LATICRETE SUPERCAP Launches the “Next Generation” Pump Truck

LATICRETE SUPERCAP, LLC, manufacturer of the revolutionary self-leveling SUPERCAP® System, announced today the addition of the First Next Generation Mobile Blending Unit (MBU) to their fleet of state of the art pump trucks. By combining the power of the pump with the next generation of self-leveling materials, LATICRETE SUPERCAP has created a revolutionary system that is being used throughout the North America marketplace.

The LATICRETE® SUPERCAP System has proven to be a time-saving, cost-effective method in finishing new concrete or capping existing slabs. LATICRETE SUPERCAP is a LEED-qualified, GREENGUARD certified, low alkali, self leveling, cement-based technology that is installed using a computer-controlled mobile blending pump truck.

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Brad Fulkerson Appointed Managing Director of LATICRETE SUPERCAP

LATICRETE® SUPERCAP®, LLC, manufacturer of the revolutionary self-leveling SUPERCAP® System, announced today the appointment of Brad Fulkerson to the position of Managing Director.

Fulkerson brings an impressive construction industry resume to his new post. Most recently, he was President/CEO of Avalon Flooring LLC, a floor covering installation firm working primarily with General Contractors and specializing in high-end projects. During his tenure, he designed and implemented all of the internal systems and controls for the organization.

“I’m excited about the challenges offered by LATICRETE SUPERCAP,” Fulkerson stated. “Whereas the system is already a tested and proven method, I truly believe we have a start-up business. We have the opportunity to change the way people look at concrete finishing. In particular, because we’re marketing a special methodology, one which can deliver 50,000 square feet per day of perfectly flat concrete and eliminate problems associated with deflection.”

Holding a B.S. in Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Michigan, Fulkerson stated that one of his many goals as the new Managing Director of LATICRETE SUPERCAP is to “ultimately build the brand to such a degree, that it becomes the Kleenex® of commercial flooring.”

The LATICRETE SUPERCAP System is a time-saving, cost-effective method for finishing new concrete or capping existing slabs that meet or exceed finished flooring tolerances. The system is a LEED-qualified, low alkali, self-leveling, cement-based technology that is installed using a patented computer-controlled mobile blending unit. LATICRETE International, Inc. is a US-based, family-owned global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry. 

For more information, visit the corporate website: www.laticretesupercap.com.

MIA Technical Director To Lead ASTM Committee

The Marble Institute of America has announced that Chuck Muehlbauer, the association’s technical director, has been elected to chair the ASTM Committee C18 on Dimension Stone. With Muehlbauer, Michael Lewis of Façade Forensics, Cincinnati, OH, has been elected to serve as the committee’s vice chairman; Kurt Hoigard of Raths, Raths, & Johnson, Inc, Willowbrook, IL, has been elected to serve as the committee’s secretary. The new slate of officers will begin serving their terms on January 1, 2012.

ASTM Committee C18 on Dimension Stone was formed in 1926 to promote knowledge, stimulate research, and to develop specifications, methods of test, definitions and nomenclature, and recommended practices relating to dimension stone. The committee currently has a multinational membership of approximately 125 members representing 14 countries. C18 has jurisdiction of over 25 standards, published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 4.07. The committee has 5 technical subcommittees that maintain jurisdiction over these standards. These standards have and continue to play a preeminent role in all aspects important to the effective standardization of dimension stone, including, testing, specifications and construction practices.

Muehlbauer started his career in the stone industry after graduating from technical college in 1981, and has been an active member of the ASTM Committee C18 on Dimension Stone since 1989. He has previously served as chairman of Subcommittee C18.08 on Stone Selection and Committee C18 Secretary. He has written and edited papers published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), ASTM, Cold Spring Granite Company, and the Marble Institute of America.

MIA Executive Vice President and CEO Garis Distelhorst said, “Chuck’s election as chair of the ASTM C18 further solidifies the notion that the Marble Institute is a clear leader in the natural stone industry, particularly in its technical knowledge and information. His history and his reputation as one of the stone industry’s most technically proficient experts, first with Cold Spring Granite Company and for the last seven years with the MIA, earned him this opportunity to assume the leadership of this critically important ASTM Committee. The entire MIA membership is proud to call Chuck one of ours.”

MIA President GK Naquin added, “Chuck’s commitment to the natural stone industry and the Marble Institute of America once again has been validated through his election as committee chairman of the ASTM C18 on Dimension Stone. Chuck has made a positive difference representing our industry within ASTM. We look forward to his continued guidance as chairman.”

About the Marble Institute of America

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.

About ASTM

ASTM International, known until 2001 as the American Society of Testing and Materials, was originally founded in 1898 in Philadelphia, PA, as the American Section of the International Association for Testing Materials. Today, ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

Custom Building Products and Wirtz Quality Installation To Handle All Tile and Stone At New Medical Center

Custom Building Products has partnered with San Diego-based contractor Wirtz Quality Installation, Inc. to handle all internal and external tile and stone installation at the new Palomar Medical Center West in Escondido, Calif.

Situated on a 52-acre site, the 11-story medical center, which is scheduled to open in 2012, will accommodate more than 278 patient beds, 12 operating rooms and a trauma center. The construction project, which began in April 2010, is notable not only for its massive scope but also for its sustainable design concepts. The new medical facility will use a minimum amount of water and electricity and contain recycled or renewable materials, as well as special features such as a living roof with natural vegetation to enhance the healing environment.

A broad range of Custom products are being used for the installation, including CEG-Lite 100% Solids Commercial Epoxy Grout, RedGard Waterproofing and Crack Prevention Membrane, VersaBond Fortified Thin-Set Mortar, Prism SureColor Grout, ProLite Rapid Setting Tile and Stone Mortar, and Commercial 100% Silicone Caulk. CEG-Lite was chosen for all patient rooms and the kitchen and cafeteria areas because of its 100% stain resistance and its recycled content, which contributes to LEED certification

“Custom’s products are regularly specified on our projects,” said Amber Fox, president of Wirtz Quality Installation Inc. “We have really gotten to know and trust their brands. And even more important than that, we know we can really count on them to work with us. They are always there for us — to recommend the right products for the right applications and to be there to support us throughout the installation process. It’s a true partnership.”

“Not only have Custom’s products met all of the architect’s specifications, but our involvement in the project has been truly comprehensive,” said Devin Dickey, territory manager, Custom Building Products. “From product recommendations to technical specifications and LEED certification to on-site job visits, we have been integrally involved with every phase of the construction. From product technical support to marketing and sales, every part of the company has been involved in making this project a success.”

NTCA Tile Person of the Year: James Woelfel

Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Co.’s James Woelfel Named NTCA Tile Person of the Year

James Woelfel, vice president of Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Co., of Mesa, Ariz., was recently named the National Tile Contractors Association “Tile Person of the Year” for 2011. The award — bestowed annually since 1958 — honors a tile professional who is dedicated to supporting the mission of the NTCA. Woelfel, whose father Butch was the 1993 recipient, becomes the first son of a former Tile Person of the Year winner, to receive this prestigious recognition.

In addition to running the daily operations and estimating at Artcraft, Woelfel is a tireless advocate for strengthening industry standards and methods. He is chairman of the NTCA Technical Committee and serves as 2nd vice president of the association. Until recently, he also served as the chairman of the NTCA Standards and Methods Committee.

Additionally, Woelfel represents the NTCA on the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook Committee, and serves on the ANSI ASC 108 Committee, making Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Co., one of two contractors worldwide to sit on all three committees.

Woelfel was recognized for this prestigious honor in front of family, friends and peers at Total Solutions Plus on November 10th, at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, here. Presenting Woelfel with the honor was his friend and NTCA President, Nyle Wadford of Neuse Tile Service in Youngsville, N.C.

Marazzi Featured on “I Hate My Bath”

Marazzi’s SOHO porcelain was requested by DIY Network’s I Hate My Bath and is being featured in upcoming episodes. Host Jeff Devlin will lead the transformation of a couple’s bathroom using SOHO’s large-format, rectified beauty to its fullest advantage. The show delivers hands-on design and installation tips that are easily translated to viewers’ own homes.

The first opportunity to view the From Sterile to Stunning episode is November 15, 2011. Additional time slots are listed in the complete schedule below:

  • November 15, 2011; 10:30 PM e/p
  • November 15, 2011; 1:30 AM e/p
  • November 19, 2011; 6:30 PM e/p
  • November 20, 2011;10:30 AM e/p
  • November 22, 2011; 8:00 PM e/p
  • November 22, 2011; 3:00 AM e/p

Marazzi has a strong presence in the tradition of tile manufacturing. The Marazzi Group, headquartered in Sas- suolo, Italy, has been producing high-quality porcelain and glazed ceramic floor, wall and decorative tile for over 75 years. Marazzi USA has been domestically producing tile at the Sunnyvale, Texas facility for nearly 30 years. In addition, a manufacturing plant in Florence, Alabama as well as a second plant in Sunnyvale produce highly durable and aesthetically-pleasing porcelain tile.

Marazzi To Open New Showroom In NYC

Marazzi is opening a new 5,000 square-foot showroom on 21st Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.), above NY Stone Manhattan – a resource for natural stone – and down the block from Artistic Tile and Cancos Tile & Stone.

The Marazzi showroom grand opening takes place Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Marazzi Showroom (at NY Stone Manhattan)
30 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10016
212.832.8222

Crossville® Acquires the Building Products Branches of Master Tile in Texas and Oklahoma, Effective Immediately

Crossville, TN – Crossville, Inc. is pleased to announce its purchase of 10 locations of the Building Products division of Master Tile in Texas and Oklahoma. Added to its initial acquisition of Master Tile’s Eastern division locations in Central Florida in November of 2010, as well as previously acquired distributor locations in North Carolina and Alabama, Crossville now owns a total of 21 distributor locations.

“All locations will be officially changing their names to Crossville Tile & Stone,” says Crossville CFO Dewayne Galey. “This is an exceptional plus for Crossville,” continues Galey, “as the Texas and Oklahoma markets are recovering rapidly and there are great opportunities for expansion and growth in these areas. It also enables Crossville to offer the best service possible to the design and construction communities.”

Galey and Master Tile COO, Roger Hawkins, jointly released a statement assuring Master Tile customers that the change would not affect day-to-day business and that Crossville Tile & Stone would continue to provide them with the same product offering and expert attention they have enjoyed in the past.

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Crossville, Inc. manufacturers award-winning Porcelain Stone® and Design Solutions™ tile, and Natural Stone Collections for both residential and contract applications. Crossville® will “Elevate Your Space” by product, style and service innovation – now and in the future. Specifiers and owners can trust Crossville to perform. For more information about Crossville, contact Crossville, Inc. at 800-221-9093 or visit www.crossvilleinc.com.

New Profit Opportunity for Installation Contractors

Sealing offers protection for consumer, new revenue stream for contractors.
By Michael Sawicki, Miracle Sealants, Sales Manager

Have you recently purchased a new TV, computer or camera? How about a new appliance, a
refrigerator or stove? Maybe a new piece of furniture, a sofa, bed or recliner?
What do these purchases all have in common when you made the buying decision? I’ll bet the sales person offered you an extended warranty, service contract, or some other form of protection for your major purchase!

Customers are searching for best value, and want to be covered in case something goes wrong with their major purchase. And yet, when we install a new marble shower, porcelain tile kitchen, travertine lobby, etc., we typically say the job is done when we finish grouting, pack up our tools and drive away from the job. But times have gotten tougher, and the wait in between jobs has grown longer. How about looking at each job as an opportunity for additional sales and profits? At the same time, how about giving the customer better value with stain protection and maintenance cleaning?
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