Hanley Wood Launches TileExpo and The International Surface Event East

the_international_surface_event_final_vertical WEB SIZESeptember 6, 2013, Dallas — Hanley Wood announced today the launch of two events designed to bring the flooring and surfaces industries together.

TileExpo, a new trade show focused on the tile industry, will launch in conjunction with SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc America (formerly S2).

The International Surface Event will create the largest event for the flooring, stone and tile industries with these three world-class trade shows in one location. The show is scheduled to launch in January 2014. Additionally, Hanley Wood will launch The International Surface Event East, a new trade show that will bring the value and impact of The International Surface Event to the East Coast in October 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

“We are thrilled to launch these two events. TileExpo will be the perfect complement to SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas,” said Dana Teague, Vice President of Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “Launching The International Surface Event East diversifies our geographic and market segment reach, and creates new opportunities for our audiences to engage with the industry.”

TileExpo will feature a wide array of the world’s most innovative, trend-setting, and distinctive tile products. TileExpo will offer a comprehensive education program, including hands-on demonstrations and on-floor education. Exhibitors will gain exposure to the largest gathering of floor covering and surface industry professionals in North America.

The International Surface Event and The International Surface Event East will feature the newest products, hands-on demos, inspiring trends, key manufacturers, and industry suppliers, along with unmatched education and networking. The International Surface Event East will be a valuable resource to professionals seeking either residential or commercial products.

The International Surface Event will be held January 27-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. Exhibits will be open Tuesday-Thursday and the Education Program opens Monday, January 27 and continues through Thursday.

 The International Surface Event East will be held October 19-22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL. Exhibits will be open Monday-Wednesday and the Education Program opens Sunday, October 19 and continues through Wednesday.

All operations and show management will be led by Hanley Wood Exhibitions in Dallas.

“The launch of TileExpo and The International Surface Event East will have a positive and significant effect on the floor covering industry,” noted Scott Humphrey, President of CEO of the World Floor Covering Association. “The WFCA looks forward to continuing our partnership with Hanley Wood Exhibitions to produce the most comprehensive, worthwhile event for both attendees and exhibitors.”

“The International Surface Event East will fill a void that has been missing,” said Jim Hieb, Executive Vice President and CEO of The Marble Institute of America. “We are eager to see all of our members and industry colleagues in Miami Beach. This show will be essential for companies looking for growth and ways to stand out in our competitive industry.”

Claudio Solignani, Director of Planning and Development at Veronafiere, noted that, “As a long-standing partner of Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Veronafiere is delighted to see the continuing growth of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. A stone industry show on the East coast will certainly create an opportunity for increased European exposure in the United States.”

Duke Pointer, Executive Director of the Natural Stone Council, explained, “The Natural Stone Council has a long relationship with Hanley Wood and we are extremely excited about sponsoring a second StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas show each year. We have seen growth of the show from its infancy and are confident in Hanley Wood’s leadership going forward.”

Matt Lansing, Executive Director of Stone Fabricators Alliance commented, “The SFA is very pleased with Hanley Wood’s decision to launch The International Surface Event East. We believe in a Fall show that allows businesses to take advantage of annual fiscal tax opportunities, which are beneficial to suppliers and customers alike. We look forward to this expansion and are confident that this show will be appreciated and embraced by all involved.”

Amie Gilmore, Associate Show Director of SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas | TileExpo said, “Exhibitors will now have the chance to showcase their products and services during two distinctively different buying seasons. We have received countless requests for a Fall show, as well as an East Coast show, and we’re happy to finally be able to fill this important industry need.”

About the Sponsor of SURFACES

The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the floor covering industry’s largest advocacy organization representing floor covering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.

The WFCA is a recognized leader in marketing research, industry certification programs, and operates the premier consumer flooring web site, www.wfca.org, providing unbiased information about every type of floor covering and connecting customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floor covering industry and consumers. For more information about the WFCA, visit www.wfca-pro.org.

About the Sponsors/Endorsers of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas’ Official Sponsors are the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Natural Stone Council. For over sixty five years, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the suitable application of natural stone products. Membership in the association is worldwide and includes nearly 1,400 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers — all committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics.

The Natural Stone Council, home of the Genuine Stone® brand, is the leader in the stone industry that represents the major associations who are committed to promotion and education of the industry and general public of the value and benefits of natural stone. Member associations include: Allied Stone Industries, Building Stone Institute, Elberton Granite Association, Indiana Limestone Institute, Marble Institute of America, National Building Granite Quarries Association, National Slate Association and Natural Stone Alliance. For more information about The National Stone Council, visit www.naturalstonecouncil.org.

Since 1919, the Building Stone Institute has worked on behalf of the quarries, fabricators, machinery and tools suppliers and others who comprise our diverse natural stone industry membership. BSI provides programs and services that empower and enable our member companies to offer the highest level of quality products and services, and to educate the architectural and design communities on the benefits and uses of natural stone. BSI is a proud continuing education provider with the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Learn more at www.buildingstoneinstitute.org.StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2014 official endorsers are Veronafiere and ASI.

Veronafiere (Verona Trade Fair Company) is Italy’s most important direct organizer of trade shows and among the top organizers in Europe. Founded in 1898, Veronafiere now focuses on economic sectors of primary importance to the Italian economy, including stone (Marmomacc), construction (Samoter), and wine (Vinitaly).  Veronafiere conducts or hosts 37 trade shows a year in Verona and 11 abroad.

Marmomacc is the global leader in natural and engineered stone materials and related technologies and design.  Samoter is one of Europe’s major exhibitions of construction equipment and earth-moving machinery.  Vinitaly is the largest wine trade show in the world.  All three are owned and organized by Veronafiere.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries. Through its operating platforms, the company produces award-winning digital and print publications, Newsletters, websites, marquee trade shows and events, Market Intelligence data and strategic marketing solutions. The company also is North America’s leading publisher of home plans.

OSHA’s Proposed Silica Rule A Serious Concern for Construction Industry

In a statement on August 23, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued notice that they intend to reduce the current silica dust exposure rate by 50%. The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is urging the OSHA to maintain current levels as they are appropriate if adhered to. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show a greater than 90 percent reduction in the silicosis mortality rate from 1968 to 2010. It is doubtful that a further reduction of the allowable exposure limits will impact those numbers.

Advances in wet cutting and stone industry education have positively aided OSHA in the effort to curb silica exposure during the past few years. The MIA believes that OSHA will continue to have a positive impact if attention is focused on compliance at the current exposure levels.

The natural stone industry advocates the use of proper equipment, training, vigilance and continual monitoring to minimize the risk of silicosis. The MIA has produced videos, handouts, and training guidelines on awareness and prevention and is providing many of those resources free-of-charge to stone companies online at www.marble-institute.com/silica.

“We consider ourselves partners with OSHA in this effort, and believe strongly that safety is paramount,” said James Hieb, MIA Executive Vice President. Independent studies have estimated costs for construction industry compliance will well exceed $1 billion per year. Hieb added, “don’t hamper economic growth for companies who are in compliance at the current levels.”

mia logoAbout the Marble Institute of America (MIA)

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.  Additional information about safety can be found online at www.marble-institute.com/silica.

LATICRETE to Donate Proceeds from Auction of Mosaic Masterpieces at Total Solutions Plus

LATICRETE, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, announced today a joint auction with CTDA, NTCA, mosaic 1TCAA and TCNA for 12 world-class mosaic pieces to be held at the 2013 Total Solutions Plus event in Bonita Springs, FL this October. One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds will be donated to the CTEF and the TCAA scholarship fund.

LATICRETE commissioned the 12 pieces from industry mosaic artists to display their work at the company’s Surfaces 2013 exhibit earlier this year, in support of communicating the 10 year anniversary of SPECTRALOCK® Grout.  This mosaic art gallery was comprised of unique, museum-quality creations using SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout with DAZZLE™.

Ryan J. Blair, LATICRETE Channel Manager said, “At Total Solutions Plus, we have arranged for these exclusive works of mosaic art to be showcased in the area right where attendees will be gathering during the event. They’ll have the opportunity to see the many facets SPECTRALOCK can be used in a beautiful, focal setting… and then, to bid and buy them outright. In conjunction with the officials of the associations hosting Total Solutions Plus, all monies collected will be donated to Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) and Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) scholarship funds.”
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Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association added, “I absolutely love this idea. Everyone wins. The associations backing Total Solutions Plus will get great exposure from this, as will the artists. LATICRETE will also benefit by reinforcing its longstanding reputation of giving back to those industries in which it serves.”

“The amazing SPECTRALOCK DAZZLE features and more will be clearly visible when attendees of Total Solutions Plus witness these beautiful mosaic pieces firsthand,” concluded Blair.

Bosch Power Tools and Ram trucks partner on Hardworkin’ Heroes sweepstakes

To honor hardworking tradesmen and women, Bosch Power Tools is partnering with Ram trucks to host the Hardworkin’ Heroes sweepstakes. Beginning Friday, Aug. 30 and running through Sunday, Sept. 29, consumers can visit strongeras1.com to enter for their chance to win a new Ram 1500 along with Bosch power tool prize packs (valued at $15,000 each).

As part of this sweepstakes, Bosch Power Tools and Ram trucks are offering you an exclusive sneak peek of their Hardworkin’ Heroes Tribute Video. This video goes live on Friday, August 30 – you can see it here first!




LATICRETE Appoints Laura Brown as VP of Human Resources

ladyLATICRETE, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has announced today the appointment of Laura Brown to the new position of Vice President of Human Resources. Brown brings to LATICRETE a strong portfolio, working with global brands such as Southern Air, Pepperidge Farm/Campbell Soup Company, Sara Lee, and Coca-Cola.

Brown will be reporting to and working directly with LATICRETE Chairman/CEO, David A. Rothberg. Rothberg stated, “Dr. Henry M. Rothberg built a company where employees, customers and business partners felt like family. When my brother and co-owner, Henry B., and I started the search for our first ever Vice President of Human Resources, we knew he or she had a vital and huge role to fill; to maintain that family feeling while continuing our astronomical global growth. Our efforts were rewarded with the hiring of Ms. Laura Brown. Born and raised in Pisa Italy, her work experience includes not only working with major international companies, but a focused passion in helping each employee reach their full potential.”

Brown comes to LATICRETE with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration from A. Fusinieri in Vicenza, Italy. In her new position as Vice President of Human Resources, she will lead the human resources strategy and organizational initiatives in support of the company’s growth and provide leadership development and execution of people strategies for the company.

“We’re delighted to have Laura onboard,” stated David Rothberg.

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®, DRYTEK® and PERMACOLOR® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com

Silver City CLAY Festival Gala tonight; chance to win signed giclee print to benefit festival

If you have not had a chance to purchase a ticket for the CLAY Gala at the Silver City CLAY Festival on Thursday night, August 1, during the exhibition opening A Tile & A Vessel, think about doing so!  One of the items to be highlighted during the silent auction will be a signed giclée print photograph by Anthony Howell featuring Western New Mexico University Museum clay artifacts from a number of prehistoric cultures that lived in the American Southwest and the Syzygy Tile Collection of Harry Benjamin Angels.

In the Presence of Angels, giclée print by Anthony Howell

Juxtaposing contemporary clay art with prehistoric clay objects in a photograph was the brainchild of WNMU Museum director Dr. Cynthia Ann Bettison. “I have always been intrigued by the diversity and beauty of clay objects made by prehistoric people; objects which were functional in their particular culture and whose end result, which we often see in a museum setting, was structured by their cultural beliefs and cosmology. What I find fascinating is how difficult it can be at times to determine what is contemporary and what is prehistoric, especially in clay objects seen side by side.”

According to Bettison, the idea to combine prehistoric and contemporary clay objects in a single photograph occurred during a Clay Festival meeting with Clay Festival Director Lee Gruber and Neo-Mimbreño 2013 Vessels curator Diana Ingalls Leyba when she was showing them Anthony Howell’s photograph of the NAN Ranch Collection Mimbres Pottery, most recently seen on the 2013 July issue of Desert Exposure.  Early discussions centered on including works by several contemporary local clay artists with clay artifacts from the University Museum’s extensive prehistoric collections. But, when Silver City artist Harry Benjamin passed away unexpectedly in May, all three women agreed that the first art print for the Clay Festival would feature one single clay artist—Harry Benjamin.

Anthony Howell was a natural choice to be the photographer, having photographed WNMU Museum’s collections for the past 15 years, resulting in the museum’s signature advertising photographs and new art print photographs featuring the NAN Ranch Collection and other museum collections.

While there will be only one signed Anthony Howell giclée print for the CLAY Gala silent auction with the proceeds benefitting the Clay Festival, a limited edition art print designed by Laura Howell using Anthony Howell’s photograph will be available during the Silver City Clay Festival. The art print, aptly named In the Presence of Angels by Lee Gruber of Syzygy Tile, is limited to a run of 100.  It is available for purchase at The WNMU Museum Shop and Leyba & Ingalls Arts. The proceeds of the sale of the print will benefit the Silver City Clay Festival, the Harry Benjamin WNMU Art Scholarship, and the WNMU Museum.

Western New Mexico University Museum is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 4:40 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4:00 pm. It is closed university holidays. Admission is free and it is handicapped accessible.  The University Museum is located at the top of 10th St within the university campus. For more information about the University Museum, upcoming exhibitions, and WNMU Museum sponsored Clay Festival events, please visit www.wnmumuseum.org.

For more specifics and to register for all Silver City CLAY Festival events, visit clayfestival.com or call 575-538-5560. The 2013 Silver City CLAY Festival will showcase tile, pottery, adobe, and natural building processes. Taking place July 27 – August 4, CLAY 2013 will include workshops, demonstrations, sales, and exhibitions of clay art of all kinds; child-friendly activities, lectures, tours, and films; gallery receptions, an opening night gala, an Adobe Labyrinth Build workshop, and more.



Fila opens sixth overseas branch in Dubai

Fila has opened its sixth overseas commercial branch, in Dubai.  The new branch joins Fila’s overseas companies in the UK, the United States, France, Spain and Germany – and its worldwide capillary sales network, which sells the Fila brand in more than 60 countries.

The new Dubai branch will work closely with markets throughout the Middle East; an increasingly important sector for Fila.  The team of three includes Technical & Sales Manager – Milena Dimitrova, Technical Assistant – Abdul Qadeer and Commercial Director – Fabrizio Nicoli.


Current Fila projects in the Middle East include the new Presidential Palace, in Abu Dhabi – the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Situated in a 150-hectare plot on the Ras al Akhdar peninsula, the new Palace will house the offices of H.H. The President, H.H. The Vice President, H.H. The Crown Prince, Ministers and visiting dignitaries. The highly prestigious landmark Fila project is estimated to take three years. It will include the treatment of a 450,000m2 vertical area of pale beige Chauvigny Turkish limestone.

For more information, please contact Fabrizio Nicoli – email [email protected]

For more information on Fila’s surface care range, please contact Fila Chemicals USA Corp on:

Tel. +1 305-513-0708 or visit www.filachim.com



Tile Redi®, leading manufacturer and marketer of leak-proof, tile-able one-piece shower pans and related products, has entered into an agreement with American Standard Brands. According to Farrell Gerber, Tile Redi® Executive Vice President of Sales, “American Standard will now be marketing our full line of shower products as “Tile Redi® for American Standard” throughout the United States and Mexico.”

All Tile Redi® one-piece shower pans, which are offered in a vast array of sizes and shapes, are “Ready-to-Tile™ and resistant to mold and mildew, as well. The line includes shower pans in over 100 standard models with a variety of sizes and drain locations. These are available with single curb, double curb, triple curb, barrier free, or ADA entrance. Tile-able shower pans may be selected with an integrated linear trench drain and choice of either tile-able linear grate or designer linear grate tops. Others feature a square, tile-able drain top making the drain invisible; all that can be seen is a beautifully tiled shower floor. “Our line is very comprehensive,” added Gerber. “When someone is looking for a tile-able, easy-to-install leak-proof shower solution, we most likely offer that product.”

Eric Gundersen, Senior Product Manager/Residential Bathing at American Standard Brands stated, “We are very excited about this new partnership. We’ve been expanding our offerings to include tub-to shower-conversions, which include our acrylic and solid surface shower bases. But to have the ultimate high-end look, we needed a collection of shower pans which could be tiled right over, continuing the tile design from the adjacent walls and floor. By offering the extensive line of Tile Redi® products, we can now address this and all other customer shower base needs.

“Innovation is the cornerstone of our future,” continued Gundersen. “We selected Tile Redi® because it’s a firm that is nimble in the marketplace. It’s a company which can make things happen quickly and efficiently!”

Tile of Spain mourns the death of D. Joaquin Piñon, President of ASCER

A well-known personality in the ceramic tile industry, Piñon died on July 9, 2013 and is survived by his wife, two children and one grandchild.

Piñon also served as President of ITC-AICE (Ceramic Tile Institute), Vice-President of the Cevisama trade show and a member of the executive tspaincommittee of Feria Valencia. Throughout his career he collaborated with several companies and entities of the sector.

He was General Manager of his own ceramic tile company, Hijos de Francisco Gaya Forés, since 1976. He came to ASCER in 1998 as vice-president and in 2009 took over as President.

Piñon executed his duties in a responsible, efficient manner, steering the association through complex economic times for the industry, seeing how some companies were forced to down-size and others to close their doors after many years of operation.

One of his accomplishments during his term as president of ASCER was the antidumping investigation of China towards imports to the European Union; which resulted in the signing of a labor treaty adhering to new ordinances.

Piñon was a strong champion of the sector and the Ceramic Tile Institute, playing an important role in the development and advancement of the industry, looking for feasible solutions for the future of ITC. A defender of the industry, his strong convictions, clear vision and belief in the power of collective thinking will be sorely missed.




Crossville Tile Featured on DIY Network’s ‘Bath Crashers’ this week

CROSSVILLE, Tenn., July 8, 2013 – Tune in to DIY Network’s Bath Crashers this week to see two bathrooms and a mudroom transformed into one massive dream space with a roomy shower for two and freestanding bath. Crossville Inc.’s Color Blox Too collection (Pajama Party) was used for the shower walls in this extensive renovation project.

What: DIY Network’s Bath Crashers
When: Wednesday, July 10, at 10:30 p.m. e/p and 1:30 a.m. e/p

‘Bath Crashers’ Show Details:
DIY Network is on a mission to crash and trash bathrooms, transforming them into stunning, functional and modern living spaces in the new series Bath Crashers. Matt Muenster ambushes homeowners while they are home improvement shopping. When he identifies the ultimate bathroom challenge, he follows the lucky homeowner home and totally overhauls a bathroom in need of repair.

Crossville’s Color Blox Too Collection:
Eight whimsical colors and two designs–Blended Solids and Stripes–invite architects, designers and homeowners to mix and match the colors, textures and designs with the many colors and sizes offered in Color Blox and Color Blox Mosaics. Stripes take the Color Blox Too palette to a new sophistication and edginess. In eight colors made to coordinate with a solids counterpart. Unlike other stripes currently on the market, Color Blox Too has a crisp, sharp graphic to meet the demand for cleaner lines and sleek, modern finishes. Each color coordinates with at least 1-3 other colors and with Color Blox, Color Blox Mosaics tile.

  • Subtle variations in texture and shading add visual interest
  • Cross-Sheen® finish for easy cleaning
  • Designed to coordinate with Bentley Prince Street carpet
  • Variety of plank sizes add design versatility
  • Suitable for residential and commercial applications
  • Virtually maintenance free for a lifetime of beauty
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • All field tile is rectified and modular with 3mm grout joint

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.

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