Last chance to register for the Bostik Qualified Thin Porcelain Panel Installer Training Program on July 10-11 in Temecula, CA

  • LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! July 10-11 @ the Bostik Tech Training Center in TEMECULA, CA. Attendees must register by 5 PM TODAY (MONDAY, 7/2).
  • OPEN July 18-19 @ the Bostik Tech Training Center in DALLAS, TX. Attendees must register by Friday, 7/6.
Register Today!
You’ve probably heard about 5 foot by 10 foot thin porcelain panels, the latest BIG trend in the tile industry, or maybe you’ve been invited to and even attended Bostik’s Bosti-Set Thin Porcelain Panel Adhesive training in your area. Either way, you are invited to take the next step. Join Bostik for its Qualified Thin Porcelain Panel Installer Training Program and learn about the installation of thin porcelain panels and the new ANSI A108.19 standard. Be featured as an Industry-Qualified Thin Porcelain Panel Installer as required by ANSI A108.19 section 10.
Lodging (one night) and meals will be covered by Bostik once you’ve arrived at the training location. Attendees are to book and pay for their own transportation to and from the training location. A $300 Bostik Product Voucher or credit will be awarded to each attendee to help cover your transportation costs.
To register or for more information, contact:


For Immediate Release: Arley Wholesale, Inc., the family-owned, third generation wholesale supplier of ceramic, porcelain, stone, glass mosaic tiles and sundry materials, once again offered three focused days of business, fun and professional networking. The firm hosted its 16th Annual Arley Wholesale Tile & Stone Exposition on Tuesday, June 12th at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, Pennsylvania, concluding a three-day non-stop celebration that included the always-popular Arley Golf Classic on Monday.


With nearly 200 guests in attendance with a backdrop of picture-perfect weather, events included a comedian/hypnotist performing at the first night’s dinner. Arley’s President, Scott Levy, delivered his typical spirited address, this year’s emphasis being on “partnership.” In particular, Scott discussed how Arley is absolutely dialed into taking its customer-partners into the digital age by helping them with websites, imaging programs and much, much more. “One of our goals was to have 20 new customers sign up for our already successful website program. We now have a new goal of 30 and will definitely achieve that!” beamed Levy.

Jim Mackall, Vice President of Sales at iQ Powertools, a new Arley supplier and first time exhibitor at The Expo, stated, “This entire three-day event couldn’t have been more professionally staged. From minute one, that was clearly evident to every attendee. In particular, we were impressed with how passionate Arley is about the need for training, as that parallels our mindset.”

A major topic was that of Qualis Ceramica, Arley’s highly successful private labeling program. “This protects our dealer partners against price competition from internet retailers,” Levy stated.  Another topic, always a popular one, was about the Arley App, which is constantly being updated to offer innovative selling solutions that help retailers close deals quickly and more profitably.

When asked “what most do you like about partnering with Arley,” virtually everyone’s answer was the same. “Arley seldom says ‘no.’ Rather, when asked questions about how best to proceed forward, the typical Arley response is, ‘Let’s see what we can do to take care of this for you.’ Without question, this old school philosophy still works at optimal levels.”

At the Trade Expo, which took place on the final day, over 30 major Arley suppliers showcased their most recent products at individual exhibits in the Radisson Lackawanna Station’s Grand Ballroom. New products and programs were introduced, all of which were strategically presented to the hundreds of people in attendance.

As employees, suppliers and customers began to leave on Tuesday, the final day, Levy summed up the event. “Every year, our three-day extravaganza is better than the previous year’s. We know that next year, we must improve once again. All of us at Arley welcome that challenge!”




MANSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS – The Belknap White Group (BWG), one of America’s leading full-service flooring distributors and a NTCA associate member, recently hosted a full day of hands-on, classroom style training at its Woburn, Massachusetts Solution Center. More than 20 installers came out to learn more about thin gauged porcelain tile panels and the new ANSI 108.19 standards of installation in this classroom environment.

Representatives from Crossville Tile, LATICRETE International and Montolit Tools were on hand to conduct the training which leads to attendees being named and listed as qualified panel/slab installers on Crossville’s Laminam Website and certified under the new ANSI standards.  The training event not only taught the origin of LAMINAM, but attendees were meticulously trained on tools required, how to handle it, how to cut it, appropriate setting materials, work time, and proper installation procedure.

“There is a lot of interest in large format tiles these days and especially Laminam, stated Bill Prescott, EVP of Sales for BWG. “It is a superb product that offers exceptional design and a variety of applications.”

“Hosting this training event was not only beneficial to local installers but also to the industry as a whole.” stated Paul Castagliuolo, President of BWG. “We strive to provide our customers what they need to be successful, including the latest trainings. The new standards require specialized training for thin gauged porcelain installation and we are committed to providing it. The Belknap White Group has always taken education seriously and will continue to do so as we look forward to future training events.”

The event was well received by attendees who also enjoyed breakfast, lunch and the opportunity to win fun door prizes, like an iPad, GoPro and Yeti Cooler.


Headquartered in Mansfield, MA, The Belknap White Group is one of the leading full-service, hard-surface flooring distributors in the United States. Family-owned-and-operated for over 35 years, The Belknap White Group strives to deliver excellent service, while partnering with industry-leading suppliers to deliver an extensive portfolio of premium flooring products. We have nine showrooms and distribution locations across New York, New Jersey and


Motawi introduces New 6″x 6″ Liberty Ladybug in its Charley Harper by Motawi Collection

“All the world loves a ladybug. They’re insect friend Number 1.” – Charley Harper

Motawi Tileworks would like to introduce you to the newest tile in its Charley Harper by Motawi collection, Liberty Ladybug. Based on Harper’s original print from the ’60’s, this festive beetle channels classic Americana style with a mid-century modern flair.

The 6″x 6″ Liberty Ladybug is available in three colorways in Motawi’s gallery shop in Ann Arbor and on its website.

6653 LibertyLadybug

6″x 6 “Liberty Ladybug

6653 LibertyLadybug OPO

6″ x 6″ Liberty Ladybug in 6×6 Oak Park Frame

6653 LibertyLadybug OPE

6″x 6″ Liberty Ladybug in 6×6 Oak Park Frame Ebony

On the Motawi Calendar

July 14 | Glaze-a-Tile Workshop – Spaces still available!
July 19-22 | Motawi at the Ann Arbor Art Fair
August 11 | Glaze-a-Tile Workshop – Spaces still available!
September 8 | Glaze-a-Tile Workshop – Spaces still available!

Get your passports and PERMAT ready – Blanke is giving away three trips to Germany!


Blanke Corporation’s parent company, Blanke GmBH & Co., is commemorating their 70th anniversary with a huge celebration on September 7, and we’re flying out three finalists to attend with us and spend a few days enjoying the sights and cuisines of Germany.

To enter, visit this link or click the “Permat Contest” tab on our Facebook page and share your best picture of your tile or stone installation that features BLANKE PERMAT!

There will be three total winners. One will be chosen at random, one by an impartial judge, and one winner will be chosen based on the number of votes received – so be sure to share your entry with everyone you can! Voting commences on 7/16/2018. Each winner may bring one guest of their choosing provided that guest is also involved in the tile industry.

We’re excited for this chance to show our fans how much we appreciate them and want the world to see the unyielding strength of BLANKE PERMAT.

For a full list of rules and eligibility, please read the full Terms & Conditions when entering the contest. Feel free to email us with any questions about this huge opportunity!

Two Scholarships Available for Emerging Professionals in the Natural Stone Industry

Oberlin, OH, June 26 2018—The Natural Stone Institute is pleased to announce that two scholarships are available for individuals pursuing careers in the natural stone industry. The deadline to submit applications for the Natural Stone Scholarship and the Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship is Friday, July 20.

The Natural Stone Scholarship provides a trip to TISE 2019, where the winner will gain valuable technical and practical knowledge regarding the natural stone industry and will meet and network with leading stone professionals. The ideal candidate will be a fabricator, installer, or administrative apprentice with fewer than five years’ experience in the natural stone industry and at least six months experience working with a Natural Stone Institute member company.

Lucja Lawniczak, recipient of the 2017 Natural Stone Scholarship, commented: “I came to TISE with a list of questions, and although not all of them got answered, I found people who can point me in the right direction. This industry keeps me in awe of the generosity and accessibility of the field’s veterans. I felt welcomed, and although there was a factor of intimidation, my fears were short lived.”

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship will provide a trip to one of three 2019 industry events: TISE, Coverings, or the Natural Stone Institute Study tour. The winner will shadow industry professionals within different sectors of the stone industry and have the opportunity to deepen her commitment to a career in the stone industry and explore her potential for leadership. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of experience, be currently employed by a Natural Stone Institute member company, and must be a first-time attendee of the chosen event.

Amy Petersen, recipient of the 2017 Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship, commented: “I believe education is the key to empowerment and I want to give that gift of knowledge back to other women and aspiring professionals.”

Submissions for both scholarships, as well as all other Natural Stone Institute Industry Recognition Awards, is Friday, July 20. To learn more, visit



About the Natural Stone Institute

The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 nations. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at


Artist uses LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout to tailor a glass mosaic dress for glass fashion show in Murano, Italy

The island of Murano, Italy recently hosted the 47th annual Glass Art Society conference which brings together glass enthusiasts and artists from around the world.

As part of the conference, famed glass artist Laura Donefer produced The Glass Fashion Show which took place on the canals of Murano and featured one-of-a-kind outfits incorporating intricate glass designs. One artist, Carrie Ann Strope, designed a mosaic tile dress held together using LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout.
Thanks to this epoxy product’s long working time, the slow process of adhering the tiny mosaic glass tiles to the wearable substrate was not an issue. Other product benefits include a superior non-sag formula, perfect for vertical installations like walls or dresses!
See Carrie’s dress at the 50-second mark and the full fashion show here.

Artaic issues call for entries for annual Design ‘N Gather competition

Artaic, designer and fabricator of architecturally compelling mosaics, has officially opened the call for entries for the annual Design ‘N Gather competition! The contest, which is free to enter, has begun accepting online entries through its closing on September 1, 2018.
The annual competition, which was founded by Artaic in 2013, encourages designers from all disciplines — architecture, product design, fashion, interior design, photography, painting, furniture design, and any other creative field — to create a one-of-a-kind design that will have a lasting impact on the space and on the individuals that experience it.
Throughout the summer contest period, participants are asked to visit to download Artaic’s proprietary and easy to use design software, Tylist™. They will be provided a design template for the inside of the Cupola as well as background and inspiration to help with the creative journey. Entrants are welcome to design and submit up to two, original mosaic renderings utilizing any of Artaic’s Vitreous Glass tile selections and Bostik’s Dimension RapidCure Grout color variations.


CUSTOM is making it easy for tile installation professionals to stay on top of best practices by hosting Facebook Live events–the first is outlined below.


WHO:              Will White, Director of Technical Comms and Training for Custom®

WHAT:           Will White along with several special guest contractors will demonstrate the value and proper use of Fusion Pro® Single-Component Grout for interior and exterior commercial and residential tile installations. The only grout with a stain-proof and color- perfect guarantee, patented Fusion Pro® is ready-to-use right out of the bucket and requires no sealing. The recently-enhanced formula is easier to spread and clean, and provides improved performance in wet areas like showers.

Tips and best practices that will be shared in the Facebook Live include:

  • Avoiding grout haze or residue
  • Vertical tile installations
  • Shower installations
  • Large tile installations

WHEN:           Thursday, June 28 at 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST

WHERE:         Custom® Building Products Facebook Page



  • Fusion® Pro comes in 40 colors and eight Designer Series options
  • Fusion® Pro cures hard so it never needs to be sealed
  • Fusion® Pro includes Microban® antimicrobial protection
  • Fusion® Pro is appropriate to fill joint widths 1/16″ to 1/2″
  • Fusion® Pro can be exposed to light foot traffic after 24 hours and heavier foot traffic in 72 hours
  • Fusion® ProWhen is eligible for up to a Lifetime System Warranty when installed with a full system of CUSTOM® products

Bostik’s Outdoor Branding Program Hits the Road Again

Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, has continued its multi-faceted “Smart Adhesives” branding campaign again this year, incorporating billboards located in strategic California high-traffic areas. Beginning in mid-July and continuing through August, millions of motorists will have clear access to see intelligently-planned advertisements trumpeting the firm’s hardwood flooring and tile & stone specialty installation systems.







“Los Angeles and San Francisco metro areas are without question, two of the best locations within the United States to unleash a campaign such as this,” declared Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing & Business Development. “Both regions offer demographic profiles of end-users who insist upon the highest quality installation systems. Of course, we have top professional distribution throughout that entire area. This section of California continues to be an ideal, expanding location to focus our firm’s ongoing global branding programs.”

Concurrent with the soon-to-launch billboard program, Bostik will be actively involved in another major branding program. Once again, the firm will function as a major sponsor of Le Tour de France, the world’s most well known cycling competition.

“We have taken a different overall promotional approach than other companies,” added Banda. “And, it is working well. Our business is growing nicely. We create and implement innovative promotions, which are effective. The marketplace will be seeing even more creative and frankly, eye-opening promotional activity from our company. Please stay tuned!”

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