrachan said, adding that the availability of natural gas has lowered costs to run factories. The United States also has the advantage of plentiful raw materials, highly skilled workers and lower labor costs than Europe, he said. “We are seeing the largest increase in the number of factories in recent memory,” Astrachan said. “A lot of those are being built in Tennessee and Texas.”

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