Leave Your Mark, always innovating and always improving, introduces new
technological advancements to manufacturing with a new state-of-art automated gluing machine and digital-direct color printing on plastic.
Leave Your Mark has added a new robotic gluing machine to manufacturing that is programmed to apply the exact amount of glue to precise areas creating exceptional bonds of case pieces. Automating this process helps to ensure that only the strongest and highest-quality products are produced.
Digital-direct printing is the newest advancement in the application of graphics, and Leave Your Mark is at the forefront of this technology. The company’s new digital-direct printer applies ink directly onto plastic surfaces with full, rich color and photo-quality results. Using this process provides the durability of screen printing with the detail and clarity of a label.

Video of the two new machines can be seen here: https://youtu.be/ogzPK8vMGB8

Leave Your Mark is the industry’s leading color sampling company for good reason. The company has been getting it right for over a decade by always investing and improving, and always offering the highest quality, most consistently accurate color sampling available. Contact us to discover how we can help ‘Leave Your Mark’ in plastic.

Who THought tile could be so frightfully fun!

Annual Halloween festivities part of Dal-Tile’s unique corporate culture that energizes employees to deliver exceptional products, a higher level of performance, and outstanding customer service.

The Dallas headquarters of Mohawk Industries’ Dal-Tile division was abuzz with ghouls, goblins, cartoon characters, and super heroes on Halloween day!  Making time for fun on annual special occasions is an ongoing part of this company’s personable, close-knit corporate culture.

“We work hard together and we also have fun,” said John (J.T.) Turner, Jr., president of Dal-Tile Corporation.  “Dal-Tile’s corporate atmosphere is one where we are all emotionally close and we truly enjoy being around each other.  Events like our annual Halloween party are just a natural outgrowth of this atmosphere of camaraderie.”

“Dal-Tile is fortunate to have the parent company that we do,” said Turner.  “Mohawk Industries provides a leadership framework that gives me the freedom to run our organization in a way that creates the culture that is the right one for Dal-Tile to be most successful.”

“As a business, everything we do to create our unique Dal-Tile corporate culture will reflect back out toward our customers,” said Turner.  “Healthy, motivated, excited, happy team members help make our organization successful.  They allow us to deliver better service & better value to our customers.”

“Dal-Tile fosters an environment where our team members are engaged in work that they love, in a place where they enjoy spending time,” said Turner.  “Within this type of community, people will naturally become passionate about what they do and strive to deliver exceptional products, a higher level of performance, and outstanding customer service.  When people are ‘engaged’, work becomes personal; they ‘own it’ and bring greater value to our customers.”

Architects and Designers: Earn 3 HSW LUs at Total Solutions Plus November 6, 2017 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC.

Join International Masonry Institute (IMI) and major ceramic tile industry organizations for an AIA-registered continuing education program on designing with tile, qualifying for 3 Health Safety Welfare (HSW) learning units.  Attendees will develop an understanding of the various types of tile, basic setting methods, grouts, and other and components of the tile assembly. They will learn about allowable grout joint width, limitations for lippage, mortar coverage, and tile bonding patterns. The program will also take a close look at thin Gauged Porcelain Tile (GPT) Panels, including detailed information on the new ANSI standards for this new product category.  It will discuss environmental impacts as related to sustainability and occupant health. The program will also address qualified labor language in the architectural specifications including recommended language from the 2017 TCNA Handbook, manufacturers’ literature, MasterSpec, and other recognized industry standards. The program culminates with a demonstration of some of the key skill areas required of tile setters via livestream from IMI’s national training center, and an interactive discussion of how to implement best tile design and construction practices on your tile projects.  For more information and to register online at no charge, visit http://info.imiweb.org/11062017-dctsp-ceramic-tile-series.

LATICRETE Named One of Connecticut’s Top Family-Owned Businesses

Hartford Business Journal recognizes LATICRETE for its exceptional business practices at its Family Business Awards

LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has been honored by Hartford Business Journal at its 2017 Family Business Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in family-owned businesses across the Northeastern region.

“This award pays tribute to my parents, Dr. Henry M. Rothberg and Lillian Rosenstock Rothberg, and the company they took from a basement invention to a global powerhouse,” said David Rothberg, Chairman and CEO of LATICRETE. “We’re proud to have three generations – including four of their grandchildren – carrying on their legacy and values around the world.”

The award was accepted on behalf of the family by Rebecca Rothberg, granddaughter to Henry Rothberg, who supports marketing strategies in sales promotions for the company.

In 1956, Dr. Henry M. Rothberg, revolutionized the tile and stone industry when he developed the first commercially accepted latex modified adhesive, thus changing the way building had been done for almost 1,000 years. Dr. Rothberg’s research and development not only ignited LATICRETE as a trailblazing innovator within the tile and flooring industry, but set the standard for all modern tile and stone adhesives used today.

“When I was a young boy, we moved from South Carolina to Connecticut to live in my aunt’s basement. My dad did not have a job at the time, but he did have an idea for a business,” said David Rothberg. “Our tactics have shifted, but our strategy to produce safe, green, easier to install permanent installation systems has never wavered. As a family- and privately-owned business, LATICRETE continues to honor the legacy and values my parents instilled from the beginning. This has allowed LATICRETE to focus not only on the next quarter, but the next generation.”

To be named a winner, a panel of independent judges evaluated LATICRETE based on overall company mission, community involvement, rate of innovation and business achievements over the past 12 months.

Significant achievements that received notoriety included the launch of the industry’s first high-strength, chemical-resistant epoxy adhesive for installing stone and tile and the opening of a new 70,000-square-foot in Grand Prairie, Texas — nearly doubling the existing 100,000-square foot (9,290-square meter) facility, making it the company’s largest manufacturing and distribution center outside of the LATICRETE headquarters in Bethany. The acquisition of global licensees LATICRETE Costa Rica, LATICRETE Norway and LATICRETE Italia are additional hallmarks of the company’s growth and allow LATICRETE to function as a local company in every community served.

“The LATICRETE family extends beyond the Rothberg name to our customers, employees and partners, and continues to be a vehicle whereby people around the world can achieve personal and professional success,” added David Rothberg. “That’s really a testament to sound family values. You wouldn’t ask your son or daughter to work for a company that you didn’t truly believe in.”


The 15th annual NeoCon East, November 15-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will highlight hundreds of exciting new commercial interiors solutions. The region’s go-to tradeshow and conference for those in the commercial interiors industry, NeoCon East will play host to 150 top companies showcasing a wide range of innovations spanning the workplace, healthcare, education, retail, and hospitality sectors. The show is also an excellent resource for specifiers of federal projects on the GSA Schedule. New exhibitors this year include Adotta America (#1620), Andreu World (#943), ASSA ABLOY (#1048), Bradley Corporation (#1544), Framery (#1013), Gantner Technologies (#1515), Halcon (#1042), Iron Age Office (#731), Milliken (#1539), MOVI Workspace (#1337), Ottlite Technologies, Inc. (#743), Philips Lighting (#1445), Sectis Design (#832), and Tectura Designs, A Wausau Tile Inc. Brand (#1437).

Julie Kohl, Vice President of Exhibitor Sales, NeoCon Shows, comments, “This year, we’re excited to feature 150 new and returning exhibitors, whose innovative, ready-to-specify solutions will enhance the 15th annual edition of NeoCon East. From intelligently-designed furniture to high-performing acoustic solutions, there is a wealth of new-to-market options across vertical markets for attendees to discover.”

Here is a sampling of what NeoCon East attendees can expect to see and experience at the show, by category:



Solving both noise and privacy issues, Framery is a pioneer in soundproof phone booths and meeting pods for open plan offices. At NeoCon East, the company will be displaying the “Framery O phone booth,” a perfect solution to have discussions in privacy, as well as the “Framery Q meeting pod,” which allows people to have2-4 person meetings in private without disturbing the office.




Established in 1982, Gantner draws on over 30 years of experience to create the world’s most complete and innovative line of RFID locking solutions for lockers and furniture. Gantner will be showcasing the GANTNER Networked Locking System, the GAT NET.Lock 7000–the market’s most powerful electronic locking solution for employee lockers in flexible office environments. Other privacy solutions at the show include the GAT Lock 6010, GAT ECO.Lock 7100, GAT ECO.Side Lock, and the GAT Info 6100.




ICF will be showcasing new additions to its collection of acoustic screens with “Airbloom” and “Lovi Tree.” Bringing a natural and calm aesthetic to the workplace, the Bower Collection of work pods, lounge chairs, and adjustable screens will be on display. ICF’s beautiful Monza Chair Series, Mood Chair Series, and Penne Chair will also be present.



Iron Age Office is dedicated to crafting office environments that are as unique as its clients. The brand will present the Carruca Executive Desk, a bold statement-making piece, the Custom Carruca Workstation that is completely customizable to fit any office environment, and their sensational Conference Tables.




MOVI Workspace is currently producing one signature product which will be featured at the show: the MOVI Standing Desk. The key features of MOVI Standing Desk are its ergonomic design that has been founded through consultations with leading health experts, ease and safety of the electric lift that is capable of saving the customer’s height for effortless movement throughout the day, and a spacious work area providing the ultimate platform for a productive lifestyle.




SurfaceWorks is featuring many exciting products from the Rapport line at this year’s NeoCon East show. This includes the Island, Media Table, and the Accent and Basic tables. SurfaceWorks will also unveil their new look, which includes a new logo, tagline and revamped website. The rebranding reflects both the evolution of the company as well as its vision for the future.



Spec Furniture will be displaying their latest Behavioral Health product, “Hardi,” their newest lounge seating collection, “Tailor,” and they will introduce their new table, “Annex”. In addition, they will inform about their initiative to plant enough trees to completely offset the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions generated from its annual electricity consumption in the next five years.




Patcraft will preview their new modular collection, Material Paradox, and their award winning LVT collection, Subtractive Layers. By using light to enhance the pattern and add textural and visual depth, Material Paradox products are combined with color filters that are overlaid to create scale and contrast to achieve balance within a space. Subtractive Layers is a dryback product that provides a unique and dynamic aesthetic.



Shaw Contract #1203

Shaw Contract will be showcasing their “Off the Grid” and “Emergence” carpets. Emergence experiments with the perception and use of pattern in our environments. The collection is expressive, infusing the atmosphere with curiosity and delight. Off the Grid is a deeply textural collection of undulating patterns that mirror the natural world.



Access Sign Systems #1636

Access Sign Systems will be showcasing their expansive collection of pre-configured wayfinding solutions. Their system is comprised of individual plaques that can be easily moved, modified or replaced as facility changes necessitate.


Sectis Design #832

The Sectis Design team will be showing their two main product lines: The “Sectis Walls line” that designs and manufactures custom made exterior and interior wall space solutions ideal for hospitality, office, retail and residential spaces and the “Sectis Décor line” – unique Textured Art Wall Décor for space walls.


Unika Vaev #1119

Unika Vaev builds upon its portfolio of decorative acoustical solutions including a new Felt Rug Collection that turns every floor in every space into a creative playground. They will be showing their AcoustixGrafx ™, ecoustic™ Timber Blades Collection, SpeakSpace™, and Felt Rugs.


Takeform #625

Takeform will be showcasing their Applaud Recognition Displays. Applaud delivers the aesthetics, flexibility, and expandability to bring any campaign to center stage. Applaud is a unique platform that enables endless creative solutions.



Clarus Glassboards #809

Clarus Glassboards will reveal its newest product, Timber, the world’s most premium mobile writing tool framed in gorgeous, natural, solid wood. The new product line is hand-crafted, fully customizable, and offered in three different wood finishes to complement any design – oak, walnut, and maple. The Timber line is available in wall-mounted or mobile glassboards.



Online registration is available at www.neoconeast.com.

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NeoCon® East is a registered trademark of theMART, a Vornado Property.

LATICRETE Teams Up to Bring Smiles to Children of Manila

Over the last 10 years, Troy Wicks, Regional Sales Manager at LATICRETE® has been involved with and worked on several international outreach projects. Last year he brought LATICRETE® SPARTACOTE® resinous coating systems to a school in South Africa. Earlier this year, several LATICRETE team members went to Haiti and completed a SPARTACOTE project in conjunction with Builders Health International. In the latest project, he joined forces with the Lighthouse Club (a British charity organization for expat construction professionals) to do work for the Cautro Christian School in Manila, Philippines.

Glenn Prince, LATICRETE® International Regional Manager – Flooring Division Asia worked to coordinate donations for the school from local contractors as well as a supply all of the LATICRETE products needed to transform two sets of stairs and a walkway.

Troy, Glenn, and several LATICRETE Philippines team members helped train local contractors on LATICRETE® SPARTACOTE products. They received on-site training while working on the project as well as additional training on new products at LATICRETE® Philippines plant.

The Project:

(2) sets of stairs using SPARTACOTE® Chip™

(1) walkway stained and sealed with L&M™ VIVID DYE™ and L&M™ LUMISEAL FX™


Florida Tile, Inc. donating truckloads of tile for rebuilding efforts after catastrophic hurricane season

In response to the devastation caused by hurricane’s Harvey and Irma, Florida Tile’s management and employees decided to answer the call for help.

Immediately after the storms, employees initiated a “week of giving” to raise money for the American Red Cross, helping to provide emergency supplies for those affected.

According to Ashley Donaldson – Florida Tile’s Director of Customer Care, the first of 10 full truckloads of donated tile left the company’s Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distribution center early this week.  Working in partnership with Operation Compassion, Florida Tile is delivering the product to charities in the path of the storms to help residents and businesses rebuild.   “When our team gathered and discussed the scenes we were witnessing on the news, we became very mindful of our blessings and decided that we wanted to help those facing these unimaginable hardships.” Said Donaldson.


Coverings (coverings.com), the largest and only international tile and stone show in North America, is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards. Celebrating achievements in design and installation of tile and stone products in both residential and commercial projects, the CID Awards is open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals whose work demonstrates design or installation excellence.

A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to one project showcasing excellence in both design and installation, and eight category winners will each receive a prize of $2,000. All winners will receive a one-night stay in Atlanta to attend Coverings 2018 and will be recognized at a CID Awards reception from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 9.

“We’re thrilled to continue spotlighting excellence within the tile and stone community through the annual CID Award program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The inspiring submissions we receive each year showcase not only the range of innovation and artistry within the industry but also how design and installation professionals collaborate to orchestrate incredible applications of tile and stone materials.”

The 2018 CID Awards submission categories include the following for both residential and commercial projects: tile installation, tile design, stone installation, and stone design. Additional projects may be recognized for specialty categories including International, Artistic Use of Tile/Stone, Institutional, or Community Project based on submissions received. Multiple entries are encouraged and must be submitted through the Coverings online portal before January 15, 2018. Projects must have been completed within the past two years (January 2016 – December 2017) and can be located within or outside of North America.

An independent panel of judges will assess projects within each category, using a blind format. Projects demonstrating original or unusual use of materials, innovative technology, installation excellence or a unique combination of aesthetics and function are of particular interest.

Tile Letter, Tile Magazine, and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design will sponsor this year’s CID Awards.

Sponsor Product Spotlight – LATICRETEⓇ TRI-LITE™

LATICRETE TRI-LITE is a lightweight, high performance tri-purpose mortar designed for large and heavy tile, thin-bed and wall installations. Due to its lightweight formula and smooth, creamy consistency, a 30 lb bag provides the same coverage as a 50 lb bag of traditional mortar.

LATICRETE TRI-LITE can bond to many suitable substrates including concrete, steel and cement plaster. Its incredible non-sag performance is able to support very large and heavy tile with ease.

LATICRETE TRI-LITE can be used for common applications such as countertops, ceilings and bathtub walls. For more information visit, www.laticrete.com.

Coverings 2018 Partners with Delta Airlines to Offer Discounted Flights

Coverings 2018 has partnered with Delta Airlines to offer discounted flights to Atlanta. The discount is available for both domestic and international attendees and exhibitors traveling between May 2 and May 16, 2018.

When booking online, select “Book A Trip”, which will bring you to the “Book A Flight” page. When entering your search options, make sure to enter the code below in the “Meeting Event Code” box provided on the page:

Coverings 2018 code: NMQTG

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-1111, Mon – Fri, 7am-7pm CST (US and Canada only). Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

Discounts will vary based on flight origination and class of service selected.

Click here to visit Delta’s Meetings Travel website for reservations and ticketing.

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