Time is Now to Enter Your Installation Into the New Coverings Installation and Design Awards

Ceramic tile, natural stone and mosaic tile/glass offer designers, architects, installers and contractors endless and timeless design styles to choose from to create character and beauty for their residential and commercial projects.

Coverings has transformed the TileLetter & NTCA Installation Awards into the CID Awards which honor achievement in the outstanding use of the materials and the synergy between installation and design.

Projects will be judged on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship, and outstanding use of materials and achievement in the use of ceramic tile, natural stone, and/or glass within the residential and commercial project categories. Of particular interest are projects that demonstrate an original or unusual use of materials, incorporate an innovative technology, reflect installation excellence or successfully combine aesthetics with function in a unique and interesting way.

To download the application and enter your project, go to the following address:

Coverings Installation and Design Awards
Link:http://www.coverings.com/coverings2012/public/Content.aspx?ID=5354

Waters Edge Launches Fluid, Easy to Navigate, New Website

Iowa-based Waters Edge, a state-of-the-art waterjet cutting, design and fabrication company, well known for murals and medallions produced with waterjet-cut hard surface materials, has recently launched a new website. The site highlights the company’s commitment to offering quality waterjet work, and the many benefits gleaned by incorporating this computer-driven, totally green process.

“Waters Edge has a great opportunity to connect with members of the architectural & design communities,” explained Jason Schaum, Business Development at Waters Edge. “We’re pleased that our redesigned website offers insight into our firm’s services in a user-friendly format. It’s important that visitors to our new website are made aware of the fact that anything that can be drawn can be reproduced using hard surface materials with our waterjet-cutting technology. And, these images can last virtually forever. For example, a corporate logo focally positioned within a tile or stone floor can waterjet-cut from the exact same products, and not only will blend in beautifully with the surrounding field tile… but also will last just as long as the entire floor does.”

The waterjet process itself consists of a computer-driven arm delivering a high pressure/high velocity stream of water capable of cutting through dense materials such as granite, glass, porcelain and stone. All cutting is “saved to disk” – meaning perfectly cut repeat work is always immediately available as long as the same types of original materials are available. No other cutting process is as precise for one, one hundred, or one thousand cut pieces.

Waterjet technology is quickly becoming a go-to resource, in particular for the creative specifier. Waters Edge has brought a new energy to this field. The new website presents an effective venue of accessing materials which explain the waterjet process, high-quality designs and examples of the creative procedure, and specific examples of work done with various methods and hard surface materials such as ceramic, stone, porcelain and mosaics.

All of this and more can be accessed by simply logging on to www.watersedge1.com. Or, call 319 752 8844 or email [email protected]

2013 TCNA Handbook call for submissions: January 13, 2012 deadline

The Tile Council of North America is asking the industry to submit new tile installation guidelines or edits to existing guidelines for consideration by the Handbook Committee. The deadline for submissions is January 13, 2012.

The Handbook Conference will be held June 19-20, 2012, in downtown Atlanta.

Submission criteria and format includes:

  • All submissions must be specific, i.e., exact language must be provided.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a Handbook submission form.
  • For new methods, include a generic drawing.
  • Edits to the existing Handbook must include a page clearly showing where the requested changes are to be made.
  • New methods should be submitted in a form that is ready to be inserted into the Handbook (see submission form for new details).
  • It is recommended you have the latest version of the Handbook and American National Standards A108/A118/A136.1 to reference when drafting your submissions.
  • Please compare your submission to an existing method to make sure all necessary fields are listed. All testing and supporting documentation should be included (visit website below for sample).
  • Submissions that do not meet the Handbook format and criteria requirements will be returned.

Contractors and tile installers are encouraged to make submissions via their organizations or associations. All others should contact Stephanie Samulski at 1-313-999-9714, or visit the TCNA Handbook submission website at http://www.tileusa.com/.

Proline Drain A People’s Choice Awards Winner at Healthcare Design 2011

The voting for the 2nd Annual New Product Pavilion People’s Choice Awards took place during the live 2011 HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference, November 13 – 16, in Nashville. The Product Pavilion area displayed only products new to the industry within the last 24 months. 2011 HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference attendees were asked to vote for their favorite of the 17 featured products featured in the pavilion. Of the hundreds of votes cast throughout the course of the 4-day conference, QUICKDRAINTM USA’s PROLINE Drain, with its universal design, garnered enough to win the prestigious 2nd Runner-up Award.
The PROLINE system is linear drain covered by a smooth outer panel with small drain holes. The fully sloped, long drain trough makes for easy water drainage, offering a barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible shower. Water is caught in the drain, and thus, will not spread over onto the facing floor. Accessible showers are integral in the design of a healthcare facility.
“We are honored to win this award,” stated Josef Erlebach of QUICKDRAIN USA. “In particular, because we know our products make any healthcare facility not only more attractive… but also safer tomorrow than it is today.”
For more information on the PROLINE Drain by QUICKDRAIN USA contact Josef Erlebach ([email protected]). Call Toll Free 866.998.6685 or 970.668.0805 (office). Quick Drain USA, P.O. Box 1358, Frisco, Colorado 80443 www.quickdrainusa.com

Turner, Jr. to lead Dal-Tile; Turk to head up strategic development activities

Mohawk Industries, Inc., (NYSE: MHK) today announced that effective January 2, 2012, John “J.T.” Turner, Jr., will be appointed president of the Dal-Tile business unit and Brian Carson will be appointed president of the Mohawk Flooring business unit. Turner will succeed Harold Turk, current president of the Dal-Tile business unit and Carson will succeed Frank Peters, current president of the Mohawk Flooring business unit. Both Turk and Peters will continue with the company by leading strategic development activities in their respective segments.

Turner began his career with Dal-Tile in 1990, progressing through a series of leadership roles in sales, operations and general management throughout the business. In 2005, Turner was promoted to senior vice president of sales and served in that role until being appointed senior vice president of operations in 2008. He assumed his current responsibilities as chief operating officer of the business segment in early 2011.

Carson joined Mohawk in 2006, after a 16-year career at Armstrong World Industries, where he held a number of senior leadership roles. Carson joined the Mohawk Flooring business unit as president of Hard Surfaces and was later promoted to vice president of operations for the division. In early 2011, he assumed his current role as the business unit’s chief operating officer.

“Brian and J.T. are industry veterans with the institutional knowledge, business acumen and innovative creativity to further the success of our carpet and ceramic businesses,” said Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, chairman and CEO of Mohawk Industries.

Turner and Carson will succeed Harold Turk, current president of the Dal-Tile business unit and Frank Peters, current president of the Mohawk Flooring business unit. Both Turk and Peters will continue with the company by leading strategic development activities in their respective segments.

“I am grateful for the many years of leadership that Frank and Harold have contributed to the company, and I am pleased that they will provide ongoing guidance and drive initiatives within our business,” Lorberbaum said.

About Dal-Tile Corporation
Dal-Tile is the largest manufacturer of ceramic tile and natural stone products used in residential and commercial design and construction across North America. The company, a division of Mohawk Industries, was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. As a leader in the industry, Dal-Tile delivers advancements in product innovation with its Reveal Imaging™, Outstand Technology™ and Proadvanced™ Protection Program. The company is committed to incorporating environmentally friendly materials, processes and products throughout its organization. Dal-Tile has more than 7,500 employees in North America, and sells its products through a network of more than 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards, gallery design centers, independent distributors and leading home center retailers nationwide. For more information on Dal-Tile and its brands, visit www.dal-tile.com or call 1-800-933-8453.

About Mohawk
Mohawk is a leading supplier of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk offers a complete selection of carpet, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone, vinyl, and rugs. These products are marketed under the premier brands in the industry, which include Mohawk, Karastan, Lees, Bigelow, Durkan, Daltile, American Olean, Unilin and Quick-Step. Mohawk’s unique merchandising and marketing assist our customers in creating the consumers’ dream. Mohawk provides a premium level of service with its own trucking fleet and local distribution in the U.S. Mohawk’s operational international presence includes China, Europe, Malaysia, Mexico and Russia.

Mediterranea to unveil high-definition video display at Surface 2012

Mediterranea, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-grade porcelain tiles, has announced plans to introduce a state-of-the-art high definition video display at Surfaces 2012 running January 24-26 in Las Vegas, NV. The video will be seen along Artisan Avenue (Booth B3027) at the Mandalay Bay resort.

“As our company has grown, so have our lines of tile available for distribution”, said Mediterranea president Michael Mariutto. “Using high-definition video technology, we can display at Surfaces our stunning room scene images that truly show off the beauty of our tile, both in residential and commercial settings.”

Mediterranea employs exclusive Dynamic HD Imaging™ technology in the manufacture of its porcelain tiles – allowing for the perfect transfer of high-resolution graphic images. The process allows Mediterranea’s latest products to burst with true-to-life color, natural shading, depth and texture.

A focus of the high-definition video display will be Tuscan Stone, one of Mediterranea’s most carefully crafted lines featuring the look of reclaimed stones from Tuscany, evoking the region’s timeless architectural heritage. Among the other lines to be featured at Surfaces 2012:

• Mountain Timber – Fully-rectified planks in 6” x 24” and 12” x 24” sizes with the look and appeal of fossilized wood, available in three color shades;

• American Naturals – Elegant and rustic natural wood looks available in four colors and in 4” x 24” and 6” x 24” planks;

• Essence – A stunning marbleized stone look available in four colors and in 13” x 13”, 18” x 18” and large-format 12” x 24” sizes. Essence also features 55% recycled content.

For over a decade, the Italian-based tile designers and craftsmen of Mediterranea have been producing glazed porcelain tile in collaboration with leading factories in Italy, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, Argentina and the United States. Mediterranea has the unrivaled ability to match its unique design concepts with the ideal manufacturer, surpassing the competition with cutting-edge technology and outstanding U.S.-based service. Contact Mediterranea USA, 3501 NW 115th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178. Call: 305.718.5091. [email protected] or www.mediterranea-usa.com

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.”

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