During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Crossville Shines a Light on Year-Round Programs & Support for the Common Thread for the Cure

CROSSVILLE, Tenn.,  – Crossville Inc. is hosting/sponsoring events during the month of October to draw attention to breast cancer awareness and the company’s year-round support of the Common Thread for the Cure. Throughout the year, Crossville contributes a portion of proceeds from the sales of its Glass Blox and Origins glass tile collections to the Common Thread for a Cure.

The Common Thread is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to families of the interior design and furnishings industries who are suffering the effects of breast cancer. Through Helping Hands Grants, the organization helps families with transportation, household expenses, child care, tuition, home repairs and other practical needs to improve quality of life as they face the challenges of the disease. The foundation also supports research and educational programs.


“For Crossville, awareness and support happen every month of the year through our product partnership with the Common Thread for the Cure, but October gives us the chance to turn the spotlight even brighter on this organization whose sole purpose is to help those in the design community affected by breast cancer,” explains Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for Crossville and Common Thread for the Cure board member.

Waldrep emphasizes that the ongoing support of Common Thread through monetary donation is the core of Crossville’s commitment to the prominent issue that touches “far too many lives in the design industry and beyond.”

“It’s not enough to ‘think pink’ one month of the year. Breast cancer doesn’t take a month off, and neither do we,” she summarizes.

For more information about The Common Thread for the Cure, please visit www.commonthread.info.

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.

First Installers Pass ACT Certification at Coverings

Five of the largest organizations representing tile contractors, installers and manufacturers are pleased to announce that eight industry professionals are the first to successfully pass the ACT certification program.

Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers— ACT—addresses four technically-challenging installation areas of current importance:  Large Format Tile Installation and Substrate Preparation, Mudwork, Shower Pans and Membranes.  A specific certification demonstrates the installer’s skill and knowledge in each of these four segments.

The eight professional installers not only passed all four certifications, they did so under the watchful eye of thousands of attendees at Coverings, the leading tile and stone show in the United States.  Because the program was in the developmental phase when the show was held in Atlanta in April, they just recently completed the on-line written test that comprises twenty-five percent of the certification score.

The eight installers with this special honor are:

Brent Monroe – Artcraft Granite Marble &Tile Company: Mesa, Arizona

Tyler Nequist – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan

Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California

Dan Welch – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan

Gavin Collier – Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co.: Palos Heights, Illinois

Bill Dumas – Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trainer: Livermore, California

Eric Manzaroli – Artisan Tile, Inc.: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Terrance Trame – Trendell Consulting, LLC: Clayton, Michigan

Keith Tavshanjian - KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California, one of the first eight ACT Certified Installers

Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California, one of the first eight ACT Certified Installers



Partners in the development initiative are:  Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), representing IUBAC signatory tile contractors; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); International Masonry Institute (IMI), which provides professional and technical training for union masonry contractors, and National Tile Contractors Association, with membership open to all tile contracting companies.   Tile Council of North America (TCNA) manufacturer members companies are contributing to development of the modules and tests.

For more information on this developing program visit our new website at www.tilecertifications.com

Tools of the Trade – October 2013


This month we look at systems that safeguard the air quality of the jobsite for you and your crew, and also keep things a little cleaner for your client.


I never believed that “dust containment” was a viable option for the health and safety for myself or my employees. I spent plenty of money on different dry systems, before deciding that any grinding or polishing would be done wet. Even though the dust systems had large CFM capacities and good filtration systems, it always seemed that lots of dust escaped into the work area. We kept dry grinding to an absolute minimum.

I do believe that new innovations are better than the old systems available 10-15 years ago, though. OSHA interest in air quality forced these changes, I believe (since no job can afford to be red tagged). Alpha’s retrofit dust systems seem great, and most manufacturers now seem to have pretty effective dust collection systems. When used in conjunction with a good HEPA-filtered vacuum, I can see my “wet only” philosophy changing if purchasing tools with such better technology.

Michael K. Whistler, NTCA presenter/technical consultant 

We are adamant about keeping our clients’ homes as free of dust as possible. We turn off all HVAC during demo, then cover areas in plastic, including cover vents and intakes. We run vacuums next to grinders, and keep windows open. My favorite piece of equipment is a JET air cleaner meant for wood working shops. It measures 12” x 24” x 30” and uses a disposable per filter and a 1 micron internal filter.

I also find it useful to manage expectations as well. We do our best to contain all the dust, but, we are remodeling. We can’t get it all.

Joe Lenner, Infinite Ceramic & Stone Installations, LLC

While I do not claim to be dust free, I do try to minimize the spreading of dust while working on a project. Since 95% of my work comes from residential remodel, my clients seem to appreciate our OCD cleaning procedures. We follow all Lead RRP requirements for dust containment, regardless of the age of the home. This includes zipper doors, zip walls in large open spaces, and tacky pads as we exit the area of work. I have also been switching as many of my tools over to the vacuum shrouds as possible. I recently purchased a negative-air machine to set up during demo to move as many airborne particles out of the house and through a filtering system as possible. Wet grinding and cutting is hard to do in a residential application. So we try to control the dust as much as possible.

Greg Hiens, Hiens Tile & Stone

There seemed to be many dust vacuums on the market. Initially I thought I’d try an inexpensive attempt by attaching my $100 shop vacuum to my concrete grinder. This provided decent results – for a little over a minute – and after only two minutes the brand new shop vacuum filter was absolutely saturated with concrete dust. There was zero air-flow and consequently plumes of dust pouring from my floor grinders.

I then began to look for a true commercial-grade solution. After a few hours of searching I learned of an award-winning dust vacuum that automatically cleaned its filters every ten seconds while the vacuum was still running. The Pulse-Bac 1250 by CDC Larue automatically reverses the internal airflow for just a fraction of a second, which blasts the filters clean. This machine has paid for itself many, many times over. For instance:

We no longer have to stop production to clean filters.

Due to the high CFM of the vacuum, no dust escapes from the grinders. As a result, we no longer have a need to hang up plastic-sheeting barriers. When the cost of the plastic sheeting and the wages to hang the plastic are combined it is rather costly.

We can now avoid frequently purchasing new filters for the cheap shop vacuums. Filter life has transitioned from hours or days for the cheap ones and is now up to months or years for the Pulse-Bac filters.

I believe the single biggest advantage to having this equipment is the improved air quality for the health of my crews, my customers, and myself.

I believe this new system has helped to set my company apart from my competitors. I have been awarded jobs solely on my company’s ability to control dust at the point of origin. While these machines were no small investment, they do pay for themselves over time. I couldn’t imagine not having our Pulse-Bacs; as far as I’m concerned they are necessary equipment.

Jay Zurn, Precision Surfaces LLC


MK_cubeMK Diamond offers the Ermator A600 Air Scrubber, with a 99.99 at .3 micron HEPA filtration, to constantly recycle the air removing these harmful particles. With a sturdy, lightweight, compact cabinet, the Ermator A600 is quiet, with two airflow speeds of 300 and 600 CFM that only draw 3.2 amps. Three-year warranty.

edco_totEDCO vacuum systems control airborne dust particles and shorten clean-ups while reducing worker’s exposure to dust and debris. These systems work with grinders, scarifiers, scabblers and saws, with optional HEPA filters. Among their many features, EDCO vacuum systems feature state-of-the-art filtration that removes 99% of air-borne dust particles at 0.5 microns.

dewalt_totDeWalt offers the DWV012, a 10-gallon HEPA dust extractor with automatic filter clean, that allows continuous operation without stopping to clean filter. The powerful 15-amp motor delivers 140 CFM of airflow for wet or dry applications, weighs only 33.5 lbs. Packed with a range of features, it also offers variable suction and power tool actuation, which controls on/off operations of the vacuum with a power tool. www.dewalt.com

casellcel_totCasella Cel introduces the Cel-712 Microdust Pro Monitor, a small, rugged, hand-held instrument that measures concentrations of inhalable powders in real-time for graphical display on its high-contrast color LCD. With a wide detection range (0.001 to 25,000 mg/m3) and full data logging, it can be used independently to measure material processes, to capture release events or to be paired with a cyclone, filter cassette, and sample pump for size-selective or gravimetric monitoring. www.casellausa.com

cclarue_totCDC Larue offers the Pulse-Bac® 1250, a HEPA vacuum with a filter fractional efficiency rating of 98.0% at .3 micron at a CFM flow rate up to 311. The 1250 model comes standard with Pulse-Bac® technology, cyclonic debris management system, a 20-gallon steel tank, HEPA H-13 filters, and a five-caster steel dolly with non-marking casters. An optional tank capacity sensor and three options for collecting debris are also available. The revolutionary design automatically flushes the filters clear while you work, using only ambient air and vacuum. www.cdclarue.com

waltale_totBeaton Innovations’ states that Waletale is the first tool engineered for the tile setter to address the negative effects of the inhalation of free crystalline silica in the work environment. Waletale clips onto the rim of a five-gallon bucket and connects to a vac to significantly reduce the dust generated by the mixing of mortar and grout powders. Winner of Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New 2010.” www.waletale.net

gundlach_totBosch offers the Bosch 3931A-PB Airsweep™ Wet/Dry Vacuum, a 13-gallon wet/dry vacuum cleaner that features enhanced filtration and containment options with four operational modes and an electromagnetic filter cleaning system. The Bosch Hammer Dust collection system reduces airborne dust when chiseling, drilling or during demolition, designed especially for use with Bosch SDS Max® Spline hammers. Bosch also offers a range of dust extraction attachments for work with a range of angle grinders.

bosch_totBeno J. Gundlach features FEIN Turbo Vacuums. All FEIN Turbo Vacuums have extremely powerful two-stage bypass soft-start motors with sealed fans for dust and debris suction, and a second fan to blow cooling air across the motor. They have a 5-micron cloth filter that fits the full circumference of the tank and can be converted to a HEPA vacuum. Three-year warranty.

First Installers Pass ACT Certification at Coverings


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Five of the largest organizations representing tile contractors, installers and manufacturers are pleased to announce that eight industry professionals are the first to successfully pass the ACT certification program. 

Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers— ACT—addresses four technically-challenging installation areas of current importance:  Large Format Tile Installation and Substrate Preparation, Mudwork, Shower Pans and Membranes.  A specific certification demonstrates the installer’s skill and knowledge in each of these four segments.

The eight professional installers not only passed all four certifications, they did so under the watchful eye of thousands of attendees at Coverings, the leading tile and stone show in the United States.  Because the program was in the developmental phase when the show was held in Atlanta in April, they just recently completed the on-line written test that comprises twenty-five percent of the certification score. 

The eight installers with this special honor are: 

Brent Monroe – Artcraft Granite Marble &Tile Company
Tyler Nequist – Welch Marble &Tile
Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile
Dan Welch – Welch Marble &Tile
Gavin Collier – Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co.
Bill Dumas – Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trainer
Eric Manzaroli – Artisan Tile, Inc.
Terrance Trame – Trendell Consulting, LLC

Partners in the development initiative are:  Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), representing IUBAC signatory tile contractors; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); International Masonry Institute (IMI), which provides professional and technical training for union masonry contractors, and National Tile Contractors Association, with membership open to all tile contracting companies.   Tile Council of North America (TCNA) manufacturer members companies are contributing to development of the modules and tests.

For more information on this developing program go to www.tilecertifications.com


Coverings 25

Online registration for Coverings 2014, the largest international tile and stone exposition and conference, that returns to Las Vegas from April 29—May 2, 2014 opens today.  Coverings 2014 marks the return of the super show and conference to the West coast, this time in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The show is anticipated to offer more than 900 exhibitors representing more than 35 countries, in addition to a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations and networking opportunities – all at no cost.

Early registration provides attendees with advance notice and access to conference events and sessions, contests and promotions, as well as discount travel and hotel packages arranged by Coverings through a large variety of hotel partners including:  Bally’s Casino Resort, Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center, Flamingo Hotel, Harrah’s Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas Hotel (LVH), Las Vegas Marriott Hotel Convention Center, Paris Las Vegas, Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott Convention Center and Springhill Suites Convention Center.

“As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Coverings, we’re exceptionally proud to be the only show that can offer the breadth and depth of tile and stone exhibitors from around the globe, coupled with a truly significant educational offering for every segment of the tile and stone industry,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “What’s more, we pride ourselves on holding an event that is at no cost to our attendees including: the exhibit floor, all of the valuable CEU conferences sessions, workshops and demonstrations, featured speakers and many of our networking events. Coverings provides a wealth of information and the business-building resources companies need to be successful when it comes to the tile and stone industry. It’s a truly amazing value that all architects, designers, tile and stone retailers and showrooms, wholesalers, installers and contractors, and builders and developers, have continued to take advantage of for the past 25 years.”

Coverings Social Media
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Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2014
Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings
YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367
Blog: coverings.com/blog

About Coverings
In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 70 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge.

Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association  (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and The Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by National Trade Productions.

Coverings 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.

Total Solutions Plus


By Bart Bettiga

I must admit, I love watching David Lettermen when he does his Top Ten skits. And as a junkie on the NFL Network, I always watch their Top Ten shows on the history of the National Football League. So -in an effort to have a little fun, but get your attention – I have devised a list of Top Ten Reasons Why YOU Should Attend Total Solutions Plus.

Total Solutions Plus (TSP) is an educational conference jointly managed by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, National Tile Contractors Association, Tile Contractors Association of America, and Tile Council of North America. It takes place October 26th-29th in Bonita Springs, Fla. Registration and hotel information and the complete schedule for the conference can be accessed at www.ctdahome.org/tsp.

10. South Florida in late October is a fabulous venue. The hotel is first rate, the weather is wonderful, and it is a perfect opportunity to combine business with pleasure before the holiday season arrives.

9. Technical meetings and sessions are first-rate. This year, TCNA executive director Eric Astrachan will give a presentation on thin tile, and the industry’s progress to develop product and installation standards for the category. Other programs include a session discussing the importance of working closely together in the development of specifications, and a program on barrier-free showers.

8. TCAA joins the show for the first time. With the addition of the Tile Contractors Association of America to TSP, we now cover the entire tile industry with the top associations. It will make the show bigger and better!

7. Awards programs. There is nothing more rewarding than watching the leaders of our industry recognized for their contributions. The Awards lunches are professionally produced and will make you stand up and cheer.

6. Spouse and family participation. Total Solutions Plus is more than a business conference. It is an industry event that everyone enjoys. Tours for spouses and family members are available, and we encourage everyone to attend.

5. Professional speakers provide motivation. Whether you gain insight into improving your business or your personal life, the speakers we engage at Total Solutions Plus are professional, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

4. Golf tournament. You don’t have to be a great golfer to play in our scramble tournament, and it is so much fun. More importantly, it is a great place to renew friendships or form new ones. It has become a fixture at TSP as the event to kick off the entire conference.

3. Networking. There is no better opportunity for contractors, distributors and manufacturers to interact with each other, share ideas, and celebrate our fabulous industry together.

2. Tabletop event. It is only one night and several hours long, but the tabletop reception is an ideal opportunity to make contacts that can lead to incredible business contacts.

And the number one reason to attend Total Solutions Plus? Don’t take my word for it – here is what others have to say about the value of this one-of-a-kind networking conference:

“TSP is THE best way to mix and mingle with the industry players. No other show brings our industry together like it. I appreciate the opportunity to get feedback about what we can do to better serve our customers. I find that people at TSP are ready to engage their partners in business. High concentration equals high impact. And it’s a great time, so how can you go wrong?”

– Ron Nash, vice president of sales and marketing for Titanium Sponsor LATICRETE

“We peeked at this year’s guest speakers and we can’t wait to hear them. When you own your own business it is sometimes hard to motivate yourself. These speakers make us laugh and think about what we do on a daily basis and it gets us excited to go back to work and share what we learn with our team. We also enjoy the amazing locations where TSP is held.”

– Dan and Elizabeth Lambert, Lambert Tile and Stone

“The educational seminars are great but the real benefit to me comes from the real time, in person, one-on-one discussions with other members in the trade. A little give and take conversation from industry peers provides a fresh look into new ideas, products, trends, and business development tools which are essential to stay on top of a competitive industry.”

– Rod Owen, C.C. Owen Tile Company

“Without a doubt TSP is the best networking event for the industry on a more personal basis. I look forward to the show every year for the friendship of industry experts and networking opportunities available.”

– Martin Brookes, Heritage Marble & Tile, Inc.

It’s not too late to make your reservations. Go to www.ctdahome.org/tsp and register NOW!

Tools of the Trade – September 2013

0913-ToT-measuringtoolsBy Lesley Goddin

The importance of the correct measurements on a job cannot be overstated. That’s why it’s key to have reliable tools and instruments to measure correctly – the first time! Following are some recommendations from contractors and some products for your consideration.


I found my Leica laser measuring tool was an extreme help to me. I used it not only to measure jobs onsite, but also to verify that structures were built to plan dimensions when I had to bid from plans only. Funny how seldom I was alerted when room sizes had changed (generally larger) by the GC.

– Michael Whistler, NTCA presenter

A 16´ tape measure and a 2mm mechanical pencil hooked to the collar of my shirt are my best measuring tools.

– Joe Lenner, Infinite Ceramic 

With all of the technically advanced measuring devices out there today we still rely on the basic 25’ Stanley measuring tape. Old fashioned, I know, but it has limited parts to break, doesn’t need batteries and I don’t get massively upset if it gets lost. If we are measuring larger areas we use the Stanley rolling type.

– Scott Heron, Precision Tile Company

We like to use the Stanley Fat Max measuring tape for layouts and marking cuts.

We use the Magic Mark It for a lot of diagonal work. Magic Mark It speeds up the marking process and eliminates mistakes that could be made by reading the tape measure incorrectly.

My personal favorite measuring device when it comes to estimating is the Bosch DLR130 distance measurer. It calculates the distance with a laser. It’s accurate and a lot easier to use than dealing with the hassle of a tape measure. Sometimes the ceiling is high and a tape measure is impractical or hard to read. Measuring around furniture can be a chore with a tape measure. The DLR130 saves time and it doesn’t hurt that it makes an impression of professionalism with the customer as well!

– Michael Weaver, Trendsetter Tile & Stone



Pacific Laser Systems offers the PLS HVL 100 multiple beam laser, a bright, fully-automatic laser layout tool ideal for tile contractors working with complicated layout patterns on floors, walls and even ceilings. Laser beams project 360-degree horizontal level and vertical assist with right angle configuration for square on floors and walls. Powered by four AA rechargeable batteries, the HVL 100 is compact and durable with an accuracy of 1/8” at 60’ maximum error. www.plslaser.com

The DeWALT 3-Spot Laser DW083K projects three spot beams – one up, one down and one horizontal. The working range is 30 meters, with best-in-class accuracy of +/- 0.2mm/n. With a raised down beam, locking pendulum and magnetic pivoting base, the 3-Spot Laser provides dot visibility and clearance for wall track layout. DeWALT has a comprehensive range of spot, line and combination lasers in its line.



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.

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