ARDEX Americas joins Canada Powerhold Network

ArdexARDEX Americas and POWERHOLD Canada are pleased to announce a strategic partnership. This partnership strengthens the relationship with key distributors of ARDEX and HENRY products in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario, Canada.

Powerhold operates in a way that is very similar to ARDEX Americas,” said ARDEX Americas General Manager, Jesse David. “Like us, Powerhold provides quality products and value-added services to its customers. Both organizations support the installation community, providing education and training.”

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.

“As we develop our business in this key geography, we are excited to be partnered with such a strong and well respected group of distributor partners,” said Bill Manus, ARDEX Canada Business Manager.

New American Swedish Institute features handmade tile installation Art tile unites old with the new

The Handmade Tile Association (HTA) congratulates the American Swedish Institute (ASI) on the Grand Opening of the Nelson Cultural Center (NCC) on June 30 and welcomes this opportunity to congratulate HTA member, North Prairie Tileworks on their stunning tile installation for the center.

The ASI commissioned North Prairie Tileworks to create the tiles using their famed Turnblad mansion Swedish wood stoves as inspiration. “There is a wealth of classic design features displayed on the Swedish stoves,” according to Roger Mayland of North Prairie, “but the challenge for Charlie Henriksen, as the primary designer on this project, was to bring out the few key elements that unite the past with the new tiles.” Henriksen hand sculpted each of the designs in clay, created the molds and oversaw the precise and potentially temperamental firing and glazing processes. The tile installation is an ideal representation of the unique artistry and creativity present throughout the HTA’s membership.

The Handmade Tile Association (HTA) is one of the nation’s premiere tile artist collectives. Based in Minnesota, it boasts a membership of more than 100 tile makers nationwide, with about half the membership working locally. HTA members are active nationwide creating public and private installations, participating in juried art shows and tile festivals throughout North America, and showing their work in galleries and museums. The 11th Annual Minnesota Tile Festival will be held later this year at the American Swedish Institute on September 15, 2012. It is one of largest in the country, attracting tile artists from all over the United States.

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Crossville Products Honored with International Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award Program recognizes companies worldwide with the best sustainable designs

Crossville’s Bluestone and Mixology tile collections have been named winners of 2012 Green GOOD DESIGN™ Awards bestowed by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. The annual awards recognize 120 products from across the globe that are leading examples of sustainable design.

The European Center’s International Advisory Committee selects products based on design processes that emphasize overall environmental responsibility. The GOOD DESIGN awards date to 1950; this is the fourth year for the sustainable design award category.

Bluestone is a popular porcelain tile collection manufactured at Crossville’s U.S. manufacturing facilities through processes certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). The line holds Green Squared certification and contains a minimum of 20% recycled content. Mixology, designed by Mikeal Jensen, Residential Design Director for Crossville, replicates cast metal with 50% SCS-certified, post-consumer recycled content.

Jury members of The European Center’s International Advisory Committee are design industry leaders from across the globe who review products, programs, people, government, environmental planning and architecture to determine the outstanding achievers. The European Centre and Chicago Athenaeum’s environmental conference will exhibit the 2012 Green GOOD DESIGN products throughout the U.S. for a year, beginning at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in September 2012.

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)
– become a net consumer of waste.

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Bostik Acquires Brazilian Adhesives Company

Bostik, an adhesive technology company, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Usina Fortaleza, a manufacturer of tiling adhesives for the construction industry in Brazil. As the new shareholder, Bostik intends to continue the company’s existing investment program in order to grow at a higher rate and increase its market share.

This acquisition is in line with Bostik’s strategy to expand in fast-growing regions. “We are delighted to welcome Usina Fortaleza to Bostik,” affirmed Bernard Pinatel, Bostik Chairman & CEO. “Their strong local presence and successful track record will serve as a solid platform to leverage Bostik’s cuttingedge technologies.”

Usina Fortaleza will maintain its independent management with Sergio Moutinho Jr. remaining at the helm. “We believe in the Brazilian market and see Bostik as the right company to further develop the work we have being doing for the past 44 years. Usina Fortaleza provides Bostik the opportunity to enter the Brazilian market as one of the top players“, stated Mr. Moutinho.

Mr. Moutinho announced his ambitious investment plan in 2010, based on his conviction that the demand for adhesives for the construction industry would increase in view of booming infrastructure and housing needs over the next decade. He was approached by several prospects but decided to explore the opportunity with the French group.


As part of the Company’s strategy of growing sales outside of its traditional distribution channels, the Company announced the completion of two acquisitions during the month of June 2012. Both of the acquisitions strengthen the “Made in the USA” story that QEP is proud to share. With these acquisitions, the Company now boasts over 775,000 square feet of manufacturing footprint operating out of ten facilities in seven states.

The Company acquired Nupla Corporation and HISCO (operating collectively as “Nupla”). Nupla manufactures and distributes professional grade, fiberglass-handled, specialty industrial-grade hand tools. The pioneer and innovator of TCP pultruded Nuplaglas®, Nupla produces the strongest and safest fiberglass-handled striking, digging, cutting, and fire tools available. The Company operates out of two facilities totaling approximately 80,000 square feet in Sun Valley, California and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Additionally, the Company also acquired the assets of a prime US supplier which is a manufacturer of injection molded products, including trowels, spacers and other products that previously were supplied to the Company and to the supplier’s other USA-based customers. This new manufacturing capability will provide new market opportunities for the Company worldwide and will serve to supply our non-USA operations.

“Both of these acquisitions follow the path of the Company’s strategy to extend our reach into new markets. With Nupla’s strong presence in the industrial tools markets and non-flooring related industries it opens a whole new world of opportunities,” said Jamie Clingan, Sr. VP Marketing.  “Additionally by adding to our already existing capabilities of being a prime manufacturer of key components to our core flooring markets, it strengthens our commitment and ability to continue to be a “full-line” supplier to the flooring trades.”

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Q.E.P. Co., Inc., founded in 1979, is a world class, worldwide provider of innovative, quality and value-driven flooring and industrial solutions. As a leading worldwide manufacturer, marketer and distributor QEP delivers a comprehensive line of hardwood flooring, flooring installation tools, adhesives and flooring related products targeted for the professional installer as well as the do-it-yourselfer. In addition the company provides industrial tools with cutting edge technology to all of the industrial trades. Under brand names including QEP®, ROBERTS®, Capitol®, Harris®Wood, Nupla®, HISCO®, Vitrex®, PRCI®, Porta-Nail® and Elastiment®, the Company markets over 5,000 products. The Company sells its products to home improvement retail centers, specialty distribution outlets, municipalities and industrial solution providers in 50 states and throughout the world.

LATICRETE SUPERCAP Enters Into Partnership with Allegheny Contract

LATICRETE® SUPERCAP®, LLC, manufacturer of the revolutionary self-leveling SUPERCAP® System, has announced that Allegheny Contract of Winchester, MA is the company’s newest applicator. Allegheny Contract has been one of New England’s preeminent commercial flooring contractors for more than six decades.

Allegheny became very interested in the many benefits offered by the LATICRETE SUPERCAP System. “Our surface prep division has really taken off,” stated Jim Burke, President of Allegheny Contract. “Moisture mitigation in concrete is a serious issue, and the SUPERCAP System with its high-tech Pump Truck will help us to deal with that problem effectively.” Burke believes that by having the Pump Truck, his company will be able to take an even greater and more proactive approach to moisture mitigation than what was being implemented in the past.

Burke also commented that partnering with LATICRETE SUPERCAP will help Allegheny better solve any problems related to floor flatness and overall floor leveling. “By using the Pump Truck, we can save customers time dealing with those issues. Not only will having this process make Allegheny’s commercial concrete jobs easier to implement, ultimately they will be more efficient and therefore more cost-effective on a long-term basis.”

LATICRETE SUPERCAP is a leading manufacturer of premium self-leveling materials for the building industry. The LATICRETESUPERCAPSystem is a time-saving, cost-effective method for finishing new concrete or capping existing slabs that meet or exceed finished flooring tolerances. The system consists of a LEED-qualified, low alkali, premium self-leveling, cement-based technology that is installed using a patented computer-controlled mobile blending unit. For more information, visit the corporate website:

LATICRETE School Donation Put on a Pedestal

LATICRETE, a global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry, recently donated tile installation products to the Evergreen, Colorado Elementary School. The products are being used for a project that consists of four large pedestals, each clad with creative mosaic tile designs which are located in the school’s main lobby.

The mosaic tiles, which were donated by Becoming Tile, were to be installed by those students who also created their own designs for the pedestals. “I became involved with this project because the school’s art teacher is an acquaintance of mine,” stated Keith DeWald, President of Becoming Tile. “The students put together some really great designs and did some of the initial installation work themselves. Now that summer has rolled around, their teacher and I are picking up some of the additional installation work when the school is open.”

Although DeWald is not usually an installer, he is able to get the job done using high-technology LATICRETE products along with some solid input from the LATICRETE technical department. Steve Rampino, LATICRETE Technical Service Training Supervisor stated, “We believe in good corporate citizenship and are committed to the communities where we work and reside. Clearly, we believe in supporting deserving projects such as this one.”

“The products donated were very helpful,” added DeWald. “For thin-set, we used LATICRETE® 254 Platinum, and the grout we selected was LATICRETE PermaColor™ Grout.
These products were very easy to use. Even a guy like me who does not know a great deal about mosaic tile installation was able to use these materials quite well. Knowing I can do
that makes me positive that I can continue to complete the next phase of the job, and do it nicely.”

LATICRETE International, Inc. is a US-based, family-owned global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry. LATICRETE® products are produced 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. Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of low VOC sustainable products independently certified by GREENGUARD. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SpectraLOCK®, Hydro Ban® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website:

Ceramica Sant’Agostino suffers losses in recent earthquake

Amidst the destruction in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, where a 6.0 magnitude earthquake on May 20 destroyed ancient buildings and left thousands homeless, were tragic losses suffered by Ceramica Sant’Agostino, a Confindustria Ceramica tile manufacturer.

Two of Sant’Agostino workers, Nicola Cavicchi and Leonardo Ansaloni, died in the Sant’Agostino factory when the building collapsed early Sunday morning. In addition, the company’s automated warehouse and monocottura production facility were damaged.

A statement posted by the company on its website reads, “First and foremost, Ceramica Sant’Agostino would like to express deepest sympathy for the victims of this terrible tragedy, the destructive consequences of which could undoubtedly have in no way been predicted or imagined. The disturbing events of last night leave all of us speechless, powerless to express our immense grief. Ceramica Sant’Agostino is a family business, not only because it is now in the hands of the third generation, but because it has always had a close, sincere bond with the area it operates in and with the people who work there. The loss of Leonardo Ansaloni and Nicola Cavicchi leaves a gap it is impossible to fill, and the Company extends its deepest sympathy to their families.”

Ceramica Sant’Agostino is a third-generation business, which was set up in 1964 in the Province of Ferrara in the Emilia-Romagna region (about 35 km north of Bologna). It’s been 800 years since an earthquake of this magnitude has affected the region. The company website noted that buildings were constructed with “the maximum safety criteria” and it has cooperated with examination of company structures by officials in the wake of the quake.

On May 22, Sant’Agostino received a visit from the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, who has promised to help small-scale businesses, especially factories and farms, in the region. The government has approved temporary tax relief to owners of property damaged from the earthquake and $64 million in emergency funds have been made available for use by the national Civil Protection Agency providing quake assistance.

Sant’Agostino is still assessing the damages on the whole plant but hopes that many of their problems can be resolved in the next few weeks, and remains optimistic about the future of the company.

“Despite the tremendous blow suffered, Ceramica Sant’Agostino is determined to get back on our feet and resume production, above all in order to honour the memory of those we have lost,” the statement continues. “The Company intends to continue to be an important resource for the local area and for the numerous families that depend on it. This is what it means to believe in one’s work. Ceramica Sant’Agostino strongly believes in the quality of its products and of the human resources that have made it the business we all know today, and will continue to be the serious, qualified point of reference it has been for many years for the large number of customers who choose our products and appreciate the service we offer.”

Florida Tile, Metropolitan Ceramics announce Green-Squared certification

Florida Tile recently announced that all  Kentucky-produced Florida Tile products have been certified   Green Squared by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). In addition, Metropolitan Ceramics announced that a large selection of unglazed ceramic quarry tile products have been Green Squared Certified by Scientific Certification System (SCS).

Sean Cilona, Florida Tile marketing director, noted a “Certificate of Conformity” was issued to Florida Tile by UL for the following U.S.-made products, which all were all manufactured at the company‘s facility in Lawrenceburg, Ky.: Ankara, Ashton, Berkshire, Cinema, Contessa, Creekside, Fontana, Formations, Grandeur, Hamlet Manor, Highlands, Horizon, Legend, Livingston, Mendocino, Millenia, Montana, Paramount, Phoenix, Pristine, Quartez, Renaissance, Retroclassic, Savannah, Taconic Slate, Terrace, Topeka and Tuscania. Florida Tile was an integral part of the five-year development of the Green SquaredSM standard (ANSI A138.1), and its products were among the first groups of products to achieve that certification.

Metropolitan Ceramics® is part of a fifth-generation family-owned company located in Canton, Ohio. The company’s location in the same community for well over 100 years gives it a stake in the community and sense of stewardship. Being one of the first ceramic tile manufacturers to have third-party certification for the Green Squared sustainability standard is a concrete way of showing commitment to continuing efforts in all aspects of environmental management

Laminam by Crossville: large format tile panels for U.S. market

Crossville Inc. is launching “Laminam by Crossville,” a full line of lean profile, large format porcelain products through an exclusive distribution agreement with Italian manufacturer Laminam, a division of Systems Group. Under the agreement, Crossville is the sole source for Laminam’s innovative large unit porcelain panel products throughout the U.S. The distribution agreement is effective immediately, with product availability anticipated in early June.

“This is a landmark agreement and another example of Crossville’s commitment to meeting the needs of the U.S. market,” stated Crossville president John Smith. “We recognized the growing demand for very large format, thinner tile, so we searched the globe to source the best products that would appeal to the American aesthetic and match the Crossville quality standard.”

Laminam by Crossville products – each selected expressly for the U.S. market – are suited for interior wall installations and for an array of surfaces. The initial offering of 3mm-thick, fiberglass-reinforced porcelain panels will be available in over 50 items. As Smith explained, the extremely lean profile of these reinforced panels results in durability, versatility and “unparalleled technical performance.”

“These products are game changers,” Smith continued. “The colors and styles of Laminam by Crossville are right for the American market. These thin-but-extremely-durable large panels are very simple to work with and install and will invite innovative field applications. Architects and interior designers should really have fun exercising their creativity in new and unique ways with these products.”

Crossville’s logistics and Laminam’s leadership in production and technology will ensure ready availability for American specifiers. As Smith stated, the partnership with Laminam reflects “true synergy and smart international procurement” to “not just meet but lead” domestic demand for the most cutting edge products available globally.

“Crossville’s commitment to quality, excellent logistics team and established relationship with the A&D community make this partnership truly ideal,” added Laminam’s CEO, Alberto Selmi. “We are excited for Laminam by Crossville to launch in the U.S. market.”

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