2020 Industry Calendar


16-17  IDS Contract/Interior Design Show – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

21-23  2020 Commercial Construction and Renovation Summit – Lexington Hotel, Jacksonville, Fla.

21-23  NAHB International Builders’ Show® – Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Las Vegas, Nev.

21-23  KBIS: Kitchen/Bath Industry Show – Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Las Vegas, Nev.

27-30  The International Surface Event/Surfaces/StoneExpo|Marmomacc/Tile ExpoMandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.


3-7  Cevisama – Feria Valencia, Valencia, Spain 

3-7  World of Concrete® 2020 – Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. www.worldofconcrete.com

11-14  Vitoria Stone Fair, Carapina Events Center,
Espirito Santo, Brazil 

MARCH 2020

10-13  Expo Revestir – Transamerica Expo Center,  Sao Paulo, Brazil www.exporevestir.com

12-13 CEFGA Worlds of Construction/Skills USA State Championships/Career Expo 2020 – Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga.  www.careerexpo.com

16-19 The 20th China Xiamen International Stone Fair -Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Place, Xiamen Island, China. www.stonefair.org.cn

APRIL 2020

20-23 COVERINGS ’20 The Global Tile & Stone Experience – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La. 

MAY 2020

12-17  2020 American Mosaic Summit – Loews Ventana Resort, Tucson, Ariz. www.americanmosaics.org

14-16  AIA Conference on Architecture 2020 – Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, Calif.   

JUNE 2020

8-10  NEOCON –  The Merchandise Mart,  Chicago, lll. 

JULY 2020

13-19  Clay Festival 2020 “Building Bridges with Clay” – Silver City, N.M. www.clayfestival.com

30-31 Southeast Building Conference – Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee, Fla. 


28-October 2  CERSAIE International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings – Bologna Exhibition Center, Bologna, Italy www.cersaie.it/en

30-October 2 CONSTRUCT! AEC Education & Expo – Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Grapevine, Tex. 

30-October 3  Marmomacc Verona – Veronafiere Fairground, Verona, Italy www.marmomacc.com/en


13-15  2020 Remodeling Show and DeckExpo –Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md.  

24-27 Total Solutions Plus, joint conference of NTCA, CTDA, TCAA and TCNA – Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Indian Wells, Calif.

NTCA sponsors CEFGA CareerExpo

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, is sponsoring the World of Tile Pavilion at the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) CareerExpo, taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center on March 12-13 in Atlanta, Ga.

Image courtesy of Allen Allnoch and CEFGA.

CEFGA was founded in 1993 by construction leaders who recognized a need for quality construction skills training in Georgia. The CEFGA CareerExpo links students directly to professionals in the areas of construction, utility contracting, highway contracting, electrical contracting, mechanical contracting, energy, mining and more. The event features hands-on displays that allow students to engage with industry leaders, equipment and materials and tap into their unique skills and interests. 

According to Rod Owen, president of NTCA Five-Star Contractor C. C. Owen Tile Company, Inc., the organization held its first career fair in 2005, but the tile trade wasn’t represented until 2008 when Owen asked for a space in the expo.

C. C. Owen Tile, leading tile manufacturer Daltile, and installation materials supplier LATICRETE International will be co-sponsoring the Pavilion with NTCA. Together, the four entities are working to promote the ceramic tile industry as a leading career opportunity to consider for high school age students at the 2020 event.

Image courtesy of Allen Allnoch and CEFGA.

Owen believes the CareerExpo is a great avenue to display the opportunities that are available in the tile industry, and is planning for an impact far beyond the day of the event. While he knows many students who come to the expo may use it as an excuse to get out of class, he hopes the experience will educate some of the students or their teachers about the opportunities available. “[After attending the expo], there might be that construction teacher that listened and understood the opportunities, and is now back in the classroom counseling students and advising them about their potential in our industry,” Owen said.

NTCA Executive Director Bart Bettiga agreed the event is a good opportunity to expose students to the tile industry. “Helping to recruit the next generation of tile setters is a part of the NTCA mission,” Bettiga explained. “High school students may not know yet what career path they want to take. If they haven’t been exposed to the tile industry, they may not know what a lucrative career it can be and how many options it holds. At events like this, we can show students how they can become our future industry leaders.”

The CEFGA CareerExpo also features the SkillsUSA state championships, a competition in which students showcase their skills in a number of construction-related disciplines. This CareerExpo continues to grow each year and, in 2019, drew a record 8,615 attendees.  

Special holiday offer from UofCTS: Buy 3 tuitions and get 4th free

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San Diego, CA, December 12, 2019 – The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS), CTDA, Fuse Alliance, and NTCA are offering you a Holiday Special: “Buy 3 UofCTS Online Course Tuitions and get the 4th for FREE!” This offer is good through December 31, 2019

Members of CTDA, Fuse Alliance, and NTCA already can purchase course tuitions at a discount, but this Holiday Special Offer brings the cost down further for association members. The UofCTS Online course tuitions gives you 24/7 access for 14 days where you can come and go at your own pace.

The Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile course teaches the basics of tile including terminology, usage, how it is manufactured, how it is installed, describing all of the various installation products, how to assist customers, professional upselling, and how to maintain tile. Throughout the course professional sales techniques and tactics are taught.  This course is designed to give salespeople the tools they need in order to increase sales and avoid customer false expectations.  It introduces tile installers and sales representatives to industry standards.  It teaches how to professionally assist clients with selecting tile and the various types of installation products and systems.  It teaches how to professionally upsell buy giving your customer a choice.  This course can be completed within 6 to 8 hours on average.

The Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone course teaches the basics of natural stone including terminology, the geology of the various types of stone, usage, how it is quarried, processed and fabricated. The course describes how stone is installed with all of the various installation products.  The course teaches how to assist customers, professional upselling, and how to maintain natural stone. Throughout the course professional sales techniques and tactics are taught.  This course is designed to give salespeople the tools they need in order to increase sales and avoid customer false expectations.  It introduces stone installers and sales representatives to industry standards.  It teaches how to professionally assist clients with selecting natural stone and the various types of installation products and systems.  It teaches how to professionally upsell buy giving your customer a choice. This course can be completed within 6 to 8 hours on average.

The Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course teaches installers, setters and helpers, and technical service and sales representatives industry installation standards, practices, and proper installation methods for tile applications.  The course applies to ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone tile, glass tile and other types of adhered tile materials.  The course covers how to inspect and prepare substrates. How to achieve full thin-set contact.  How to layout and install tile for various types of applications.  How to grout with various types of grout.  And a lesson on how to avoid potential problems and failures.

The ITS Verification course has an extensive section for teaching installers how to install Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels and showing the tools that will be needed.  It demonstrates and provides in detail on how to install the large thin tile panels on walls as well as on floors.  The course also describes how to install glass tile, shower pans, steam showers, swimming pools, and other applications. This course can be completed within 5 to 6 hours on average.

The The Complete Guide on Developing Tile & Stone Specifications with Architects course is complete. This course is a “must take” for anyone doing or interested in doing architectural sales.  It covers everything from how to write what we call “bullet proof specs” (ones that can’t be easily changed), how to find and track projects, and how to develop relationships with architects and others to help ensure making the sale. Upon completion of the course the student is provided with a procelain tile specification template and a natural stone specification template.  This course requires 2 tuitions for registration. This course can be completed within 5 to 6 hours on average.

UofCTS Online educational courses are available through many key organizations in the tile and stone industry where members receive special discounts.  Courses can be purchased through CTDA at www.ctdahome.org, through Fuse Alliance at www.fusealliance.com, and through NTCA at www.tile-assn.com, or at the UofCTS website at www.uofcts.org.

As is clearly understood by successful businesses, the fastest way to increase profits and avoid problems is through education. Once installers or employees are trained, they will become more confident, credible, and effective in their jobs.  With proper training of your employees, there will be less costly failures and problems, and more sales, profit and repeat business.  The return on your investment is never ending.

To see video previews of each of the courses and get more information, visit the www.UofCTS.org website at https://uofcts.org/online-courses/.

The UofCTS is the training division of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants (CTaSC) and is committed to developing training programs for the ceramic tile and stone industry utilizing the latest and most effective technology and learning methodologies. Launched in 2003, UofCTS has enjoyed many years of success with trade and design professionals and is the leading online training University for the Tile and Stone Industry.


Emser Tile Opens New Branch in Philadelphia


LOS ANGELES (November 25, 2019) – Emser Tile, a leading designer, marketer and producer of the world’s finest tile and natural stone, celebrates its 76th branch in North America. The new location, 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia, will serve central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and parts of New York and Delaware. After opening for business in September 2019, the 12,500 sq. foot showroom joins the existing showrooms nationwide in their dedication to unparalleled service, a dynamic selection of products and local service.

“We are pleased to welcome our newest Emser Tile branch,” said Mara Villanueva-Heras, VP of Marketing for Emser Tile. “The Philadelphia market shows opportunity for remodeling and new construction projects, and we are excited to offer a convenient location for our new and existing Mid-Atlantic customers.”

The newly designed branch brings a modern aesthetic while complementing the historic architecture within the Philadelphia region. As one of the oldest cities in the country, Philadelphia is a market with many historic homes ready to be refreshed. Tile and stone are an ideal fit for quality updates to these structures that have stood the test of time.

Located near the King of Prussia mall, one of the largest malls in the country, the new Emser Tile showroom is in an optimum shopping location. While visiting the showroom, customers may browse hundreds of tile and stone products and speak to local representatives on specification and installation. Customers will be served by a team with decades of experience in the tile industry ranging from sales, installation, warehousing and distribution.

Emser Tile’s latest branch is located at 150 Green Tree Road in Oaks, Pennsylvania. The company is one of the most comprehensive sources for interior and exterior products including porcelain, ceramic, metal, glass, quarry, decorative accents and mosaics, natural stone, setting materials, and custom manufactured products.

Dodge Momentum Index Increases in November

NEW JERSEY – December 6, 2019 – The Dodge Momentum Index moved 2.9% higher in November to 155.3 (2000=100) from the revised October reading of 150.9. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The increase in November was the result of a 6.5% increase in the institutional component, while the commercial component moved 0.7% higher.

The overall Momentum Index has staged somewhat of a resurgence over the last few months increasing nearly 15% from its lowest point earlier in the year. In fact, it is currently flirting with a new cyclical high. The month-to-month planning data continues to be lumpy in nature as the presence or absence of large projects leads to greater volatility. Nevertheless, the underlying trend of the Momentum Index continues to suggest that construction activity in 2020 will not crater but will moderately ease relative to this year’s level.

In November, six projects each with a value of $100 million or more entered planning. The leading institutional projects were the $208 million first phase of Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus in Alexandria VA and the $144 million ThedaCare Orthopedic Center Hospital in Appleton WI. The leading commercial projects were a $180 million office building in Los Angeles CA and a $125 million JW Marriott Hotel in Dallas TX.





Holidays and Cold Weather Bring Limited Shipping Options at NAC

NAC Products has released its holiday hours and shipping schedule for the rest of 2019 and into 2020.
Some liquid products offered by NAC are susceptible to freezing and must be protected from cold temperatures. NAC TAC, NAC TAC II, SubSeal®, and Moisture Lock101® must be protected from freezing. These products are subject to reduced shipping options. Check your stock to avoid delays.
No Freeze Protect products will be shipped on Thursdays or Fridays beginning in November 2019 – April 2020.
Office Hours
Mon. 12/23
Reg. Hours
Tues, 12/24
Limited Hours
No Shipping
Wed, 12/25
No Shipping
Thurs, 12/26
No Shipping
Fri, 12/27
Reg. Hours
Mon, 12/30
Reg. Hours
No Shipping
Tues, 12/31
Limited Hours
No Shipping
Office Hours
Tues, 1/1
No Shipping
* – Based on freight company availability, additional freight charges may apply.
t – No freeze protect products shipped
Please review the product data sheets in your office binder, check the web by clicking HERE or contact NAC (800-633-4622) for shipping options and proper storage of these products.

Tile Heritage Foundation begins its Twenty One Days of Giving

The Tile Heritage Foundation has begun its Twenty One Days of Giving. Through December 31, 2019, up to $10,000 in grant funds will match donations. Contributions will support the Tile Heritage Historic Records Storage facility ($7,900 for 12 months) and the Tile Heritage Collections Management ($12,100 for 12 months).

Tile Heritage Foundation“Your contribution is doubly valuable through December 31st,” said Sheila Menzies, executive Director and Co-Founder — with Joseph Taylor — of The Tile Heritage Foundation.

Tile Heritage Foundation was established in 1987 as a member supported, not-for-profit organization whose sole purpose is to protect and preserve the history of the American tile industry. Tile Heritage is dedicated to promoting an awareness and appreciation of ceramic surfaces in the United States.

The Foundation is a repository, an archive, which embraces all aspects of the industry from its inception in the 1870s through to the present time, validating its significance for posterity. The Foundation’s archives include an estimated 40,000 documents and an equal number of images, both historic and contemporary. Manufacturing, distribution and installation history are represented.The body of information on hand, coupled with expertise resulting from over 70 years of combined experience in the field and access to a network of experts worldwide, provides assurance of both helpful and accurate answers to questions and solutions to problems.

The primary goal of the Tile Heritage Foundation is to assist in the preservation of ceramic surfaces, which includes its legendary history, significant installations, as well as the objects themselves. By providing pertinent information, unbiased consultation and specific recommendations when needed, the Foundation serves both the industry and the public at large as no other agency can.

For more information, visit http://www.tileheritage.org.

Neolith® to bring a stunning new exhibition concept to KBIS 2020

Neolith®, a market-leading brand of Sintered Stone, will be returning to the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) from January 21-23, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada with a brand-new exhibition concept.

The 1,400 sq ft exhibition area, designed by Héctor Ruiz Velázquez, is an attractive and harmonious display of Neolith material used continuously throughout an indoor space. Without any breaks or discontinuity in the ceiling, walls and flooring, the stand will explore the potential of Neolith as a 360° material and how it can be used for all interior applications, from living and dining areas to kitchens and bathrooms. Further, the booth will be clad from top to bottom in Neolith’s Mont Blanc, an elegant homage to one of the most popular stone patterns on the market, white quartzite.

Ruiz Velázquez, a University of Virginia-educated architect and designer with offices in Madrid and Dubai, takes sculptural design to the next level by integrating a kitchen with PITT cooking gas hobs, bathroom, Neolith neocube-o fireplace, Doca furniture and Flos lighting within the impressive structure. The modern model home shows the ways in which the material adapts to a high-tech world by pushing the boundaries of conventional design trends and our notion of space.

Neolith kitchen countertop with integrated PITT cooking gas hobs

Serving as a window into all things Neolith, the project is set to bring equal focus to each aspect of the home and present the material’s versatility to visitors. The space combines esthetics and functionality, and will convey contrasting concepts of ‘continuity and change’ as well as ‘tradition and innovation’.

Intricate latticework makes up one wall of the project, creating a semi-exposed effect to pique onlookers’ curiosity as well as demonstrate the ability of Neolith material to be fabricated into interesting and unusual shapes. Committed to protecting the planet, Neolith material is also 100% sustainable, and the project will have minimal impact on the environment.

Neolith residential kitchen

In addition to highlighting the many uses of the material and its practicality, the aim of this unique space is for people to browse the brand’s new products and socialize. The Neolith team will be available at the stand to answer questions and converse with guests.

For more information on Neolith, visit www.neolith.com.

For more information on KBIS, visit www.kbis.com.

Coverings Submission/Nomination Deadline for 2020 Awards extended to January 10

Largest Tile and Stone Event in North America Kicks-off Two Annual Awards Competitions to Celebrate Outstanding Projects and Young Innovators. 

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Coverings is now accepting applications for awards

ARLINGTON, Va. – Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, is accepting submissions for both the 2020 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards and Rock Star Awards. Submissions of tile and stone projects for entry to the CID Awards, and nominations of young professionals for Rock Star Awards, will be accepted online through Friday January 10, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST. Winners of both programs will be honored at award ceremonies during Coverings 2020, April 20-23, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The two esteemed awards programs collectively acknowledge the tile and stone industry’s exceptional design and installation projects of the year, while celebrating the talent and innovation of emerging, young leaders in the profession.

“Both the CID Awards and Rock Stars showcase the dedication, creativity and leadership seen throughout the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the management company for Coverings. “The awards programs underscore Coverings’ ongoing commitment to support the growth and success of the industry.”

Coverings Installation & Design Awards 

The CID Awards celebrate outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers, and other industry professionals may submit their projects through the CID project submittal portal by or before the January 10, 2020, 5 p.m. EST deadline.

Projects submitted for review will be judged and awarded using eight categorical designations: Residential Tile Installation, Residential Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Tile Installation, Commercial Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation, and Commercial Stone Design. Project entries are free of charge, and multiple entries are encouraged.

Each project will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges who will assess levels of creativity, craftsmanship and use of materials. The projects can be located internationally but must have been completed between January 2018 and December 2019 for review eligibility.

The eight category winners will be determined when the judging process has concluded in early 2020. Winners will receive a prize of $2,000 and their choice of a one-night stay in New Orleans during Coverings 2020, or an equivalent gift card. CID winners will also have their work recognized onsite at Coverings 2020 and on the Coverings website.

TileLetter, TILE Magazine, and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design are CID Awards sponsors.

Coverings Rock Stars 

The Coverings Rock Star program will again recognize emerging, young professional industry leaders. Nominations may be submitted by or before the January 10, 2020, deadline using Coverings’ Rock Stars nomination form.

Qualifying nominees must be 35 years of age or younger and employed as one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, manufacturer, and/or trade association personnel.

Nominees are reviewed by a committee of industry leaders who evaluate the contenders’ experience levels; professional certifications or affiliations; previous awards or accolades; prior speaking engagements at industry events; quantity of published works; impact in the tile and stone industry; and what sets them apart as emerging leaders in the industry.

The winners will be recognized onsite at the annual Coverings Rock Stars Luncheon and receive their choice of a one-night stay in New Orleans during Coverings 2020, or an equivalent gift card; inclusion to a Coverings press release distributed to dozens of publications; an exclusive Rock Star badge ribbon; several programming opportunities at the show; and a year- long professional feature on Coverings’ website. A full list of 2019 winners can be seen on Coverings’ Rock Stars winners feature page.

For more information and to register for Coverings 2020, visit coverings.com.


Coverings Social Media: Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2020 Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow LinkedIn: RequestGroupInvite Blog: coverings.com/blog 

About Coverings: Coverings is the largest and most-significant ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and exposition in the United States and North America. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world. 

The exposition and conference serve as a valuable and complimentary continuing education resource for all segments of the industry, with more than 50 educational opportunities throughout the show. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders, real estate developers, as well as journalists, reporters and bloggers who cover the vital tile and stone industry. 

Sponsors of the show are Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association of Spain (ASCER), Tile Council of North America (TCNA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA)

The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC. 

Coverings 2020 takes place April 20-23, 2020, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

For more information about attending, sponsoring or exhibiting at Coverings 2020, contact Taffy Event Strategies at 571-313-5801 or [email protected]


Announcing the Pantone Color of the Year 2020: PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue

Pantone color of the year classic blue

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue 19-4052

A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience. A red undertone imbues this tone with a feeling of energy and vibrancy. This universal color is relatable around the world and in different cultures.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication. ”

As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.

About Pantone Color of the Year

For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

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