Michael Whistler hands the baton of being a NTCA technical trainer to Robb Roderick at Whistler’s last NTCA workshop at the Livermore, Calif. Daltile.
Whistler hands baton to Robb Roderick
On May 18, Michael Whistler, assisted by wife Jill, presented his last NTCA Workshop at the Daltile in Livermore, Calif. Whistler, who has been a NTCA technical trainer and presenter since December 2010, has left the association to resume work as a tile contractor in California. The Whistler duo was a dynamic presence at industry events, and Michael was very active in offering technical advice to those calling and emailing the association. They are a well-loved team in the industry and will be missed.
Michael and Jill Whistler were a well-loved team, heading up NTCA Workshops and CTEF Educational Events in the Western region of the country.
Michael passed the baton to Robb Roderick, NTCA’s newest technical trainer and presenter. He has been in the tile industry for nearly 25 years. In that time he has worked with homeowners, builders, architects, and interior design professionals on projects in both residential and commercial settings. He has been a member of the NTCA for several years and is a CTEF Certified Tile Installer. He graduated from Missouri State University in 2000. Robb also served in the United States Army as a medic. He lives with wife Cherie and three dogs on a small farm outside of Springfield, Mo. Together with Mark Heinlein, who joined NTCA as technical trainer and presenter when longtime trainer Gerald Sloan left NTCA to join the technical team at MAPEI, and CTEF’s Scott Carothers, Roderick will tour the country bringing NTCA Workshops and CTEF Educational Programs to local audiences nationwide.
Neuse Tile celebrates 50+ years of tile in the Triangle
NTCA Five Star Contractor Neuse Tile Service celebrated more than 50 years of service recently with a gathering of local contractors and industry friends. “We wanted to include those who have made this milestone possible – our great customers, our supportive community, and our fantastic staff,” said Neuse vice president Paige W. Smith.
Owners Nyle Wadford and Paige Wadford Smith cut the cake at a celebration of Neuse Tile’s more than 50 years of service.
The business has survived the ups and downs in the area’s construction industry by focusing on providing quality tile installations for residential builders, individual homeowners, or commercial general contractors with multi-million dollar projects. Company president Nyle Wadford – a NTCA past president – explained, “We’ve adapted through the years on where we install tile, but we haven’t waivered on the quality of work we do. We’re still here because we consistently provide beautiful and long-lasting tile work, and our customers trust us to stand behind what we do.”
It’s not unusual for Neuse Tile to get a call from a homeowner who remembers one of the Wadford brothers from the company’s earliest days. They might only need a grout touch-up 40 years later, but they still count on Neuse Tile to provide them that family-owned service. “Most of our projects today are much larger, but we still love hearing from those early customers because it’s a tribute to our family and the quality of our work over time,” said Smith.
Neuse staff members enjoy the 50+year celebration in May. From left to right, they include: Juan Sauceda, Carlos Rodriguez, Randy Helton, Betty King, and Tim Billings.
Neuse Tile Service was incorporated May 22, 1964, by founder Homer Wadford and his business partners, named for the township where the business was founded, right beside the Neuse River in Raleigh, N.C. In 1967, Homer’s brother Al came into the business and soon assumed the company’s leadership when Homer moved on to other pursuits. In 1987, Al’s son Nyle took over as company president, and daughter Paige joined the company in 1995. Today, the siblings lead North Carolina’s only residential Five Star Contractor recognized by the National Tile Contractors Association.
Neuse Tile Service is located in Youngsville and installs ceramic, glass, stone and quarry tile in residential and commercial projects throughout the Triangle. Sponsors of the celebration event were: Best Tile of Raleigh, Mosaic Tile Company, Florida Tile, and LATICRETE.
Ceramics of Italy Competition winners announced
Winners of the 23rd annual Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition were announced during the Coverings show. Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission, the competition attracted high-quality submissions in residential, commercial, and institutional categories, evaluated by an international jury of design industry experts for their creative and effective use of Italian tile, the overall quality of the installation, the aesthetic beauty and functionality of the design, and the sustainable attributes of the overall project and materials used.
The winning firms received a plaque and a prize of $4,000 as well as a CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy, to attend the Cersaie (September 26-30, 2016) exhibition of ceramic tile and sanitaryware as part of a VIP delegation. Contractors and distributors involved in each project also were awarded with a cash prize for their valued contribution.
Shinberg.Levinas was the Residential Winner for the Turnberry Residence.
Residential Winner – Shinberg.Levinas Architects won for the Turnberry Residence in Rosslyn-Arlington, Va. Jud Tile installed large-format thin Lea Ceramiche’s Slimtech Basaltina Stone Project porcelain tiles on this penthouse condominium on all floors and walls to create a minimal that created a smooth, continuous open flow from interior to exterior. Atlantic Link supplied the tile.
Residential Honorable Mentions went to DUBBLEDAM Architecture + Design and to Geoffrey A. Blatt Interior Design & Decoration.
Gensler was the Commercial Winner for the Kay Scholer headquarters.
Commercial Winner – Gensler won for Kay Scholer Headquarters in New York, N.Y. Port Morris Tile & Marble Company installed Atlas Concorde Marvel collection in Calacatta Extra throughout the law firm project in the elevator lobbies, reception, conference center, and cafeteria, creating a sleek, spacious interior. Nemo Tile supplied the tile.
The Commercial Honorable Mention went to Rottet Studio.
ARK was the Institutional Winner for the UJA Federation Community Complex.
Institutional Winner – ARK was awarded for its work on the 50-acre UJA Federation Community Complex in Vaughan, Canada, which integrates centers for its multi-agency service and community outreach. The Mirage Stones SO Series extends public realm into the building while offering a minimal and elegant, easily maintained, slip-resistant surfacing solution, as well as creating a canvas for abstract ideas, expressing the ideals of Jewish community: charity, friendship, respect, and beauty. Olympia Tile supplied the tile that was installed by Calligaro Tile Co.
Florida Tile products now to include Microban protection
Microban International is excited to announce its partnership with Florida Tile – to include Microban® antimicrobial product protection in a number of its ceramic tile lines. Florida Tile is owned by Italy-based Panariagroup, a leader in the ceramic sector, both in terms of style and product innovation, and a long-time Microban partner.
The patented Microban technology is built into the tile glaze during the manufacturing process, resulting in antimicrobial efficacy for the lifetime of the product, measured using established international laboratory protocols. It cannot wash off or wear away and helps provide ongoing protection against the growth and build-up of microbes by disrupting their functioning.
Benefits of Microban antimicrobial product protection include improved visible and invisible cleanliness, reduced odors and, ultimately, extended product life for the customers. The addition of Microban antimicrobial product protection demonstrates Florida Tile’s desire to stay ahead of the game by consistently innovating and implementing new technologies.
Dal-Tile parent company is honored with Google Partner distinction
Mohawk, the parent company of Dal-Tile Corporation, is the first U.S. manufacturer as well as the first company in the flooring industry to become a Google Partner, a certification of excellence in digital marketing.
Google Partners are considered trusted online experts who are qualified and certified to manage the online marketing of other businesses. As a digital leader in the flooring industry, Mohawk already provides a comprehensive and successful suite of digital marketing tools to its retailers. This certification enhances those services.
Subsidiary Dal-Tile provides similar services. “As a subsidiary of Mohawk Industries, Dal-Tile also provides a comprehensive and successful suite of digital marketing tools to its retailers through its leading brands – Daltile, Marazzi, American Olean and Ragno.” said April Wilson, director, Brand Marketing, Dal-Tile.
“We provide consumer engagement opportunities through email marketing, lead generation, social media and syndicated content offerings,” Wilson added. “As the largest ceramic tile manufacturer in the U.S., it is important to provide the means for our retailers to deliver the highest quality product and service to customers. Marketing practices are just one piece of that puzzle.”
Google reviews its partners’ marketing campaigns to make sure they continue to meet its standards. Google Partners stay up to date on the latest Google tools and products by passing Google-administered certification exams every 12 months.