The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development partners with CEFGA for 10th annual SkillsUSA CareerExpo in Atlanta

skills usaThe Governor’s Office of Workforce Development (the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development) is proud to partner with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) for the 10th annual CareerExpo this Thursday, March 13 – Friday, March 14 at the Georgia International Convention Center.

“This career expo is an exceptional showcase of Georgia’s talented young people,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “I applaud the efforts of the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia and SkillsUSA for providing students with firsthand job experience that enhances their education and guides them toward rewarding careers.”

As the largest youth workforce development event in the construction industry, the expo provides students with the opportunity to explore specific career paths and network with hundreds of organizations and employers across the state. In addition to the exhibits, more than 2,000 high school and technical college students involved with SkillsUSA will compete in leadership and skills competitions that demonstrate their ability to excel in real-world occupations.

“The CareerExpo is an important part of a larger effort we are engaged in to close our state’s skilled labor gap,” said Ben Hames, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. “Through Go Build Georgia, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development is proud to partner with these organizations to continue to lay the foundation for securing a skilled workforce in Georgia.”

About CEFGA
CEFGA is a not-for-profit education foundation that partners with construction companies and trade associations to support training programs and encourage students to pursue careers in construction. More information may be accessed online at www.cefga.org.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. For more information, go to www.skillsusa.org.  SkillsUSA Georgia is focused on serving high school students involved in Architecture, Construction, Communication, Cosmetology, Public Safety, and Transportation pathways. More information may be accessed online at www.skillsusageorgia.org.

Tile of Spain reveals global design trends and innovation at CEVISAMA 2014

tile of spainSpanish ceramic tile exports grew by 8%, making them Europe’s leading ceramic tile producer – and the second largest exporter of tile worldwide

 CEVISAMA, the International Ceramic Tile Fair, recently took place from February 11-14 at the Feria Valencia center in Spain. The Spanish tile industry continues to be vibrant and sales are on the rise for a third year. Spain has grown its tile exports, further solidifying their leadership position at the forefront of technology and design. As a result, Spain is currently Europe’s leading ceramic tile producer, and the second largest exporter at worldwide level. 

 
U.S. Exports Increase by 22% in 2013
Spain’s ceramic tile sector exports grew by 8%. It is estimated that total sales by the Spanish ceramic tile industry will have hit 2.8 million euros by the end of 2013. Exports to the USA rose by more than 22%.

 

Key Trends/New Products Featured
The following provides a brief overview of some of the key trends and new products featured at CEVISAMA:
1. Encaustic and Hydraulic
Classic encaustic ceramic hydraulic cement styles in a wide variety of colors and geometric patterns continue to attract attention. From distressed antique to contemporary colors, the mixed pattern look was everywhere at the fair and was shown on walls, floors and counter surfaces.   
2. Beveled
Beveled tile adds dimension, depth and interest to a subway tile pattern. Tile textures and geometric shapes give designers flexibility to take classic looks and recreate them in new, interesting ways.    
3. Geometric and Fashion Inspired
Geometric shapes such as hexagons and fashion inspired Victorian reliefs or herringbone patterns offer a fresh vantage point – outside the rectangular or square box. Shapes also provide a crafted or artisan feel given the attention to detail in execution. Mix and match patchwork takes this effect even further.
4. Technology Advances
  • New 12mm countertop slab sizes in 5’x10′ dimensions were launched by Inalco and Neolith.
  • Inalco presented a unique material with the resistance of porcelain tile combined with an innovative translucent quality called Poise. It allows designers to have light show through the surface.
  • Touché is another new addition to Inalco’s range, standing out in this case for its ultra-white surface, a pioneering achievement in porcelain tile design. This degree of whiteness provides a better background for the creation of classical high-quality marble-effect tiles.
  • Relonda introduced a single fire product with reactive metallic glaze. Kefrin is a beautiful and accessible metallic concept.
    Technology Advances: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3hrtwy8cp8gp4o8/TC-_rBPZs2
5.  Oxidized and Fossilized
Spain manufacturers continue to push the envelope on wood looks creating new petrified or fossilized concepts that have a stone-like appearance. Oxidized looks were also prevalent incorporating rust, blue and metallic tones for a contemporary industrial feel.

 
Global EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations)
The first AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification) Global EPDs were recently awarded to tile companies, making the Spanish tile sector among the first to be awarded type III ecolabels. EPDs form part of a European ecolabelling system for products from the construction sector, aimed at certifying the environmental impact of products during the life cycle and their eco-efficient manufacturing process. The companies that were awarded the certificates were Azuliber, Ceracasa, Iberoalcorense, Peronda, Azulev, Cerámica Ribesalbes, Gayafores, Keraben, Cerámica Latina, Azteca and Novogres, which now join Rosagres, Porcelanosa, Colorker, Vives and Roca. ASCER worked to develop an innovative online tool that allows companies to easily apply to receive EPDs that are accepted in many countries in Europe, Canada and Asia.

 

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Tile of Spain Awards

This year marked the 12th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards. Both the prestige of its successive juries and the quality of the prize-winning projects have made these Awards a reference point on the international architectural circuit. To view the impressive projects that won – download of images, plans and descriptions at www.dossierpremiosceramica.com. All of the information on the prize awards is online at www.premiosceramica.com.
About Tile of Spain
In Spain, tile makers labor as they have for centuries – pushing their passion for design and innovation to new levels of artisanship. With one of the purest and strongest domestic clays available, Spanish manufacturers have an unparalleled ability to make the end product more diverse. From rustic handmade forms; to technical facades that cool buildings and clean the air; to the impossibly slim, sustainable recycled and ink jet masterpieces that fire the imagination. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) is the private organization whose primary objective is to support Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers and the industry as a whole by stewarding and promoting the Tile of Spain brand worldwide. A strong global leader, the ceramic tile industry of Spain comprises 125 manufacturers concentrated primarily in the province of Castellón. For more about tile produced in Spain, contact Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL  33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit  www.tileofspainusa.com.

For photography, interviews or questions, please call Katie Sikorski at 609-490-0999 x15 or [email protected]com 

DEL CONCA USA BEGINS PRODUCTION!

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TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF “MADE IN USA” TILE PRODUCTION

USING THE FINEST ITALIAN TECHNOLOGY! 

CONSTRUCTION OF THE TENNESSEE PLANT IS COMPLETED IN RECORD TIME

OF 10 MONTHS, WITH MORE THAN 100 EMPLOYEES HIRED!

Del Conca USA, the North American subsidiary of Del Conca, one of the main Italian groups in the ceramic tile manufacturing industry, has begun production after an initial investment of more than $50 million US dollars, $30 million of which have been invested in world-class Italian tile production technology.

“Construction of the buildings, and the installation of the production machinery (all strictly Made in Italy) were completed at the beginning of February, just 10 months after the start,” exclaimed Paolo Mularoni, president of Del Conca USA. “From there, we went on with extensive testing of the machinery and training of the new employees who, after learning “Del Conca theories” (safety, product technology …) traveled to Italy for highly professional, hands-on training in the other plants of the group. It is essential that our Made in USA production has the same high levels of quality and style as offered in our products Made in Italy!”

Today officially starts the production of the first tiles by DEL CONCA USA, with quality testing on raw materials, process and finished goods. 

“To begin, we are working with one shift, but as soon as possible, we plan to be working 24 hours a day,” stated Paolo Mularoni. “Initially, we forecast a production of 30 million sq ft per year. Having a domestic product allows us to increase our market penetration, the ability to be more cost-competitive and to be able to respond in a quicker and more flexible way to the needs of the many US customers we are fortunate to already have. In Loudon, TN, we will also stock a selection of our Italian-made tile materials to improve our customer service on those products, too.”

Del Conca USA launched its new products last month during Surfaces 2014 in Las Vegas, but plans for its grand presentation of these products to be held (with a state-of-the-art exhibit more than twice the size compared to those from previous years) at COVERINGS 2014, the largest North American trade exposition for the tile industry, which takes place at the end of April in Las Vegas, as well.

The global revenue of the Del Conca Group is $165 million USD, out of which one-third already comes from the USA, where sales increased by 12% in 2013 compared to the previous year.

“One of the things that impressed me most, when we decided to build in the USA,” admits Paolo Mularoni, “is the warm, ‘welcome to business’ attitude which we continually received. Those who invest are welcomed as bringing something positive into the region; the institutions are actively involved into facilitating investments, not giving out dollars but rather, service and infrastructure,” Mularoni continued. “For example, The State of Tennessee and the Loudon County and City, helped our investment with fast response to all bureaucracy and building, as a tangible welcome, the road to our new factory that was even named “Del Conca Way!” 

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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.

 

Over 600 delegates attended QUALICER 2014

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The 13th edition of QUALICER, World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality, closed its doors on 18 February with the announcement of a new Qualicer event for 2016.

The President of the Castellón County Council, Javier Moliner, and the QUALICER Co-Presidents, Mª Dolores Guillamón, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Javier R. Zunzarren, President of the College of Industrial Engineers, closed the Congress that drew 605 delegates from 19 countries to the meeting in Castellón.

In the course of two conference days, attendees from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Turkey, U.S.A., United Kingdom, and Spain were able to acquaint themselves with 82 oral presentations and posters that put forward brilliant ideas, resulting from months and even years of work of the delegates.

Mª Dolores Guillamón, President of the Castellón Chamber of Commerce, noted: “QUALICER is, for 48 hours, the stage on which the great advances in quality, technology, and innovation in the ceramic and related sectors are presented. QUALICER becomes the banner of a very powerful industry that is fighting for a future in which production and sustainability go hand in hand.” And she continued: “QUALICER has again demonstrated that it is a unique event because of its characteristics. And Castellón is without a shadow of a doubt the natural stage for such an event.”

Javier R. Zunzarren, in turn, highlighted the role of the industry: “Much of the global ceramic industry has joined us here at QUALICER. The industry is vital to maintaining a balanced economy. The industry is the steering wheel that, by its inertia, drives the other sectors and makes them keep moving.”

Alfonso Panzani, Chairman of the Ceramiche Ricchetti Group and Chairman of the European Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Federation, opened Monday’s technical session with his invited lecture on the globalisation of ceramic quality. 

His presentation was followed by an interesting panel debate chaired by Juan José Güemes, Chairman of the International Centre for Entrepreneurial Management at IE Business School. Jose Luis Lanuza, of Keraben (Spain); Alfonso Panzani, of the Ricchetti Group (Italy); Bong Kuan Shin, of the Niro Ceramic Group (Zirconio) (Malaysia); and Alain Delcourt, of Agrob Buchtal GmbH (Germany), participated in the debate, setting out their vision of the global tile market.

To be noted, in particular, was the great success of the QUALICER ZOOM sessions, focusing on ceramic digital printing technology, which enjoyed the experience of the world’s leaders in this technique. Julio García, European Manager for frits and glazes of Ferro Spain S.A.; Antonio Blasco, General Manager of Esmalglass, S.A., and Itaca, S.A.; Fernando Roig, Chairman of the Pamesa Group; José Cifre, of Argenta Cerámica; Sergio Ceprià, Director of Operations at Efi-Cretaprint; and José Vicente Tomás Claramonte, Manager of Kerajet, took part in the panel debate on strategy chaired by Jose Cabedo, General Manager of Endeka Ceramics.

The panel debate on technical aspects of inkjet printing featured the participation of Rafael Porcar, Sales Manager and Head of the Technical Service of the inkjet division of Ferro Spain; Jesús Fernández Valenzuela, Manager of the Inkjet Project for the Esmalglass-Itaca Group; Eduardo Casañ, Technical Manager of Argenta Cerámica; José Vicente Tomás Claramonte, Manager of Kerajet; Pedro Benito, Technical Manager of Efi-Cretaprint; and Juan Luis López, Technical Manager of Pamesa Cerámica. Vicente Sanz Solana, Director of the Instituto Universitario de Tecnología Cerámica, chaired the session.

José Luis Borrego, Head of the Department of Laboratories and Product Certification of ENAC (Spanish National Accreditation Body), participated at QUALICER 2014 by delivering an invited lecture entitled: “ENAC, a partner for exporting companies from the sector ceramic”. The lecture addressed the imposition of barriers of a technical type, which require products to meet a series of specifications generally relating to safety, environmental protection, or quality characteristics, known as Technical Obstacles to Trade.

Oral presentations were delivered on the use of rice straw ash in the porcelain tile composition, on ceramic fabrics for architecture, on ceramics in building refurbishment, and on the tile polishing process at QUALICER 2014.

A panel debate on construction solutions, directed by Brazilian expert Jonás Silvestre Medeiros, packed room 2 of the Congress; and the presentation by Ramón Monfort and Jaime Prior, of the Castellón College of Architects, on the Ascer Awards for architecture and interior design, drew some 60 professionals who were able to learn, first hand, the track record of these prestigious awards. 

The American William M. Carty, Professor of Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University, one of the world’s leading schools of ceramic technology, closed the working sessions with his presentation on the advanced ceramic industry and the potential opportunities for the ceramic tile sector. 

QUALICER is a biennial congress, organised since 1990 by the Castellón Chamber of Commerce (Spain) and the Castellón College of Industrial Engineers. It is devoted to the ceramic industry, and in the course of its 12 events, the Congress has brought together more than 5,500 delegates from all over the world.

The next Qualicer meeting will be held in February 2016. For all information on the Congress, please seewww.qualicer.org

Crossville Welcomes Sam Dryden as Vice President of Manufacturing

CROSSVILLE, Tenn.  – Officials with Crossville, Inc. have announced the addition of Sam Dryden as Vice President of Manufacturing.

Sam Dryden, Crossville VP of Manufacturing

Sam Dryden, Crossville VP of Manufacturing

Dryden comes to Crossville from Mannington Wood & Laminate Floors division, where he worked since 1998 and most recently served as Director of Manufacturing. Prior to and in tandem with his career in manufacturing management, Dryden served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the military in 2011 as a U.S. Navy Commander – Naval Flight Officer after 20 years of service. He holds a BA in Accounting from the University of North Georgia and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

New Mapei’s World image illustrated by Carlo Stanga

MAPEI, a world leader in the development and manufacture of adhesives, chemicals and products for the building industry, is presenting a new and mapei imintriguing image of its brand. Starting in 2014, the new Mapei’s World image will be used by MAPEI Americas for all forms of communication, including printed publications, advertising, billboards, posters, flyers, event banners, promotional giveaways, Websites and presentations.

MAPEI’s world is one of values based on the quality of construction work. In the Mapei’s World image, interpreted and created by there nowned illustrator Carlo Stanga, each one of the most prestigious references represented in the drawing is a vivid reminder of one of MAPEI’s 15 global product lines:

        Products for ceramics and stone materials

        Products for resilient and textile materials

        Products for wooden flooring

        Products for cementitious and resin flooring

        Products for acoustic insulation

        Products for building

        Products for structural strengthening

        Products for the repair of masonry

        Products for thermal insulation

        Wall protective and decorative coatings

        Products for waterproofing

        Elastic sealants and adhesives

        Admixtures for concrete

        Products for underground constructions

        Grinding aids for cement

MAPEI’s concrete contribution to the world of construction as a leading player, each and every day, on many and varied sites all around the globe corresponds with the freedom of expression and fantasy of each design. Following are a few of the landmark structures that have been improved by MAPEI products and that can be recognized in the artwork:

·         Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

·         Pirelli skyscraper, Milan, Italy

·         Palazzo dei Normanni, Palermo, Italy

·         New “Regione Lombardia” headquarters, Milan, Italy

·         Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

·         Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

·         Louvre Museum, Paris, France

·         High-speed railway links, Italy

·         Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

·         Marina Bay Sands resort, Singapore

·         Art Science Museum, Singapore

·         Beijing National Stadium, China

·         Espace du Spectacle Vivant, Bressuire, France

·         Rome subway, Italy

·         Rio Verde viaduct, Pontremoli, Italy

·         The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Carlo Stanga lives and works in Berlin and Milan. He became an illustrator early in his career, collaborating with the most important Italian publishers. MAPEI selected Stanga to portray Mapei’s World for a number of reasons. “There was plenty of discussion within the company about the best means of communication to make the general public fully aware of MAPEI’s great potential; opting for such an apparently non-technical means of communication was a very important step forward,” said Adriana Spazzoli, Director of Marketing & Communications for MAPEI Group. “We wanted to break free from the kind of technical style of communication that had always characterized our company; and, upon studying all the potential that illustration has in store, we decided to choose Carlo Stanga, not just for his widely acknowledged professional expertise on an international level and his experience in the world of architecture, but also for his skill at depicting the world of building and construction with such great imagination, originality and flexibility.”

About MAPEI

MAPEI Group, with 68 subsidiaries including 63 plants in 31 countries, is today the world leader in the manufacturing of adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings. The company also specializes in manufacturing other chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls.

     

 

In memory: Michael Reis, Stone World associate publisher

Michael ReisOn Friday, February 7, 2014, long-time editor, colleague and friend, Michael Reis, 43, of Ringwood, N.J.,  passed away suddenly while vacationing with close friends in Jamaica.

Raised in Little Ferry, NJ, Michael graduated from the journalism school at Rutgers University in 1992. He started with Stone World in March of 1993. He immediately dug in, learned the industry and soon began to cover it in his unique style that has come to shape the publication throughout the last two decades. When Stone World began to shift its focus to the fabrication segment of the industry, and the fabricators themselves, Michael immediately set out to meet with fabricators from around the world, visiting their shops, and attending workshops and seminars. He became the industry expert we all came to know and rely upon for the latest news from our industry.

Named editor in  1995 , Michael became a fixture at trade shows around the world; Verona, Carrara, Nuremberg, Orlando, Vegas, Brazil, Atlanta and just about anywhere else there was a stone industry event to cover. It was Michael’s initial idea to start the Stone World Fabrication Workshops and his knowledge and leadership that kept them going.

In 1997, Michael was named associate publisher, to reflect the evolution of his role which extended beyond the editor function.  He was Stone World’s spokesman, but he was also the industry’s fiercest advocate, most vocal supporter and in many ways, a leader of this entire industry.

Michael has moderated countless fabricator forums at trade shows over the years, and he has been flown in to speak at events all over the globe. He was incredibly proud to receive The Stone Master (Mastro della Pietra)  award in 2005 at a ceremony in Verona, Italy, one of his favorite destinations in the world. Michael was also especially proud of an award he received in 2001, in Macael, Spain: the Premios Comarca del Marmol, XVII Edicion.

He launched several important products for Stone World, including the magazine’s eNewsletter, which is now bi-weekly, and he managed several  custom publications, including his favorite project, the Building Stone Magazine, published with the Building Stone Institute.

Never remaining still, he brought his love of life and people around the world, starting as a star baseball player.  He became an avid outdoorsman hiking the tallest peaks in North America, exploring the most exotic locations on earth,  completing the full trek of his favorite Long Trail in Vermont, taking in a Phish concert along the way or hitting Jazz Fest in New Orleans.

Beloved husband of Theresa Reis (nee Smith), son to Robert and Regina Reis, brother to Robert and David, son-in-law to Steven and Christine Smith, brother-in-law to Amy and Paul Sorrentino, Doris and Edward Kriso, Evelyn Reis, and Patricia Reis, and uncle to Sean, Brianna, Paul, Sydney, Campbell, Audrey, and Ephraim. His final resting place will be among the mountains of Vermont, which brought him so much peace and joy during his time.

Funeral from Vorhees-Ingwersen Funeral Home 59 Main St. Ridgefield Park on Monday, February 17 at 9:00am. A Funeral Mass will be offered at. St. Francis RC Church, at 9:30am. Visitation Sunday, February 16 2-6pm. If desired donations may be made in his memory to: the Valley Hospital Foundation, 223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood NJ 07450. vorheesingwersen.com

There will be a more complete tribute worthy of his memory in a future issue of Stone World and on the magazine’s web site (www.stoneworld.com), but this tribute from the staff of Stone World conveys a little about Michael as a friend and colleague of the Stone World family (http://www.stoneworld.com/articles/87883-michael-reis-tribute).  Deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones, of which there are many.

 

ProSpec Keeps Focus On Strategic Growth With Hiring of Top Industry Executive Sean Smith

prospecProSpec®, a leading provider of surface preparation systems, tile and stone installation systems and concrete repair and restoration products, announced today the recent hiring of top building materials distribution executive Sean Smith to further the company’s strategic growth efforts.

Smith joins ProSpec as Director of Strategic Growth and will be responsible for the marketing, prospec picproduct management and current sales teams while focusing on ProSpec brand growth through business expansion and strategic partnerships, at both a regional and a national level. Smith will be working with his third Oldcastle® company, having served as a National Sales Development Manager with Oldcastle APG and National Sales Manager for Allied Building Products. Prior to joining Oldcastle, Smith served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Stock Building Supply.

In his new role, Smith will report to and work closely with ProSpec COO Paul Henning, who took over as COO in 2013 to continue the long-term strategic growth of the business.

“We’re dedicated to long-term growth and strategic partnerships as a brand,” said Henning. “The addition of Sean to our team reinforces these goals. He will work to solidify the ProSpec brand and drive our business growth initiatives through new product development and customer acquisition.”

Smith joins Prospec after leading the team through an eight-month Oldcastle Strategic Growth Initiative for high growth potential businesses. “Over the last eight months I have been engaged with ProSpec to assist in defining a clear-cut strategic direction for the future and am honored to lead the effort moving forward, joining an experienced and fantastic team,” said Smith. “I am excited about our future, which starts for me this week with my introduction to many of our loyal customers at the 2014 World of Concrete and next week at the Surfaces 2014 show.”

ProSpec provides 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. The ProSpec brand is a registered trademark of Bonsal American, Inc., an Oldcastle company. Bonsal American is part of the Oldcastle Architectural division within Oldcastle. Additional information is available by calling 1-800-334-0784 or online at prospec.com.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Visit booth S10349 at World of Concrete to learn more about ProSpec packaged tile and stone installation products, concrete restoration and repair products, and flooring/surface preparation products.

2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Compeition deadline extended to February 12, 2014

 

The submission deadline for the 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has been extended to February 12, 2014. The competition seeks original and imaginative spaces by North American architects and designers using Italian ceramic tile, for the chance to win $4,000 + a five-day trip to Italy.

Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics, comprised of 150+ ceramic tile manufacturers), the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is the longest running competition of its kind. The 2014 edition is open to architects and designers based in North America who have used Italian ceramic or porcelain tile in their residential, institutional and commercial/hospitality projects compeleted in the past five years (January 2009 – January 2014).

The competition is completely digital and FREE to enter! The winning architect or designer in each category will be awarded $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning tile contractor/distributor team.For more information, visit www.tilecompetition.com

OSHA Holding Jan. 14 Silica Web Session

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 9.14.05 AMWASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will host a live web session to discuss the agency’s proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica tomorrow.

As reported at www.stoneupdate.com, the web chat, from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, will offer an opportunity to ask questions, get clarification from OSHA on the proposed silica rule, and learn how to participate in the regulatory process. OSHA staff will be available to clarify the proposed standards related to silica for general industry, maritime and construction.

OSHA staff will also answer questions on the agency’s underlying analysis of health risks, potential costs and benefits, and economic impacts associated with the proposed rule and how to submit comments to the rulemaking record.

Access to the web chat will be online only at www.osha.gov/silica. No advanced registration is required for participation.

The deadline to submit written comments and testimony on the proposal is Jan. 27. Members of the public may submit comments by visiting http://www.regulations.gov.

Additional information on the proposed rule can be found at http://www.osha.gov/silica.

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