April 2013 Tools of the Trade – Mixers & Drills

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Candid contractor comments

It may not be too fashionable, but I have been using drills from Milwaukee tools to mix mortar for years: variable speed, indestructible, inexpensive! I have two of them in my shop now that are more than 10 years old. I also use Makita cordless drills for drilling holes and driving backer-board screws. 

– Greg Michael, CTI, Michael’s Custom Tile, Inc., NTCA Five Star Contractor

I am partial to the DeWalt 1/2” VSR 550 rpm/rev Spade Handle Drill 9.0 amp. purchased through our local Mann Tool & Supply. We have found that “big box” tools seem to be made differently. The drill has enough torque to mix large amounts of thinset to the correct consistency without having to add additional water that would weaken the bond strength. The variable speed is essential when big batches of sanded grout are needed and we can mix it at the lower recommended speeds. The spade handle makes it easy to control and the tough case is durable when one gets “accidentally” knocked to the concrete.  We also use the Troxell “Egg Beater” mixing paddle that reduces air infusion and is easy to clean.

Scott Heron, Precision Tile Company, NTCA Five Star Contractor

We look for ease of use, variable speed and long life in our mixers and drills!

Buck Collins, Collins Tile and Stone, NTCA Five Star Contractor

For me, it is important to have a drill that is versatile enough to mix not only thin-set mortars, but also the medium-bed and dry-pack mortars that can be difficult to mix in a bucket.

– John Mourelatos, Mourelatos Tile, Inc., NTCA State Director

We look at variable mixers and how easy it is to switch from forward to reverse. It helps if it looks easy to clean with no exposed nuts or bolts. We like DeWalt. It’s nice when the chuck can be operated without a chuck key.

Mike Weaver, Trendsetter Tile & Stone, NTCA State Director

When our company was in business, we really only used two types of mixers for thin-set and medium -bed mortars. One was a purpose-built mixer from Rubi, which came with a special paddle (like a giant paint paddle) that did not entrain air into the mix. The second type – and we had many more of these – was a Hole Hawg by Milwaukee, and Makita’s knock-off of the same drill (the Makita we liked because they were just as tough, but weighed less, so the helpers didn’t knock over the water buckets after spin-cleaning the paddle). We used these two drills because when mechanically set in low speed, they were the only ones that met the maximum allowable 300 rpm mixing speed allowed by mortar manufacturers. They were also extremely tough and durable. All the other drills out there (that are used by a majority of tile people I have met) have speeds ranging from 550 to 850 rpms, and this is just too fast, causing weak mortar by air entrainment, and lowering pot life and open time, all critical elements. We were always intrigued by Raimondi’s mixer which spins the bucket around a fixed blade. It would be perfect for large projects where all-day mixing with a couple of helpers is required.

Michael Whistler, NTCA technical consultant/presenter

MIXER & DRILL PRODUCTS

tri mixerKraft Tool Co. introduces the Triangle Blade Mixer. The triangle shape was designed in coordination with the industry to thoroughly mix material including thin-set mortar, grout, and other concrete-based products. The design helps move material from the corners of the bucket for even mixing. Stainless steel construction allows for easy clean up. The 24” height is perfect for mixing in buckets. Made in the USA. www.KraftTool.com

MK Diamond’s lightweight, portable Canoga 70 Mixer is suited for mixing grout, thin-set mortar and polymer-based materials. It can mix all material from sand and cement to canoga 70self-leveling epoxies, epoxy-based mortar, and concrete toppings. The Canoga 70 is designed for operation by one person and is quiet enough to operate anywhere. Dual handle design features fixed handles in front for pouring and rear handles for transporting. This durable mixer has an all-steel frame and is powered by a high torque 1/3 horsepower electric gear motor. Batch capacity is 1/4 to 1/3 bag, 2 cubic feet. ww.mkdiamond.com.

rubimix 9Rubi’s Rubimix-9 mixer provides great versatility for mixing cementitious adhesives, resins, paints and other materials by an interchangeable mixing paddle with M14 connection. Improved ergonomics creates comfort and a two-speed gearbox and electronic controller optimizes the mixing of each material.  Made of lightweight and durable materials, 1200 watts, with double insulation. www.rubi.com

Bosch Power Tools offers their most innovative rotary hammer, the RHH181 18V Li-Ion SDS-plus® Rotary Hammer, featuring Bosch brand’s mixerinnovative CORE brushless technology and a new chiseling function that increases the product’s versatility. The hammer provides drilling and chiseling in a lightweight, compact size. A new line of lithium ion batteries to be used with this tool offers up to 65% longer runtime and advanced CoolPack™ technology for up to 100% more recharge-life. www.boschtools.com

 

TCNA Product Performance Testing Laboratory Welcomes Joe Lundgren as Laboratory Sales Representative

joe lundgren 7 resizeThe Tile Council of North America (TCNA) is pleased to announce that Joe Lundgren, of Joseph Lundgren Consulting (JLC), has joined the TCNA team to advance TCNA’s laboratory services. Mr. Lundgren’s extensive experience in the tile industry makes him uniquely well-suited to
connect his customers with TCNA lab services that can help build their businesses. Marketplace requirements, conformance to standards, and product research are all areas where the customer benefits from the synergy between JLC and TCNA lab services.

Mr. Lundgren began his career in tile in 1984 with American Olean and went on to ascend the ranks of management at Dal-Tile, becoming their Vice President of Marketing.

While with Dal-Tile, he represented the company on TCNA’s Board of Directors and played a key part in TCNA initiatives aimed at growing the tile industry and the organization. “We are excited to have Joe working directly with our laboratory,” says TCNA Executive Director
Eric Astrachan. “He has a great relationship with many of the top manufacturers and importers from around the world. Joe knows tile and the tile marketplace. We value his advice and know his insight into standards and quality will be invaluable to his customers. It is also personally
gratifying that his consulting company is a supporter of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation that TCNA and so many in the installation community have worked to advance.”

Mr. Lundgren will work closely with Claudio Bizzaglia, TCNA’s Director of Laboratory Services. “I always valued the work the TCNA did for the ceramic and stone industry while I was on their Board of Directors,” says Mr. Lundgren. “I look forward to promoting their testing
services, including the new glass tile standard [ANSI A137.2] to ensure our industry continues to grow with the same quality TCNA has driven since 1945.”

For more information about TCNA laboratory testing, contact Claudio Bizzaglia at [email protected] or (864) 646-8453. Mr. Lundgren can be reached at [email protected] and at (214) 641-7773.

CUSTOM BUILDING PRODUCTS NAMES DON DEVINE PRESIDENT AND CEO; TOM PECK BECOMES CHAIRMAN

SEAL BEACH, Calif. – April 5, 2013 – Custom® Building Products (http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/) announces the promotion of Don Devine to the role of president and CEO. With this change, Tom Peck moves into the role of chairman and will focus his energies on CUSTOM’s long-term strategic plans.

“As our organization continues to grow and evolve, we’ve made meaningful additions to our team, invested in technology and systems, and developed an even greater depth of resources internally to ensure we continue as the leading manufacturer of flooring preparation and installation products,” said Chairman Tom Peck. “This change is another step in Custom Building Products’ evolution. Don has already made important leadership contributions in a short time and we share a mutual excitement about the future. I will be able to focus on longer-term strategic growth plans that will ensure CUSTOM is positioned for success over the next half century.”

“This is a great time to be at Custom Building Products,” noted Don Devine. “The company is well positioned with a strong product lineup, genuine customer relationships and an impressive team. My challenge is to make a great company even better while adding value for our customers, employees and shareholders.”

Prior to joining Custom Building Products in July 2012, when he was initially named executive vice president and COO, Mr. Devine held the position of president and CEO at American Standard Brands, a manufacturer of high-quality kitchen and bath fixtures. He held that position since 2007.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Darden Business School Executive Program at the University of Virginia, Mr. Devine brings more than 25 years of experience with leading industrial and building products brands. Prior to his tenure at American Standard Brands, Mr. Devine was president and COO of Jacuzzi Brands.

 About Custom Building Products

Custom® Building Products, based in Seal Beach, Calif., is North America’s leader in flooring preparation products and tile and stone installation systems for residential and commercial projects. The company’s product brands, including WonderBoard® Lite backerboards, Fusion Pro™, Prism® SureColor®, CEG-Lite® and Polyblend® grouts, a comprehensive line of lightweight mortars, TileLab® and AquaMix® maintenance products, and SuperiorBilt® tools, are considered among the most popular and most trusted by industry professionals. Custom Building Products continually raises standards for the flooring, tile and stone industry through its commitment to provide performance-driven installation systems and support.

CUSTOM’s website offers comprehensive resources including product and warranty information, installation specifications and technical support. For more information on the company’s broad family of quality tile and stone installation products, please call (800) 272-8786 or visit www.custombuildingproducts.com.

Crossville Promotes Tim Bolby, Announces the Addition of Noah Chitty to Technical Services Team

Tim Bolby

Tim Bolby

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (April 2, 2013) – Officials with Crossville, Inc. have announced the promotion of Tim Bolby to Executive Director of Technical Services. Bolby joined Crossville in 2002 as Director of Technical Services and, since that time, has served as the technical and quality management leader for the manufacturer. With his promotion, he will continue at the helm of the company’s growing technical services division, overseeing a range of new and ongoing initiatives and representing Crossville as an active member of trade organizations. Bolby has more than 25 years experience in the tile industry and is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Noah Chitty has joined Crossville, Inc. as Director of Technical Services. Chitty has over 15 years industry experience, including four years as Director of Product Standards and Laboratory Services for the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and, most recently, a seven year tenure as Director of Technical Services and Quality Assurance for StonePeak Ceramics, Inc. Chitty currently serves in several committee leadership roles with key trade organizations, including TCNA, ASTM, NTCA and CTDA. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University.

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Noah Chitty

 About Crossville Inc.:
Founded in 1986, Crossville Inc. is a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of award-winning tile collections for residential and contract applications.

An industry innovator, Crossville is the first U.S. tile manufacturer to achieve the following:

  • produce large format tile on site,
  • manufacture tile with certified recycled content,
  • develop the Tile Take-Back™ Program for recycling fired porcelain tile
  • achieve certification of its waste recycling programs
  • achieve TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines,
  • distribute a complete line of large format, 3mm-thin porcelain panels (Laminam by Crossville) and
  • become a net consumer of waste.

 

For more information on Crossville, visit crossvilleinc.com.

GranQuartz Moves to New Expanded San Leandro Store

San Leandro, CA –March 5, 2013 – GranQuartz,  a leader in the stone tools and equipment market, recently moved into a larger store location to serve  San Leandro, Calif.- area customers. The new location at 2781 Teagarden St. , San Leandro, CA 92805 offers the same great service, more inventories and a larger location.

The San Leandro store is one of 10 GranQuartz stores located across the country. Each store has a complete offering of tools and equipment for the stone, tile and concrete professional.

“We are committed to continually improving our service and shopping experience, making it easier for our customers to find what they need in their area”, said Ted Skaff, director of marketing & communications.

For more information about the new GranQuartz store in Anaheim, California, please visit www.granquartz.com or call 800-458-6222.

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Pearl is Now the Exclusive Supplier of Dongsin Products in the United States

Los Angeles, CA – March 5, 2013 – Pearl Abrasive is now the exclusive supplier of Dongsin products in the U.S. With the exception of the CNC products, you can now purchase all Dongsin products from Pearl.

Pearl has been supplying top quality abrasive tools, diamond tools, equipment and accessories since 1968, with customer satisfaction as its top priority. Pearl strives to provide top quality products at competitive prices, with an experienced sales team that  always gives the best possible service.

The Dongsin product line is a perfect fit to the Pearl line of products, allowing Pearl to offer more of the stone cutting, grinding, shaping and polishing products to better serve its customers.

For more information on our products, please visit  www.pearlabrasive.com.

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MAPEI Wins Manufacturer of the Year Award

When the Manufacturers Association of Florida announced the four winners of this year’s Manufacturers of the Year competition, MAPEI’s Fort Lauderdale plant took home the award mapei mf yearfor the category of “Manufacturers with 66-130 Employees”.

The Association judged each company on leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; and process management. In addition to evaluation of applications, tours of finalists’ facilities were made by the judges.

“All of our finalists demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their manufacturing businesses. We are delighted to have such exemplary manufacturing companies in Florida and congratulate the winners of this year’s competition,” said Nancy Stephens, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Florida.

Robert Piatek, Unit Manager of the Fort Lauderdale plant, accepted the award on behalf of MAPEI. “This award represents the efforts of our Fort Lauderdale team to achieve all the aspects of CARE, which our MAPEI Americas CEO Luigi Di Geso outlined at our recent Town Hall meeting – Commitment, a can-do Attitude, Responsibility and striving for Excellence,” Piatek said. “Being named Manufacturer of the Year for the State of Florida highlights our efforts and spurs us to be even more committed in the coming year.”

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About MAF

The Manufacturers Association of Florida, founded in 2005, is comprised of manufacturers and those supporting industries interested in improving the business climate for manufacturers in Florida.

About MAPEI

MAPEI Group, with 65 subsidiaries including 62 plants in 30 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.

Eighteen MAPEI manufacturing facilities are located in the Americas, with headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The Quality Management Systems of the majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are ISO 9001 certified. Visit www.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.

MAPEI Closes 75th Anniversary with $75K Giveaway

MAPEI Americas celebrated the company’s 75th anniversary (1937-2012) with a $75,000 Giveaway Sweepstakes. At the close of 2012, the drawings were held; Jeff Bennett and Dale 75k giveWalton of Business Flooring Specialists in Fort Worth, Texas, won the $50,000 grand prize.  Bennett, president, and Walton, vice-president, are co-owners of Business Flooring Specialists.

“It was an absolute shock when we received the call that we won the grand prize of $50,000,” said Bennett. “I don’t think anyone ever believes they’ll get that kind of phone call. We’ve purchased a lot from MAPEI over the years and have always been pleased with the quality, performance and value of their products. We are honored that we won this prize. Thank you, MAPEI, for your support of our business throughout the years.”

“We thought the best way to celebrate our 75 years in business was to share the celebration with our business partners,” said Luigi Di Geso, president and CEO of MAPEI Americas. “All the prizes we have given out as part of our 75th anniversary celebration are representative of our strong relationships with concrete and flooring contractors in the construction industry. We hope that we and all our partners will enjoy similar growth and success in the next 75 years.”

Other winners in the $75K Giveaway included:

  • First Prize – Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 – John Laurie of Jack Laurie Flooring in Fort Wayne, IN75th
  • Second Prizes (4) – 60″ Flat-Screen LCD TV
    • Jennifer Helder – Ritsema Associates in Grandville, Michigan
    • Ria Francesca – Jantile, Inc., in Bronx, New York
    • Jim Judd – Master Craft Carpet Service, Inc., in Redford, Michigan
    • Steve Stefanyk – Benefit Floors, Ltd., in Surrey, British Columbia
  • Third Prizes (8) – iPad Tablets
    • Dennis Arnold – Carpets by Dennis in Marietta, Georgia
    • Simon Kanaan – Sigma Marble in Houston, Texas
    • Marcel Sousa – Precision Tile and Granite, Inc., in Los Altos, California
    • Chris Cornelius – Cornelius Contracting, LLC, in Spring, Texas
    • Yisroel Silverstone – Silver Stone Contracting Co. in Lakewood, New Jersey
    • Robert Bazzano – B&B Contracting, Inc., in Pompano Beach, Florida
    • Larry Rogers – House of Floors in Killeen, Texas
    • David Degol – David Degol in Duncansville, PA

Bennett was presented with a $50,000 check at the MAPEI press conference held during Surfaces 2013, the international trade show for floor covering professionals. All other winners received their prizes from their MAPEI area sales director and local sales representative.

About MAPEI

MAPEI Group, with 65 subsidiaries including 62 plants in 30 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.

Eighteen MAPEI manufacturing facilities are located in the Americas, with headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The Quality Management Systems of the majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are ISO 9001 certified. Visit www.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.

JOHN KUNZ OF KEPCO+ WINS THE 2012 MIA CRAFTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Marble Institute of America, Inc. (MIA) has announced that John Kunz of Kepco+ in Salt Lake City, Utah is the 2012 recipient of the MIA Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award.

john kunzYou only have to spend a few minutes with John Kunz to feel the passion he has for the natural stone business. Few men have had more diverse experiences than Kunz, who has been in the stone business for 34 years. He began working as an apprentice stone mason for a residential contractor doing interior walls, floors, and counter-tops, exterior walls and planters. Little did he know at that time, with each stone he set, he was laying the foundation for a career that would take him to 44 cities and allow him to work on stone projects totaling over 2.8 million square feet of stone, including several of the nation’s most impressive and historic projects.

After four years in the business, he became a full-fledged journeyman. Three years later, he earned an associates degree in construction engineering from Dean Technical Institute in Pennsylvania. In 1985, Kunz began working on his first large commercial stone project as a craftsman. Within two weeks, he was promoted to shop foreman and responsible for plant operations where he oversaw the project’s panel production for 18 months.

Kunz credits a lot of his management skills to a 62-year-old superintendent at Continental Marble and Granite, who urged him to show up for work a half hour early every day so he could teach him the trade.

Kunz eventually took his talents to New England and then toSan Diego, where he met Bruce Knaphus, president of Salt Lake City-based KEPCO+. “Kunz tracked us down about a specific job we had down in Rancho Bernardo at the time,” Knaphus remembers. “He walked in and looked the part. And when we started chatting, he spoke the part. He was strong and knew his way around the stone business. It has proved to be the case for 20 years.”

In 1992, Kunz began working for KEPCO+ as a seasoned journeyman setter and crew trainer. Within a few months he was elevated to foreman, and in 1998 he was promoted to General Superintendent. In 2004, he was promoted to his current role of Field Operations Manager.

“John brings a wealth of resources from the field perspective,” says Knaphus. “He’s probably the most professional field foreman who has come up through working with his hands that I’ve ever seen.”

Part of a team that has won nine MIA Pinnacle Awards in the past decade, Kunz has been the point man in the field for Kepco+ for projects including: the Cottonwood Corporate Center in Salt Lake City, Utah; Eccles Egyptian Theater/Convention Center in Ogden, Utah; 24 story Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah; Nauvoo Temple Re-Creation in Nauvoo, Illinois; New York City’s 90 West Building Renovation; Utah State Capitol Expansion; Utah State Capitol Renovation; and, the LDS Temple in British Columbia, (Canada); to name just a few.

In addition to Kunz’s technical resume, those that work with him recognize his intuitive ability to manage his team. He has the ability to see problems before they start and works well with his partners. His understanding of the trade has earned the respect of general contractors, architects and owners. Kunz’s expertise is recognized by his clients, and he is often requested to be a part of the project when negotiating with the client.

Kunz always remembers the helping hands he received while growing up in the business and readily shares his knowledge with younger craftsmen. This is a major factor in his selection as Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year.

Kunz added, “I like to give back to the guys today, work with them, give them a chance to grow and give them the opportunity to learn in the field of stone masonry.”

In spite of all Kunz’ years of experience in the field, perhaps his best quality is his dedication to his wife and his two children. The definitive “Hockey Dad”, Kunz’s support and commitment to his family is second to none. Through the years, he has dedicated his home life to attending hockey events with his son and horseback riding with his daughter – horse, trailer, and all!

About the Marble Institute ofAmerica

For over 65 years the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has been the world’s leading information resource and advocate for the natural dimension stone industry. MIA members include marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and other natural stone producers and quarriers, fabricators, installers, distributors, and contractors around the world. MIA is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and offers training related to natural stone. Visitwww.marble-institute.com for information on natural stone.

Strategic, Successful Growth Elicits Top-Level Promotions at LATICRETE

 February 17, 2013 —LATICRETE International, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, announced today strategic promotions of several key sales and marketing individuals. LATICRETE has experienced strong growth in North America and International markets over the past 5 years through a deliberate and disciplined approach to fulfilling its long-range strategic vision. According to Ed Metcalf, LATICRETE President, North American Division, “Every LATICRETE team member is aware of and aligned to our overall 5-year goals, and we have benefited greatly through this clear focus on one distinct mission. Happily, as a result of our strong growth in North America, we are strengthening our bench of management talent there through a number of key promotions.”

 Ron Nash has been appointed LATICRETE Vice President, North America Sales & Marketing. Nash, who has been a LATICRETE Team Member since 2004, most recently held the position of Director of Sales, Architectural Products Division. His added responsibilities include the LATICRETE Specialty Products Division, as well as the Marketing and Technical Services departments. “I’m looking forward to working even more closely than before with the most talented Marketing and Technical Services teams in the tile industry,” Nash commented. “In particular, I’m excited to work in tandem with them, and with our capable Specialty Products Division team, as we pursue new product categories and new markets in the future.” Metcalf notes, “Ron has shown himself to be both aggressive and creative in crafting the direction for our sales team, and I’m sure this same energy will be as effectively applied to the united team efforts of our combined North America resources.”

Rob Smith has been promoted to LATICRETE Director of Sales, Architectural Products Division. A LATICRETE Team Member since joining the firm in 2008, his previous position was that of LATICRETE Assistant Director of Sales, Architectural Products Division. He stated, “I am very excited to be at the helm of the best sales force in our industry. I am fortunate to have such a great team of people to work with, from our Reps in the field, to the owners of our company.”  Nash adds, “Rob demonstrated amazingly strong leadership in all of his past roles; I’m looking forward to watching what he does with his new, expanded responsibilities”.

Eric Pucilowski has been promoted to Assistant Director of Sales. Pucilowski, who has been a LATICRETE Team Member since 2004, assumes this new position after holding the title of LATICRETE Regional Sales Manager. “I’m looking forward to the challenges of overseeing both our MVP Program and National Accounts, as well as continuing with some previous regional sales responsibilities.   I feel lucky and honored to have these opportunities.”

Ed Metcalf retains his title of LATICRETE President, North America Division, but will be taking on additional responsibilities as his promotion includes assuming direction of Research & Development as well as Operations with the North America Division. A LATICRETE Team Member since 1985, Metcalf has served on the Board of Directors of the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, the National Tile Contractors Association, and the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. He was the recipient of the Tile Partners for Humanity “Tile Partner of the Year Award”, and in 2011 was inducted into the CTDA Hall of Fame.  “It is a blessing to work with, as I do, so many talented individuals”, says Metcalf. “All share a commitment not only to their jobs, their customers and to the company that they work for, but to each other and to the industry as a whole. LATICRETE International has always been committed to the industry and to the communities around the world within which we operate, and we look forward to continuing our growth in a responsible and sustainable fashion moving ahead”.

LATICRETE International, Inc. provides globally proven construction solutions for the building industry.  LATICRETE® products are manufactured and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Engineered and produced in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of independently certified low VOC sustainable products. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SPECTRALOCK®, HYDRO BAN® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com.

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